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Did You Notice?: NASCAR Silly Season Turns Toward The Sophisticated Business Of NASCAR Charters

2017 Phoenix I Cup Ryan Blaney Pack Racing Russell Labounty Nkp

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Did You Notice? …. That Brad Keselowski’s signing narrows down the list of Silly Season question marks? Keselowski’s extension, announced Tuesday, keeps him in the Team Penske No. 2 Ford with sponsorship from Miller Lite. The move came paired with a new contract for crew chief Paul Wolfe as well; the duo will continue their successful …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Live From Kentucky Edition

Truex And Kyle Busch

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Every now and then, I am fortunate enough to get to attend a NASCAR race and in this case, be at the venue for two days. That’s what happened this past weekend at Kentucky Speedway, so it’s a chance to have a little different perspective on the entire experience. HOT If you are a Martin …

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The Underdog House: Talented But Opportunity Hard to Come By

Kentucky Underdogs

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Think Small I’ve written before about the small-team drivers and how they’re often overlooked, to their detriment.  They’re virtually ignored on broadcasts unless they’re doing something wrong, and seem to be considered damaged goods in the free-agent market, though their racing efforts are often hampered more by budgets and equipment than any lack of ability. …

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Kyle Busch Takes Second XFINITY Series Win of 2017 in Alsco 300 at Kentucky Speedway

2017 Atlanta Nxs Kyle Busch Rusty Jarrett Nkp

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Kyle Busch won the rain-postponed XFINITY Series Alsco 300 at Kentucky Speedway Saturday afternoon. It was Busch’s 88th XFINITY Series win and his second of the season. Ryan Blaney, Erik Jones, Kevin Harvick, and Ty Dillon rounded out the top-five finishers. Erik Jones took the win in an eventful stage one. On the start, an accordion-style wreck …

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4 Burning Questions: Chase Elliott & Ryan Blaney, Who’s Ahead at the Halfway Point?

2017 Nascar Monster Energy Cup Daytona 500 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fl Usa Wednesday 22 February 2017 Chase Elliott Ryan Blaney World Copyright: Matthew T. Thacker/nkp

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Who Has the Upper Hand, Chase Elliott or Ryan Blaney? One year ago at Kentucky Speedway, the top two rookies of the 2016 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series campaign wrecked together in Turn 3. At the time, it was in the middle of the worst string of races for both Ryan Blaney and Chase Elliott, …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR Forecast Powered by DraftKings: Coke Zero 400 Preview

2017 Daytona Cup Zach Catanzareti Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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The daily fantasy NASCAR train is heading down south to Daytona this week. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Daytona International Speedway for the Coke Zero 400 this Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. ET. Cars hit the track today at 3:00 p.m. for first practice while Coors Light Pole Qualifying takes place Friday …

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Did You Notice?: NASCAR Daytona Races Can Be Deceiving

Kurt Busch And Wife

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Did You Notice? … NASCAR races at Daytona can be deceiving? The sport’s Super Bowl, February’s Daytona 500 is known as a race whose winner rarely competes for the series title. Only Jimmie Johnson (2006 & 2013) has accomplished the feat since 1998. There’s a lot of reasons Daytona winds up so different than the rest …

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The Underdog House: NASCAR About to Get Silly?

2017 Kansas I Cup Michael Mcdowell Car Barry Cantrell Nkp

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Think Small Track surfaces aren’t the inly thing heating up as summertime hits full swing.  NASCAR’s Silly Season is coming, and while so far, it’s been confined to rumblings and rumors, there’s potential for things to blow up.  While most of the speculation concerns the bigger teams in the sport, including who will fill the …

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The Underdog House: NASCAR’s Vicious Cycle

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Think Small It’s hard for small teams to get noticed.  This is something that’s been discussed over and over  and continues to create a vicious cycle for these teams: Lack of money leads to lack of performance, and lack of performance makes sponsors shy away, leading to a lack of money…you see the problem here? …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR Forecast Powered by DraftKings: FireKeepers Casino 400 Preview

2017 Talladega I Cup Matt Kenseth Nigel Kinrade Nkp

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Michigan International Speedway for the FireKeepers Casino 400 this Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. ET. Your daily fantasy NASCAR team will now be faced with the prospect of conquering this two-mile oval that is one of the fastest on the circuit. Cars hit the track on Friday …

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NASCAR 101: The 10 Youngest First-Time Cup Winners

02/19/06 Daytona, Florida. Brian Vickers. Nascar Nextel Cup Series, Daytona. Daytona 500.

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When Ryan Blaney won his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race last Sunday at Pocono Raceway, he did so at the ripe old age of 23 years old. Which has to put him among the youngest winners ever in the series, right? …right? Well, yes, but also… not totally. I mean, look, with his win, …

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4 Burning Questions: Will Michigan Produce Another Fuel Mileage Finish?

2016 Michigan Ii Cup Kyle Larson Chase Elliott Racing Matthew T Thacker Nkp

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By Michael Finley & Tom Bowles 1. What will Happen to the Wood Brothers Going Forward? If you’re a NASCAR fan, you have to be a fan of Wood Brothers Racing. The oldest team still in operation has won in six different decades in NASCAR competition, amassing 99 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins over …

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