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Pace Laps: Blaney Heats Up, Tiny Truck Teams Totaled and Red Bull Rocked

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Sprint Cup: Ryan Blaney Grabs Strong Top 5 – Ryan Blaney led the charge for Sprint Cup Series rookies with a top-5 finish in Saturday’s Go Bowling 400 at Kansas Speedway. It was a feel-good story in an otherwise fall-asleep Saturday night at the 1.5-mile oval. Blaney’s fifth also made the record books. Wood Brothers Racing scored …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2016 GoBowling.com 400

2016 Texas I Cup Martin Truex Jr Racing Matthew T Thacker Nkp

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? From the “where did he come from?” department—Richard Childress Racing driver Austin Dillon put together another strong finish, and he was certainly quiet about it.  Dillon wasn’t talked about much during a race that was dominated by the Joe Gibbs Racing group and affiliate Furniture Row Racing, and …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kyle Busch Kills His Kansas Curse

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Who’s in the headline – Reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kyle Busch is doing his best to put himself in position to repeat. Busch started the race in sixth Saturday night and was a top-10 mainstay outside of green-flag pit cycles. Busch moved into the second spot on lap 175 after a restart and was inside the top …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2016 Geico 500

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? OK, so Dale Earnhardt, Jr.  finished 40th, and that’s not usually praiseworthy, but he drove his car using just the steering column after the steering wheel came off in his hands. He had a moment of shock, then grabbed the column and held the car steady as he put the wheel …

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Friday Faceoff: Is the Bump-and-Run Acceptable?

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The spring short track season ended with a bump-and-run move at Richmond International Raceway when Carl Edwards moved teammate Kyle Busch out of his way en route to the win.  Is the bump and run for the win a legit move, or does it sink into the waters of dirty driving? Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Talladega Edition

2016 Martinsville I Cup Ryan Blaney Car Amy Henderson

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If you wonder if watching a NASCAR race is good for you, then were a lot of good reasons to like what happened in Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Richmond: Long green flag runs: Check. Multiple yellows to bunch the field back up: Check. Seeing Smoke back out on the track: Check. An unexpected Earnhardt special on the …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2016 Food City 500

2016 Bristol I Cup Carl Edwards Leads Matthew T Thacker Nkp

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? I’ve got a pair of them this week. Well, make it three, because Matt DiBenedetto deserves all the accolades he can get after an impressive performance that Carl Edwards said afterward was probably more difficult for the No. 83 team than the win was for his. There’s more on …

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The Frontstretch 5: (Seemingly) Unlikely Drivers Who Could Get to Victory Lane in 2016

2016 Fontana Cup Austin Dillon Brett Moist Nkp

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Austin Dillon OK, so this one’s not really a stretch.  Dillon has been strong this season, he’s got the resources (his grandfather owns the team, so there might even be a little extra incentive), and the former Truck and XFINITY series champ has shown he can run with just about anyone. Dillon’s numbers are already on …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not: Bristol Edition

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For a while on Saturday night, the waiting was the hardest part for anyone interested in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway. But the once the raindrops stopped falling on heads, cars, pit boxes, etc., it turned into a fairly entertaining race for those of us who managed to stay up until …

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The Big Six: Questions Answered After the 2016 STP 500

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? AJ Allmendinger put on a heck of a show in his late-race bid for the runner-up spot, but it was Kyle Larson who took full advantage of the real estate battle, squeezing through to finish third at a track where he’s struggled mightily in the past. Larson missed this race …

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Martinsville a Homecoming for Wood Brothers Racing

2016 Phoenix I Cup Ryan Blaney Car Nigel Kinrade Nkp

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Ryan Blaney isn’t from Martinsville, but it’s his team’s home track. While the Wood Brothers Racing shop is located in North Carolina now the town of Stuart, Virginia, just a few miles up the road from Martinsville Speedway, is where the long and oft-told story of the No. 21 car began.  The oldest team in the …

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Did You Notice? … Tony Stewart Could Easily Still Make The Chase

Tony Stewart Bank Of America 500 2015 Charlotte Cup Mike Neff

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Did You Notice? … Five races into the 2016 season the door is still wide open for Tony Stewart to make the Chase? Certainly, there’s a lot that would have to happen; the three-time Sprint Cup champion isn’t even expected to return to the series until May. The sabbatical leaves him out for about 12 …

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