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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Martin Truex Jr. Rides Clean Air to Pocono Victory

2018 Pocono Cup Zach Catanzareti Martin Truex Jr.

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Who’s in the headline Martin Truex Jr. started the Pocono 400 by winning the first stage and ended it with a trip to Victory Lane. After a strong early performance, the jack falling on a pit stop left him 14th and it took most of the race to work back through traffic. Truex’s misfortune, combined with a …

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Did You Notice?: NASCAR Halfway Through Regular Season

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Did You Notice? … NASCAR is halfway through the 26-race regular season? Year one post-Dale Earnhardt Jr. has come with an expected ratings and attendance decline. But as the sport attempts to move forward, perhaps its biggest 2018 storyline is stagnancy at the top. Three of last year’s Championship 4: Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and reigning champion …

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Hertz Joins Hendrick Motorsports to Sponsor William Byron

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William Byron will have a new primary sponsor for four points-paying races over the next two seasons. Car rental company Hertz Corporation joined Hendrick Motorsports as part of a two-year deal. The team release did not indicate which races the company will serve as primary sponsor but did state it will also adorn Byron’s No. …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Dust In The Wind

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Pennzoil 400 Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, Nv Usa Friday 2 March 2018 Ryan Blaney, Team Penske, Ford Fusion Menards / Pennzoil World Copyright: Nigel Kinrade Nkp

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular season is basically halfway over, as Saturday night’s KC Masterpiece 400 at Kansas Speedway was the 12th of 26 races before the playoffs. At any rate, the 2018 season is one-third complete, with the score by manufacturers sitting at Ford 7, Toyota 4, Chevy 1. Just before the …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kevin Harvick Slathers Competition in Kansas

#4: Kevin Harvick, Stewart Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Busch Light Celebrates His Win Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

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Who’s in the headline Kevin Harvick continues to confirm the belief that Ford is the manufacturer to beat in 2018 in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. For the fifth time in 12 races, Harvick was in Victory Lane. He started the year with three wins in a row after the Daytona 500 and has now …

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William Byron Triggers Fiery Crash, Red Flag Late at Kansas

2018 Cup Kansas Willim Byron Wrecker Rick Lunkenheimer

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series KC Masterpiece 400 was relatively uneventful most of the night. But after 237 laps with no unplanned cautions, the final 30 laps gave us three. The most serious came on lap 249, when William Byron triggered a vicious crash that resulted in a 13-minute, 13-second red flag. The driver of …

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The Frontstretch 5: Storylines to Watch in KC Masterpiece 400 at Kansas Speedway

Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry M&m's Kevin Harvick, Stewart Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Busch Beer Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

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Matt Kenseth’s Return to Racing Last season, Joe Gibbs Racing announced Erik Jones would move from his Furniture Row Racing ride to pilot the No. 20 Toyota for the organization this season, leaving 2003 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Matt Kenseth looking for a place to continue racing in 2018. Despite snagging an emotional …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kevin Harvick Sweeps Up Dover

#4: Kevin Harvick, Stewart Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Jimmy John's Celebrates In Victory Lane After Winning Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

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Who’s in the headline After a drought of six long races, Kevin Harvick is back in Victory Lane. The No. 4 Ford was the most dominant car all weekend at Dover and it showed throughout the race. Harvick started on the outside of the front row with the second fastest qualifying time. He led the …

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Beyond the Cockpit: William Byron Taking Steps in Rookie Season with Hendrick Motorsports

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Since the beginning of the 2016 NASCAR season, William Byron has taken the sport by storm. He picked up seven victories in his rookie Camping World Truck Series season, then took the XFINITY Series championship last year with JR Motorsports. Three years into his full-time national touring career, Byron now finds himself in the famed …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Lone Star Breakdowns

2017 Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Auto Club 400 Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, Ca Usa Friday 24 March 2017 Jamie Mcmurray And Kyle Larson World Copyright: Nigel Kinrade/nkp

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This weekend’s races at Texas Motor Speedway were a little weird. Saturday’s XFINITY Series race was run in mid-30’s temperatures and featured three cautions in the first fifteen laps. Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race started with a wreck on lap 2, and went on to have eight cautions, about a dozen cars in the …

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The Big 6: Questions After the 2018 O’Reilly Auto Parts 500

2018 Cup Texas Jamie Mcmurray Car Rick Lunkenheimer

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? With finishes of 16th, 19th, 36th, 26th, 17th and 26th to open the season ahead of last weekend’s Easter break, Jamie McMurray was looking rough nearly a quarter of the way through NASCAR’s regular season. Sitting 26th in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series points with little sign of …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: O’Reilly Auto Parts 500

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returns this weekend after a break for Easter. Sunday, it heads to Texas for the seventh of 36 points-paying races this season. The 1.5-mile oval is a high-speed track paired with a newer racing surface. That should keep passing at a premium while putting a greater focus on qualifying …

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