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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2018 Auto Club 400

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NASCAR heads to Auto Club Speedway this weekend for the Auto Club 400. The two-mile track out in Fontana, Ca. marks the third and final stop on the sport’s West Coast swing. The factors that go into building a winning fantasy team at an intermediate track are much different than those at a superspeedway or …

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Entry List: 2018 California 300

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The NASCAR XFINITY Series closes out the “West Coast Swing” this weekend at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.  40 entries make up this week’s entry list, meaning everyone will qualify for the race. Austin Dillon will return to the No. 3 car for Richard Childress Racing after his brother Ty Dillon was behind …

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5 Points To Ponder: Dominant Harvick Tremendous… Or Tiresome For NASCAR?

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Folds Of Honor Quik Trip 500 Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, Ga Usa Sunday 25 February 2018 Kevin Harvick, Stewart Haas Racing, Jimmy John's Ford Fusion Wins World Copyright: Rusty Jarrett Nkp

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ONE: Harvick On Pace For Record-Setting Start Slaughter, rinse, repeat. For a second straight week, Kevin Harvick laid waste to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series field driving a car levels above the competition. Speed, handling, restarts – you name it, Harvick had the edge. Only pit road kept him from leading 240-250 laps; if not for …

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2-Headed Monster: Are We Overdoing The Dale Earnhardt Tributes?

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Stuck In The Past In the two races this season, we’ve heard a lot about tributes to Dale Earnhardt. There was the No. 3 car of Austin Dillon winning the Daytona 500 on the 20th anniversary of Earnhardt’s triumph. There was a lucky penny glued to Dillonʻs dash, given to him by a young fan, …

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Tech Talk: Daytona 500-Winning Crew Chief Justin Alexander Discusses 2018 Rule Changes

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For the second year in a row, the crew chief in the Daytona 500 edition of Tech Talk went on to win the race, as Justin Alexander followed in the footsteps of Tony Gibson to score the victory in the first race of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season with driver Austin Dillon. Before his …

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Friday Faceoff: Butt Tattoos, Anyone?

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(Photo: Bruce Nuttleman)

Austin Dillon’s Daytona 500 triumph was his second in his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career, but some people have said he hasn’t won a real race, as his 2017 Coca-Cola 600 win was on fuel mileage and this past weekend was a restrictor plate event. Does he have to win a so-called normal Cup race …

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Anything But Monster: The Cultural Decline of the Cup Series

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Washington, D.C., may seem one of the most unlikely points of inspiration for anything related to stock car racing. But just as Lisa Simpson’s “stagnant swamp” was the birthplace of NASCAR founder Brian France Sr., the nation’s capital spurred my first article in returning to Frontstretch. While meeting up with an old college friend in …

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NASCAR 101: Here’s Why the Winner of the Daytona 500 Isn’t Leading the Point Standings

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Here’s a new one for you: Austin Dillon, Daytona 500 champion and the first victor of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, is not leading the Cup point standings entering Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend. In fact, he’s not even second. Weird, right? Well, thank the Cup Series’ ever-changing points system, which really …

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Frontstretch Podcast: What’s New is Old

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In the latest episode of the 2018 Frontstretch Podcast, we do a full Daytona 500 review with Dustin Albino, Mike Neff and Zach Catanzareti, while also previewing the weekend ahead at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The trio gives an in-depth look at how Austin Dillon claimed the Great American Race, while also discussing the significance of Darrell Wallace Jr. running well …

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Did You Notice?: The New Dale Earnhardt, Debunking NASCAR’s Decline

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Did You Notice? … The way fans reacted to Austin Dillon’s last-lap punt of Aric Almirola to win the Daytona 500? I ran a poll after the race on Twitter and 67 percent of fans surveyed thought Dillon was over the line. It didn’t matter what Almirola said after the fact (he doesn’t blame Dillon at …

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The Frontstretch 5: Things We Know After Daytona

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1. Aric Almirola is an excellent plate racer This fact isn’t news to those who have been paying attention to the new driver of the No. 10. But for so many, Daytona was the first time Almirola made an appearance on the radar. Remember, Almirola’s only Cup win to date came at Daytona in 2014. …

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The 10: Cup Series Power Rankings after Daytona

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Daytona 500 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fl Usa Sunday 18 February 2018 Ryan Blaney, Team Penske, Menards/peak Ford Fusion And Paul Menard, Wood Brothers Racing, Omnicraft Auto Parts Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford Fusion World Copyright: Rusty Jarrett Nkp

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series was in Daytona this weekend for the 60th running for the Daytona 500. As the sun rose Sunday morning, it ushered in the 2018 season with one of the most anticipated Great American Races in recent memory. The field was filled with a good mix of young drivers challenging …

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