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Did You Notice?: The Fine Line Of NASCAR Drivers’ Personal Lives & Where It All Went Wrong

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Did You Notice? … The taboo subject of an athlete’s personal life? The topic came up Sunday night after Cody Ware went off on Twitter following a wreck involving fellow Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series underdog Matt DiBenedetto. The point here isn’t to delve into what was said or whether it was even true. It’s if that …

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5 Points to Ponder: Don’t Sleep On… Denny Hamlin?

2017 Darlington Cup Zach Catanzareti Denny Hamlin

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ONE: Don’t Sleep On…. Denny Hamlin? 24/7 news cycles these days can cause storylines to be greatly exaggerated. So it’s no surprise everyone and their mother screamed, “Don’t sleep on Denny Hamlin!” seconds after his astounding Darlington comeback. It’s true Sunday’s Southern 500 was perhaps a stepping stone in Hamlin’s career. A driver who’s at times …

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Beside The Rising Tide: With Autumn Closing In

Darlington Cup 2017 Aric Almirola 2 Throwback Mike Neff

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Ain’t it funny how the night moves? When you just don’t seem to have as much to lose, Ain’t it funny how the night moves? With autumn closing in…. -Bob Seger While it hasn’t quite reached the level of the Memorial Day weekend yet, Labor Day weekend offered race fans a full slate of action …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Denny Hamlin Sweeps Darlington Weekend With Late-Race Charge

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Who’s in the headline – Denny Hamlin was thrust into an alternate pit strategy when Martin Truex Jr. short pitted on his penultimate pit stop and then made his final stop with just over 50 laps to go. When the No. 11 driver attempted to hit pit road on lap 314, he missed the entrance …

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Clint Bowyer Searching for Win, Redemption as Playoff Deadline Looms

2017 Kansas I Cup Clint Bowyer Barry Cantrell Nkp

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With just two weeks left to take a spot in NASCAR’s playoffs, Clint Bowyer sites tenth in driver points, a welcome rebound for the Stewart-Haas Racing driver after struggling through 2016 with an underfunded team. Most years, tenth would be plenty to get a driver in the playoffs. The trouble for Bowyer is, this year …

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Did You Notice?: 12 NASCAR 2017 Storylines With 12 Races Left

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Did You Notice? … The past few days marked the last off weekend of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season? Starting Sunday at Darlington, we’ve got 12 races in a row which culminates with the crowning of the champion at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November. In a season filled with mixed reviews, there’s still plenty of …

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5 Points to Ponder: The Sharp End of the 2017 NASCAR Season

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ONE: 12 to go We’re exactly two thirds of the way through the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule. 24 races are in the books leaving just 12 to go before we crown a 2017 champion. Two unique tracks, Darlington Raceway and Richmond International Raceway, await us next before the playoffs begin. Given that for many drivers, …

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2017 Frontstretch Cup: Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race Predictions

2017 Bristol I Cup Daniel Suarez Ty Dillon Racing Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Welcome to our 10th year of staff predictions! Each week, our experts attempt to tell you who the winner of each Cup race will be. Take a look to see who your favorite writers think will win it all (or at least score some points) this week in the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race! …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR Forecast Powered by DraftKings: Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race

2017 Bristol I Cup Clint Bowyer Racing Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

The DraftKings daily fantasy NASCAR game heads to the midwest this weekend for the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will make its second stop at Bristol Motor Speedway this Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. Cars were on-track on Friday morning for first practice, led by Denny Hamlin. Erik Jones then won the Coors Light …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not In NASCAR: Lessons From The Dirt Edition

2017 Micrhigan Ii Cup Kyle Larson Woohoo Rusty Jarrett Nkp

(Photo: Rusty Jarrett/NKP)

Michigan International Speedway lived up to its reputation as a fast track and the fast restart by Kyle Larson made the finish worth the wait on Sunday. The rest of the day wasn’t super exciting as the problem of passing the leader seems to persist, no matter what size or what speed a track may …

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Did You Notice?: Even Hendrick Motorsports Navigating NASCAR’s Sponsor Challenges

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How Did Hendrick Do in Comparison to Kyle Busch? (Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Did You Notice? … The number of races where major NASCAR teams have needed primary sponsorship this year? A glance at several of the top programs shows that even some of the most valuable NASCAR ownership groups, according to Forbes have used either manufacturer backing or their own businesses as major sponsors. Perhaps the most notable example is Stewart-Haas …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Martin Truex Jr Slows Down Just Enough to Win Watkins Glen

2017 Watkins Glen Cup Martin Truex Jr Woohoo Rusty Jarrett Nkp

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Who’s in the headline – Martin Truex Jr. won four races in 2016, but admitted in post-race interviews that they learned a lot more about winning during that season. He feels like they have everyone doing better jobs this year, and the result is a championship caliber team that has the most wins in the …

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