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Nature’s Bakery & Stewart-Haas Racing Resolve Lawsuit, Announce 4-Race Sponsorship

Danica Patrick

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Stewart-Haas Racing has dropped its $31 million lawsuit against Nature’s Bakery for unpaid sponsorship, and as a result, the company will appear on the team’s cars in a slightly more limited capacity in 2017. According to a Stewart-Haas Racing press release, the team reached an agreement with Nature’s Bakery that allows the company to be a …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Struggles to Find All-Star Feel

2017 Charlotte All Star Cup Kevin Harvick Kyle Busch Pack Racing Matthew T Thacker Nkp

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

Last weekend, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup and Camping World Truck Series descended onto Charlotte Motor Speedway for the annual All-Star festivities.  New gimmicks were in play and they did next to nothing to change the action.  More on that a little later. Before we get into the races themselves, I have to talk about …

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Erik Jones Paces Monster Energy Open Practice

2017 Talladega I Nxs Erik Jones Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Furniture Row Racing certainly knows how to bring fast cars to Charlotte Motor Speedway. It was rookie Erik Jones who took full advantage Friday in the lone practice session before Saturday’s Monster Energy Open. The freshman headlined testing in the last chance race for drivers to transfer into the headlining All-Star Race later Saturday night. Jones …

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FOX Sports Announces Drivers-Only Broadcast at Pocono XFINITY Race

2017 Las Vegas Cup Kevin Harvick Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Your favorite Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers are coming to the broadcast booth. And pit road, for that matter. On Friday (May 19), FOX Sports announced that the broadcast of the XFINITY Series Pocono Green 250 at Pocono Raceway on June 10 will be a special drivers-only broadcast.  That means all aspects of on-air …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Kansas

2017 Kansas I Cup Martin Turex Jr Burnout Russell Labounty Nkp

(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series invaded the heartland this weekend to run the Go Bowling 400 at Kansas Speedway. For Martin Truex Jr., the visit finally gave him the win that had so mercilessly eluded the driver of the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota team the prior two years. Truex tore through the …

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The Big 6: Questions After The Go Bowling 400

2017 Kansas I Cup Martin Truex Jr Nigel Kinrade Nkp

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Who… gets the shoutout of the race? It seemed like it could be Ryan Blaney’s race. The 23-year-old Team Penske driver, contracted out to the venerable Wood Brothers Racing No. 21 machine, started on the pole and won the second stage of the race. Blaney led for a good amount of Stage 3, but lost …

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2017 Frontstretch Cup: Go Bowling 400 Predictions

2016 Kansas Ii Cup Matt Kenseth Kyle Busch Racing Russell Labounty Nkp

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Welcome to our 10th year of our NASCAR Frontstretch Cup 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! Think you can out-prognosticate …

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4 Burning Questions: Will Clint Bowyer End Winless Drought at Home Track?

Clint Bowyer

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Will Clint Bowyer End Winless Drought at Home? Bad news: Kansas Speedway lost one of its home track racers in Carl Edwards. Good news: Clint Bowyer isn’t going anywhere any time soon. They call him Kansas Clint because his hometown of Emporia, Kansas, is about 100 miles south of the speedway. The 37-year-old is known as …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Who Has Impressed, Disappointed Thus Far in 2017?

2017 Talladega I Cup Ryan Blaney Pack Racing Matthew T Thacker Nkp

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The 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season has seen it’s fair share of winners and losers thus far. 10 races into the 36-race season, there have been a handful of surprises as well as disappointments. One of those surprises found victory lane this past weekend at Talladega Superspeedway in Ricky Stenhouse Jr. as well …

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Double Take: Ford’s Fiery Start Comes at Toyota’s Expense

2017 Richmond I Cup Pack Racing Matthew T Thacker Nkp

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

Ford has been on fire in 2017. With Joey Logano picking up his first win of the season at Richmond International Raceway last weekend, the Blue Oval now has four victories through the first nine races of the season, including the sport’s crown-jewel event at Daytona International Speedway in February. The fact these four wins …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR Hot-Starts: Toyota Owners 400

2017 Fontana Cup Matt Kenseth Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series hit the track Friday at Richmond International Raceway in preparation for Sunday’s Toyota Owners 400. Matt Kenseth won the Coors Light Pole Award while Ryan Blaney notched his third front row start of the season. The DraftKings strategy for short tracks is much different than any other type of …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: The Jimmie Johnson is Freaky Fast Edition

2017 Bristol I Cup Jimmie Johnson Checkered Flag Kohn K Harrelson Nkp

(Photo: John K. Harrelson/NKP)

It took an extra day and some long-awaited, not-so-rainy weather, but for Jimmie Johnson the winning was worth the wait. Not that Johnson needs to do anything to be considered one of the top three or four NASCAR drivers of all time, but now he is just one win short of matching Cale Yarborough’s 83 …

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