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Happiness Is: Quiet, Pastels & Forgotten Names

#22: Joey Logano, Team Penske, Ford Fusion Shell Pennzoil and #21: Paul Menard, Wood Brothers Racing, Ford Fusion Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Joey Logano leading a quiet race (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Spencer Gallagher won the first race of his NASCAR XFINITY Series career this past Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway.  The ebullient driver, raw and giddiness exuded palpapatle joy during his post-race interview.   The reaction from other drivers and those calling the broadcast, which should be noted were other drivers, also seemed to embrace the win, …

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Did You Notice?: A Second Look At NASCAR Silly Season 10 Races In

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Did You Notice? … Sometimes, NASCAR Silly Season moves turn into mistakes? 10 races in, let’s take a look at some of the biggest driver decisions entering 2018 and see how they’re turning out. For now, we’ll give Darrell Wallace Jr. and William Byron a break; rookies typically need a little more seat time before …

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5 Points To Ponder: Fords In Focus, Danica Who?, And Kevin Harvick, Then And Now

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

ONE: Fords To The Front, Take Two Camaro who? Camry what? Ford may have the oldest car in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series but they’re certainly learning new tricks to beat their manufacturer competition straight into submission. Kevin Harvick’s dominating Atlanta performance came with fellow Ford driver Brad Keselowski in tow. Combined, the duo …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Legacies Continue

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

That was some ending. Team Penske’s Ryan Blaney dominated the race, but on the final lap of the 2018 Daytona 500, in overtime, Richard Childress Racing driver Austin Dillon spun Aric Almirola out of the lead to take the second victory of his career in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. He was followed by …

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Danica Patrick’s NASCAR Career Ends After Daytona 500 Wreck

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For the first half of Sunday’s Daytona 500, Danica Patrick flashed some potential. She was running inside the top 20 and looked to be in position for a solid finish. But in an instant, her NASCAR career ended the same way last season came crashing down – winding up involved in someone else’s wreck. It was …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Daytona 500 Pre-Race Rundown

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Bon Voyage, Danica (Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

In the latest episode of the 2018 Frontstretch Podcast, we do a full Daytona 500 preview with Dustin Albino, Tom Bowles, Joseph Wolkin, Michael Massie, Mike Neff and Zach Catanzareti. We give you a full rundown of Daytona Speedweeks to this point. Topics range from the new, slower pit stops to Danica Patrick‘s NASCAR finale. How will she …

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3 Things to Take Away from Daytona 500 Media Day

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More times than not, NASCAR Media Days are not all that newsworthy.  However, Wednesday’s Daytona 500 Media Day sparked some controversy. Each driver made their respective rounds from different medium to different medium. But the afternoon ended with a bang, with soon-to-be the most recent retired driver Danica Patrick. 1) Patrick, who will be competing in her …

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Danica Patrick Joining Ed Carpenter Racing for Final Indianapolis 500

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Bon Voyage, Danica (Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

As the only woman to lead laps in both the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500, Danica Patrick has done a lot in her racing career. But on Wednesday, she admitted to doing something new, saying, “I’ve never done that in my career.” What was it? Patrick accidentally revealed that her last race would be …

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NASCAR Mailbox: What Happens If Danica Patrick Wins the Daytona 500?

The NASCAR season is finally here. Yeah, it took long enough; it’s been nearly three months since the conclusion to the 2017 season at Homestead-Miami Speedway. But now, 2018 has arrived. In what was an unusually busy offseason for teams, featuring many last-minute changes, the time has finally come for stock car racing to hit …

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The Underdog House: Small NASCAR Teams Finding Relief – Sort of – Approaching Daytona 500

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Think Small While most of the sport’s television time goes directly toward big teams with great speed and large personalities — and rightfully so, to an extent — Sunday’s 60th running of the Daytona 500 will have a heavy populous of tiny organizations. Many of these small NASCAR teams, despite being huge underdogs can actually …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Fire Up The Engines for 2018

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

The 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series kicks off Sunday with the 60th annual Daytona 500. For the most part, the Cup Series remains the same with just a small handful of rule changes. McLAUGHLIN: A CLOSER LOOK AT NASCAR’s MINOR TWEAKS FOR 2018 But as for the teams? It’s a different story altogether. Some …

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Danica Patrick, Premium Motorsports Partner for Daytona 500

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Danica Patrick and GoDaddy have found their match for the 2018 Daytona 500: Premium Motorsports. Patrick will drive for the Jay Robinson-owned team in what is currently planned as her final NASCAR start at the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the team announced Monday, Jan. 22. Her …

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