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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Charlotte

2017 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series, Charlotte

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/ NKP)

The stars of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returned to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the annual 600 mile marathon. Historically, the Coca-Cola 600 seems to generate first time winners a bit more often than most other events. From Jeff Gordon to Matt Kenseth, from Bobby Labonte to Casey Mears, more than a few drivers …

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Daily Fantasy Forecast Powered by DraftKings: Coca-Cola 600 Preview

2017 Fontana CUP Martin Truex Jr NIgel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

This week’s daily fantasy tackles the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series as they head to Charlotte Motor Speedway. One of the sport’s crown jewels, the Coca-Cola 600, will run Sunday night at 6 p.m. Cars hit the track on Thursday at 2 p.m. for first practice; Coors Light Pole Qualifying begins at 7:15. Here are nine drivers to …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After The All Star Race

2017 Charlotte All Star CUP Kyle Busch burnout Rusty Jarrrett NKP

(Photo: Rusty Jarrett / NKP)

The stars of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series headed home (for most of them) to Charlotte for the first of two consecutive weeks. First up: the All Star Race. Kyle Busch finally brought home a long sought-after Cup win at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Whether it was an exciting race is certainly open for interpretation. …

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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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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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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Most Popular… NASCAR News Story

2017 Richmond I CUP Dale Earnhardt Jr Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

It seems fitting NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr., also leads the pack in news coverage. Joyce Julius & Associates revealed this week the veteran tops all NASCAR storylines this season. Earnhardt, retiring at the end of this season has had more stories written about him than anyone else in the sport. According to JJ&A, Earnhardt has …

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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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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Edition

2017 Kansas I CUP Ryan Blaney Barry Cantrell NKP

(Photo: Barry Cantrell/NKP)

Martin Truex, Jr. didn’t think Kansas Speedway owed him one. Danica Patrick thinks Lady Luck owes her one, or two, or maybe more, but maybe not. Aric Almirola certainly knows now that he was pretty lucky, but just maybe the fact he didn’t suffer a catastrophic injury wasn’t all just because of luck. Nonetheless, the …

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Kansas Wreck a Harsh Reminder NASCAR is Dangerous

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(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

It’s something no one in NASCAR – fans, drivers or media – ever want to think about. But in Saturday night’s Go Bowling 400, we were all given the harsh reminder that the sport is inherently dangerous. Right before the 200-lap mark, Joey Logano suffered a brake rotor failure that snapped his No. 22 Ford …

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Aric Almirola Hurt, Airlifted After Kansas Wreck: Diagnosed With Compression Fracture

2016 Loudon I CUP Aric Almirola Russell LaBounty NKP

(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

UPDATE2: Richard Petty Motorsports released another statement at 11:30 a.m. ET to let everyone know Aric Almirola was released from the hospital. He is mobile but has a compression fracture of the T5 vertebra in his back. For those unaware, the T5 vertebra is located in the middle of your spine. Almirola will be flying …

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Ryan Blaney Scores First Career Pole in Kansas; 11 Cars Fail NASCAR LIS Inspection

2017 Fontana CUP Ryan Blaney Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

A surging sophomore emerged after Friday night’s NASCAR LIS inspection led to a confusing round of qualifying in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Ryan Blaney scored his first career pole at Kansas Speedway and will lead the field to green in Saturday night’s Go Bowling 400. “I didn’t know during the first two rounds if …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Talladega

2017 Talladega I CUP Ricky Stenhouse Jr pack racing MAtthew T Thacker NKP

(Photo Matthew T. Thacker / NKP)

The high banks of Talladega Superspeedway were the site of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event this past weekend. The GEICO 500 brought much of what we’ve come to expect from the 2.66 mile tri-oval in Alabama. Close action. Different faces at the front of the field. Airborne cars. Enough bent sheet metal to …

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