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2-Headed Monster: Are Too Many Drivers In The Playoffs?

2018 Cup Dover Zach Catanzareti Jimmie Johnson Chad Knaus

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Through the many incarnations of the NASCAR postseason, the playoff field has gradually grown from 10 drivers to 16. Is 16 too many, or is it fine the way it is? Champions Should Be Good, Not Good Enough For most of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams, the initial goal each year is to …

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5 Points To Ponder: In The 2018 NASCAR Playoffs

2018 Cup Pocono Zach Catanzareti Kyle Busch

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ONE: Should We Fast-Track The Big Three Straight To Homestead? Never in the five-year history of NASCAR’s 16-driver playoff format have we seen three wheelmen so far ahead of the pack. Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. start the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff as overwhelming favorites. They won 17 of …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: Big Machine Vodka 400

2018 Cup Pocono Zach Catanzareti Kyle Busch

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wraps up its regular season this weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It’s the last chance for several bubble teams to clinch spots in the postseason and keep their championship hopes alive. The green flag flies on Sunday (Sept. 9) at 2 p.m. ET and can be seen on NBCSN. …

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The Frontstretch 5: Takeaways From a Weekend of Racing at Darlington

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1. Kevin Harvick v. Ross Chastain The XFINITY Series’ visit to Darlington Raceway marked the first of three opportunities for Ross Chastain to show what he’s capable of in top-notch equipment. And in his first start with Chip Ganassi Racing, all went well for the 25-year-old, who started on the pole and led 90 laps. …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Where the Past Meets the Present

2018 Cup Pocono Zach Catanzareti Kyle Larson

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NASCAR’s annual throwback weekend at Darlington Raceway for the Bojangles Southern 500 featured great racing throughout, late-race drama and a ton of great-looking paint schemes from yesteryear. Brad Keselowski picked up his first win of the year for Team Penske, holding off teammate Joey Logano on a short sprint to the finish. Kyle Larson crushed …

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Joey Logano Completes Team Penske Sweep Behind Brad Keselowski

2018 Cup Darlington Zach Catanzareti Joey Logano

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Though Kyle Larson nearly owned Sunday’s (Sep. 2) Bojangles’ Southern 500, it was a Team Penske night when it hit the checkered flag, with Brad Keselowski winning and Joey Logano coming home second. It came down to the final restart at Darlington Raceway where Keselowski kept the lead off pit road and drove off from …

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Brad Keselowski Finally Wins The Southern 500

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Prior to Sunday night’s (Sept. 2) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway, Brad Keselowski had won just about everything except for NASCAR’s crown jewel races. Keselowski won the Bojangles’ Southern 500 on Sunday to finally check one of the sport’s most prestigious races off the list. Keselowski swept the weekend, winning the …

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Up to Speed: Will Team Penske Catch Stewart-Haas Racing in the Playoffs?

#2: Brad Keselowski, Team Penske, Ford Fusion Stars, Stripes, And Lites #22: Joey Logano, Team Penske, Ford Fusion Shell Pennzoil Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

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There is a battle brewing among the Ford teams in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.  With the postseason just weeks away, all four Stewart-Haas Racing cars are poised to make the playoff field.  Team Penske has all three of its drivers heading for the playoffs as well.  With at least seven drives ready to …

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6 Suspended Due to Ballast, Lug Nut Penalties at Bristol

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NASCAR released its weekly Penalty Report Wednesday morning (Aug. 22).  While Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams were clean and green for the third straight week, some big penalties were handed down in the XFINITY and Camping World Truck series. Clay Greenfield‘s No. 68 Chevrolet at Bristol was found to have lost ballast, or have …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Just Like Old Times, Kurt Busch Wins Bristol

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Who’s in the headline Kurt Busch owned Bristol at one point in time. He won five races there from 2002 through 2006, including three straight in 2003 and 2004. Since his fifth win in 2006, he didn’t have a single runner-up finish. Busch ran in the top 10 the majority of the night and made …

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Kurt Busch Wins a Wild One at Bristol

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With rumors running rampant about his NASCAR future, Kurt Busch proved he’s still got plenty of talent in the tank. In a wild event, Busch emerged at the end to capture the Bass Pro Shops/NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway Saturday night (Aug. 18). It’s the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory of …

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Erik Jones, Joey Logano Top Final Michigan Cup Practices

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams focused on short-run speed during practice two at Michigan International Speedway, with fog threatening proceedings. Only five teams ran more than 11, laps as Erik Jones in the No.20 Dewalt Toyota lead the way at 200.15 mph over rookie William Byron. Third on the practice charts was Brad Keselowski, …

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