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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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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Did You Notice?: Penske Penalties Piling Up, Longest NASCAR Winless Droughts

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Did You Notice? … Team Penske’s final appeal was denied for Brad Keselowski? After finishing fifth at Phoenix in March, the car failed post-race inspection for having too much skew in the rear suspension. The violation, which NASCAR claimed could improve the car’s handling, led to a $65,000 fine, a three-race suspension for crew chief Paul Wolfe …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Avoids the Big One, Makes Big Last-Lap Pass At Talladega

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Who’s in the headline Restrictor plate racetracks are always the great equalizer. This weekend, Talladega Superspeedway’s parity roulette wheel landed on the name Ricky Stenhouse Jr. It wasn’t a shock Stenhouse was able to make it to Victory Lane Sunday, in large part because he had the fastest car in qualifying by a substantial amount. But …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Aric Almirola Continues Plate Racing Success with Talladega Victory

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As they wrecked down the backstretch of Talladega Superspeedway, it was a mirrored finish of last July’s XFINITY Series race at Daytona for Aric Almirola. Except this time, they raced back under green. For the second time on a plate track, it was Almirola who scored the victory for Biagi DenBeste Racing. Leading 13 laps, …

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4 Burning Questions: Will Team Penske Continue Talladega Win Streak?

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, Va Usa Saturday 29 April 2017 Joey Logano, Team Penske, Shell Pennzoil Ford Fusion And Brad Keselowski, Team Penske, Detroit Genuine Parts Ford Fusion World Copyright: Rusty Jarrett Nkp

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Will Team Penske Duo Continue Talladega Win Streak? When Dale Earnhardt Jr. says you have that special something when it comes to plate racing, well, you got a little special something. The six-time Talladega Superspeedway winner gave Brad Keselowski some credit for taming the track four times, the second most of active Monster Energy NASCAR …

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

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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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NASCAR 101: An Unencumbered Look Into Encumbered Finishes

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Joey Logano won last weekend at Richmond International Raceway, but in terms of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship battle, you’d barely know it. That’s because Thursday (May 4), Logano’s No. 22 was announced to have had a rear suspension violation found at NASCAR’s R&D center following the race, which means a few things …

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Joey Logano’s Post-Race Infraction Leads to First Encumbered Win

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Joey Logano is not locked into the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs just yet. The No. 22 Ford failed the post race inspection following the Toyota Owner’s 400 at Richmond International Raceway, and has been punished with an L1-level penalty, which marks Logano’s win in the event as an encumbered one, NASCAR announced on …

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