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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2018 Daytona 500

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Who’s in the headline The clash on Sunday last week had the world abuzz with how uneventful the racing would be at Daytona for the 500. Apparently, someone forgot to tell the drivers. 24 lead changes, seven caution flags for on-track incidents, 14 leaders and the three winningest car numbers in the sport on the …

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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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Penske Perfect: Brad Keselowski Wins Clash with Teammates in Tow

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series The Advance Auto Parts Clash Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fl Usa Sunday 11 February 2018 Brad Keselowski, Team Penske, Miller Lite Ford Fusion World Copyright: Matthew T. Thacker Nkp

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NASCAR’s first race of the year at Daytona saw plenty of intense pack racing with drivers adjusting to 2018 ride height rules. But the ending of the non-points Advanced Auto Parts Clash at Daytona proved near perfect for one organization: Team Penske. Brad Keselowski scored the victory, cruising out in front as teammates Ryan Blaney …

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Frontstretch Podcast: A Fresh Season to Come

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series 2018 Nascar Media Tour Charlotte Convention Center, Charlotte, Nc Usa Tuesday 23 January 2018 Kurt Busch World Copyright: Matthew T. Thacker Nkp

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In the first episode of the Frontstretch Podcast in 2018, we discuss all the changes — or lack of which — for the 2018 NASCAR season with Dustin Albino, Zach Catanzareti and Davey Segal. In the last two months and change, the sport has been on the sidelines as the drivers, teams and media “enjoy” …

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Kurt Busch Signs 1-Year Extension with Stewart-Haas Racing

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Kurt Busch confirmed on Tuesday that he would be driving the No. 41 Ford for Stewart-Haas Racing during the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. On Monday, reports circulated (first reported by Motorsport.com) that the defending Daytona 500 champion would be returning for his fifth season at SHR. And after months of speculation and SHR …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kevin Harvick Breaks Script and Wins an Intermediate Race in 2017

2017 Texas Ii Cup Kevin Harvick Woohoo Jonathan Ferrey Getty Images For Texas Motor Speedway

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Who’s in the headline – For the first time, in what has seemed to be the history of racing, a Ford passed a Toyota on track with pure speed. That is fake news, but it has seemed that way for much of the season. On Sunday, Kevin Harvick chased down Martin Truex Jr and passed him …

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Kurt Busch Fastest in 2nd Cup Practice at Texas

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Kurt Busch continued to speed through the weekend by pacing second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice at Texas Motor Speedway. With a 28.159-second lap, Busch backed up his pole-winning speed ahead of Denny Hamlin, who on his first lap, turned his fastest lap of the session, putting his No. 11 Toyota second on the …

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Kurt Busch Posts Texas Track Record Toward 1st Pole of 2017

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Aaa Texas 500 Texas Motor Speedway Fort Worth, Tx Usa Friday 3 November 2017 Kurt Busch, Stewart Haas Racing, Haas Automation/monster Energy Ford Fusion World Copyright: John K Harrelson Nkp

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On Friday, Kurt Busch was able to secure his first pole of 2017 and 22nd of his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career. Busch, who was eliminated from the championship playoffs in the Round of 16, was able to spoil the playoff party by knocking Denny Hamlin off top with a blistering fast lap of …

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Tech Talk: Slip Angles, Minimal Chassis Travel & Bump Stops at Texas with Tony Gibson

2017 Talladega Cup Tony Gibson Kurt Busch Zach Catanzareti

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Last weekend at Martinsville Speedway, the No. 41 team more than 90 percent of the race in the top 15. Unfortunately for them, the race went 505 laps and they were turned into the wall coming to the checkered flag. The end result was a 22nd-place finish, coming after another long line of poor breaks …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBC Goes All or Nothing on NASCAR Playoffs at Kansas

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Cutoff weekends.  I’ve never been a big fan of them, and Kansas was no exception to the rule.  After Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400, I was browsing my timeline on Twitter and found this completely random tweet from Dale Earnhardt Jr. I still listen to Milli Vanilli sometimes. I know they wasn’t legit. But ‘girl you …

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Kurt Busch Rebounds From Early Vibration for Best Finish Since Daytona Win

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Kurt Busch started the season – and Stewart-Haas Racing’s tenure with Ford – with a bang and a victory in the Daytona 500, but since then, the season has been a bit of an up-and-down one for the No. 41 team. Fast forward to Kansas Speedway, and Busch came home with his best result since …

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Tech Talk: Chassis Travel, Rear-End Shims & Tire Test Philosophy with Tony Gibson

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The food processor that was Talladega Superspeedway chewed up and spit out more than 30 cars on Sunday. Unfortunately for Tony Gibson, his No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford driven by Kurt Busch was one of them and he ended up with a 25th-place finish. Heading into Kansas Speedway, it is back to trying to create …

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