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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: NASCAR Wreck It Ralph (and Almost Everybody Else) Edition

2016 Daytona Ii Cup Kurt Busch John Harrelson Nkp

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The season-opening Daytona 500 gave NASCAR fans a little bit everything. There was that last-lap pass for the lead, which is beginning to become a trademark for the Great American Race. There were plenty of battles for the lead and for positions throughout and a lot less riding around waiting for the end of the …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Deals with New Rules, Constant Wrecking

2017 Daytona I Nxs Airplane Russell Labounty Nkp

Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP

Finally, the season is underway.  Sadly, the three races last weekend ended up being the wreckfests that I feared.  The damaged vehicle policy created a real mess as teams weren’t allowed to fully fix their cars.  As far as I’m concerned, having that policy goes against the whole idea of getting drivers to race harder.  …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR: Daytona 500 Preview

The official start to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season (and daily fantasy NASCAR) is finally upon us. The Advance Auto Parts Clash and two Can-Am Duels were full of nail-biting action, a great preview of what’s to come during Sunday’s Daytona 500. When it comes to daily fantasy NASCAR on DraftKings, the strategy …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR Hot Starts: Daytona 500

Blaney 2017 Daytona 500

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season officially kicks off Sunday evening (Feb. 26) for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. The Daytona 500 also marks the beginning of the full field NASCAR Daily Fantasy Sports season, and Frontstretch will be your go-to source when building your 2017 DraftKings lineups. Here are two hot-start …

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2016 NASCAR Rewind: Martin Truex Jr.

2016 Chicago Cup Martin Truex Jr Woohoo Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Martin Truex, Jr. and Furniture Row Racing entered 2016 with a new look.  The Denver, Colorado-based operation entered into a technical alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing, prompting a manufacturer switch from Chevrolet to Toyota.  Truex and FRR were coming off a successful 2015 campaign in which both the driver and team looked reborn.  The partnership …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: NASCAR Championship Edition

2016 Indianapolis Cup Jimmie Johnson Hat Russell Labounty Nkp

(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

The final race of the season ended with the kind of drama that NASCAR could only hope for when it devised the Chase system, and especially this current Chase system. There was no ceremonial ride around for 267 laps for the champion as there had been at times when the championship was all but won …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Sudden Shift Hands Johnson Record-Tying Title

Jimmie Johnson

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Who’s in the headline – The elite level of NASCAR has increased by 50%. There are many gauges to judge the greats but championships are a huge differentiator. Jimmie Johnson took advantage of circumstances that fell his way, led the final three laps, and notched his seventh career title. Johnson shares the headline with Tony …

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Martin Truex, Jr. Paces Final Cup Series Practice of Year at Homestead

2016 Cup Homestead Miami Speedway Martin Truex Jr. Zach Catanzareti

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Early on into the 50-minute final practice session, Martin Truex, Jr. hopped to the top of the leaderboard with a lap of 174.289 mph. That speed held as the single-car Furniture Row Racing outfit paced the field for the rest of Happy Hour. The No. 78 Toyota team, who was in contention for the championship one …

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Friday Faceoff: Enough of a Sendoff for Smoke?

2016 Kentucky Cup Tony Stewart Helmet Russell Labounty Nkp

(Photo: Russell Labounty/NKP)

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is now a year into the caution clock rule.  Did it work as advertised, and should NASCAR consider it in the XFINITY and Cup series? Jeff Wolfe, Senior Writer: I’m not sure if it’s the best idea for the XFINITY or Cup series, but I have liked the way …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2016 Can-Am 500

2016 Nascar Sprint Cup Series, Phoenix

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? He’s not a rookie — he actually has two full Cup seasons under his belt — but Alex Bowman might as well be one in some respects.  He’s seen the tracks, but he’s never really raced against the top drivers in the series on a weekly basis for …

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Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Busch Fastest In Phoenix Practice Sessions

2016 Pocono I Cup Kyle Busch Car Garage Anthony Lumbis Sr.

Martin Truex, Jr., posted the fastest time in round two of practice to lead the way for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Truex, a four time winner in 2016, sped around the 1-mile desert oval at an average speed of 136.358 mph, edging out Brad Keselowski for the fastest lap of the session. Jamie McMurray …

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NASCAR Penalizes Nearly Two Dozen Teams in Texas

2016 Cup Texas Joey Logano Car Rick Lunkenheimer

(Photo: Rick Lunkenheimer)

On Wednesday, NASCAR released the weekly penalty report stemming from Texas.  Compared to recent weeks, this one was quite the doozy. In the Sprint Cup Series, Joey Logano‘s No. 22 Ford that finished second Sunday night was found to have one loose lugnut.  As a result, the No. 22 has been hit with a P2 …

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