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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2017 Alabama 500

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? On a day where many playoff drivers found Talladega Superspeedway trouble, only four of 12 championship-eligible drivers finished the 500-mile wreckfest. There was a golden opportunity for someone outside the postseason like Dale Earnhardt Jr. to steal the victory. But in the end, Brad Keselowski fought off the Earnhardt nostalgia …

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Furniture Row Racing Unveils 30-Race Partnership with Bass Pro Shops, 5-hour ENERGY for 2018

2017 Talladega Cup Tony Gibson Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Zach Catanzareti

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For the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, Furniture Row Racing will be fully sponsored. Following a season that has seen Martin Truex Jr. score six wins and the championship points lead with six races remaining, Bass Pro Shops and 5-hour ENERGY ahs stepped up, jumping onboard for 30 races in 2018. In a …

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2017 Frontstretch Podcast Powered by DraftKings – Episode 31: Talka-Dega

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Geico 500 Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, Al Usa Sunday 7 May 2017 Dale Earnhardt Jr, Hendrick Motorsports, Nationwide Chevrolet Ss And Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing, Skittles Red, White, & Blue Toyota Camry World Copyright: Nigel Kinrade Nkp

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Episode 31: Talka-Dega Frontstretch Podcast with Dustin Albino, Mike Neff and Zach Catanzareti In this week’s episode brought to you by DraftKings, Dustin, Mike and Zach recap the opening round of the Round of 12 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. With Mike and Zach at track, we discuss why the drivers were so darn hot and how exactly Kyle Busch …

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Did You Notice?: Tackling The Unpredictability of Talladega And NASCAR Silly Season

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Did You Notice? …. Talladega is truly the Russian Roulette of the NASCAR playoffs? This race has now had a green-white-checkered finish three years running. Last fall, two top title contenders (Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr.) failed to finish in surprising fashion (engine failure). Later in that race, a driver who would soon announce his retirement (Brian Scott) …

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The Frontstretch 5: Calls NASCAR (Almost) Got Right

Charlotte Field

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Movin’ on up… While NASCAR rolled out several rule changes prior to this season, one that went mostly unnoticed until last weekend at Charlotte was to add some adjustability to the start times of races with 24-hour notice to fans if there is impending weather. That came into play Sunday, when afternoon rain was in …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Charlotte

2017 Loudon Cup Martin Truex Jr. Car Phil Allaway

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Throughout the history of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, there are numerous examples of a driver dominating at a certain track or type of track. What is unique about what we’ve seen at the mile-and-a-half speedways this year is that the dominant driver seemed destined for a career as an also-ran for nearly a …

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5 Points to Ponder: Number 27

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ONE: Talladega Here we go again: 500 miles on the treacherous high banks of Alabama’s Talladega Superspeedway. This time round, I’m happy to say, Talladega will not be the elimination race in the three-race playoff segment as it has been for the last two seasons. After the debacle with Kevin Harvick at the end of …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Charlotte Edition

Chase Elliot Charlotte Cup Fall 2017 Yvonne Leonard

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The rain may have stayed away from Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday afternoon, but Martin Truex Jr. couldn’t stay away from Victory Lane. Truex just reinforced the idea of what most in NASCAR already know: He is a virtual lock to be one of the Championship 4 in the final race at Homestead. That’s not to say …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: The Season of Truex Continues

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Who’s in the headline – The 2017 season has been Martin Truex Jr.’s year of domination. Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway wasn’t a typical Truex race, but when it came time for the big check, it was his world and everyone else was just a squirrel trying to get a nut. The victory was Truex’s sixth …

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Pace Laps: Martin Truex Jr. Comes up Clutch, Alex Bowman Wins in First Start of Season

Alex Bowman Charlotte Xfinity Win

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Chevrolet, Ford Let One Slip Away in Charlotte – After 30 races, we seem to know what to expect come a mile-and-a-half race in 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series racing: Toyota dominates while Chevrolet and Ford scratch for a top-five result. However, Sunday’s Bank of America 500 broke that …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the Bank of America 500

Martin Truex Jr. Charlotte Burnout

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? It’s not often that a driver who single-handedly brings out three different cautions deserves accolades, but this week, Kyle Busch does.  Why?  There was a time when Busch would probably have driven to the garage, climbed out and ridden off into the sunset. (He did that once, leaving …

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Martin Truex Jr. Wins a Hot One in Charlotte

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With humidity a high, Martin Truex Jr. earned a cold champagne shower in Victory Lane, winning Sunday’s Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The win, his sixth of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, advances him to the Round of 8, which starts three weeks from now at Martinsville. “Everything is …

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