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5 Points to Ponder: A Sluggish Start to the NASCAR Playoffs — Why?

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ONE: Sluggish Start to NASCAR’s 10-Race Playoff It’s fair to say for NASCAR that it hasn’t been the compelling start to the 2017 playoffs the powers that be at Daytona Beach, Fla.,  would have wanted. We’ve had two poor races with limited-to-no excitement. There hasn’t been a great deal of passing, not really any it seems …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kyle Busch Sneaks by With New Hampshire Win

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Who’s In The Headline After events conspired against him at Chicagoland Speedway, the stars aligned for Kyle Busch in Loudon to allow him to win his 41st career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. He was in second place at the mid-point of the race when Kevin Harvick spun and ended up sideways in the middle …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2017 ISM Connect 300

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Who… gets the shoutout of the week?  It seemed like just another dominant race for Martin Truex Jr. He led 109 laps at New Hampshire Motor Speedway during the ISM Connect 300, winning stage 1 and taking the white flag for stage 2 in the lead. But instead of a smooth cruise to the stage win and hopefully …

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Untouchable: Kyle Busch Avoids Mid-Race Wreck for Dominating Loudon Victory

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Ism Connect 300 New Hampshire Motor Speedway Loudon, Nh Usa Sunday 24 September 2017 Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing, M&m's Caramel Toyota Camry Celebrates His Win World Copyright: Nigel Kinrade Nkp

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Kyle Busch may have dominated Sunday’s ISM Connect 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, but he needed a little luck to get it done, too. After a track-blocking crash that swallowed up leader Martin Truex Jr. and others on lap 150, Busch tip-toed through the melee for grab the race lead. “That was pretty intense,” …

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Martin Truex Jr. Paces Final Practice at New Hampshire

2017 Loudon Cup Martin Truex Jr. Car Phil Allaway

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In a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series final practice dominated by playoff drivers, Martin Truex Jr. led the charge – again. Truex’s speed of 131.647 mph topped the charts at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Saturday. That’s after the No. 78 team was penalized 30 minutes for failing technical inspection last weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. Truex …

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2017 Frontstretch Podcast Powered by DraftKings – Episode 28: Playoffs, Please

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Overton’s 301 New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, Nh Usa Sunday 16 July 2017 Kevin Harvick, Stewart Haas Racing, Busch Beer Ford Fusion And Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing, Fedex Office Toyota Camry World Copyright: Rusty Jarrett Nkp

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Episode 28: Playoffs, Please Frontstretch Podcast with Dustin Albino, Davey Segal and Zach Catanzareti In this week’s episode brought to you by DraftKings, Dustin, Davey and Zach recap the opening round of the playoffs from Chicagoland, discussing pit road problems and possible trouble afoot for some top contenders. We also debate Kasey Kahne’s move to Leavine Family Racing for 2018 and compare …

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4 Burning Questions: How Memorable Will the Final Fall New Hampshire Race Be?

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Overton’s 301 New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, Nh Usa Sunday 16 July 2017 Kevin Harvick, Stewart Haas Racing, Busch Beer Ford Fusion And Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing, Fedex Office Toyota Camry World Copyright: Nigel Kinrade Nkp

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What’s Up with New Hampshire’s Sticky Compound? New Hampshire Motor Speedway confirmed this week that the track will once again apply the same PJ1 compound used in the July event. The compound, being applied to the first and third grooves of the racetrack, was a much-hyped edition to the one-lane racetrack at which cars can …

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Double Take: 8 Key Stats for the Rest of 2017

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Writers don’t like to admit it, but every once in a while a topic will completely and utterly elude them. It shouldn’t be a concern in a sport as fast-paced as NASCAR — between the travels of the weekly circuit and all the crazy moves teams make to put themselves in a better position down …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR Forecast Powered by DraftKings: ISM Connect 300 Preview

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DraftKings’ daily fantasy NASCAR heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend for the ISM Connect 300. This race marks the second event of the first round in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. The green flag flies Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Cars will hit the track on Friday at 11:30 …

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Did You Notice?: The Legend Of Allstate Kasey Kahne Lives On

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Did You Notice? … The powerful resume of Kasey Kahne? This year’s Brickyard 400 victory, combined with years of wooing major sponsorship, tipped the scales for single-car Leavine Family Racing. Despite a major leap forward with Michael McDowell this season, on-track potential wasn’t enough to keep the ride. “We look at this as an opportunity for …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not In NASCAR: Blues Brothers Edition

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NASCAR’s version of the playoffs began Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway. But if you were looking for some kind of markedly different outcome than what you have seen for much of the season, you came away feeling a little blue. That’s unless you are a Martin Truex Jr. fan, of course. In that case, there are plenty …

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5 Points to Ponder: The Power of NASCAR Social Media

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Brickyard 400 Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis, In Usa Saturday 22 July 2017 Brad Keselowski, Team Penske, Miller Lite Ford Fusion World Copyright: Russell Labounty Nkp

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ONE: Twitter Wars I’m sure by now you’ve seen the tweet from Brad Keselowski Friday, prior to the race at Chicagoland Speedway this past weekend where he took to Twitter to opine on the form of the Toyotas. Just in case, here’s the tweet in question: We are all in for a rude awakening. Haven't seen …

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