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The Underdog House: NASCAR Must ‘Cope’ With Slow Cars On Track

2017 Las Vegas Cup Landon Cassill Nigel Kinrade Nkp

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Think Small After last weekend’s race at Richmond Raceway, where Derrike Cope brought out a late caution while racing several laps down, fans and some media suggested Cope should have been removed from the track by NASCAR long before the incident. That group, which included regular season champion Martin Truex Jr., claimed Cope was so far in …

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Pace Laps: Championship Favorites Reign at Chicago, Josef Newgarden Wins IndyCar Title

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Tales Of The Turtles 400 Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet, Il Usa Sunday 17 September 2017 Martin Truex Jr, Furniture Row Racing, Furniture Row/denver Mattress Toyota Camry Celebrates His Win World Copyright:brett Moist Nkp

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: The Importance of Execution – It ended some days and opened opportunity for others. Heck, it even had its place in the day of the race winner Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway. Execution is an important factor in tying one end of the race to the other, especially once the playoffs …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Martin Truex Jr. Slimes His Way to First Win of the Playoffs

2017 Chicago Cup Martin Truex Jr Slimed Logan Whitton Nkp

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Who’s in the headline – The best driver and team for the vast majority of 2017 has been Martin Truex Jr. and the No. 78. They made another statement in the first race of the playoffs with a dominating performance over the second half at Chicagoland Speedway. Truex already has the playoff points necessary to waltz …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered after the Tale of the Turtles 400

2017 Chicago Cup Martin Truex Jr Confetti Russell Labounty Nkp

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Who … gets the shoutout of the race? Chase Elliott led more than 10 laps for the first time since Martinsville Speedway in the spring, and it looked like his first win was coming in the first race of the 2017 playoffs. Unfortunately for the No. 24 team, Martin Truex Jr. was too fast to hold off. …

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Martin Truex Jr. Overcomes Pit Error for Chicagoland Victory

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Tales Of The Turtles 400 Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet, Il Usa Sunday 17 September 2017 Martin Truex Jr, Furniture Row Racing, Furniture Row/denver Mattress Toyota Camry Celebrates His Win World Copyright:brett Moist Nkp

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It wasn’t the typical clean race from Martin Truex Jr., but he still ended it in Victory Lane. After speeding on pit road on lap 39 in Sunday’s Tales of the Turtles 400 from Chicagoland Speedway, Truex drove back to the front to lead the event for the first time with 77 laps to go. …

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2017 Frontstretch Podcast Powered by DraftKings – Episode 27: Where Do We Go?

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Episode 27: Where Do We Go? Frontstretch Podcast with Dustin Albino, Joseph Wolkin and Zach Catanzareti In this week’s episode brought to you by DraftKings, Dustin, Joseph and Zach look at the Silly Season turned hilarious and where we think Danica Patrick, Kasey Kahne and others will end up. Also, we look at the top contenders heading into the Monster Energy …

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4 Burning Questions: Will Martin Truex Jr.’s Misfortune Continue Into Playoffs?

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 Richmond Raceway, Richmond, Va Usa Saturday 9 September 2017 Martin Truex Jr, Furniture Row Racing, Auto Owners Insurance Toyota Camry Wrecks World Copyright: Nigel Kinrade Nkp

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Will Martin Truex Jr.’s Misfortune Continue Into Playoffs? You made it, Martin Truex Jr.! You’re in the playoffs, are one of the two winningest drivers all season and already have a 20-point advantage before the playoffs even begin this Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway. So why aren’t you the happiest driver in the sport? While the No. …

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NASCAR 101: 5 Drivers Who Will Stand Out in the Cup Playoffs

2017 Dover Cup Zach Catanzareti Ryan Blaney

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Last weekend at Richmond Raceway, NASCAR set the field for the annual Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs with a lineup of drivers that consisted of 2017 race winners and three drivers who pointed their way in. All 16 drivers had a regular season that made them worthy of making the playoffs, but only one …

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Furniture Row Racing Downgrading to One Car in 2018

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Food City 500 Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tn Usa Monday 24 April 2017 Martin Truex Jr, Furniture Row/denver Mattress Toyota Camry Erik Jones, Sport Clips Toyota Camry World Copyright: Matthew T. Thacker Nkp

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After months of speculation on whether or not Furniture Row Racing would remain a two-car operation in 2018, team owner, Barney Visser confirmed that it will field just one car next season. On Thursday night’s Sirius XM NASCAR Radio show “Dialed In,” Visser admitted to selling the charter of the No. 77 car, driven in …

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Voice of Vito: Reflections on Richmond, Sponsor Drama & Danica Patrick’s Future

Darlington Cup 2017 Martin Truex Jr Throwback Mike Neff

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If you were looking for some late-season NASCAR drama, you got it dumped over your head in bucketfuls this week. From ambulances gone awry to calling out the sanctioning body for the timing of caution flags to CEOs spouting off about the icon of icons in motorsports, it was the type of perpetuating storyline that …

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Martin Truex Jr. Concerned with Consistency of Officiating Entering Playoffs

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 Richmond Raceway, Richmond, Va Usa Friday 8 September 2017 Martin Truex Jr, Furniture Row Racing, Auto Owners Insurance Toyota Camry World Copyright: Logan Whitton / Harrelson Photography Inc.

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Martin Truex Jr. is the points leader entering the 2017 NASCAR playoffs for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship. But he isn’t all-around happy. Following a controversial call of caution late in Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway, Truex lost his three-second lead, later crashing on the final lap. Though the …

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Did You Notice?: NASCAR Needs to Throw Caution to the Wind

Reed Sorenson 2014 Richmond Toyota Owners 400 Caution Mike Neff

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Did You Notice? … NASCAR needs to throw caution to the wind? It’s been a crazy last day of Silly Season for the sport, but let’s not bury the lead of on-track competition gone awry at Richmond Raceway. The sport was put under fire for not only an ambulance blocking pit road under caution, causing damage …

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