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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch Look Best but Don’t Discount Jimmie Johnson

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Who’s in the headline – Martin Truex Jr. has been the class of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2017. He has won four races, which is the most of any driver. Truex also has dominated the new playoff point system with 35 points scored. He is also the king of stage racing with …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After (Most Of) The Regular Season

2017 Cup Richmond Zach Catanzareti Martin Truex Jr. Kyle Busch

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How… important are stage points? Assuming Martin Truex Jr. doesn’t completely under perform at Darlington Raceway or Richmond Raceway, the No. 78 team will enter the playoffs with at least 50 total playoff points. That’s 30 more than Kyle Busch, as he had 20 playoff points. That’s going to be a huge advantage for Truex …

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2017 Frontstretch Podcast Powered by DraftKings – Episode 24: Time’s Tickin’

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Mi Usa Sunday 13 August 2017 Erik Jones, Furniture Row Racing, 5 Hour Energy Extra Strength Toyota Camry And Joey Logano, Team Penske, Shell Pennzoil Ford Fusion World Copyright: Rusty Jarrett Nkp

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Episode 24: Time’s Tickin’ Frontstretch Podcast with Dustin Albino, Joseph Wolkin and Zach Catanzareti In this week’s episode brought to you by DraftKings, Dustin, Joseph and Zach recap Kyle Busch’s Bristol Sweep, if Erik Jones and Joey Logano can win their way into the playoffs and how the manufacturers are shaping up with one-third of the season left to run.  We also …

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Double Take: What a Difference 12 Races Make

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Remember way back when, following the Coca-Cola 600, when Kyle Larson and Martin Truex Jr. were single-handedly running the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series? A combined 10 top fives, 13 top-10 finishes, eight stage wins. There was no one close to them in the points; Brad Keselowski was 77 points behind in third. At that point, …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not In NASCAR: No Beating Around the Busch Edition

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The way Kyle Busch has been going this season, it’s not really hard to believe that he pulled of his second triple header career win week at Bristol. While it can be a bit frustrating and less interesting when he is dominating the Truck and XFINITY series races he enters, the question from here on out …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kyle Busch Busts Out Broom for Second National Tour Series Sweep at Bristol

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Who’s in the headline – There have been multiple two-race sweeps in NASCAR history, but there have only been a pair of three-race sweeps. Both of them were accomplished by Kyle Busch and the second was this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway. Busch won the first stage, led the second most laps, including 93 of …

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2017 Frontstretch Cup: Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race Predictions

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Welcome to our 10th year of staff predictions! Each week, our experts attempt to tell you who the winner of each Cup race will be. Take a look to see who your favorite writers think will win it all (or at least score some points) this week in the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race! …

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2017 Frontstretch Podcast Powered by DraftKings – Episode 23: Colosseum-Style

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Episode 23: Colosseum-Style Frontstretch Podcast with Dustin Albino, Mike Neff and Zach Catanzareti In this week’s episode brought to you by DraftKings, Dustin, Mike and Zach discuss the potential resurgence of Kyle Larson, the importance of victory for Darrell Wallace Jr., road ringers in Mid-Ohio and the demise of Brad Keselowski Racing.  We also preview the racing to come this weekend at …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Michigan

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series made the second stop of the year at Kyle Larson International Speedway… whoops. I meant Michigan International Speedway. Although with the way that the Chip Ganassi Racing driver has owned the two-mile oval lately, would it really matter if it were renamed after him? Either way, despite valiant efforts …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kyle Larson Gets Dirty to Sweep Michigan

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Who’s in the headline – We often speak of horses for courses and interestingly, Kyle Larson has established that he is the horse to ride on two-mile racetracks. For the third time in a row, he was victorious at Michigan International Speedway, although during this race, he was not nearly as dominant as he’d been …

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Up to Speed: The Driver Makes the Difference at Michigan

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In the days leading up to Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway, there was plenty of chatter about cars, with Chevrolet unveiled its 2018 Camaro, which will compete in the Cup Series beginning next season. Old rivals Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch also engaged in a war of words over the …

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Furniture Row Racing Gives One Away at Michigan

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Toyota/save Mart 350 Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, Ca Usa Saturday 24 June 2017 Martin Truex Jr, Furniture Row Racing, Furniture Row/denver Mattress Toyota Camry World Copyright: Matthew T. Thacker Nkp

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Kyle Larson might have won the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway, but it was Martin Truex Jr.’s race to lose, and he lost it. Larson only led the final two laps of the event on Sunday afternoon, grabbing the lead from Truex on the overtime restart. Larson restarted in fourth-place. Matt Kenseth and …

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