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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Denny Hamlin Overcomes Crustacean Fear for First Win of 2017 at Loudon

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Who’s in the headline – Joe Gibbs Racing went past the halfway point of the season without a victory. That changed in the first race of the second half as Denny Hamlin took advantage of some strategy calls and track conditions at New Hampshire Motor Speedway to score his first win of the season. Hamlin …

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Up to Speed: Denny Hamlin’s Stability Turning the Tide for Joe Gibbs Racing

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If there was a low point for Joe Gibbs Racing this season, and particularly Denny Hamlin, it had to have been at Texas Motor Speedway back in April.  While Kyle Busch looked competitive at times, Hamlin, Matt Kenseth and Daniel Suarez each struggled to run in the top 20 for no apparent reason.  Hamlin wound up getting the …

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Pace Laps: A Massive Weekend at New Hampshire for JGR and Josef Newgarden’s Big IndyCar Win

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Roller coaster of a Day for JGR – You may not find a more adventurous day for Joe Gibbs Racing all season than Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. That’s because one JGR driver scored the win, another lost the trophy late, the third brought it home in a solid position and …

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Matt Kenseth Misses Out on New Hampshire Win After Late Yellow

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For the fourth consecutive time the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series leaves New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Matt Kenseth was in the mix for the win. Taking the lead from Martin Truex Jr. with 65 laps to go, the three-time track winner was in the good shape toward win No. 1 of 2017. With three consecutive …

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Denny Hamlin Brings Joe Gibbs Racing Back to Victory at Loudon

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It just so happened that Denny Hamlin had to pass a Joe Gibbs Racing teammate to score the victory at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Sunday. Following a 20-race winless streak that dated back to 2016, Hamlin passed Matt Kenseth and held off a charging Kyle Larson to score his 30th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup …

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Kyle Busch on Matt Kenseth’s Future: ‘I Have No Clue’

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The first domino in the 2017 NASCAR silly season fell last week when Erik Jones was named the driver of the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series for 2018. Starting alongside teammates Daniel Suarez, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch, the odd man out of the organization is Matt …

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Friday Faceoff: Where Will Matt Kenseth Land?

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Matt Kenseth is officially a free agent after the 2017 season.  Can Kenseth, age 45, still land a top-level ride?  Should he accept a mid-tier offer if the power teams don’t come calling? Bryan Gable:  Absolutely.  Just because Kenseth is not in his prime anymore does not mean he has no value to NASCAR’s best …

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4 Burning Questions: Will Aric Almirola Struggle to Compete in 2017?

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Will Aric Almirola Struggle to Compete at Loudon and Beyond? In the last eight Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races, there have been four different drivers in the No. 43. But this one is the name that has been on the windshield all along. Aric Almirola is back in action for Sunday’s Overton’s 300 at …

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2-Headed Monster: Was Matt Kenseth’s Tenure at JGR a Success?

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This week’s Frontstretch debate question: Matt Kenseth and Joe Gibbs Racing recently announced that the two would part ways after the 2017 season. Kenseth joined JGR at the start of 2013, amassing 14 of his 38 career wins in the No. 20 Toyota. He has finished inside the top five in the point standings twice, although …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR Forecast Powered By DraftKings: Overtons 301 Preview

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series now heads to New England for the Overtons 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this Sunday at 3:00 p.m. ET. Daily fantasy NASCAR prep starts when cars hit the track on Friday at 11:30 a.m. for first practice; Coors Light Pole Qualifying follows at 4:45. Here are eight drivers …

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NASCAR Mailbox: What Makes 2018 An Opportune Time for Erik Jones to Re-Join Joe Gibbs Racing?

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The start of silly season is finally here. It took long enough, didn’t it? Rumors have been all over the Internet for the past month or so, featuring headlines with dozens of scenarios that have a slight chance of taking place. Speculation has its ways, and accurate or not, it is certainly bringing attention to …

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Erik Jones to Replace Matt Kenseth, Moves to Joe Gibbs Racing Starting in 2018

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There will be a new face in Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 20 Toyota come next year’s Daytona 500, and his name is Erik Jones. The 21-year-old Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series rookie will return to Joe Gibbs Racing after a year of competing full-time for Furniture Row Racing. As Jones enters JGR’s Cup lineup, 2003 …

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