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Daily NASCAR Fantasy: Drafting Your Michigan Lineup (FireKeepers Casino 400)

2016 Nascar Sprint Cup Series, Pocono

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The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Michigan International Speedway on June 12th for the FireKeepers Casino 400. NASCAR has implemented a new low downforce package for this weekends’ race, which will test each and every driver’s skill around the fast two-mile track. Earlier in the week, the Sprint Cup Series saw its ninth different …

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2-Headed Monster: Has Joe Gibbs Racing Lost Its Stranglehold on Victory Lane?

2016 Dover I Cup Carl Edwards Matt Kenseth Racing Nigel Kinrade Nkp

Thirty-four laps. That’s all that Toyota led during last weekend’s Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400 at Pocono Raceway – out of 160 – and for a manufacturer that has led over half of the laps run this season, it seemed a little out of place.  Even more interesting is that all 34 of those laps …

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Multiple Crew Chiefs to Miss Pocono Due to Penalties

2016 Charlotte I Cup Martin Truex Jr Jimmie Johnson Nascar Via Getty Images

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On Wednesday, NASCAR released their weekly penalty report.  While there no real indications that anything big was coming, the hammer came down fairly strong on a number of teams.  No less than three Sprint Cup teams will be without their crew chiefs on Sunday in Pocono (pending appeals, of course). Brian Pattie, crew chief for …

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Tech Talk: Jason Ratcliff Discusses Tire Wear for the Season’s Longest Race

Jason Ratcliff Bank Of America 500 2015 Cup Charlotte Mike Neff

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Jason Ratcliff guided the No. 20 Dollar General team for Joe Gibbs Racing, driven by Matt Kenseth, to their first win of the season at Dover International Speedway two weeks ago. Last weekend he tried to utilize pit strategy to help his team overcome a poor qualifying position in the All-Star Race, but it backfired. He now prepares …

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The Frontstretch 5 (Plus 1): First-Time Winners in NASCAR’s Longest Race

2007 Charlotte I Cup Casey Mears Trophy Kiss Nigel Kinrade Autostock

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David Pearson, 1961 Pearson was the first of six drivers to take home his first trophy in NASCAR’s longest race, winning in 1961. Pearson would also become the first of four first-time winners in the 600-miler to go on to win Cup titles, and he’s the winningest driver in this group, visiting Victory lane another …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Confounds; ARCA’s ASN Debut Decent

2016 Charlotte All Star Cup Martin Truex Jr Denny Hamlin Racing Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

All-Star Weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway has always been interesting.  You never know what you’re going to get.  Unfortunately, Saturday brought confusion to everyone involved, even the sport’s FOX broadcast partner. Sprint Showdown/Sprint All-Star Race Holy cripes.  Saturday marked new formats for the Sprint Showdown and Sprint All-Star Race. While I’m not a fan of …

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

2016 Charlotte All Star Cup Matt Kenseth Crash John Harrelson Nkp

(Photo: John Harrelson / NKP)

It’s no secret NASCAR’s All-Star Race wasn’t exactly an A+ effort last weekend. That said, let’s keep in mind all-star events for the other major U.S. sports have pretty much been duds for the last several years. The NFL’s Pro Bowl changes the rules to significantly decrease the chance for injury. In the NBA and NHL, …

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Dollar General Leaving Joe Gibbs Racing at the End of 2016

Matt Kenseth Martinsville Cup 2016 Mike Neff

(Photo: Mike Neff)

Just over a week after Matt Kenseth won his first race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season at Dover International Speedway, primary sponsor Dollar General has announced it will be parting ways with the 2003 Cup Series champion at the end of the 2016 season. According to a report from Sports Business Daily, Dollar …

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Up To Speed: Brad Keselowski Stands By Complicated All-Star Format

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In perhaps what was the most complicated Sprint All-Star Race format in the history of the exhibition event, many drivers went in without a full comprehension of what the rules were, and left still not knowing. Not only that, but the drivers were able to find some holes in NASCAR’s plot to bring some life back …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud – Joey Logano Makes Late-Race Pass to Claim First All-Star Victory

2016 Charlotte All Star Cup Joey Logano Champagne John Harrelson Nkp

Who’s in the headline – The No. 22 of Joey Logano was festooned with a myriad of pictures from the 50 years of Team Penske. On a full moon Saturday night, the collective spirits of all of the drivers who have piloted a car for “The Captain” rode along with Logano as he navigated the …

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2-Headed Monster: Should Kyle Larson Have Turned Matt Kenseth to Win?

2016 Dover I Cup Matt Kenseth Kyle Larson Chase Elliott Racing Russell Labounty Nkp

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Dun dun. Dun dun. Dun dun. It was like the scene from Jaws on Sunday, Matt Kenseth leading as the laps wound down at Dover, looking to shake off his gremlins and take a well-earned first victory of the 2016 season. Behind him, however, was Kyle Larson, slowly stalking the Joe Gibbs Racing driver and …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: Dover Live Edition

2016 Dover I Cup Matt Kenseth Racing Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

A few times a year, I am fortunate enough to actually attend a NASCAR race in person and this weekend was one of those times. When you attend a NASCAR event, while the main attraction is the Sprint Cup race, there are plenty of other things that happen that make the experience either worth it …

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