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2017 NASCAR Cup Team Review: Roush Fenway Racing

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Different verse, almost the same as the last. 2017 was another year of disappointment for Roush Fenway Racing for the vast majority of the year. Were it not for the first two wins of his career for Ricky Stenhouse Jr., it would have been a third winless season for the once-dominant team. The long-in-the-tooth organization …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kevin Harvick Breaks Script and Wins an Intermediate Race in 2017

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Who’s in the headline – For the first time, in what has seemed to be the history of racing, a Ford passed a Toyota on track with pure speed. That is fake news, but it has seemed that way for much of the season. On Sunday, Kevin Harvick chased down Martin Truex Jr and passed him …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR Forecast Powered by DraftKings: AAA Texas 500 Preview

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DraftKings’ daily fantasy NASCAR heads to Texas Motor Speedway this weekend for the AAA Texas 500. This race marks the second event of the Round of 8 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. The green flag flies Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Here are eight drivers to keep an eye …

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Round of 8 Set Amid Chaotic Kansas Cup Race

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When the checkered flag flew over the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway Sunday evening, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff field dwindled from 12 to eight drivers. Given their deficits coming into this race, many expected it would take a victory from Jamie McMurray or Ricky Stenhouse Jr. to keep their championship hopes …

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5 Points To Ponder: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Falls Just Short At Talladega

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ONE: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Falls Just Short In the end, on a day dedicated in his honor and the 17th anniversary of his late father’s last win, it was not to be for Dale Earnhardt Jr., who finished seventh at the end of an insane race at Talladega. “I would have loved to have won …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not In NASCAR: Talladega Demolition Derby Edition

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If you were looking for a wild and crazy restrictor plate race at Talladega Superspeedway sometime Sunday afternoon/early evening, you got it. If it wasn’t quite the type of racing you were hoping for … well, you’ll just have to deal with it, just like many drivers and teams are doing. Though Talladega is no …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR Forecast Powered by DraftKings: Alabama 500 Preview

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DraftKings’ daily fantasy NASCAR game heads to Talladega Superspeedway this weekend for the Alabama 500. This race marks the second event of the second round in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. The green flag flies Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. ET on NBC. Position differential is the key scoring statistic on DraftKings this …

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Did You Notice?: Tackling The Unpredictability of Talladega And NASCAR Silly Season

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Did You Notice? …. Talladega is truly the Russian Roulette of the NASCAR playoffs? This race has now had a green-white-checkered finish three years running. Last fall, two top title contenders (Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr.) failed to finish in surprising fashion (engine failure). Later in that race, a driver who would soon announce his retirement (Brian Scott) …

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

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The rain may have stayed away from Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday afternoon, but Martin Truex Jr. couldn’t stay away from Victory Lane. Truex just reinforced the idea of what most in NASCAR already know: He is a virtual lock to be one of the Championship 4 in the final race at Homestead. That’s not to say …

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Drivers Have Mixed Feelings About Final Charlotte Oval Playoff Race

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Sunday’s Bank of America 500 will be the final use of the oval track in the playoffs at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the foreseeable future. What’s next for NASCAR home track? A roval, a combination of practically the entire 1.5-mile oval surface with the use of the infield road course inside. While it’s a fairly …

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2017 Frontstretch Podcast Powered by DraftKings – Episode 30: No Place Like Home

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Episode 30: No Place Like Home Frontstretch Podcast with Dustin Albino, Joseph Wolkin and Zach Catanzareti In this week’s episode brought to you by DraftKings, Dustin, Joe and Zach recap the opening cutoff race of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs, where Chase Elliott went wrong and if anybody can stop the man they call Rowdy. We …

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Turning a Corner on Becoming a Top Team

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29 races through the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is on the radar as one of the most improved drivers of the year. With victories at Talladega Superspeedway and Daytona in July, the No. 17 team was guaranteed a position into the playoffs. With a bit of luck on Sunday at …

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