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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBCSN Took NASCAR Anthem Story Head On

3-5 June, 2016, Long Pond, Pennsylvania USA Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth, Dollar General Toyota Camry restart © 2016, Nigel Kinrade NKP

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Chaps, the Round of 16 is now complete.  From here on, the playoff focus will likely intensify.  However, for this week’s edition of Couch Potato Tuesday, we’re focusing on three main topics.  One is the actual race coverage.  That’s obvious.  Another topic is conflicts of interest.  My readers are quite smart.  You already know where …

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Entry List: Bank of America 500

2017 Charlotte All Star CUP Jimmie Johnson racing Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

And then… there were 12. NASCAR’s playoff field has been trimmed in advance of Sunday’s Bank of America 500 from Charlotte Motor Speedway. This weekend, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads home to Charlotte, N.C. for the first race of playoff round two. Those 12 drivers will once again resume their championship battle, this …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2017 Apache Warrior 400

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Who…gets the shoutout of the week? Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s crew chief Brian Pattie made the bold call to leave the No. 17 car on the track during a cycle of green-flag pit stops during stage 1. A caution came out when Jeffrey Earnhardt hit the sand barriers protecting the pit wall, leaving Stenhouse as one …

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Kyle Busch Sneaks by Chase Elliott for Monster Mile Win

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Apache Warrior 400 Dover International Speedway, Dover, DE USA Sunday 1 October 2017 Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing, M&M's Caramel Toyota Camry celebrates his win World Copyright: Nigel Kinrade NKP

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There’s a reason why you watch until the end. It’s the very reason Chase Elliott was denied victory again Sunday at Dover International Speedway, as Kyle Busch passed the No. 24 driver with two laps to go to steal the win in the Apache Warrior 400. Busch, who started second and fell back early, battled …

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4 Burning Questions: Who Breaks the Points Tie in Cutoff Dover Race?

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA 400 Drive for Autism Dover International Speedway, Dover, DE USA Sunday 4 June 2017 Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Roush Fenway, Little Hug Ford Fusion Austin Dillon, Richard Childress Racing, AAA Chevrolet SS World Copyright: Matthew T. Thacker NKP

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Who Breaks the Points Tie in Cutoff Race at Dover? Despite the fact we have 28 races of playoff and stage points stacked up to every playoff driver entering this weekend at Dover International Speedway, Sunday will come down to every point. Four drivers will exit the championship group after Dover as Round 1 wraps …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not: The Late Edition

2017 Loudon Cup Erik Jones Car Phil Allaway

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Sometimes circumstances happen that are completely out of your control that prevents you from doing something you enjoy. That’s the case with the late version of this week’s column and that was the case with a few drivers during Sunday’s race at Hampshire, who would’ve much rather finished up front rather than in the back. …

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Escapes New Hampshire on Playoff Cutline

2017 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series, New Hampshire

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Coming into New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. had low expectations. When the No. 17 unloaded off the hauler on Friday, it became more apparent the team was going to have to salvage a points day on Sunday. Stenhouse started the ISM Connect 300 from 24th position, lowest of the 16 playoff drivers. And …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR Forecast Powered by DraftKings: ISM Connect 300 Preview

2017 Michigan II CUP Daniel Suarez Nigel Kinrade NKP

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DraftKings’ daily fantasy NASCAR heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend for the ISM Connect 300. This race marks the second event of the first round in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. The green flag flies Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Cars will hit the track on Friday at 11:30 …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not In NASCAR: Blues Brothers Edition

2017 Watkins Glen CUP Martin Truex Jr Cole Pearn celebrating Rusty Jarrett NKP

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NASCAR’s version of the playoffs began Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway. But if you were looking for some kind of markedly different outcome than what you have seen for much of the season, you came away feeling a little blue. That’s unless you are a Martin Truex Jr. fan, of course. In that case, there are plenty …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not In NASCAR: Leading Laps Edition

2017 Richmond II CUP MArtin Truex Jr Kyle Larson racing Matthew T Thacker NKP

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NASCAR’s version of the playoffs is here starting this week at Chicagoland Speedway. But the playoffs for some were this past Saturday night in Richmond. None of on the outside of the playoff picture were able to photobomb that picture and steal a little attention to those already in at the start of the night. …

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5 Points to Ponder: Don’t Sleep On… Denny Hamlin?

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ONE: Don’t Sleep On…. Denny Hamlin? 24/7 news cycles these days can cause storylines to be greatly exaggerated. So it’s no surprise everyone and their mother screamed, “Don’t sleep on Denny Hamlin!” seconds after his astounding Darlington comeback. It’s true Sunday’s Southern 500 was perhaps a stepping stone in Hamlin’s career. A driver who’s at times …

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

2016 Pocono II CUP Kevin Harvick helmet Logan Whitton NKP

(Photo: Logan Whitton/NKP)

Darlington had what is becoming its annual throwback weekend with NASCAR’s Cup and XFINITY series each having a number of cars with paint schemes resembling those from the past. But no matter how enjoyable it is to take a look back in time, there is no time like the present for many drivers as there is now just …

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