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Did You Notice?: NASCAR’s Sophomore Slump Affecting Youth Movement?

2018 Cup Richmond Ty Dillon Zach Catanzareti

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Did You Notice? … The dreaded sophomore slump has reared its ugly head again? The top three rookies from the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series last season are all underperforming nine races into 2018. Erik Jones is the best of the bunch, sitting 12th in points. But as the driver he replaced, Matt Kenseth, returns to …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Saturday Night Lights

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Pennzoil 400 Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, Nv Usa Friday 2 March 2018 Ryan Blaney, Team Penske, Ford Fusion Menards / Pennzoil World Copyright: Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

The 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season is now one-quarter finished after the third short-track visit of the year to Richmond Raceway, the first short track weekend not to be plagued by weather delays. Kyle Busch put the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry in Victory Lane for the third week in a …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kyle Busch Overcomes Deep Starting Position for 3rd Straight Win

2018 Cup Richmond Kyle Busch Zach Catanzareti

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Who’s in the headline To start the season, Kyle Busch couldn’t get over the hump to move from second to first. After three runner-up finishes and a third-place result, he has now reeled off three straight victories. Busch is now tied with Kevin Harvick for the most wins in the series. Joey Logano looked like …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Takeaways from Bristol

2018 Cup Bristol Zach Catanzareti Kyle Busch

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

In the latest episode of the 2018 Frontstretch Podcast, we review a rather wet, yet intense weekend of action at Bristol Motor Speedway with Dustin Albino, Mike Neff and Zach Catanzareti. Kyle Busch used the ‘ole golden chrome to nudge Kyle Larson out of the way with six laps to go en route to his second consecutive victory. While the …

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Roush Fenway Racing Re-Signs Primary Sponsors for Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

2018 Cup Bristol Zach Catanzareti Ricky Stenhouse Jr

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Roush Fenway Racing announced Tuesday (April 17) that the team has agreed to contract extensions with all three of the main sponsors of Ricky Stenhouse Jr.‘s No. 17 Ford.  Those companies are Fastenal, Harvest Hill Beverage Company and Fifth Third Bank. All three of the sponsors have signed on to continue serving as primary sponsors …

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Did You Notice?: Ford’s Mustang Must Avoid Chevy’s Camaro NASCAR Mistakes

2018 Auto Club Cole Custer, Stewart Haas Racing, Ford Mustang Haas Automation

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Did You Notice? … Ford’s decision to race its Mustang model in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series next season? The decision came four months earlier than Chevrolet’s choice last season to move to its Camaro. The lengthy lead time gives Ford teams a window for development and testing. It’s a long-term plan the manufacturer hopes …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Bristol

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Ticketguardian 500 Ism Raceway, Phoenix, Az Usa Friday 9 March 2018 Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry Skittles Sweet Heat World Copyright: Russell Labounty Nkp

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series made its first stop in “Thunder Valley” for the Food City 500 on Sunday. The race began as the threat of rain continued to loom, and precipitation interfered with the race three times on Sunday, creating what looked like a long day at the Bristol Motor Speedway. After a …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kyle Busch Wins Bristol Two-Day Marathon

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Ticketguardian 500 Ism Raceway, Phoenix, Az Usa Friday 9 March 2018 Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry Skittles Sweet Heat World Copyright: Russell Labounty Nkp

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Who’s in the headline Kyle Busch is the winningest active driver at Bristol Motor Speedway. He grabbed the win today to make it two in a row in 2018 and two in a row at Bristol. Busch led a race high five times for 117 laps, second only to Kyle Larson. Brad Keselowski won the …

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NASCAR 101: Roush Fenway Racing’s 7-Race Struggle

2017 Nascar Monster Energy Cup Series, New Hampshire

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So, uh, how about Roush Fenway Racing? Truly, 2017 feels like a far-off memory rather than no more than 15 months ago. Back then, the long-running Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series stalwart had started off the 2017 season on a positive note, with both of its drivers within the top 20 in points through seven …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: Food City 500

2018 Kevin Harvick Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

Kevin Harvick (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

NASCAR heads to Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend for Sunday’s Food City 500. The half-mile track is one of the toughest on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule. The factors that go into building a winning fantasy team at a short track are much different than those at an intermediate or superspeedway. First off, …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Lone Star Breakdowns

2017 Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Auto Club 400 Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, Ca Usa Friday 24 March 2017 Jamie Mcmurray And Kyle Larson World Copyright: Nigel Kinrade/nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

This weekend’s races at Texas Motor Speedway were a little weird. Saturday’s XFINITY Series race was run in mid-30’s temperatures and featured three cautions in the first fifteen laps. Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race started with a wreck on lap 2, and went on to have eight cautions, about a dozen cars in the …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kyle Busch Triumphs In Texas For First 2018 Win

2018 Kyle Busch Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

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Who’s in the headline After three seconds and a third in the last four Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races, Kyle Busch finally put it all together Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway. Holding off a hard-charging Kevin Harvick down the stretch, Busch became the fifth MENCS winner of 2018 in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500. …

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