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Pace Laps: Texas Tires, Penske Dominance & Newgarden Prevails in Phoenix

Goodyear Tires ready for NASCAR action. Photo: NKP

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Texas Tears Up Tires Kyle Busch may have edged Kevin Harvick to finally get that winless monkey off his back, but Sunday’s (April 8) race at Texas Motor Speedway for the MENCS was more notable for who wasn’t around at the finish. Kyle Larson. Martin Truex Jr. Ryan Newman. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. …

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The Frontstretch 5: NASCAR Teams Who Need a Turnaround in 2018

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Hendrick Motorsports Just a few weeks ago, it was easy to explain the organization’s struggles: it was too early to tell; Chevrolet is behind the curve – which may still be the case; the team has two new drivers. And the thing is, all of that is completely true. But looking at the big picture, …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Clint Bowyer is Back

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Clint Bowyer snapped a long winless streak at the paper-clip shaped Martinsville Speedway (Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

In the latest episode of the 2018 Frontstretch Podcast, we break down this past weekend’s events at Martinsville Speedway with Dustin Albino, Mike Neff, and Zach Catanzareti, while addressing the significance of Clint Bowyer‘s victory. Though Bowyer was dominant and there were only four cautions at the short track, three of which were announced prior to the race, from …

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Martin Truex Jr. Sweeps Martinsville Speedway Practices

2018 Auto Club Cup Martin Truex Jr., Furniture Row Racing, Toyota Camry Bass Pro Shops/5 Hour Energy

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No matter what town NASCAR travels to, Martin Truex Jr. continues to be the fastest in it. Six days after winning all three stages at Auto Club Speedway of California, the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion was fastest in both STP 500 practices at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday (March 24). Truex posted a …

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Did You Notice?: NASCAR’s Blowout Problem

2018 Cup Auto Club Martin Truex Jr., Furniture Row Racing, Toyota Camry Bass Pro Shops/5 Hour Energy Celebrates His Win With A Burnout

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Did You Notice? … NASCAR winners aren’t just squeaking into Victory Lane — they’re rolling over their competition. Three of five races in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season have been won by 2.5 seconds or more. Martin Truex Jr. coasted to the win at Auto Club Speedway by nearly 12 seconds Sunday; only 10 …

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NASCAR 101: The West Coast Swing, Can it Predict the Future?

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From TV to Twitter, everyone is talking about the “west coast swing.” It started in 2015, and is a three week period where the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series goes to Las Vegas, Phoenix and Fontana. This was made to give teams an option to stay out on the west coast instead of going back …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2018 Ticket Guardian 500

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Denny Hamlin should be looking forward to Phoenix (Photo: Rusty Jarrett/NKP)

NASCAR heads to ISM Raceway this weekend in Phoenix for the Ticket Guardian 500. The one-mile race track is technically a short track but races more like an intermediate circuit with its unique, dog-leg shape. With 312 scheduled laps, expect DraftKings strategy to play out like an intermediate as well. The factors that go into …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kevin Harvick Beats the Field into Submission at Atlanta

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Folds Of Honor Quik Trip 500 Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, Ga Usa Sunday 25 February 2018 Kevin Harvick, Stewart Haas Racing, Jimmy John's Ford Fusion Wins World Copyright: Rusty Jarrett Nkp

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Who’s in the headline? While Mother Nature tried hard, she failed to win on Sunday. The race started late, but once it got rolling, it went the distance. Shocking absolutely no one, Kevin Harvick took the lead early in the race and dominated the first stage. Harvick rebounded from a pit lane malfunction to lead …

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Fastest in Opening Atlanta Cup Practice

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Roush Fenway Racing’s Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was fastest in opening practice of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Friday, Feb. 23. Stenhouse turned a lap of 29.745 seconds (186.384 mph) around the 1.54-mile track in Hampton, Ga. He was seven-hundredths of a second faster than Kyle Larson, who was fastest for …

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Up to Speed: Wild & Young Racers Steal the Show at Daytona

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If the Daytona 500 is any indication, the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup season could be one of the wildest in years. Granted, making any predictions about an entire season based only on the first race is a dangerous game.  The Daytona 500 is unlike any other race on the NASCAR schedule, and restrictor plate …

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The Black Flag Continues to Cause Controversy at Daytona

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One of the forgotten flags of NASCAR came back with a vengeance at Speedweeks 2018. There have now been four times in the last week of racing at Daytona International Speedway where the black flag has waved to deeply hurt a strong contender. It all started with the Advance Auto Parts Clash. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. …

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Are the Can-Am Duels Still Necessary?

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The stars of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series duked it out on Thursday night (Feb. 15) in the Can-Am Duels to determine Sunday’s starting lineup for the Daytona 500. Only 40 cars entered the Great American Race this year, so for the first time in a long time, no one was sent home. In the …

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