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Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: I Feel Like I Can Be Aggressive

2018 Daytona Cup Bruce Nuttleman Ricky Stenhouse Jr

(Photo: Bruce Nuttleman)

The blue and white No. 17 machine was dipping and diving around Daytona International Speedway on Thursday evening. Its fresh coat of paint, though, wasn’t what made it notable during the first of two Can-Am Duels. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. wanted to make it known that he is a force to be reckoned with come Sunday’s …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2018 Daytona 500

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Daytona 500 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fl Usa Sunday 11 February 2018 Alex Bowman, Hendrick Motorsports, Nationwide Chevrolet Camaro World Copyright: Nigel Kinrade Nkp

Alex Bowman will lead the field at Daytona for the 500(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Daily fantasy NASCAR is back, which is a great reminder that spring is right around the corner. If you live up north like me, the Daytona 500 will shine a bright light on the weekend and help you forget about the foot-and-a-half of snow on the front lawn. The front row was set last Sunday …

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3 Things to Take Away from Daytona 500 Media Day

Kyle Busch Kurt Busch Media Day

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More times than not, NASCAR Media Days are not all that newsworthy.  However, Wednesday’s Daytona 500 Media Day sparked some controversy. Each driver made their respective rounds from different medium to different medium. But the afternoon ended with a bang, with soon-to-be the most recent retired driver Danica Patrick. 1) Patrick, who will be competing in her …

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The 10: Power Rankings — Daytona 500 Edition

2017 Kansas Ii Cup Denny Hamlin Barry Cantrell Nkp

(Photo: Barry Cantrell NKP)

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returned to action last weekend with an action-packed few days of practices, qualifying and racing, culminating with the Advance Auto Parts Clash on Sunday afternoon. The best part? It’s just getting started. For the 60th time, NASCAR comes to Daytona International Speedway for the official start to the 2018 season. 40 …

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NASCAR Mailbox: What Happens If Danica Patrick Wins the Daytona 500?

The NASCAR season is finally here. Yeah, it took long enough; it’s been nearly three months since the conclusion to the 2017 season at Homestead-Miami Speedway. But now, 2018 has arrived. In what was an unusually busy offseason for teams, featuring many last-minute changes, the time has finally come for stock car racing to hit …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Sports Unveils New NASCAR Graphics in Daytona

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series The Advance Auto Parts Clash Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fl Usa Sunday 11 February 2018 Ryan Blaney, Team Penske, Menards/peak Ford Fusion, Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, Mountain Dew Chevrolet Camaro And Joey Logano, Team Penske, Shell Pennzoil Ford Fusion World Copyright: Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Welcome back to Couch Potato Tuesday.  For me, it’s my 10th year of keeping NASCAR’s media partners honest.  For 2018, there will be no real changes in my output, but there are a couple of minor adjustments on the website. You’ve probably noticed that the TV Listings in the tab has been replaced by Television.  …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2018 Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona


(Photo: Bruce Nuttleman)

Who’s in the headline It was double the pleasure, double the fun Sunday at Daytona. The Advance Auto Parts Clash and Daytona 500 qualifying both took place, jumpstarting the 2018 NASCAR season. When the dust settled, Hendrick Motorsports claimed its fourth Daytona 500 pole in a row. Alex Bowman put the No. 88 on top of …

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Moving Previous Plate Focus to Intermediate Tracks in 2018

2018 Media Tour Charlotte Zach Catanzareti Ricky Stenhouse Jr

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

When Ricky Stenhouse Jr. pulled into Victory Lane twice last year at restrictor plate tracks, there was no question that Stenhouse, Ford and Roush Fenway Racing had found their hot spot again. After scoring what was the first two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victories of his career at Talladega Superspeedway and Daytona International Speedway …

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2017 NASCAR Cup Team Review: Roush Fenway Racing

2016 Chicago Cup Ricky Stenhouse Jr Trevor Bayne Racing Russell Labounty Nkp

(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

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

2017 Texas Ii Cup Kevin Harvick Woohoo Jonathan Ferrey Getty Images For Texas Motor Speedway

(Photo: Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

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

2017 Texas I Cup Jimmie Johnson Checkered Flag Matthre T Thacker Nkp

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

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

2017 Cup Kansas Jamie Mcmurray Kyle Busch Racing Credit Rick Lunkenheimer

(Photo: Rick Lunkenheimer)

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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