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Daily Fantasy NASCAR Forecast Powered by DraftKings: Alabama 500 Preview

2017 Dover I Cup Paul Wolfe Brad Keselowski Matthew T Thacker Nkp

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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

2017 Talladega I Cup Ricky Stenhouse Jr Pack Racing Matthew T Thacker Nkp

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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

Chase Elliot Charlotte Cup Fall 2017 Yvonne Leonard

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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

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Bank Of America 500 Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, Nc Usa Friday 6 October 2017 Kyle Larson, Chip Ganassi Racing, Credit One Bank Chevrolet Ss World Copyright: Nigel Kinrade Nkp

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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

2016 Nascar Charlotte

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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

2017 Nascar Monster Energy Cup Series, Richmond

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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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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

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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

Kybusch Dover Win

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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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