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Couch Potato Tuesday: Michigan Sunday Underwhelms, NBCSN Does the Best With the Circumstances Surrounding Road America

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Last weekend was yet another exhausting affair. Pretty much everyone except for INDYCAR and IMSA was in action. The NASCAR Cup Series had a doubleheader at Michigan International Speedway with the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series and ARCA Menards Series as support. Meanwhile, the Xfinity Series spent its Saturday at alternatively wet and dry …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: NASCAR Michigan Doubleheader Weekend

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What happened? Kevin Harvick swept the FireKeepers Casino 400 on Saturday (Aug. 8) and the Consumers Energy 400 on Sunday (Aug. 9) at Michigan International Speedway. He’s now won four out of the last six NASCAR Cup Series races held at the two-mile oval. Harvick was the dominant car in both events, leading the most …

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Seeing Red: Kevin Harvick Dominates For Michigan Sweep

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In the middle of the 1980s, drivers in NASCAR’s top division had a hard time stopping the red-colored Ford of Bill Elliott at Michigan International Speedway when he won six out of eight races.  History may as well be repeating itself these days. Kevin Harvick won Sunday’s Consumers Energy 400 at MIS to sweep both …

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Ryan Blaney, Brad Keselowski Tangle in Consumers Energy 400

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Last Sunday (Aug. 2), Brad Keselowski was in victory lane at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and was looking for two wins in two weeks. His Team Penske teammate Ryan Blaney was in contention for a victory, too, in Aug. 9’s Consumer Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Instead, both saw chances of a win wadded …

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Power Rankings: Dedication to Bob Bahre Edition

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Despite a ho-hum finish, NASCAR’s Cup division put on a great race at the Magic Mile to properly honor the late great Bob Bahre. The selective painting of the traction compound seemed to do the job, allowing drivers to run all over the racetrack. Let’s take a look at the Power Rankings after the 301-lap …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire

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What happened? Brad Keselowski won the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday (Aug. 2) after pulling away from Denny Hamlin on a long, final green-flag run. Keselowski led a race-high 184 laps en route to his third NASCAR Cup Series victory of 2020. Martin Truex Jr., Joey Logano and Kevin …

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Up to Speed: What is William Byron’s NASCAR Ceiling?

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William Byron is back in familiar territory.  One year ago, 20 races into the regular season, he was 12th in overall points and fighting to solidify a spot in the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs.  Holding a 61-point advantage over the cutline leaving New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Byron continued his rebound from a rough start to …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2020 Foxwoods Resort Casino 301

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NASCAR Cup Series teams will try to work their magic for your NASCAR DraftKings rosters this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 will air Sunday, Aug. 2 at 3 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network, sparking the sport’s seven-race sprint in August to end the regular season. The track, known …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Who Can Challenge Denny Hamlin & Kevin Harvick in 2020?

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Thus far, it’s clear that Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick are the top two contenders for the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series championship. However, we have seen flashes of brilliance from several other drivers throughout the opening 19 races of the season. Some of these drivers come from Team Penske. All of its drivers have shown …

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Power Rankings: Racing Gods Have Spoken Edition

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The Racing Gods sure have a wicked sense of timing. Last week, the racing community lost a great racing promoter in Bob Bahre. This week, NASCAR heads to the track that he was responsible for making happen. Mr. Bahre was so important to New England racing in general and to New Hampshire Motor Speedway in …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: Super Start Batteries 400

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Thursday, Thursday, Thursday! It’s time for some midweek racing for your NASCAR DraftKings rosters as the NASCAR Cup Series makes the trek to Kansas Speedway. The Super Start Batteries 400 airs on Thursday, July 23 at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network. It will be the third consecutive race at a 1.5-mile track, though …

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Did You Notice?: 2020 NASCAR Midseason Awards

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When I was a NASCAR reporter for SI.com, I used to do a midseason segment called “The Bowlesy Awards” that evaluated the NASCAR Cup Series from time to time. We’re bringing them back here in 2020, with a little refresh, as NASCAR midseason awards while taking a closer look at where the sport stands five …

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