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NASCAR Mailbox: Why Is Ryan Preece So Underrated?

2018 Xfinity Bristol Zach Catanzareti Ryan Preece

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Every few years, an underrated driver appears on the NASCAR radar. Sometimes, they are in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. But this time around, there is a young man who is outperforming just about everyone when he straps behind the wheel of an XFINITY Series racecar. That fellow’s name is Ryan Preece, who Jeff …

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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

(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

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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5 Points To Ponder: The Next NASCAR Most Popular Driver?

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)

ONE: Blaney’s win will come For the third time this season, Ryan Blaney led a ton of laps in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series but ultimately did not get the result he would have wanted. While lapping traffic from the race lead at Bristol Motor Speedway, Blaney was caught up in a wreck absolutely …

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Food City 500 Postponed to Monday, Will Resume in Stage 2

2016 Nscs Bristol Kyle Busch Rain

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In an ongoing battle with Mother Nature, NASCAR lost … again. Rain forced the postponement of the Food City 500 after 204 of 250 laps needed for an official race (conclusion of the second stage) were run. The event will resume Monday afternoon at 1 p.m. ET on FOX. The start of the race was …

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Ryan Blaney’s Dominant Car Exits Early at Bristol

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Folds Of Honor Quik Trip 500 Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, Ga Usa Friday 23 February 2018 Ryan Blaney, Team Penske, Dex Imaging Ford Fusion World Copyright: Nigel Kinrade Nkp

Ryan Blaney (Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

For most of Sunday (Apr. 15), the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway was Ryan Blaney’s to lose. Unfortunately for him, that’s exactly what happened. In a race delayed several times for rain, Blaney’s car was a fixture up front for most of stage one. He led 100 of the first 117 laps and was just …

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Ryan Blaney and Erik Jones Pace First Cup Practice at Bristol, Kevin Harvick Crashes

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Folds Of Honor Quik Trip 500 Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, Ga Usa Friday 23 February 2018 Ryan Blaney, Team Penske, Dex Imaging Ford Fusion World Copyright: Nigel Kinrade Nkp

Ryan Blaney (Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Ryan Blaney and Erik Jones both posted the fastest lap in the first and only Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice session Friday afternoon (Apr. 13) from Bristol Motor Speedway. They both turned an identical quick lap of 129.887 mph (14.774 seconds). Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson rounded out the top-five quickest speeds …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Texas

2018 Kyle Busch Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Returning to the track after Easter’s off weekend, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series headed to Texas Motor Speedway where multiple tire failures took center stage. Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Larson and Ryan Newman were just a few of the big names taken out by Goodyear blowouts. When all was said and done, Kyle Busch …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Deals with Weather, Tires and NASCAR Past in Texas

2018 Jamie Mcmurray Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

This has been a very weird year, weather-wise.  Nowhere has that been more evident than last weekend at Texas.  Friday saw temperatures in the mid-80s with humidity and thunderstorms.  Saturday saw a green-flag temperature of 34 degrees for the XFINITY race, then it was barely 50 when the Cup race started on Sunday.  And before …

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XFINITY Breakdown: 3 in a Row for Team Penske as Ryan Blaney Dominates at Texas

2018 Las Vegas I Nxs Ryan Blaney Car Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Even though the XFINITY Series only got one round of qualifying in on Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway, Ryan Blaney was the driver to beat. Fast forward a few hours later, and the No. 22 team was turning laps quicker than his qualifying time in the opening stage, en route to the stage victory. Due …

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Ryan Blaney Smokes the Field in Cold Texas XFINITY Race

2018 Nxs Texas Ryan Blaney Victory Lane Rick Lunkenheimer

(Photo: Rick Lunkenheimer)

Ryan Blaney simply dominated Saturday’s My Bariatric Solutions 300 at Texas Motor Speedway to score Team Penske’s third-straight NASCAR XFINITY Series win with three different drivers. “That is three in a row for this team with three different drivers,” said Blaney. “That says a lot about Brian’s (Wilson, crew chief) work that he has done …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Recapping the Opening 6 Weekends

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(Photo: Logan Whitton / NKP)

In the latest episode of the 2018 Frontstretch Podcast, we review the opening six weekends of the NASCAR season with Dustin Albino, Mike Neff, and Zach Catanzareti, Austin Dillon kicked off the season returning the No. 3 car to Victory Lane at Daytona, before Kevin Harvick notched three more victories into the record book. The reigning Monster Energy NASCAR …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: O’Reilly Auto Parts 500

2017 Texas Ii Cup Green Flag Jonathan Ferrey Getty Images For Texas Motor Speedway

(Photo: Jonahtan Ferrey/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returns this weekend after a break for Easter. Sunday, it heads to Texas for the seventh of 36 points-paying races this season. The 1.5-mile oval is a high-speed track paired with a newer racing surface. That should keep passing at a premium while putting a greater focus on qualifying …

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