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NASCAR Numbers Game: Taking stock of the 2013 Sprint Cup season

David Smith crunches the numbers to reveal some telling stats in the Cup Series
David Smith crunches the numbers for the Sprint Cup Series in his weekly "NASCAR Numbers Game" column.

The off week prior to the race at Indianapolis serves as a welcome respite to everyone in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series except crew chiefs who might be on the hot seat. One casualty of “chopping block week” occurred Tuesday morning when BK Racing relieved Pat Tryson of his duties as the head wrench for David Reutimann’s No. 83 entry.

Bluegreen Vacations 500 (Phoenix) NASCAR Preview and Fantasy Predictions

ISM Raceway is the final elimination race before this year's championship finale
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Bluegreen Vacations 500 (Phoenix) NASCAR Preview and Fantasy Predictions

After eight months and 34 races in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, it's finally time to whittle down the playoff field to this year's Championship 4. ISM Raceway in Phoenix hosts the penultimate race of the season, a Round of 8 elimination which sets up the grand finale next week at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

 

AAA Texas 500 NASCAR Preview and Fantasy Predictions

Which championship contenders will make their presence felt in the Lone Star State?
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AAA Texas 500 NASCAR Preview and Fantasy Predictions

They say everything's bigger in Texas. But as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads into the Lone Star State for Sunday's 2019 AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, the number of viable championship contenders has shrunk considerably.

 

1000Bulbs.com 500 (Talladega) NASCAR Preview and Fantasy Predictions

The sport's most unpredictable race is primed to shake up the playoffs... again
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1000Bulbs.com 500 (Talladega) NASCAR Preview and Fantasy Predictions

Talladega Superspeedway sits right in the heart of Alabama, a state the hit movie Forrest Gump was based around. And, just like the main character there would say, a race here is like a box of chocolates: you never know what you’re going to get.

 

Bojangles' Southern 500 (Darlington) Preview and Fantasy Predictions

NASCAR's Throwback Weekend headlines one of the sport's crown jewel events
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Bojangles' Southern 500 (Darlington) Preview and Fantasy Predictions

It's one of NASCAR's most respected traditions, put back on the original date where it belongs. The 2019 Southern 500 marks the fifth straight on the Sunday of Labor Day Weekend, a spot it held on the sport's calendar from 1950-2004 until an ill-fated decision to bounce it around for over a decade.

 

Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race (Bristol) Preview and Fantasy Predictions

NASCAR Silly Season finally takes off at a time short track racing is heating up
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Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race (Bristol) Preview and Fantasy Predictions

Bristol Motor Speedway's August night race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is known for frayed tempers, wild wrecks and sparks flying on the racetrack. Reports of a narrower racing groove this year could bring the bump-and-runs and grinding fenders back to previous highs.

Quaker State 400 (Kentucky) Preview and Fantasy Predictions

1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway kicks off NASCAR's second half of the season
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Quaker State 400 (Kentucky) Preview and Fantasy Predictions

Eighteen races down, 18 races to go. The 2019 Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway kicks off the second half of NASCAR’s 36-race schedule, one of the longest in sports (February through November). Technically, just eight races remain in the regular season before the 10-race playoff kicks in to crown the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion.

 

Coke Zero Sugar 400 (Daytona) Preview and Fantasy Predictions

Can Joe Gibbs Racing repeat their February Daytona dominance?
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Coke Zero Sugar 400 (Daytona) Preview and Fantasy Predictions

The last time the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series visited Daytona International Speedway, the season-opening Daytona 500 turned into a game of Survivor. A series of late-race wrecks eliminated major contenders, including a surprising Matt DiBenedetto, and left the race sitting in Denny Hamlin's hands. Hamlin's second Daytona 500 victory came in his first race with new crew chief Chris Gabehart; it was also part of a 1-2-3 Joe Gibbs Racing finish.

Pocono 400 (Pocono) Preview and Fantasy Predictions

The Tricky Triangle kicks off NASCAR's second half of the regular season
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Pocono 400 (Pocono) Preview and Fantasy Predictions

The second half of NASCAR's regular season kicks off Sunday in the Pocono mountains with one of the most unique tracks on the circuit. Nicknamed the Tricky Triangle, 2.5-mile Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa., has a unique style where all three of its turns have different bankings and lengths. The transitions are so different drivers sometimes feel like it's a mini road course.

 

NASCAR Fantasy Picks: Best Dover International Speedway Drivers for DFS

Getting you ready for DFS success on NASCAR's Monster Mile
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NASCAR Fantasy Picks: Best Dover International Speedway Drivers for DFS

Your daily fantasy NASCAR FanDuel roster has its work cut out for it this weekend. Dover International Speedway is one of the most physically demanding tracks on the NASCAR schedule. The one-mile oval's steeply-banked, concrete corners create the equivalent of Bristol Motor Speedway on steroids.

 

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