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Overton’s 400 at Pocono Preview and Fantasy NASCAR Predictions

Can Pocono pick up where NASCAR's Indy ending left off?
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Overton’s 400 at Pocono Preview and Fantasy NASCAR Predictions

More than two thirds (110 of the scheduled 160 laps) into the Brickyard 400, one of NASCAR's races was set to be little more than a snoozer. Kyle Busch had dominated the event, preventing any on-track passes for the lead while the current Cup Series aero package created single-file racing almost instantaneously.

DraftKings NASCAR Lineup Picks: Brickyard 400

Who will prevail in one of NASCAR's crown jewel races?
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DraftKings NASCAR Lineup Picks: Brickyard 400

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 this Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Your latest daily fantasy NASCAR showdown sees cars hit the track on Saturday at 9 a.m. for first practice, and then at 6:15 p.m.

Paul Menard: 2017 NASCAR Season Driver Preview

Richard Childress Racing No. 27

Will the real Paul Menard please stand up? Menard enters 2017 with a question mark hanging over his head: Which driver is going to show up at the track, the one who finished 25th in points in 2016, or the one who made the Chase in 2015 on the strength of his consistency?

Paul Menard 2015 Season Driver Preview

Menard posted a career-best five Top 5s and 13 Top 10s in 2014
2015 driver profile for Paul Menard on the NASCR Sprint Cup circuit.

A little food for thought: Paul Menard is coming off what could be considered his best career Sprint Cup season. He had career-bests in both top 5s (5) and top 10s (13), and while his points position was his lowest since 2010, the average finish was among the best of his career. 

 

NASCAR Rookie Report: An Austin Dillon "upset" at Talladega not implausible

RCR, Dillon bring plate-racing chops to Talladega Superspeedway
Rookie Austin Dillon stands a good chance of winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway.

Welcome to the Athlon Rookie Report, where each week David Smith will evaluate the deepest crop of new NASCAR Sprint Cup Series talent since 2006. The Report will include twice-monthly rankings, in-depth analysis, Q&A sessions with the drivers and more.

 

Today, David gives special attention to a rookie primed for an “upset win” this weekend at Talladega.

 

 

The most memorable Richmond moments from NASCAR's Chase era

Kahne grabs NASCAR Chase bid in Atlanta; sets up Richmond showdown

Kasey Kahne wins NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' Oral-B USA 500 in Atlanta
Kasey Kahne wins the Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway and locks his Hendrick Motorsports team into NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup.

Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick had the field covered on-track at the 1.54-mile Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday night; Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth had it covered on pit road. But at the end of a grueling 335-lap affair, it was Hendrick Motorsports’ Kasey Kahne that walked away with the hardware — and a coveted spot in NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup.

 

Tony Stewart makes his NASCAR return at Atlanta Motor Speedway

Geoffrey Miller's five things to watch at Atlanta Motor Speedway
Each week, Geoffrey Miller’s “Five Things to Watch” will help you catch up on the biggest stories of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ upcoming race weekend. This week, as the circuit hits Atlanta Motor Speedway, Tony Stewart’s return, a shift in the 2015 schedule and the two remaining opportunities to earn a “win and you’re in” Chase draw highlight the storylines of the weekend.

Each week, Geoffrey Miller’s “Five Things to Watch” will help you catch up on the biggest stories of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ upcoming race weekend. This week, as the circuit hits Atlanta Motor Speedway, Tony Stewart’s return, a shift in the 2015 schedule and the two remaining opportunities to earn a “win and you’re in” Chase draw highlight the storylines of the weekend.

 

 

More questions than answers as Tony Stewart returns

Dale Earnhardt Jr., No. 88 team, hitting on all cylinders following Pocono sweep

Through the Gears: Four things we learned at Pocono Raceway
Post-race reaction from Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s win in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. ran into the media center, jumping up to the podium like a four-year-old kid in a candy store. “I’m not gonna run,” quipped crew chief Steve Letarte, but the driver ignored him, jumping up center stage to sit at the same podium where victory tasted so sweet two months earlier.

Gordon, Hendrick remain atop NASCAR charts with Brickyard win

Through the Gears: Four things we learned at Indianapolis
Post-race reaction from Jeff Gordon's win in NASCAR's Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Speeding past the sport’s best drivers 20  years ago, Jeff Gordon won the inaugural Brickyard 400 en route to starting his own legacy. Much has been made of the win’s impact — his second of 90 Cup victories, — even though it was hardly surprising at the time. After all, Gordon was blooming in his second season and the Indiana native was expected to morph into one of the sport’s all-time best.

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