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2019 – Year in Review

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2019 Truck Series Review, Pt. 2: Non-Playoff Drivers

In part one of our Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series review, we highlighted the eight drivers that qualified for the postseason. In part two, we’ll touch on the full-time drivers who missed the playoffs. 16. Jordan Anderson In his second full-time Truck Series campaign in as many years, Anderson regressed slightly in the top …

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2019 Truck Series Review, Pt. 1: Playoff Drivers

Another year with the tough trucks of NASCAR has come and gone. With a familiar face hoisting the championship trophy, seven drivers were left wanting more as the checkered flag fell on 2019. 8. Tyler Ankrum In a season that saw him miss the first three events (age restriction), this teenager, coming off a ARCA …

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Lewis Hamilton celebrates his season-ending pole grab (credit FIA Images)

2019 Formula 1 Season Review, Pt. 2: The Better Half of the Field

The Formula 1 season concluded with Lewis Hamilton cruising to a win at Abu Dhabi, further distinguishing himself from the rest of his peers during his sixth championship season.  There were, however, other teams and drivers on the track, and this is where we get to go through the field and examine how they did. …

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2019 Xfinity Series Review, Pt. 3: Part-Time Standouts

Compared to the 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series season, part-time drivers didn’t fare as well in 2019. Regardless, some made the most of their opportunities this past season. Filled with veterans, drivers who have talent but can’t find the funding to put a whole season together and fresh faces, the Xfinity part-timers showed promise against some …

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2019 NASCAR Top Storylines: Kyle Busch 1st Driver With Multiple Titles in Elimination Format

When Kyle Busch won the NASCAR Cup Series race and championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November, he became the first driver to win two championships under the elimination-style playoff system since NASCAR developed it in 2014 — something that is significant for numerous reasons. Prior to this year, a different driver had won every time …

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2019 NASCAR Driver Reviews: Bubba Wallace

Rainy days are dark, gloomy, sometimes quiet. Bubba Wallace’s 2019 NASCAR Cup Series campaign could be likened to a rainy season. Sometimes there was a light drizzle; other times a heavy downpour. It can cause muddy conditions, large puddles or even flooding, yet offers glimpses of hope in rainbows. Wallace endured all of these this …

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2019 NASCAR Driver Reviews: Matt Tifft

Entering the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series season, Matt Tifft was not the favorite to win the rookie of the year award. Still, after back-to-back top-10 finishes in the Xfinity Series championship standings, Tifft joined Front Row Motorsports to pilot the No. 36 Ford in his rookie season. Having no prior Cup Series experience and FRM …

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2019 NASCAR Driver Reviews: Rick Ware Racing

Rick Ware Racing had more of a presence in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2019 with at least two cars in all 36 races. The team also had four cars in some of the season’s races, debuting a fourth entry at Bristol Motor Speedway in August, the No. 54, after previously unveiling the …

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2019 NASCAR Driver Reviews: Martin Truex Jr.

In regards to the last few seasons, the best driver paired with the best crew chief paired with the best team sounds like an extremely potent combination, right? In 2019, it certainly was. After several stellar seasons with Furniture Row Racing, Martin Truex Jr‘s future after 2018, for a time, was in serious jeopardy after …

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2019 NASCAR Driver Reviews: Ricky Stenhouse Jr

The 2019 season is one Ricky Stenhouse Jr will never forget. It’s a season that resulted in bad luck, disappointment and, in the end, came with the biggest surprise of his career, one that ended a 12-year relationship. Stenhouse entered his seventh full-time Cup Series season in 2019. The team was looking to bounce back …

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