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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2020 FanShield 500 at Phoenix

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The Headline(s): Holding off Kevin Harvick on two successive late-race restarts, Joey Logano prevailed in overtime to win at Phoenix, his second win of 2020, 25th career Cup Series win and 56th NASCAR national series victory. Fast Fords win races! Proud of our 22 @shell @pennzoil team. We learned a lot today and will be …

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ARCA Racing Series Breakdown: 2020 General Tire 150 at Phoenix

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In a Nutshell: A disastrous ARCA night in America came to a merciful end when Chandler Smith held off a physical challenge from dominant Ty Gibbs on the lap 149 restart to win the General Tire 150 at Phoenix Raceway. The win was Smith’s first of 2020 and the eighth of his ARCA career. Michael …

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Did You Notice? There’s No I in Team, But There Is in Driver

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Did You Notice? How the Next Gen car’s change to single lug nuts for its wheels is just the latest example of how stock car racing is deviating further and further away from being a “team” sport?  Let’s just ignore for a second that going to a single lug nut removes one of the very …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2020 Auto Club 400 at Fontana

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The Headline(s): After winning the first stage and showing speed all weekend, Alex Bowman took the lead on lap 133 after a hotly-contested restart to begin the final stage, and never looked back. Gapping Ryan Blaney over the final run, Bowman cruised to his second career Cup victory and third career NASCAR national series win. …

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Did You Notice?: Jacques Debris Has Gone Missing in 2020

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Did You Notice? …That while specific new venues have remained in the realm of speculation regarding the much-anticipated 2021 NASCAR Cup Series schedule, perhaps the most significant development yet was publicized quietly earlier this week? The Sports Business Journal‘s Adam Stern reported Monday (Feb. 24) that a number of current NASCAR Cup venues will be …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2020 Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas

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The Headline(s): Joey Logano weathered a lap 266 restart in the 2020 Pennzoil 400 was comfortably ahead when the caution flew on the white flag lap for John Hunter Nemechek’s spin. He claimed a second consecutive victory in the Las Vegas spring race, his 24th career Cup Series win and 55th career NASCAR national series …

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Ryan Newman’s Injuries Not Life Threatening After Daytona Crash

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Ryan Newman was transported directly to a local hospital following a violent last lap crash in the Daytona 500 on Monday (Feb. 17). At 10:05 p.m. ET, Newman was described as in serious condition with non life-threatening injuries at Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Fla. On Tuesday morning at 11:51 a.m. ET, Roush Fenway …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2020 Daytona 500

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The Headline(s): Denny Hamlin snuck past Ryan Blaney on the final lap of the second overtime to win his second consecutive Daytona 500 and the third of his career. For Hamlin, the win is his first of 2020, his 38th career Cup victory and 57th NASCAR national series win.

Christmas in February: Eve of the 2020 Daytona 500 Brimming with Promise

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With all the hype surrounding the 2021 NASCAR season, and with it promises/illusions/hopes of better racing, racier cars and a radically altered schedule combining new (street courses) and old (the return to the Nashville Fairgrounds is sounding a lot like the dragons in early Game of Thrones… they’re coming), 2020 seemed almost forgotten. It shouldn’t …

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