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Joey Logano Fails To Advance To Championship 4: ‘It Stinks, It Hurts’

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Look at the box score, and you’ll think Joey Logano had a nice day. He led 93 laps, earned a stage victory, 17 stage points and drove a car that, at times, seemed like the class of the field. But once the No. 22 Team Penske Ford lost the lead (and clean air), the handling …

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Chase Elliott Crashes Out In Phoenix, Misses 2019 NASCAR Championship 4

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Chase Elliott will lead the field at the drop of the green flag (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

It was truly win-or-go-home for Chase Elliott in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heading into ISM Raceway Sunday (Nov. 10). Two poor finishes in the Round of 8 made a victory the only way he could qualify for the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It wasn’t meant to be. While running inside the top …

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Austin Hill Fails To Advance To Championship 4: ‘Just A Bummer’

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Entering ISM Raceway nine points above the cutoff and starting on the pole for Friday’s (Nov. 8) Lucas Oil 150, Austin Hill was feeling pretty good about his chances of advancing to the Championship 4 next weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. But as soon as the green flag dropped, it was clear he faced an uphill …

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Fire on Fridays: Let Them Fight or An All-Out Brawl?

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The big talking point in the NASCAR world this week has revolved around the fight we saw this past weekend at Martinsville Speedway involving the No. 11 team of Denny Hamlin of Joe Gibbs Racing and the No. 22 team of Joey Logano of Team Penske in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Notice how …

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Fire on Fridays: Talladega Always the Ultimate Form of Entertainment

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For the past few years, the argument of NASCAR heading in the direction of entertainment rather than pure racing has been met with mixed emotions. It’s the traditionalists clashing with the newer fans. Like it or not, the sanctioning body is going in the direction of the former, opting for the current rules package (higher downforce, lower …

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Jimmie Johnson Earns Top 10 at Dover: ‘It’s Just Really Tough To Pass’

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A top-10 result at Dover International Speedway for Jimmie Johnson would usually be considered a disappointment, given his track record at the Monster Mile. With 11 wins (most all-time), a trip to victory lane is customary for seven-time. But given the No. 48’s recent struggles while in the midst of an 89-race winless streak, by …

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Justin Allgaier Earns Runner-Up at Dover: ‘Just Can’t Catch A Break”

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Despite leading 67 laps and having the dominant car for most of the Use Your Melon Drive Sober 200 at Dover International Speedway (Oct. 5), Justin Allgaier came up on spot short. Again. The runner-up result is Allgaier’s fourth such finish this season and second at Dover in as many races in 2019. The No. …

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Bubba Wallace on Alex Bowman: ‘I’d Just Had Enough Of It’

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When Bubba Wallace splashed water on Alex Bowman following last week’s Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Bowman was feeling under the weather and dehydrated. On Saturday (Sept. 5) at Dover International Speedway, the tables seem to have turned, as Wallace was the one under the weather. “Feel like karma is coming …

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Fire on Fridays: Is The Pay To Play Era In NASCAR Ending?

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As long as racing has been in existence, money has been paramount. That will never change, but as of late, the concept seems to be morphing to some degree. When the sport was at its peak in the early-to-mid 2000s, sponsors aplenty came into NASCAR like clockwork. Heck, I can only imagine what it’d be …

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Fire on Fridays: Christopher Bell Is Ready to Close the Deal

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

If the kill in his eyes was any indication, Christopher Bell is a man on a mission. Despite his dominant performance at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this past weekend, he wound up getting beat by strategy and his championship rival Tyler Reddick for the win. Bell led 154 laps, has …

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