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Friday Faceoff: Has Eliminating Restrictor Plates Changed Superspeedway Racing?

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Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott and Joey Logano all had trouble at Dover International Speedway in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Which driver’s playoff chances are trouble? Wesley Coburn: Short term, Chase Elliott needs to win to keep his playoff hopes alive this season. Longer term, Ryan Blaney needs to have a great playoffs, since he’s …

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The Underdog House: Another Monster of a Day

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Top of the Class Matt DiBenedetto is going to lose his underdog status next year when he moves to the Team Penske-supported No. 21 car for the Wood Brothers team. At this rate, we could probably pull his card now. The No. 95 Leavine Family Racing driver was again one of the frontrunners at Dover …

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Friday Faceoff: Is It Ok For Drivers To Quit When They Have Nothing To Gain?

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Kyle Busch parked his car last week after trouble early left him with nothing to gain. Do you have an issue with a driver calling it quits? Adam Cheek: Honestly, in that situation, no. If it’s early in the race and they’re just not running well, yes, but Kyle had a crappy day, stuff on his …

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The Underdog House: Matt DiBenedetto, Road Racing Specialist?

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Top of the Class For the third time this season, the drivers of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series made right and left hand turns as they tackled the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL on Sunday. And for the third time this season, the best underdog in the rundown was road racing ace Matt DiBenedetto. Wait …

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Alex Bowman Survives Wild Day at ROVAL, Advances in Playoffs

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Alex Bowman came in to the race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL with his eyes set on staying out of trouble and making it to the Round of 12. Well, one out of two isn’t bad. Bowman found trouble aplenty on Sunday (Sept. 29), but the Hendrick Motorsports driver bounced back from multiple issues …

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Friday Faceoff: Where Will Daniel Hemric Be Racing in 2020?

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Erik Jones faces a must-win situation this weekend to advance to the next round of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. What is the biggest hurdle between him and a win on the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL? Adam Cheek: To put it simply, chaos and unpredictability. Erik Jones finished in the top 10 five out …

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The Underdog House: Virginia Is For Lovers

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Top of the Class Bubba Wallace grabbed everyone’s attention with his third-place run at Indianapolis two weeks ago. Apparently he isn’t finished turning heads just yet. This time, Wallace took top underdog honors with his 12th-place showing at Richmond Raceway on Saturday night (Sept. 21). There was a bit more competition, however, as for the …

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Friday Faceoff: Should Lower Level Success Be Necessary to Race in Cup?

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Kyle Busch indicated drivers should have more lower level success before being allowed to race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Do you agree? Adam Cheek: I believe so. At the very least, they should have a certain number of starts in either Xfinity or the Gander Outdoor Truck Series — maybe 10 or …

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The Underdog House: Viva Lost Vegas

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Top of the Class The bright lights of the Vegas strip bring all the underdogs out in hopes of striking a big win and becoming a big dog instantly. Rarely do such things happen in the city and certainly nothing like that happened on the racetrack Sunday. Ty Dillon carried the torch for the underdogs …

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Friday Faceoff: Are There Safety Issues NASCAR Should Address?

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Safety concerns have been mounting after some harrowing accidents across all forms of racing over the past couple weeks. Is there a particular area in NASCAR that needs to be further addressed? Adam Cheek: SAFER barriers all around. Yes, NASCAR’s done a great job putting them in the most problematic areas of most tracks. However, …

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