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5 Points to Ponder: The Daytona 500 Will Look Nothing Like the Clash

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One: The Clash Is Not The 500 This one may seem a bit obvious, but before we storm the NASCAR Bastille, take a minute to consider what was at stake on Sunday (Feb. 10). Yes, the Clash may have been a bit anticlimactic, but it is an exhibition race after all. It doesn’t make or …

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The Underdog House: Open for Business

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Every Underdog Has His Day With the thunder of NASCAR engines once again disturbing the peace along International Speedway Blvd in Daytona Beach, the 2019 season is officially underway. The underdogs are back in action and each seeking to taste a little success. What success really means is as varied as the independent teams themselves, …

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Glen Wood, Longtime NASCAR Team Owner, Dies at 93

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Glen Wood, the founder of legendary Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team Wood Brothers Racing, has died at the age 93, the team announced Friday, Jan. 18. It’s with profound sadness that we mourn the passing of team founder and family patriarch Glen Wood this morning. We want to thank family, friends, our small-town Virginia …

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Brett Moffitt Moving to GMS Racing in 2019

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Brett Moffitt will take over the No. 24 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series ride for GMS Racing in 2019, replacing 2016 champion Johnny Sauter. Moffitt, the 2018 series champion, was left without a ride despite winning the title due to a lack of sponsorship with Hattori Racing Enterprises. That set into motion a series of …

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2018 Top NASCAR Storylines: The Closing Of Furniture Row Racing

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In one of the more surprising developments over the course of the 2018 season, it was revealed that Furniture Row Racing would be discontinuing operations at the conclusion of the year. This one was big. This wasn’t just an “also-ran”team. Nor was it an occasionally competitive mid-level team. No, this was the organization that achieved …

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Friday Faceoff: Should NASCAR Run a Mid-Week Cup Race?

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Last-lap contact from Joey Logano at Martinsville Speedway’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race left Martin Truex Jr rather unhappy. Does the fact that there was a spot in the Championship 4 on the line change the way drivers should race each other for a win? Zach Gillispie: I sure hope not. The opportunity to …

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Friday Faceoff: Is There Such a Thing As Home Track Advantage?

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1. Stewart-Haas Racing has put all four of its cars in Victory Lane this season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Prior to this year, what was the best overall season by a multi-car team? How does that team compare to the 2018 stats put up by SHR?  Michael Massie:  Even with SHR’s dominance, …

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Friday Faceoff: What’s the Best Strategy to Survive Talladega?

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1. With the final plate race at Talladega Superspeedway looming, what is the best strategy for the playoff contenders?  Zach Gillispie:  The plate races are always chaotic and full of unknowns. In the previous format (before stage racing), we saw several playoff drivers ride in the back and have favorable results. But this was back …

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Underdog House: Charlotte ROVAL Put Small Teams in NASCAR Spotlight

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Think Small Road courses present a unique opportunity for underdog teams. Much in the same way as restrictor plate races, they are an equalizer in terms of minimizing the performance gap between the haves and the have nots. The absence of the cars’ dependance on aero also contributes to the parity. The previous two road …

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Brad Keselowski Ignites Turn 1 Melee Late At Charlotte

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There was a sense of dread coming into the event at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL that the race could result in a big crash. For the most of the race, it looked like the competitors of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series would put those fears to rest. But they just couldn’t quite make …

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2-Headed Monster: Should The Cup Series Return To Rockingham Speedway?

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News broke on Aug. 30 that Rockingham Propertires LLC had purchased Rockingham Speedway, formerly known as North Carolina Motor Speedway. The new owner said the intent is to have racing once again on the legendary track that hosted the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series from 1965 to 2004. This leads to this week’s question: as …

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