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NASCAR Mailbox: What Can We Expect Out of Jimmie Johnson Moving Forward

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Professional athletes who have won multiple championships enter each new season with high expectations. It’s part of an athleteʻs mentality — once a winner, always a winner. But that might not always be the case, especially in NASCAR. The competition changes. Teams changes. A driver’s capability changes. Even the cars change. For Jimmie Johnson, a …

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NASCAR Mailbox: What Makes Clint Bowyer’s Martinsville Win A Big Deal?

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It had been quite some time since we last saw Clint Bowyer in Victory Lane. But finally, after clicking his fireproof shoes together three times and saying, “there’s no place like home,” he indeed found his way “home” to the Winner’s Circle. Bowyer’s popular victory put an end to his 190-race winless streak. It means the …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Why Is Landon Cassill’s Cup Return Important?


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It’s always nice to see a familiar face return to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Last weekend, we saw the return of Reed Sorenson. This time around, Landon Cassill will be back in a Cup car for the first time since Homestead-Miami Speedway. The #HireLandon campaign appears to have worked. In the social media …

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NASCAR Mailbox: What is Behind Stewart-Haas Racing’s Strong Start?


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There is no NASCAR team hotter right now than Stewart-Haas Racing. The organization is hitting its marks each week it seems, with all four of its drivers having at least a pair of top 10s through the first four Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races. If it weren’t for some unfortunate incidents, we might very …

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NASCAR Mailbox: What’s Up With Hendrick Motorsports’ Crew Chiefs?

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It’s been a hectic start to the NASCAR season for Hendrick Motorsports. Overall, the four-car organization has only one top 10 through three races. That top 10 was recorded by Chase Elliott, who just snuck into the top portion of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series field at Atlanta Motor Speedway, finishing 10th. Other than …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Will Clint Bowyer Return to Stewart-Haas Racing After 2018?


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When Clint Bowyer last won a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, Jeremy Lin was a budding NBA star for the Knicks, a presidential election was weeks away and Brad Keselowski was well on his way to winning a Cup title. To say the least, things are quite different in 2018. Bowyer is now competing …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Brett Moffitt Finds New Home, Optimism with Hattori Racing Enterprises

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After a solid 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season, Hattori Racing Enterprises moved in a different direction. The organization signed Brett Moffitt, a former Michael Waltrip Racing development driver, to pilot its No. 16 Toyota Tundra for 2018. For Moffitt, this signing is a big step. Though he originally believed he would be full-time …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Will Darrell Wallace Jr. Start to Get More Sponsorship?


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Darrell Wallace Jr. took the NASCAR world by storm this past Sunday. The Alabama native followed up his impressive run in last week’s Can-Am Duel to earn a runner-up finish in the Daytona 500, setting off plenty of mixed emotions for him and his family. After the race, team co-owner and seven-time NASCAR champion Richard …

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Darrell Wallace Jr. And Family Emotional After Runner-Up Finish in Daytona 500


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At first, Darrell Wallace Jr. was all smiles, entering the Daytona International Speedway media center joking around. But a few seconds later, his mom ran up to him, crying out of joy for her son. “I waited so long for this, baby,” Desiree Wallace, his mom, shouted in his arms.” “It feels like I won,” …

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