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Michael McDowell: This Is The Way I’ve Been, It Hasn’t Changed

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2019 marks Michael McDowell‘s 12th season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, but the wily veteran has been in the headlines more this year than maybe any other. McDowell started the season with a fifth-place run in the Daytona 500 and was a major player in the battle for the win. Since then, McDowell’s …

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Tracking The Trucks: Kyle Busch Continues Dominance At Martinsville

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In a Nutshell: Kyle Busch did what Kyle Busch does in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series and every other NASCAR national touring series — win. Busch led 174 of 250 laps to pick up his 54th Truck win and 201st NASCAR national win. The win was also Busch’s third Truck win of the season in as …

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Brett Moffitt Leaves Martinsville 3rd, ‘Pretty Bummed’ Not To Win

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Defending Gander Outdoors Truck Series champion Brett Moffitt‘s hot streak continued on Saturday afternoon (March 23) as came away from Martinsville Speedway in third place. The Grimes, Iowa native has now finished in the top five in three consecutive races and six of the last seven races dating back to last season. Despite the strong …

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2-Headed Monster: Should Auto Club Speedway Be Placed On The Chopping Block?

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Despite playing host to Kyle Busch‘s 200th NASCAR national touring series win on Sunday (March 17), Auto Club Speedway underwhelmed on many accounts. The Auto Club 400 was attended by roughly 35,000 people  — filling just over half of the 68,000 seats. Then there was the reaction on Jeff Gluck’s “Was It A Good Race?” …

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Massie’s Minute: The NASCAR Hall of Mediocrity Taints Its Famous Inductees

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The NASCAR Hall of Fame has spent a decade enshrining some of the sport’s best inside its building. But as the 2020 nominating class revealed this week, an honor designed for a select few now finds itself mired in mediocrity. From the moment one of the top-five greatest drivers — maybe even the best ever …

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Matt Tifft Sees Front Row Motorsports Becoming a Threat

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The favorites for the 2019 Rookie of the Year award are Ryan Preece and Daniel Hemric, but in that battle lies an underdog — Matt Tifft, driver of Front Row Motorsports’ No. 36 Ford Mustang. Tifft, a 22-year-old from Hinckley, Ohio, advances to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series after finishing in the top 10 …

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Matt DiBenedetto, NASCAR’s Old School Underdog

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Matt DiBenedetto could have a breakout year in 2019. The fifth-year driver joins Leavine Family Racing after doing a lot with a little at Go Fas Racing. LFR switched to Toyota over the off-season and formed an alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing. DiBenedetto’s crew chief this season was Denny Hamlin‘s former crew chief Mike “Wheels” …

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Kurt Busch Shows His Muscle, Gets 1st Top 5 With Ganassi

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

When Kurt Busch announced he was leaving Stewart-Haas Racing for Chip Ganassi Racing, it was seen by many as a step back. There was no denying Busch’s talent, but SHR was the most dominant team of 2018, winning 12 of the 36 races. CGR, meanwhile, went winless last year. But Busch proved in Sunday’s (Feb. …

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Ross Chastain, Timothy Peters Continue Niece Motorsports’ Strong Start

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Atlanta Motor Speedway, February 2019. (Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Last week, Niece Motorsports had its best day in its four-year history when Ross Chastain finished third and Timothy Peters was seventh at Daytona International Speedway. The underdog team followed it up on Saturday evening (Feb. 23) when Chastain and Peters each earned top 10s at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Going into this season, Al Niece’s …

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