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Pace Laps: NASCAR Experiences Martinsville Monotony?

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Martinsville Monotony? 2019 has been a bit of a mixed review for NASCAR to date. An increase in TV ratings and attendance at certain tracks is a promising sign. There’s an openness and excitement within the building as new leadership, led by NASCAR CEO Jim …

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Pace Laps: Kyle Busch Makes History, But Not Before Cole Custer Stops Him

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: The Kyle Busch – Richard Petty Mirage NASCAR caught a break at the tail end of its West Coast swing. Auto Club Speedway Sunday (March 17) was another underwhelming race with the sport’s new handling package. One driver dominated, leading seven times for 134 laps …

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Friday Faceoff: Did Daniel Suarez Overreact to Michael McDowell Last Week?

Based on what Michael McDowell did during qualifying last week, was Daniel Suarez‘s reaction warranted? Mark Kristl: Was it warranted? Probably not. In the heat of the moment though, I understood Suarez’s reaction. He qualified 28th. He wanted to gain some starting positions. He was frustrated and McDowell served as …

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Pace Laps: Kyle Busch Sweeps ISM as the 2018 NASCAR Championship 4 Shines

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Championship 4 Right On Course This weekend was all about Kyle Busch. Last weekend was reigning Cup champion Joey Logano’s time to shine. Nine-time ISM Raceway winner Kevin Harvick ran ninth at the track; his worst finish there in six years, that’s how good he’s …

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Pace Laps: Penske’s Power & The Kyle Busch Show In Las Vegas

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Penske Powerhouse Las Vegas Motor Speedway showed us NASCAR still has kinks to work out with its new handling package. Cars struggled to pass each other on long runs, the field spread out considerably and slower speeds resulted in a caution free race aside from …

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Pace Laps: Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Christopher Bell Make Early NASCAR 2019 Statements

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Atlanta Offers Keselowski Awesome Turnaround The last four months or so haven’t gone according to plan for Brad Keselowski. He won three straight MENCS races in September 2018 which had him peaking right into the playoffs. That momentum made him a dark horse to join …

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Pace Laps: Denny Hamlin’s 2nd Daytona 500 Win & 2 First-Time Winners

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Denny Hamlin Scores Emotional Daytona 500 Win for Coach Gibbs, JGR Organization Working with teammate Kyle Busch and surviving three major wrecks in the final 15 laps of competition, Denny Hamlin scored his second Daytona 500 victory Sunday in the Great American Race. Hamlin and …

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Friday Faceoff: Should the Daytona 500 Remain the Season-Opening Race?

The Advance Auto Parts Clash has taken some criticism over how difficult it was for drivers to pull out of line and make a pass. How do you see this playing out over the remaining Speedweeks events? Isolated issue or recurring problem? Clayton Caldwell: It’s an issue we’ll see throughout …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Single-File Racing in Clash, Previewing Daytona 500 & Season

In the first edition of the Frontstretch Podcast in 2019, Dustin Albino and  Mike Neff discuss a rather boring Advance Auto Parts Clash, one where drivers ran single-file and up against the wall for much of the event. Neff sounds off on why he believes Jimmie Johnson caused the crash with Paul Menard …

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