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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 Gander RV 400 at Pocono

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The Headline(s): After a late-race wreck involving Kurt Busch and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (more on that later), Denny Hamlin prevailed on an overtime restart and held off teammate Erik Jones to win his fifth career race at Pocono, scoring his third win of 2019, the 34th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win and 53rd NASCAR …

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Pocono Inspection Proves Tricky for Numerous Drivers Sunday

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The curse of inspection in 2019 carried onto Pocono Raceway, with nine different drivers forfeiting their starting positions after failing inspection Sunday morning (July 28). Hendrick Motorsports was hardest hit, with its flagship teams of William Byron and Jimmie Johnson forced to start at the rear. Both teams will lose top 10 starting spots as …

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This Ain’t Bermuda: Time for Pocono to Find Turn 4

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For centuries, the Bermuda Triangle has proven a graveyard for the best of man and machine, both in the air and on sea. Some 1,100 miles to the northwest, the Pocono Raceway is doing its best impression of its more famous brethren, rendering the best efforts of some of the most proactive promotion and management …

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ARCA Breakdown: 2019 Forts USA 150 at Pocono

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In a Nutshell: Through practice, qualifying and the first half of Friday’s (July 26) Forts USA 150, Todd Gilliland was the fastest man in Pennsylvania. Topping the practice charts and winning the pole with nearly two tenths of a second on the field, Gilliland held off a strong lap 2 charge down the frontstretch from …

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It’s Win or Go Home in Playoff Crapshoot for Truck Rookie Sheldon Creed

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Tyler Ankrum looked awfully relaxed in the media center this Friday afternoon during availability after NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series practice Friday at Pocono Raceway, one race removed from his upset victory at Kentucky Speedway. One seat over, Sheldon Creed was a little less so, though you’d never know it from his demeanor. Entering race …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 Foxwood Resort Casino 301 at Loudon

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Author’s Note: In remembrance of Nick Harrison, the Kaulig Racing crew chief who tragically passed away prior to Sunday’s Cup race at Loudon, “let’s go hauling balls.” The Headline(s): Though a crippled Austin Dillon did everything he could to obstruct Kevin Harvick (more on that later), Harvick was able to withstand two bump-and-run attempts from Denny …

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ARCA Racing Series Breakdown: 2019 Fans with Benefits 150 at Iowa

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There were ample chances for drama in Friday night’s Fans with Benefits 150 at Iowa Speedway. Problem is, Chandler Smith was WAY too fast for anyone to keep up with him, and by race’s end he left Iowa Speedway with his fifth win of 2019, the seventh of his ARCA career: .@CSmithDrive to Victory Lane! …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 Quaker State 400 at Kentucky

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The Headline(s): The “Battle of the Brothers” ain’t just for college football in Utah anymore. This Saturday night, it found a new home in the Bluegrass state. After a 70-plus lap green flag run was interrupted on lap 262 by a Bubba Wallace spin that took the race into overtime, older brother Kurt Busch bested …

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ARCA Racing Series Breakdown: 2019 Menard’s 250 at Elko

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In a Nutshell: Though it was unusual to see Chandler Smith start well off the front row for an ARCA short track race, Saturday night’s Menard’s 250 played out as so many short track races have in ARCA the past two years: with Smith and the No. 20 car proving utterly dominant. Taking the lead …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona

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The Headline(s): With weather impending after a lap 119 wreck, Kurt Busch came to pit road after NASCAR gave the one-to-go command, handing the race lead to Justin Haley. NASCAR then reversed course and kept the race under yellow after lightning reportedly struck within eight miles of Daytona International Speedway, necessitating a red flag that …

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