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2019 NASCAR Driver Reviews: Jimmie Johnson

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Jimmie Johnson needed a change of pace.  In 2018, he experienced the first winless season of his full-time career in the NASCAR Cup Series.  Johnson also matched or surpassed career lows in top fives and top 10s for a single year. To get the No. 48 team back on track, Hendrick Motorsports decided to split …

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2019 NASCAR Driver Reviews: Alex Bowman

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The beginning of the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series season marked the end of Alex Bowman‘s transition period into the No. 88 car.  Now acclimated with his new job and new team, the Arizona native hoped to earn his first Cup victory and a second straight trip to the playoffs. Bowman accomplished both of those goals …

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Up to Speed: A Full Season Show by Kyle Busch

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In the end, reports of Kyle Busch’s demise turned out to be greatly exaggerated.  It may have been a shaky run through the playoffs at times for the Las Vegas native. But once the dust had settled at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday night, Busch had claimed his second championship in NASCAR’s top division. Busch’s second …

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Up to Speed: Denny Hamlin Gets Another Chance

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This time, Denny Hamlin didn’t blink. Needing to close out a victory late in Sunday’s (Nov. 10) race at ISM Raceway, Hamlin prevailed on a restart with three laps to go, holding off fellow playoff drivers Kyle Busch and Ryan Blaney.  The win allows Hamlin to advance to the final round of the playoffs next …

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Up to Speed: Final Thoughts on the 2019 NASCAR Aero Package

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Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway was the latest chapter in a story that has unfolded all season long.  The 500-mile, day-into-night event was the last big test of NASCAR’s new aero package for stock car racing’s premier series. While there is still one intermediate track race left at Homestead-Miami …

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Up to Speed: No Love Lost Between Denny Hamlin & Joey Logano

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Martinsville Speedway’s reputation for producing hot tempers and hurt feelings remain intact.  The fall playoff race, in particular, has featured no shortage of drama between championship contenders. Two years ago, Chase Elliott was upset at Denny Hamlin after being spun out late in the race.  Last year, Martin Truex Jr. was peeved at Joey Logano …

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Up to Speed: Reversal of Fortunes for Team Penske

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Early in NASCAR’s 2019 season, Team Penske appeared to have two top shelf contenders for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title.  Brad Keselowski kicked off their effort, rolling to three victories in the first 12 races of the year.  After a disappointing playoff run in 2018, the No. 2 team was looking like a …

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Up to Speed: The Tale of the Talladega Boycott, 50 Years Later

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Long after a Talladega boycott threatened its existence, Talladega Superspeedway has an identity all its own.  The speedway is celebrating its 50th anniversary this weekend, and those 50 years have produced a record of thrills and spills that few other tracks can match.  There’s a lot to like about Talladega when everything goes right.  Fast-paced, …

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Up to Speed: Richard Childress Racing Starting Over

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Richard Childress Racing is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019.  Starting out as an owner/driver, Childress built his organization into one of the mightiest teams in NASCAR history.  His achievements with Dale Earnhardt at the wheel of the No. 3 Chevrolet are the stuff of legend. But as great as RCR has been over most …

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Up to Speed: The Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL Delivers, Again

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Two years ago, when Charlotte Motor Speedway announced that its fall race would be held on something called a “ROVAL,” the decision was met with a fair amount of skepticism.  Would big, bulky stock cars put on a good show at an infield road course?  And was it really a good idea to have such …

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