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2019 NASCAR Driver Reviews: Chase Elliott

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Fresh off the best season of his career Chase Elliott was poised and ready to go for the 2019 season. Elliott’s 2018 season saw him visit victory lane three times, including two in the playoffs. This year Elliott and his Alan Gustafson led team were ready to take the next step in becoming NASCAR champions. …

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2-Headed Monster: Is Hendrick Motorsports’ Future in Trouble After Worst Season?

Rick Hendrick talks with William Byron before the 2019 Daytona 500 (February 2019) (Photo: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Hendrick Motorsports is the definition of a NASCAR team. Over its 35-year existence, the team has won 12 championships and over 250 races. Recently, the team has struggled badly, not placing a driver in the championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway since Jimmie Johnson‘s improbable and potentially final title win in 2016. The lack of presence …

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2-Headed Monster: Who Will Have the Better 2020 Campaign? Ricky Stenhouse Jr. or Chris Buescher?

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

What an interesting situation that will take place in the 2020 season. Two drivers will literally swap rides. We’ve seen it a few times. Back in the 1990s, Jeremy Mayfield and John Andretti literally swapped rides and they were always compared to each other the year after it happened. The same will be done with …

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2-Headed Monster: Are Hybrid Engines a Good Move for NASCAR?

When rumors broke last week that NASCAR will be pursuing hybrid technology for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series possibly as early as 2022, another wave of dissension was created among some fans who have grown resistant to change in recent years (despite not changing when what was being tried clearly wasn’t working), while others …

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2-Headed Monster: Did Bubba Wallace Cross The Line Going After Alex Bowman?

Following the Bank of American ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday (Sept. 29), Bubba Wallace confronted Alex Bowman regarding their lap 43 dust up that sent Wallace into the wall exiting the backstretch chicane. As Bowman was being treated by medical personnel due to illness and dehydration, Wallace threw Gatorade into the face …

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2-Headed Monster: Is Richard Childress Racing Wrong to Dismiss Daniel Hemric?

Photo: Danny Peters

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series silly season has been pretty steady over the last couple of weeks. Last week, it was announced that Matt DiBenedetto will drive the No. 21 Ford in 2020, and this week it was announced that Daniel Hemric will not return to the No. 8 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet next …

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2-Headed Monster: Was Signing Matt DiBenedetto the Right Move for the Wood Brothers?

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Perhaps the biggest news of the NASCAR silly season came Tuesday (Sept. 10) when Wood Brothers Racing announced Paul Menard would be retiring from full-time competition after the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. Replacing him in the No. 21 Ford in 2020 is Matt DiBenedetto. Many were happy for DiBenedetto, but was it …

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Friday Faceoff: Who Would Be the Most Surprising Driver to Miss the Cup Playoffs?

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Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win put Kevin Harvick only two Cup wins behind team owner Tony Stewart. Assuming Harvick eventually eclipses Stewart’s mark, who has the more impressive NASCAR resume? Michael Massie: I’d still say Stewart because of the two more championships and because he took a leap of faith to start his own …

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2-Headed Monster: Do Playoffs Work in NASCAR’s Lower Divisions?

(Photo: Christian Koelle)

The Gander Outdoors Trucks Series playoffs start Thursday night (Aug. 14) at Bristol Motor Speedway, and the NASCAR Xfinity Series playoffs start in a few weeks. This will be the fourth season NASCAR has had playoffs in the two lower national touring series. Is it working, or should Xfinity and Trucks go back to a …

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2-Headed Monster: Is Joe Gibbs Racing ‘Jonesing’ for Christopher Bell Too Soon?

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The rumor mill is starting to heat up this summer as the a number of high-profile rides in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series look to be up for grabs at season’s end. Some of the teams that appear to possibly be in play are the No. 1 team of Kurt Busch and the Nos. …

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