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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Midwestern Mayhem

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series headed to Joliet, Illinois this weekend, which houses a track calling itself Chicagoland Speedway, despite being about 45 minutes to an hour from downtown Chicago. The start of the Camping World 400 was delayed for several hours due to rain, and high winds blew the covers off several cars, …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Seasons Change

Sonoma Kyle Busch

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

It’s the end of a chapter in the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, and also the end of an era, as the Fox/Fox Sports 1 coverage shifts to NBC and the NBC Sports Network for the latter half of the season (except for the Gander Outdoors Truck Series). It’s also the end of …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Yellow Light

2019 Michigan I CUP Kurt Busch NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series was off this past weekend, leaving the Xfinity Series and Gander Outdoors Truck Series to contest an eventful Sunday doubleheader following a rainout on Saturday night at Iowa Speedway. So we’ll look at how Cup drivers are doing with their new teams for the trends worth tracking this week. …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Pocono Predictability

2019 Daytona I CUP Chase Elliott NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Pocono Raceway is not a thrilling race track. It’s not even an exciting one, and barely qualifies as interesting. So the results in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race weren’t all that surprising. Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kyle Busch won for the fourth time this season and the 55th time in his Cup career, holding …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Some Gave All

Alex Bowman Talladega I 2019

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The Coca-Cola 600 is a marathon slog to close out the greatest day in auto racing, following the Monaco Grand Prix in Formula One and the Indianapolis 500 in IndyCar. Despite a quiet middle half, a chaotic first quarter and wild finish made it one of the season’s better races overall. Tires weren’t cooperating, which …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Hey Now, You’re an All-Star

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Photo Credit: Busch Beer

“Get your game on, go play!” That was essentially NASCAR’s attitude this weekend as the non-points-paying Monster Energy All-Star Race took place Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Also, the Indianapolis 500 qualifying took place over the weekend, as did the second leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes. It was a light …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: A Great Recipe, or a Good Batch?

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Kansas Speedway is maybe the most bland of all the cookie-cutter racetracks, which is saying something. But does the quality of racing this past Friday and Saturday night mean that NASCAR has finally figured out the right recipe for good racing there? Or could it just indicate that this was an anomaly, simply a fantastic …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Monday Miles

Martin Truex Jr. - Dover spring race 2019

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

This wasn’t the greatest weekend for racing. The Kentucky Derby saw pre-race favorite Omaha Beach scratched several days before the big day, and then a steady curtain of rain muddied the track surface, indirectly playing into the outcome as Maximum Security dodged a puddle, which was ruled as interfering with his competition, handing the victory …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Talladega: Endgame

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Chevrolet teams make up about half the field most weeks in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, but judging by the results so far this season, it’s understandable to think they were in the half of existence that were vaporized when Thanos snapped his fingers. But just like in Avengers: Endgame, time travel was involved on …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Short Tracking Under the Lights

Kyle Larson Richmond I

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Saturday night’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway wasn’t a thrill ride for most of the race, but the ending provided a lot of drama in the final 30 or so laps of the Toyota Owners 400, even though the answers mostly stayed the same. Would Joe Gibbs Racing’s Martin Truex Jr …

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