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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 Go Bowling at the Glen

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The Headline(s): What difference does a year make? None at Watkins Glen International. Capping a dominant run from the pole that saw him win both stages of the Go Bowling at the Glen, Chase Elliott snapped a two-month cold streak with his second consecutive win at the road course, keeping a hard-charging Martin Truex, Jr. …

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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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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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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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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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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 Camping World 400 at Chicagoland

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The Headline(s): After getting passed by Kyle Larson on lap 256 and appearing destined for another crushing runner-up finish, Alex Bowman regrouped clear of lapped traffic, built a killer run and got around Larson in turn 4 on lap 262, driving away to his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory after a three-plus …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 Toyota/Save Mart 350k at Sonoma

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The Headline(s): Toyota absolutely dominated their namesake race, with Martin Truex, Jr. leading 58 of 90 laps to score a comfortable win over teammate Kyle Busch, his fourth victory of 2019, his 23rd in Cup and his 36th career NASCAR national series triumph.  Now THAT’s the way a @ToyotaRacing #Camry is supposed to look! Nice …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan

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The Headline(s): Just like Martinsville, a Penske Ford proved all but impassable at the front of the field, though this time it was Joey Logano. And just like Richmond, though both Martin Truex, Jr. and Kurt Busch were able to catch the leader in the closing laps, none was able to get alongside the No. …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 Pocono 400 at Pocono

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The Headline(s): There were two winners in the Pocono 400 on Sunday; Kyle Busch and clean air. Busch, who dominated Sunday by leading 79 of 160 laps, held off challenges on the last two restarts from Kevin Harvick on lap 106 and Brad Keselowski on lap 152 to cruise to an easy victory, his fourth Monster …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte

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The Headline(s): Martin Truex, Jr. quipped that he did his best work after 10 p.m., and that proved to be the case during a marathon Coca-Cola 600. Capping a dominant performance over the last 150 laps of Sunday’s race and capitalizing on a controversial pit cycle that saw Truex dump backmarker Bayley Currey only to …

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