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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 STP 500 at Martinsville

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The Headline(s): Brad Keselowski put what Larry Mac dubbed a “Southern tail kickin’” on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series field. He led 446 of 500 laps Sunday (March 24) and held off a late charge from Chase Elliott to score his second win of 2019, his second career win at Martinsville, his 29th career …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 Auto Club 400 at Fontana

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The Headline(s): Kyle Busch recovered from a mid-race speeding penalty to cap off a dominant west coast swing, winning the Auto Club 400 after race leaders Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski lost momentum battling each other side-by-side with about 25 laps to go.  For Busch, the win marked the 53rd Cup win of his career, …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 TicketGuardian 500k at ISM

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The Headline(s): After a protracted green flag run, Kyle Busch’s four tires proved better over a long run than Ryan Blaney’s two, allowing the No. 18 to take the lead for good on lap 296 and drive off into the Arizona sunset at ISM Raceway. https://twitter.com/DrunkBrianF/status/1104877779697451008 Busch is the fourth different winner in four Monster …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas

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The Headline(s): Two-thousand miles away, on newer asphalt with open aero ducts, the same 500 miles that played out in Atlanta repeated themselves in Las Vegas, with the Team Penske Fords managing a lead and holding off a Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota for the win. This time, Joey Logano held off Brad Keselowski and a …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta

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The Headline(s): After missing the final round of qualifying Friday and much of Saturday’s happy hour while battling the stomach flu, Brad Keselowski stormed to the front and preserved just enough of his tires to hold off Martin Truex Jr. to score the first Cup points win for the Ford Mustang. The win was the …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 Daytona 500

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The Headline(s): Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota took the horses out to the beach at Daytona and shot them between the eyes. The organization swept the podium as Denny Hamlin scored his second career Daytona 500 victory. It was the first podium sweep of the Daytona 500 by any team since 1997. BOWLES: Denny Hamlin …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 Gander RV Duels at Daytona

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The Headline(s): Two duels, one headline: Fast. On. Race. Day. Ford’s new Mustang proved ever the menace that last years’ Fusion was on the racetrack, with Ford sweeping the top three positions in both Gander RV Duel races. Kevin Harvick scored the win in race one, while Joey Logano made a daring last-lap pass of …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona

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The Headline(s): Seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson extended to seven his streak of Advanced Auto Parts Clash races at Daytona International Speedway being involved in a wreck, causing the Big One and scoring a victory for his trouble. How It Happened: NASCAR’s second-longest track might as well have been repaved last night, as the vast majority of Sunday’s …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: A Look Back at NASCAR 2018 and a Glimpse Ahead

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Who’s in the headline When it was all said and done at Homestead-Miami Speedway, it was Joey Logano holding up the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship trophy. Logano was the least decorated of the four finalists but was running as well as anyone when the final four races of the season took place. Unlike …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Joey Logano Emerges as 2018 Cup Champion

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Who’s in the headline It took 10 years to fulfill the predictions but Joey Logano is your 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion. Logano took advantage of a quick, short-run car and passed Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. on a late race restart to take command of the race and run off into …

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