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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The Headline(s): Capping a day that saw Joe Gibbs Racing surge back into form, Denny Hamlin weathered three late-race restarts and held off Chase Elliott to win the Hollywood Casino 400 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, his fifth Cup win of 2019, 36th career Cup victory,and 55th NASCAR national series win. .@dennyhamlin climbs …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 1000Bulbs.com 500 at Talladega

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The Headline(s): Having survived three big ones on Monday afternoon (Oct. 14) after an uneventful first stage Sunday, Ryan Blaney bested Ryan Newman by less than a foot coming to the line to score a season-saving victory that locked the No. 12 team into the Round of 8. It wasn’t without controversy, however, as Blaney …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 Drydene 400

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The Headline(s): Stop me if you’ve heard this before: you just can’t pass. Sure, Kyle Larson’s 75-race winless streak was snapped. Sure, he led over 150 laps, and another led over half the race. But once again, the prevailing sentiment from drivers leaving the Drydene 400 at Dover International Speedway was the lack of ability to …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte

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The Headline(s): Conquering the ugliest race Charlotte Motor Speedway has seen since the 2005 “Levigation 600,” Chase Elliott rebounded from a lap 65 wreck into the turn 1 barrier. He passed Kevin Harvick entering turn 1 of the CMS oval on lap 104 to score his third win of 2019. The race marked Elliott’s sixth …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond

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The Headline(s): Capitalizing on long-run speed and an ability to run both high and low like no other car in the field, Martin Truex Jr. passed teammate Kyle Busch with help from a pick from Austin Theriault’s lapped car on lap 374, riding off into the sunset to score his second consecutive win, sixth of …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 South Point 400 at Las Vegas

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The Headline(s): Surviving two mid-race scrapes on a night that multiple playoff drivers found trouble with tire rubs, Martin Truex, Jr. blew past Kevin Harvick with 18 laps to go on a green flag run to score the South Point 400 win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It’s his fifth victory of 2019, 24th career …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 Brickyard 400

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The Headline(s): A series of hard wrecks and hair-raising restarts made Sunday (Sept. 8) one of the wilder Brickyard 400s in recent memory. One of them involved Jimmie Johnson, whose spin in front of nearly the whole field ended his 15-year streak of NASCAR postseason appearances. Clint Bowyer and Ryan Newman were then able to …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 Southern 500

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The Headline(s): “When I met you, I was but the learner. Now I am the master.” Erik Jones may not have the stature of Darth Vader in Cup racing, but on this Sunday night, he bested mentor Kyle Busch in a crown jewel race, forcing the No. 18 into a late-race mistake that allowed Jones …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 Bristol Night Race

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Denny Hamlin filling Bristol with the scent of rubber (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The Headline(s): Rebounding from early crash damage and a loose wheel that trapped the team a lap down in the second stage, Denny Hamlin used a long green-flag run to run down Matt DiBenedetto at Bristol Motor Speedway, ruining a Cinderella story by making the final pass for the lead on lap 489 and driving …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 Consumers Energy 400

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The Headline(s): Last week at Watkins Glen International, Chase Elliott repeated as the defending Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series winner at the road course. This week at Michigan International Speedway? Kevin Harvick, who won the 2018 edition of this race, scored his second 2019 win in four weeks in what turned into a fuel mileage …

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