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2019 NASCAR Driver Reviews: Kurt Busch

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#1: Kurt Busch, Chip Ganassi Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Monster Energy

While Kurt Busch‘s decision to leave Stewart-Haas Racing for Chip Ganassi Racing in 2019 wasn’t exactly stunning, it did seem a little like his return to Chevrolet would be a downgrade. But after the checkered flag flew at Homestead-Miami Speedway to close out the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series year, that turned out not to be …

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Quin Houff Joins StarCom Racing Full-Time for 2020

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StarCom Racing will have a new face behind the wheel of its No. 00 Chevrolet Camaro in Quin Houff. The team announced this news on their Twitter on Wednesday morning (Nov. 27). StarCom Racing signs up-and-coming talent, Quin Houff as it’s full time 00 driver for the 2020 and 2021 seasons. SCR continues to build …

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NASCAR Announces 2020 Drive for Diversity Class

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The 2020 NASCAR Drive for Diversity class is set with an announcement made on Wednesday (Nov. 20). Just a handful of changes were made to the 2019 roster as the team looks to build on its success from this year. Returnees Chase Cabre, Nick Sanchez and Gracie Trotter will join newcomers Rajah Caruth, Isabella Robusto and  …

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Jimmie Johnson Retiring After 2020 NASCAR Season

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Seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson will retire following the 2020 season. Johnson made the announcement Wednesday morning (Nov. 20) with a video posted on his Twitter feed. #Chasing8 one final time pic.twitter.com/ZoldabKy9M — Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) November 20, 2019 “I’m so thankful for 18 incredible years of racing in NASCAR,” he …

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Rinus VeeKay Joins Ed Carpenter Racing for Full 2020 Season

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Ed Carpenter Racing Wednesday morning (Nov. 20) that 19-year old Rinus van Kalmthout, better known as Rinus VeeKay, will join the team for the full 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season. The Dutch teenager, who finished second in the 2019 Indy Lights standings, will replace Spencer Pigot in the No. 21 Chevrolet. “It’s a dream come …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Monster Ending Goes Out with a Whimper

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Well, the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season is over, and Kyle Busch has won his second title, overcoming teammates Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr, and Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing, as they all had problems of one sort or another (documented elsewhere by my colleagues). While Busch did run the full season …

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Daniel Hemric, Jeb Burton & Dale Earnhardt Jr. Driving JR Motorsports’ No. 8 in 2020

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Daniel Hemric will be returning to the NASCAR Xfinity Series and joining JR Motorsports as the primary driver of the No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro, the team announced Wednesday, Nov. 13. He will be behind the wheel for 21 of the 33 races, sharing the ride with Jeb Burton (11 races) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (one race). …

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Derek Kneeland Spotting for Tyler Reddick in 2020

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Spotter Derek Kneeland will be joining Richard Childress Racing for the 2020 season, leaving the No. 42 team of Kyle Larson at Chip Ganassi Racing, the team announced Wednesday, Nov. 13. Kneeland will spot for Tyler Reddick, who’s moving to RCR’s No. 8 as a rookie in 2020, in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. …

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Matt Tifft, Front Row Motorsports Parting Ways

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Matt Tifft will not be with Front Row Motorsports in NASCAR’s top series in 2020, the team announced Wednesday, Nov. 13. “I’ve made the decision to focus on my health and there is no rush or timetable to get back behind the wheel,” Tifft said in a press release. “Because of that, I can’t commit …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: The Penultimate Race

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series has just one race left, not just this season, but also in its history under that name. But to get there, they first had to complete the Bluegreen Vacations 500 at ISM Raceway, which only was mildly interesting due to how enormous a lead eventual race winner Denny Hamlin …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Texas Tedium

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Sunday’s (Nov. 3) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway had to deal with two main complications right off the bat: the Formula One United States Grand Prix about three hours away at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, and NFL football (though the Cowboys were off, playing on …

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