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Beside the Rising Tide: Your Regularly Scheduled Program, Part II

Daytona August 2020

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Yesterday (March 5), I hit on the major changes that were made to the schedule for the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series schedule and detailed the first part of the season. Today, we complete that journey and break down the rest of the changes being made. All told, there are six road course events on the …

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The Underdog House: Ty Dillon Best in Class as Underdogs Run Wild at Talladega

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Top Dog As usual, a NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway resulted in a “Big One.” No, not just a big crash, though there were plenty of those. I’m referring to a big group of underdog teams scattered throughout the top half of the finishing order. Leading the line both literally and figuratively was …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2020 YellaWood 500

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Denny Hamlin made a hang-at-the-back and avoid trouble strategy work on Sunday (Oct. 4), winning at Talladega Superspeedway with a last-lap pass. That’s after staying out of the fray for much of the day and working his way into position through multiple final shootouts. A bad …

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The Underdog House: John Hunter Nemechek Loses Pit Strategy Gamble in Las Vegas

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Top Dog There hasn’t been much to get excited about for our Cup Series underdogs lately. We’ve primarily talked about the best in the category barely making the top 20 by the end of each race. Las Vegas Motor Speedway and its surrounding environment may have inspired you to bet the farm on a long …

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Beside the Rising Tide: The Invisible Men

2020 Bristol NCS Jimmie Johnson Car NKP

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Something remarkable happened a couple weeks ago during the Bristol Cup race. As such, I feel compelled to remark upon it since I am able.  Tyler Reddick finished fourth that evening. Chris Buescher finished eighth. Ryan Preece finished ninth, his best Cup finish to date this year. Michael McDowell left Bristol with a solid top-10 …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2020 South Point 400

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Kurt Busch’s out-of-nowhere hometown win came as he used every advantage presented to him by a caution that fell at just the right time. He snagged the South Point 400’s checkered flag for his first win of the year and secured a berth in the next …

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Up to Speed: The Parallel Careers of Jimmie Johnson & Matt Kenseth

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With the 2020 season entering its final stage, NASCAR is beginning to look toward next year.  This last week in September brought considerable news regarding driver lineups for 2021.  There have also been rumors that major changes could be in store for the Cup Series schedule.  But even as more news trickles out about the …

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4 Burning Questions: Like Mike

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What? Oh, boy. Tonight, I’m excited to announce MJ and I are starting a new, single car @NASCAR Cup Series team for 2021. Deciding on a driver was easy – it had to be @BubbaWallace. pic.twitter.com/nIJv0X6ZOX — Denny Hamlin (@dennyhamlin) September 22, 2020 Yes. Michael Jordan, arguably the most decorated athlete in the past 40 …

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2-Headed Monster: Has Ryan Blaney’s Career Been a Disappointment?

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Ryan Blaney is one of the most popular drivers in NASCAR. His modest personality helps him on and off the track, and after his first career victory at Pocono Raceway in 2017, everything looked to be lining up perfectly for Blaney to take NASCAR by storm. That has yet to happen. Since joining the Team …

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Did You Notice?: Bubba Wallace, NASCAR, Toyota & The Denny Hamlin-Michael Jordan Bromance

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Did You Notice? … Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan are teaming up to form a NASCAR Cup Series team in 2021? They’ll run Toyotas with Bubba Wallace as the driver, announcing the move and the purchase of Germain Racing’s charter on Monday night (Sept. 21). It’s a move rumored for weeks, and its reality creates the …

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