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NASCAR Mailbox: How to Explain the TV Ratings Gains in 2019

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The 2019 NASCAR season is now officially in the books. We saw so many things happen this year, that it is hard to put everything into words in such a short piece. Whether it was the new package, the surprises, the disappointments, or the ratings, multiple different factors contributed to the “feel” and flow of …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: Ford EcoBoost 400

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Sunday (Nov. 17) will mark the final race of the NASCAR season, the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Four drivers will via for the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship when the race begins live on NBC at 3 p.m. ET. When it comes to mile-and-a-half racetracks, the best one in the country …

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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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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 AAA Texas 500

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The Headline(s): Capitalizing on a “trimmed out” car that Stewart-Haas Racing has been storing since the spring, Kevin Harvick turned a pole-winning run into a race-winning performance at Texas Motor Speedway. He led 119 laps en route to scoring his fourth win of 2019, 49th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series triumph and 110th career …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Please Staple, Don’t Paper Clip

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Martinsville Speedway is the oldest track on the NASCAR circuit, but lately the tracks uniqueness has been entirely flattened by awful racing throughout the pack, marked by an inability to pass and one driver pulverizing the rest of the field. In this case, a snoozer of a race resulted in a Joe Gibbs Racing driver …

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Denny Hamlin Wins Hollywood Casino 400; Chase Elliott Advances Over Brad Keselowski

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Second place is typically the first loser. But during a wild Hollywood Casino 400 finish Sunday (Oct. 20) at Kansas Speedway, Chase Elliott made it a springboard to a potential championship run. Elliott failed to catch leader Denny Hamlin during a second overtime restart in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Hamlin, who led much …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: Hollywood Casino 400

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returns to Kansas Speedway for the final race in the Round of 12. The Hollywood Casino 400 will be held on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 2:30 p.m. ET and will air on NBC. Kansas is the second 1.5-mile track in the playoffs (Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the first, was …

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Friday Faceoff: Should Manufacturers Dictate How Their Teams Race?

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Should manufacturers be getting involved to make their teams cooperate at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway? Christian Koelle: Instead of manufacturers, it should be teams working together — but understand when we get to ISM Raceway, all of this goes away; it’s every man for himself. Josh Roller: I don’t have an issue with manufacturers …

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NASCAR Mailbox: What Constitutes a 2019 Failure for Hendrick Motorsports?

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The NASCAR Xfinity Series has given us three breakout stars this season in Tyler Reddick, Cole Custer and Christopher Bell. Two of those three, and potentially all of them, will be moving up the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series next season. With that said, the star power in the series spirals downward and it raises …

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

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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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