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Did You Notice?: The 2019 NASCAR Playoffs Are Already Coming Into Focus?

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Did You Notice? … The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff picture is taking shape? It’s hard to believe but we’re already eight races into 2019. If the regular season was just one big race, stage one would be wrapping up sometime during the middle of Saturday night’s showdown at Richmond Raceway. What do we know …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Routine & Confusing

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There was a mystifying mix of the routine and the head scratching during Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Yeah, Kyle Busch won the Food City 500 and Team Penske, Joe Gibbs Racing and Stewart-Haas Racing took up most of the spots up front, but he was involved in a …

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Friday Faceoff: Is Hendrick Motorsports Finally On The Upswing?

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Is Hendrick Motorsports on their way back to the top tier, or was their showing at Texas a one-time thing? Bryan Gable: It is best not to read too much into one race.  Just a few weeks ago, we were talking about how Hendrick Motorsports had zero top fives through the first five races of …

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Jimmie Johnson Sweeps Rounds, Wins O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 Pole

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NASCAR’s new and improved group qualifying kicked off Friday (March 29) at Texas Motor Speedway. Despite the new rules, the waiting game was still key. Jimmie Johnson was able to win all three rounds to claim the pole for Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 500.  Johnson’s lap in the final round was the fastest overall at …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: That Southern California Glow

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In case you missed it, Kyle Busch won the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway in California on Sunday. It was his 53rd Cup victory in 503 starts to go along with 94 Xfinity Series wins in 348 starts and 53 Gander Outdoors Truck Series triumphs in 147 starts. …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Daniel Suarez’s Eventful Weekend

Maybe it’s not always the best idea to take your weekend inspiration from the company name of your sponsor. Daniel Suarez‘s No. 41 Ford Mustang was sponsored by Ruckus Networks this weekend, and Suarez certainly raised a ruckus at ISM Raceway during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ TicketGuardian 500. Following qualifying, he body-slammed fellow …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: TicketGuardian 500

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ISM Raceway is the first time we will see Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series cars with approximately 750 horsepower, no aero ducts or restrictor plates in 2019. ISM Raceway is located in Avondale, Ariz. just outside of Phoenix and it is going to be a wild Sunday afternoon. I consider it to be a short …

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Friday Faceoff: Is Kyle Busch the Best Truck Series Driver Ever?

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Hendrick Motorsports didn’t have a car finish in the top 10 at Atlanta Motor Speedway for the first time since 2010. Is HMS simply making gradual improvement, or is the team getting worse? Mark Kristl: Hendrick has been gradually improving. If this package provides better racing, the team will further improve. Jimmie Johnson showed obvious …

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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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4 Burning Questions: Which Team Will Reign Supreme in Daytona?

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What kind of Daytona 500 will this be? Over the past 10 years, it seems the vast majority of Daytona 500s have ended up in two distinct categories. On one end, there have been some memorable races. Either they were excellent to watch (2009, 2011, 2014) or just insane spectacles where things took a turn …

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