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Aric Almirola, Smithfield Returning to Stewart-Haas for 2020

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Smithfield Foods will once again adorn Aric Almirola‘s Stewart Haas Racing Ford for the 2020 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. 2020 will mark the third year of the partnership between SHR and Smithfield, while Almirola will be backed by Smithfield for the ninth consecutive season, dating back to his first full-time MENCS circuit in …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: Drydene 400

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The stars of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series head to Dover, Del., this weekend for the Drydene 400 at Dover International Speedway. The playoffs are heating up, as this race marks the start of the Round of 12. Catch the race on NBCSN on Sunday, Oct. 6, at 2:30 p.m. ET. Dover — appropriately …

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Up to Speed: The Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL Delivers, Again

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Two years ago, when Charlotte Motor Speedway announced that its fall race would be held on something called a “ROVAL,” the decision was met with a fair amount of skepticism.  Would big, bulky stock cars put on a good show at an infield road course?  And was it really a good idea to have such …

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Chase Elliott Wrecks, Then Wins in Wild One at Charlotte Roval

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Chase Elliott bounced back from a mistake at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL to take home the victory and lock himself into the next round of the playoffs. The elimination race for the first round of the postseason had its share of game-changing moments, among them race leader Elliott locking the brakes and sliding into …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: The Playoffs Envelope Coverage at Richmond

2019 NASCAR Cup starting grid

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Richmond Raceway has changed in recent years.  The races this past weekend may have been the least competitive pair of Cup and Xfinity races there in years at the front of the field.  The Cup race had a grand total of six lead changes in 400 laps.  That’s not even the lowest number this decade.  …

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Up to Speed: Hendrick Motorsports Teammates in a Tight Spot

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Last weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Alex Bowman and William Byron began their playoff runs with good finishes.  Bowman cruised to a sixth-place result, his best finish since winning at Chicagoland Speedway.  Byron spun out with less than 100 laps to go in the race but fought back to finish ninth.  Combined with Chase …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: South Point 400

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The 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs will begin this Sunday with the South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The race will be covered by NBCSN beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET; the green flag is scheduled to fly at 7:16. This 1.5-mile oval traditionally has been known for long green-flag runs. In …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2019 South Point 400

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“Playoffs? Don’t talk about playoffs!” Oh, but the playoffs are here for the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. The first race in their round of 16 is the South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Sunday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. ET. TV coverage will be provided by NBCSN. It’s been two …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Racing’s Hallowed Mausoleum

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway is one of the great cathedrals of auto racing, with over a century’s worth of events run there. One of the overlooked aspects of cathedrals, aside from their beauty, is that they are a little creepy at the same time. In the history of IMS, many racers have died while competing, making …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Start the Dominoes

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Silly Season has finally officially kicked into gear for 2020 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, as last week it was announced that Front Row Motorsports’ David Ragan would be stepping back from full-time racing at season’s end, leaving the No. 38 open, and that Matt DiBenedetto would be one-and-done in the No. 95. …

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