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Did You Notice?: Chase Elliott, Not Jimmie Johnson, Sits Alone Atop Hendrick Motorsports

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Did You Notice?… A changing of the guard at Hendrick Motorsports in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series? Chase Elliott became the first driver for HMS to win in 2019, also breaking the season shutout for Chevrolet. His push to the win at Talladega Superspeedway Sunday (April 28) came courtesy teammate and second-place finisher Alex Bowman. …

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Austin Dillon, Ryan Blaney’s Team Penalized After Talladega Cup Race

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Austin Dillon and Richard Childress Racing’s No. 3 team in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series have been leveled an L1 penalty following the April 28 race at Talladega Superspeedway, NASCAR announced Tuesday, April 30. A rear deck lid was confiscated and found it did not meet the criteria set by NASCAR before the Talladega …

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Austin Dillon Wins GEICO 500 Pole, Caps Banner Day for Childress Organization at Talladega

Atlanta Motor Speedway, February 2019. (Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

As the final Xfinity Series hauler was departing the track, Austin Dillon kept the party going for Richard Childress Racing. Fresh off Tyler Reddick‘s emphatic victory in RCR’s No. 2 car in the Xfinity race, Dillon bested defending Talladega race winner Aric Almirola to win the GEICO 500 pole, his second pole of 2019 and …

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NASCAR Seizes Rear Deck Lid from Austin Dillon’s Cup Series Car

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The rear deck lid of Richard Childress Racing’s No. 3 Chevy car (driven by Austin Dillon) was seized by NASCAR officials after it was found to be out of compliance with the NASCAR Rule Book. The piece was taken into into the Monster Energy Series hauler in the garage at Talladega for further review. A …

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NASCAR 101: Martin Truex Jr. Finally Won a Short Track Race — Who’s Next?

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Apparently all it took for Martin Truex Jr. to win on a short track was to switch teams. Last weekend’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway saw Truex, in the midst of his first season for Joe Gibbs Racing in its No. 19, emerge victorious, snapping a losing streak at short tracks …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Martin Truex Jr. Breaks Through, Matt DiBenedetto Chats 2019

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss Martin Truex Jr. breaking through to win at a short track in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series — hist first, at Richmond Raceway. Other questions they debate: is how much longer did Joey Logano need to pass the No. 19 car to take …

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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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The Frontstretch 5: Recent Xfinity Champs & How Cup is Treating Them

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1. William Byron (2017) Years in Cup: Second year in 2019 Current Team: Hendrick Motorsports Races: 43 Wins: 0 Top 5s: 0 Top 10s: 5 Average Finish: 21.3 Best Points finish: 23rd (2018, first full season) Byron is the hardest in this group to judge because he’s the least experienced in Cup by at least …

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Martinsville NASCAR Penalty Report: Austin Dillon, Matt Tifft, Ryan Preece Among Those With Loose Lug Nuts

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NASCAR announced penalties Monday (March 25) from this past weekend’s spring 2019 races at Martinsville Speedway. Both teams in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and Gander Outdoors Truck Series were hit with lug nut violations. However, no penalties beyond loose lug nuts were found in post-race inspection. There are no major issues or suspensions …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 STP 500 at Martinsville

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The Headline(s): Brad Keselowski put what Larry Mac dubbed a “Southern tail kickin’” on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series field. He led 446 of 500 laps Sunday (March 24) and held off a late charge from Chase Elliott to score his second win of 2019, his second career win at Martinsville, his 29th career …

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