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Up to Speed: The Changing of the Hendrick Motorsports Guard

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Hendrick Motorsports was riding high in 2014. Jimmie Johnson just came off winning a sixth championship.  Jeff Gordon was having his best season in years and had reemerged as a top title contender.  Dale Earnhardt Jr. scored his second Daytona 500 victory and snapped a winless streak that had carried on for over a year.  Kasey …

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Wrecks Out of Final Brickyard 400

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That was not the type of smoke show Dale Earnhardt Jr. wanted to perform in his final Brickyard 400 start. His Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career at Indianapolis Motor Speedway ended with his No. 88 Chevrolet sitting inside the garage. Following a stack-up on a Lap 75 restart, Earnhardt hit the rear of Trevor Bayne’s No. …

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Dale Jr. on Alex Bowman: ‘I Feel He Will Have Great Success’ in No. 88

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The largest card in the 2017-18 NASCAR silly season was answered last week when Alex Bowman was announced as Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s replacement at Hendrick Motorsports for 2018. Following years of low-budget teams in the XFINITY and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Bowman will have the opportunity he’s (and his family) been waiting for when …

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Voice of Vito: Knowing When To Fold ‘Em and Top NASCAR Silly Season Rides Revisited for 2018

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Chasing Amy Following the unveiling of Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Darlington throwback scheme on Tuesday, Junior Nation was at odds with one another, as well as an Earnhardt. What, they didn’t dig the AC Delco scheme that Junior piloted to two consecutive titles in 1998 and 1999? Sorry, wrong Earnhardt. It’s actually Dale Jr.’s wife, Amy, enduring …

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Alex Bowman to Drive the Hendrick Motorsports No. 88 in 2018

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The pieces to the puzzle of the NASCAR Silly Season have started to come together. Alex Bowman has been declared as the driver that will replace Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the Hendrick Motorsports No. 88 Chevrolet following Earnhardt’s retirement at the conclusion of this season. The announcement was made Thursday morning (July 20) following a …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 2, Joe Gibbs 0 Edition

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Daytona International Speedway brought the usual excitement, accidents along with underdogs competing for the win at a restrictor plate track on a Saturday night. And you know what? It was riveting television. Any time you go into the last lap of a race and Michael McDowell has a legitimate shot at winning, well, that’s a …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After The 2017 Coke Zero 400

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Who… gets the shoutout of the race? Brendan Gaughan had another great showing at Daytona International Speedway for Beard Motorsports, backing up his 11th-place finish in February with a seventh on Saturday night. Gaughan had an up-and-down night, running in the top 10 at various points, but also having a single-car incident in Turn 2 on …

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NASCAR Opportunity Lost: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. With The Steal

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As the laps wound down at Daytona International Speedway Saturday night, the leaderboard of NASCAR’s Coke Zero 400 read like a Who’s Who of Cinderella stories. You had David Ragan in the lead, running for a Front Row Motorsports team that struggles to crack the top 25 most weeks. Other names in contention included rookie Ty Dillon, Paul …

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Captures 2nd Win of 2017 at Daytona

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. did all he could to imitate his Talladega Superspeedway victory in May. Imitate he did. But this time, it was at Daytona International Speedway. The blue-soaked No. 17 Ford took the point from fellow blue oval competitor David Ragan coming to the white flag in the Coke Zero 400, to capture his second career …

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Captures Pole in Farewell Race at Daytona

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During final practice on Thursday, Dale Earnhardt Jr. set the bar in regard to single car speeds. During Friday’s qualifying session the No. 88 Chevrolet backed it up by winning his third career pole at the famed track. Earnhardt’s lap of  47.127 seconds (190.973 mph) was .044 seconds quicker than Hendrick Motorsports teammate Chase Elliott (190.795 …

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