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NASCAR Stat Sheet: Daniel Suarez’s Big Moment In Daytona Regular Season Finale

NASCAR superspeedway racing is typically edge-of-your-seat, thrilling competition mixed with a ton of calamity and crunched-up sheet metal. This weekend was no different as the Cup Series regular season finale at Daytona International Speedway lived up to the hype Saturday (Aug. 29) in setting the remainder of the 16-driver playoff field. Last March, when NASCAR …

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Up to Speed: An Actual NASCAR Playoff Bubble Battle? Yes, Indeed

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The completion of this weekend’s doubleheader races at Dover International Speedway was an important milestone for NASCAR.  The Cup Series is now caught up with its original 2020 schedule.  All of the races with revised dates due to COVID-19 are finished, leaving one race remaining in the regular season before the ten-race NASCAR playoff begins. …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: 2020 Go Bowling 235 at Daytona

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The NASCAR Cup Series takes on Daytona International Speedway road course for the first time ever this weekend, a sentence that I never thought I would hear in 2020. With changes to the 2020 schedule, NASCAR added the Daytona road course for the 23rd event of the 2020 season, replacing the scheduled road-course event at …

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Fire on Fridays: What Happens to Richard Petty Motorsports If Bubba Wallace Leaves?

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With Brad Keselowski and Christopher Bell officially off the free agency market, that leaves Bubba Wallace as the next major silly season piece to fall, and the rest of the driver lineups will widely shape around whatever decision Wallace makes. Does Wallace replace the retiring Jimmie Johnson in Hendrick Motorsports’ No. 48 in the NASCAR …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2020 FireKeepers Casino 400

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After clawing for lobsters up in New Hampshire, the NASCAR Cup Series heads to the Irish Hills of Michigan for a double dose of DraftKings contests. The FireKeepers Casino 400 airs Saturday, Aug. 8 at 4 p.m. ET, while the Consumers Energy 400 is the following day at 4:30 p.m. ET. Both will air on …

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Up to Speed: Is the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Field Already Set?

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Given how the 2020 NASCAR season has played out so far, the Cup Series playoff has felt like almost an afterthought.  Nevertheless, the Cup Series regular season is almost halfway complete.  Sunday’s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway was the 12th event of the revised Cup schedule in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Only 14 races …

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The Underdog House: Waiter, There’s a Nemechek in My Top 15 Again

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Top Dog I might have to change the name of this column to The Nemechek House if rookie John Hunter Nemechek keeps up his current streak. Since racing resumed, the Front Row Motorsports driver has been the best in class four times in a five-race span. But perhaps this shouldn’t come as that much of …

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NASCAR Stat Sheet: Pure Chaos in Thunder Valley

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Because the world is still amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, fans aren’t allowed to attend NASCAR races through at least June. That’s unfortunate because the grandstands would have gone bonkers on Sunday (May 31) at Bristol Motor Speedway. Not only was Most Popular Driver Chase Elliott in contention for another victory, but he also got into …

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Up to Speed: Forecasting the NASCAR Future of Chase Briscoe

Chase Briscoe in the driver's seat of his NASCAR racecar. Photo: NKP

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Chase Briscoe provided what will certainly be a highlight of the 2020 NASCAR season on Thursday evening (May 21).  Briscoe won the weather-delayed NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Darlington Raceway, beating Kyle Busch to the finish line after a last-lap battle that evoked memories of the Ricky Craven / Kurt Busch finish in 2003.  It …

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Sudden Halt, Big Opportunity: Gaunt Brothers Racing Looks To Catch Up in 2020

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It took over two months for Daniel Suarez to find a new home after not being re-signed by Stewart-Haas Racing. On Jan. 28, Gaunt Brothers Racing signed Suarez and announced it would be moving to full-time competition after running a part-time schedule since the organization debuted in 2017. Though the signing had to come before …

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