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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Please Staple, Don’t Paper Clip

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Martinsville Speedway is the oldest track on the NASCAR circuit, but lately the tracks uniqueness has been entirely flattened by awful racing throughout the pack, marked by an inability to pass and one driver pulverizing the rest of the field. In this case, a snoozer of a race resulted in a Joe Gibbs Racing driver …

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Team Penske Crew Member Suspended After Joey Logano-Denny Hamlin Fight

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Team Penske employee Dave Nichols Jr. has been suspended for one race after his actions in a post-race scuffle between Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR announced Monday, Oct. 28. Nichols, a tire technician for Logano’s No. 22, was found to have violated a portion of the NASCAR …

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Up to Speed: No Love Lost Between Denny Hamlin & Joey Logano

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Martinsville Speedway’s reputation for producing hot tempers and hurt feelings remain intact.  The fall playoff race, in particular, has featured no shortage of drama between championship contenders. Two years ago, Chase Elliott was upset at Denny Hamlin after being spun out late in the race.  Last year, Martin Truex Jr. was peeved at Joey Logano …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 First Data 500

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? It became crystal clear early on that Martin Truex Jr. had the car to beat Sunday at Martinsville Speedway. He took the lead on pit road early, but from there, nobody could touch him. The No. 19 was strongest off the turns, powering away from anyone who …

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Joey Logano Scuffles with Denny Hamlin After Martinsville Top 10: ‘It Wasn’t As Apologetic as I was Looking For’

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Joey Logano had a top five going at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday evening (Oct. 27), until a late-race incident put a hiccup in his day. On lap 457 of the First Data 500, Denny Hamlin was on the inside of Logano, battling inside the top five. Hamlin came up the track, and the two made …

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Martin Truex Jr. Makes Martinsville His Personal Playground In First Data 500

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Martin Truex Jr. left Martinsville Speedway one year ago wondering what might have been. This time around? Everyone else was wondering how in the world they could catch him in Sunday’s (Oct. 27) First Data 500. Truex flat out dominated the final Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series short track race of 2019. Leading a track …

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Team Penske Sweeps Cup Practices at Martinsville

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The Round of 8 is set to get underway on Sunday (Oct. 27) at Martinsville Speedway with the First Data 500. Saturday’s two practice sessions were a near repeat from last year with some of the paperclip’s best drivers: Joey Logano and Martin Truex Jr. among the quickest drivers in the opening session, while Brad …

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5 Points to Ponder: And Then There Were 8

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ONE: And Then There Were 8 I’m going to boldly predict that not many prognosticators had Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney and Denny Hamlin winning the three second stage playoff races, so I’m not going to be foolish enough to make any wild picks for the third round. Given that winning at either Martinsville Speedway, Texas …

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Up to Speed: Reversal of Fortunes for Team Penske

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Early in NASCAR’s 2019 season, Team Penske appeared to have two top shelf contenders for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title.  Brad Keselowski kicked off their effort, rolling to three victories in the first 12 races of the year.  After a disappointing playoff run in 2018, the No. 2 team was looking like a …

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Denny Hamlin Wins Hollywood Casino 400; Chase Elliott Advances Over Brad Keselowski

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Second place is typically the first loser. But during a wild Hollywood Casino 400 finish Sunday (Oct. 20) at Kansas Speedway, Chase Elliott made it a springboard to a potential championship run. Elliott failed to catch leader Denny Hamlin during a second overtime restart in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Hamlin, who led much …

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