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James Small Named Martin Truex Jr.’s Crew Chief for 2020

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Joe Gibbs Racing has chosen to promote from within to replace the recently departed Cole Pearn as the crew chief of the No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota Camry team. James Small will serve as the crew chief for the 2017 NASCAR Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. in 2020, the team announced Thursday, Dec. …

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2019 NASCAR Top Storylines: Kyle Busch 1st Driver With Multiple Titles in Elimination Format

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When Kyle Busch won the NASCAR Cup Series race and championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November, he became the first driver to win two championships under the elimination-style playoff system since NASCAR developed it in 2014 — something that is significant for numerous reasons. Prior to this year, a different driver had won every time …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Offseason Update, Matt Lederer Discusses Xfinity Premier Sponsorship in Cup

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In a special offseason edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss a plethora of news stories that have transpired since the checkered flag at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Seven-time Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson will be retiring following the 2020 season. The duo discuss if Johnson is the greatest driver of all time, reflecting back on …

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Massie’s Minute: Why the Empty Threats in Cup Playoffs?

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Kyle Busch was cruising to the victory and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship. He had a large lead in the closing laps at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday evening (Nov. 17) when he approached what was supposed to be the biggest threat to his title hopes: Aric Almirola. Busch and Almirola had collided with …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Breaking Down Homestead, Tyler Reddick Chats Xfinity Title

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss the championship weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway that saw Kyle Busch, Tyler Reddick and Matt Crafton be crowned NASCAR champions. Busch came in as a slight underdog for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title, snapping a 21-race winless streak in the process. Reddick had an …

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The 12: NASCAR Power Rankings Ford EcoBoost 400 Edition

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All season, questions have been raised regarding NASCAR’s top competitors. After 38 weekends, the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season has finally come to an end. Despite our questions, we now know that Kyle Busch is a two-time champion, Denny Hamlin‘s long-awaited championship will have to wait for at least another year, and William …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Monster Ending Goes Out with a Whimper

Well, the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season is over, and Kyle Busch has won his second title, overcoming teammates Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr, and Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing, as they all had problems of one sort or another (documented elsewhere by my colleagues). While Busch did run the full season …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead

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The Headline(s): The Cup Series may as well have never left Florida. After sweeping the podium in the Daytona 500, a dominant Joe Gibbs Racing pulled the same feat in Homestead, with Kyle Busch proving the best of the Toyotas to win the Ford EcoBoost 400 and the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship. …

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Up to Speed: A Full Season Show by Kyle Busch

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In the end, reports of Kyle Busch’s demise turned out to be greatly exaggerated.  It may have been a shaky run through the playoffs at times for the Las Vegas native. But once the dust had settled at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday night, Busch had claimed his second championship in NASCAR’s top division. Busch’s second …

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Martin Truex Jr. Sees Championship Hopes Slip Away with Pit Road Miscue

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When Martin Truex Jr. won at Martinsville Speedway for the first time three weeks ago (Oct. 27), Cole Pearn went to work on the team’s car for the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Come Sunday’s (Nov. 17) championship race, his hard work showed. Starting the race from third position, it …

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