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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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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 First Data 500 at Martinsville

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The Headline(s): Martin Truex, Jr. took what Brad Keselowski did to the field in the spring race at Martinsville and bested it, winning both stages and leading 464 laps en route to a snore-inducing victory in the First Data 500. It was his seventh win of 2019, 26th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win …

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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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Pace Laps: Don’t Take Martin Truex Jr.’s 2019 Season for Granted

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Don’t Take Martin Truex Jr. For Granted This time last year, Martin Truex Jr. had yet to win a short track race in 13 years of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series competition. After Sunday’s race (Oct. 27) at Martinsville Speedway? He’s got three. Truex won half of the short track …

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William Byron at Martinsville: ‘2nd is Not Super Fun’

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William Byron seems to finally be living up to his potential. The second-year Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver put together an impressive performance Sunday evening (Oct. 27) to finish runner-up at Martinsville Speedway. “This was a lot of fun, this was the most fun I’ve had at Martinsville,” Byron said. “It sucks we’re out …

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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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NASCAR 101: Related Drivers in NASCAR

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This column was all set. Perfect, even — the idea, that is. It was timely, fitting, whatever. Then Carson Ware dropped off the Gander Outdoors Truck Series entry list for this weekend at Martinsville Speedway. But you know what? Screw it. Doing it anyway. In the event that Ware returns to the entry list (until …

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Did You Notice?: Joe Gibbs Racing Could Set NASCAR Records

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Did You Notice? … Joe Gibbs Racing has a shot to send three of its four Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers into the 2019 Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway? It’s a feat that’s never been accomplished by any organization since the current format came into play in 2014. JGR currently holds the record as the …

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The 12: NASCAR Power Rankings 1000Bulbs.com 500 Edition

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Kyle Larson was one of the first casualties of the carnage Monday (Oct. 14) at Talladega Superspeedway. Although his car stayed on the ground this time, Larson made heavy contact with an out-of-control Alex Bowman. Via his win at Dover International Speedway, Larson didn’t have to use a mulligan. Although he is in the next …

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