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Paul Menard Retiring from Full-Time Competition After 2019, Matt DiBenedetto to Drive No. 21 in 2020

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Matt DiBenedetto‘s unemployed status for 2020 didn’t last long, and it’s thanks in large part to Paul Menard. Wood Brothers Racing announced Tuesday (Sept. 10) that Menard is retiring from full-time competition at the end of 2019, with DiBenedetto taking over the No. 21 in the 2020 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The move comes …

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The Underdog House: Kiss My Bricks

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Top of the Class Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. hasn’t had too much to get excited about lately. In fact, it’s been over 18 months since his last top-10 finish in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Questions about his ability and job security have swirled like a Midwestern twister, but he and team owner Richard …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard

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Can you believe it’s finally here? At last, a weekend I’ve been anxiously waiting all season. No, I’m not talking about the start of American football. Instead, it’s the week before the playoffs in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Drivers and teams are headed from one iconic racetrack to another, jumping from Darlington Raceway’s …

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Did You Notice?: Matt DiBenedetto’s Late-Season Surge? Can It Pay Off For 2020?

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Did You Notice? … The strength of Matt DiBenedetto’s late-season surge? In the last six Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races, DiBenedetto’s earned four top-10 finishes. That matches his career total through 140 Cup starts before joining the No. 95 of Leavine Family Racing this season. The recent spurt has caused DiBenedetto to jump to 22nd …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBCSN Stays Up Late at Darlington

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I can only speak for myself, but this was one of the most tiring weekends in recent years that didn’t involve covering the Rolex 24 at Daytona. A Cup race that started nearly four hours late due to rain, combined with weekend edit responsibilities and a number of major sports car series we (read: I) …

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The Underdog House: Throwback Style

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Top of the Class Matt DiBenedetto might want to head to Vegas a little early. After all, he has been on quite the heater lately. DiBenedetto scored another top-10 finish on Sunday night (Sept. 1). Actually, thanks to a little adverse weather, it ended up being Monday morning by the time the checkered flag waved. …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Blast From the Past

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Tradition. That’s the theme of the Throwback Weekend at Darlington Raceway with the Bojangles Southern 500, and despite a start at 10 p.m. ET and not finishing until around 2 a.m., the full race distance was run before Hurricane Dorian could arrive. That commitment, whether in the stands or on the couch at home, deserves …

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Up to Speed: Remembering Hut Stricklin’s Darlington Near-Miss

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Two weeks later, the memory of Matt DiBenedetto’s strong run at Bristol Motor Speedway is still fresh.  Days after learning he would be replaced at Leavine Family Racing next year, DiBenedetto nearly pulled off a surprising victory in Thunder Valley.  If not for Denny Hamlin’s late charge through the field in the closing laps, DiBenedetto …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: Bojangles’ Southern 500

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It’s crown jewel time. After a week off, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Darlington, S.C., for one of its most prestigious races of the year — the 2019 Bojangles’ Southern 500. The race will take place on Sunday, Sept. 1, at 6 p.m. NBCSN will air the event. A big race needs …

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Barstool Sports Sponsoring Matt DiBenedetto in 2 Cup Races

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Matt DiBenedetto has picked up sponsorship from Barstool Sports, the media company’s president Dave Portnoy announced Thursday, Aug. 29. Barstool Sports will sponsor DiBenedetto’s No. 95 for Leavine Family Racing for two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway. 👀 @mattdracing pic.twitter.com/nFRF6MaXQI — Dave Portnoy (@stoolpresidente) August 29, 2019 …

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