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Did You Notice?: New, 2019 NASCAR Rules Package Sign of Serious Shakeup Ahead

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Did You Notice? … Stock car racing threw a grenade into the garage with its redesigned 2019 NASCAR rules package? Between the ROVAL on Sunday (Sept. 30) and a laundry list of changes announced Tuesday, this sport feels like it’s suddenly reinventing itself. Most importantly, the new package removes the words restrictor plate from the Monster …

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Underdog House: Charlotte ROVAL Put Small Teams in NASCAR Spotlight

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Think Small Road courses present a unique opportunity for underdog teams. Much in the same way as restrictor plate races, they are an equalizer in terms of minimizing the performance gap between the haves and the have nots. The absence of the cars’ dependance on aero also contributes to the parity. The previous two road …

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Up to Speed: Part-Time Pays off for Ryan Preece

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For the past several years, Ryan Preece has been forging a pathway to the national levels of NASCAR.  He demonstrated his talent in the Whelen Modified Tour, winning 12 times in 56 races from 2012-2015.  But when it came time to take on NASCAR’s XFINITY Series, Preece needed a way to increase his visibility on …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Richmond, Take II

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Kyle Busch captured his 50th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win by taking the checkered flag on the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway on Saturday night. It was the seventh win of 2018 for the Joe Gibbs Racing driver. He was followed by the Ford of Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick in second and …

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4 Burning Questions: Who Goes Where in 2019?

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Just how much bigger will silly season be this year? Silly season continued in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, with three drivers confirmed to be leaving their current rides in the past week and a fourth possibly contemplating doing so as well. Matt DiBenedetto announced last weekend that he and Go FAS Racing have …

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Matt DiBenedetto Leaving Go FAS Racing After 2018 Season

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Matt DiBenedetto announced Friday evening that he was leaving Go FAS Racing at the conclusion of the season. DiBenedetto, 27, is in his fourth season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and second with Go Fas Racing. The California driver has four top-10 finishes in his career, his most recent being a seventh at …

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Matt DiBenedetto Staying Positive with Go Fas Racing’s Overachievement

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If you were to ask around in the NASCAR garage who is the most underrated driver in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, many would point to Matt DiBenedetto, who’s in his second season with an underfunded Go Fas Racing. DiBenedetto, 27, is in the midst of his fourth full-time season in the Cup season …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Chase Elliott Cranks Up the Siren Again

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Who’s in the headline After almost three years of trying, and eight near misses, Chase Elliott has finally scored his maiden win in the Cup series. Elliott won the second stage and the race while Martin Truex Jr. grabbed the win in the first stage. William Byron crossed the finish line in eighth to claim …

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Chase Elliott Earns 1st Cup Victory at Watkins Glen

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Hendrick Motorsports’ Chase Elliott was the beneficiary of a pit road screw-up for Kyle Busch under caution.  That gave Elliott the lead with 34 laps to go. Elliott then ran a hard-charging Martin Truex Jr. out of fuel on the final lap to win Sunday’s (Aug. 5) Go Bowling at the Glen. It is Elliott’s first …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Brendan Gaughan’s Energetic Addition to NBCSN NASCAR Coverage

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Split weekends can cause some problems for NASCAR TV partners as their resources get stretched. NBC was no different. Some people went to Iowa while others went to Pocono, expanding a crew with additions that don’t cover the sport full-time. Regardless, viewers got 600-plus miles of racing over the weekend.  Both of them were quite …

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