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4 Burning Questions: What Will Become of Michael McDowell?

Photo: Danny Peters

Will there be any surprises in this year’s playoff field? With just 10 races to go before the start of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs, the race to get in them is only about to tighten up from here. With all six race winners in the top seven in points, the points battle …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Pocono Predictability

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Pocono Raceway is not a thrilling race track. It’s not even an exciting one, and barely qualifies as interesting. So the results in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race weren’t all that surprising. Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kyle Busch won for the fourth time this season and the 55th time in his Cup career, holding …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Some Gave All

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The Coca-Cola 600 is a marathon slog to close out the greatest day in auto racing, following the Monaco Grand Prix in Formula One and the Indianapolis 500 in IndyCar. Despite a quiet middle half, a chaotic first quarter and wild finish made it one of the season’s better races overall. Tires weren’t cooperating, which …

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The Underdog House: Dover Downer

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Top of The Class Rain kept the cars in the garage all day on Sunday, and Dover proved to be rather monstrous to our underdog contingent on Monday. In fact, the 20th-place finish notched by Matt DiBenedetto and Leavine Family Racing is the lowest “best in class” result of 2019 thus far. Part of that …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Talladega: Endgame

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Chevrolet teams make up about half the field most weeks in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, but judging by the results so far this season, it’s understandable to think they were in the half of existence that were vaporized when Thanos snapped his fingers. But just like in Avengers: Endgame, time travel was involved on …

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Bubba Wallace, Michael McDowell, and Others Collected in Lap 11 Accident

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The start of the Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway was controlled chaos until a Chevrolet attempted to push a Ford. Bubba Wallace Jr., in his Chevrolet Camaro, attempted to push the No. Ford of Ryan Blaney, and it just didn’t work. The pointed nose of Wallace’s No. 43 on the rear of Blaney’s No. 12 …

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Veterans Kurt Busch, Ryan Newman Pace Lightning Fast “New” Practices at Talladega

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The much-anticipated first practice session at Talladega Superspeedway Friday displayed faster speeds, increased throttle response and twitchy race cars, just as expected. The first superspeedway race of the post-restrictor plate era, Kurt Busch paced the field in first practice, one of 21 cars to break 200 mph. Though the practice was incident free, the cars …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Short Tracking Under the Lights

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Saturday night’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway wasn’t a thrill ride for most of the race, but the ending provided a lot of drama in the final 30 or so laps of the Toyota Owners 400, even though the answers mostly stayed the same. Would Joe Gibbs Racing’s Martin Truex Jr …

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Did You Notice?: The 2019 NASCAR Playoffs Are Already Coming Into Focus?

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Did You Notice? … The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff picture is taking shape? It’s hard to believe but we’re already eight races into 2019. If the regular season was just one big race, stage one would be wrapping up sometime during the middle of Saturday night’s showdown at Richmond Raceway. What do we know …

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The Underdog House: Shootout At The Underdog Corral

Top of The Class Michael McDowell was easily the fastest dog in the west this week. His No. 34 Front Row Racing Ford was quick from the get go and backed it up on race day, starting and finishing in 15th. McDowell was once known primarily for the violent head-on collision and subsequent barrel roll …

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