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Paul Menard Posts 8th-Place Finish in Return to Trucks at Watkins Glen

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Paul Menard is rarely seen at NASCAR racetracks these days. He proved, however, that his road-racing abilities are just as sharp as ever, wheeling the No. 66 Toyota for ThorSport Racing to an eighth-place finish in the rain-shortened NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Watkins Glen International on Saturday afternoon (Aug. 7). This wasn’t …

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Todd Gilliland Wins Inaugural COTA Truck Series Race

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Todd Gilliland celebrating his win at the first Truck race at COTA (credit: Jared C. Tilton, Getty Images)

In a race that was full of road course specialists battling in slippery race conditions, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regular Todd Gilliland took the victory in the first-ever NASCAR event at Circuit of the Americas just outside Austin, Texas. It is the 2021 DAYTONA 500 Champion race team Front Row Motorsports’ first win in …

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2019 NASCAR Driver Reviews: Paul Menard


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After a somewhat successful first season with Wood Brothers Racing in 2018 in the NASCAR Cup Serie, Paul Menard had an even quieter but arguably more successful 2019. Seven top-10 finishes dotted Menard’s 2018 resume, higher than his 2019 statline of four. But Menard also enjoyed an average finish of 16.6, the second best of …

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2019 NASCAR Top Storylines: The Pay-to-Play Trend

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Money buys a lot of things in NASCAR. It buys speed, or at least the parts and pieces to make speed happen. It buys alliances between teams that can also lead to more speed. It buys advertising time that gets sponsors and drivers exposure. Money also buys rides. It’s a trend that has been on …

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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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Paul Menard, David Ragan End Full-Time NASCAR Careers

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(Photo: Phil Allaway)

While the focus on Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway was clearly on the Championship 4, there were other stories in play.  For both Paul Menard and David Ragan, Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 marked their final races as full-time drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Menard had a relatively quiet race and mostly ran around …

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Kyle Busch Cruises To Ford EcoBoost 400 Victory, 2nd NASCAR Cup Title


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Kyle Busch is a NASCAR champion once again. For the second time in five years, Busch won the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway and with it the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title. A 21-race winless streak left Busch a bit of an underdog heading in, but a consistent, mistake-free performance led to a …

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Kyle Busch Leads Lone Homestead Practice, Joe Gibbs Racing 1-2-3

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Joe Gibbs Racing came out swinging in the only Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice held before Sunday’s (Nov. 17) season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Kyle Busch led a 1-2-3 practice sweep as the team’s three title contenders led from virtually the drop of the green flag. Busch posted a one-lap speed of 168.966 mph, …

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5 Points to Ponder: The Fantastic Four

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ONE: The Championship Four All week long, conventional wisdom suggested that Kyle Busch (+22 points up on fifth place) and Joey Logano (+20 on fifth) would secure their berths alongside Martin Truex Jr. and Kevin Harvick in the final four for the second straight season. While each of the four drivers below the cut line …

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