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Ryan Blaney Wins TicketGuardian 500 Pole; Michael McDowell, Daniel Suárez Scuffle

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Ryan Blaney scored his first pole of 2019 and his sixth of his career on Friday (March 8) for Sunday’s TicketGuardian 500 at ISM Raceway.  Blaney recorded a lap speed of 141.287 mph, only three-tenths of a second off of the track record that Jimmie Johnson set back in 2015. Team Penske has been very …

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Kevin Harvick Grabs The Pole In Las Vegas

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Kevin Harvick will start from the pole position for Sunday’s (March 3) Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Harvick ran a speed of 180.517 miles per hour on Friday evening (March 1) after the majority of the three rounds were drafting sessions. This is Harvick’s first pole since ISM Raceway in November 2018 — …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 Daytona 500

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Denny Hamlin carried the late J.D. Gibbs on his shoulder all the way back to Victory Lane.  Hamlin went winless in 2018, the first season in his career without a victory, but he erased that losing streak Sunday in NASCAR’s biggest race.  Showing everyone the best way …

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The Frontstretch 5: Big Questions As NASCAR Enters 2019

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1. What will the new aerodynamic package look like in real time? That’s the big question that everyone is asking, but don’t expect the answer to be immediate or definitive. The low horsepower, high downforce package will debut at Atlanta Motor Speedway in a week and a half, but don’t expect what you see there …

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2018 Top NASCAR Storylines: Ford Shocks the NASCAR World

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The dominance of the Blue Oval is back in NASCAR. For the first time since 2002, Ford took home the manufacturer’s title, finally grabbing it back from Toyota and Chevrolet. In a year that saw struggles unlike any other season for the Bow Tie group, the Ford squad made sure to take advantage. With Roush …

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2018 NASCAR Driver Reviews: Ryan Blaney

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2018 was a year of change for Ryan Blaney. But it was also one of improvement and one to celebrate. The 25-year-old High Point, N.C. native made the playoffs, advanced through the Round of 12 and made NASCAR history this season. He did it all with a new team, too, as he jumped from Wood …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Texas II

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The Closer finally closed the deal on Sunday in Fort Worth, Texas, picking up his eighth victory of 2018 by holding off Ryan Blaney in NASCAR overtime while also earning his spot in the Championship 4 at Homestead. While Kevin Harvick made a statement, Joey Logano added another name to his avoid list for Homestead …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2018 AAA Texas 500

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? On paper, it doesn’t look like much of a race, starting and finishing in seventh spot. In terms of the playoffs, it wasn’t. But for Kurt Busch, Sunday (Nov. 4) at Texas was a good day. While Busch didn’t lead a lap (he nosed ahead of Kevin Harvick …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kevin Harvick Fires Warning Shot with Domination in Texas

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Who’s in the headline Kevin Harvick has had the fastest car nearly every weekend this season. The Achilles heel for the team is that they routinely shoot themselves in the foot through pit road miscues. When they don’t, they dominate, which is what happened at Texas on Sunday. Harvick led over half of the laps …

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