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Stock Car Scoop With Bryan Nolen: Mid-Week Update

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Who signed a big multi-year deal to remain with the only team this driver has been at in his career? Also, Ryan Newman returns to a racetrack for the first time since his horrific accident. What is the latest on the Rocketman? Last but not least, all three series are back in action this weekend …

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The Frontstretch 5: Longest-Tenured NASCAR Cup Series Drivers

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It’s hard to survive in NASCAR’s top series. It’s success that usually breeds longevity, and the NASCAR Cup Series is rife with successful veteran drivers. Who’s been around the longest? Here are the five full-time Cup drivers whose careers began the longest ago. Due to the structure of the rules for rookies at the time, …

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Five Points to Ponder: Two vs. Three Working for FOX


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Two vs. Three My local track is Sonoma Raceway, and I was there last June when good old DW’s duties in the FOX broadcast booth ended after nearly two decades behind the microphone. I saw him at various points around the track across the three-day weekend. From unveiling the tribute paint scheme Denny Hamlin would …

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2-Headed Monster: Did Roush Fenway Racing Make the Right Decision to Hire Ross Chastain over Chase Briscoe?

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Roush Fenway Racing found itself in a very difficult decision following the delayed Daytona 500. Its full-time driver Ryan Newman was injured and in only a few days they had to trek out west to continue the season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. In a short period of time the team had to make a …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Las Vegas Brings Competition, Rain and Disagreeing Analysts

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Las Vegas Motor Speedway brought a fair amount of clarity regarding Ryan Newman’s crash in Daytona 500 and the aftermath. If the transcript of Roush Fenway Racing president Steve Newmark’s press conference is to be believed, Newman’s family was joking in the hospital about him “having no neck” and referring to him as thick last …

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Beside the Rising Tide: Counting on a Miracle

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For a sport based on high speed and non-stop action, NASCAR racing can be incredibly frustrating sometimes. It is positively soul-sapping to watch two lines of race cars sitting tucked away under their covers in a heavy downpour, especially when it occurs just before the long-delayed start of our sport’s equivalent to the Super Bowl. …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2020 Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas


The Headline(s): Joey Logano weathered a lap 266 restart in the 2020 Pennzoil 400 was comfortably ahead when the caution flew on the white flag lap for John Hunter Nemechek’s spin. He claimed a second consecutive victory in the Las Vegas spring race, his 24th career Cup Series win and 55th career NASCAR national series …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2020 Pennzoil 400

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Joey Logano successfully defended his 2019 victory in the spring race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, winning the Pennzoil 400 in a Pennzoil-sponsored Ford. Logano was a factor all day, running in the top five for most of the race, but he also got a little …

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Up to Speed: All Eyes on Ross Chastain

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Ross Chastain has had quite the eventful week.  It began with a strong run in the Daytona 500 that ended in a multi-car wreck in the closing laps and concluded Sunday (Feb. 23) at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where another good performance went awry late in the race.  With six laps to go, Chastain looped …

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Ryan Newman Releases Statement, Reveals Head Injury in Daytona 500 Crash

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Roush Fenway Racing held a press conference Sunday morning (Feb. 23) at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Here, Roush Fenway Racing president Steve Newmark read a statement prepared by Ryan Newman in which he addressed his injuries for the first time publicly. In the statement, Newman wrote that he sustained a head injury in his crash …

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