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Odds & Ends Around the Track: Elimination Edition

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The NASCAR playoffs are heating up this weekend. The first cut from 16 to 12 drivers sometimes eliminates a true contender, but usually it just erases the championship pretenders. But this week, after the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway, we will see some of the top teams end their title hopes. The …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 1000Bulbs.com 500 at Talladega

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The Headline(s): Having survived three big ones on Monday afternoon (Oct. 14) after an uneventful first stage Sunday, Ryan Blaney bested Ryan Newman by less than a foot coming to the line to score a season-saving victory that locked the No. 12 team into the Round of 8. It wasn’t without controversy, however, as Blaney …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 1000Bulbs.com 500

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who … should you be talking about after the race? Ryan Blaney led three different times at Talladega Superspeedway for a total of 35 laps, but the third time was the charm as he took the checkered flag inches ahead of Ryan Newman thanks to a timely shove from superspeedway specialist Aric Almirola on the …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Just Another Manic Monday

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ 1000Bulbs.com 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, ironically for a race sponsored by a light bulb company, was mostly delayed from the original Sunday start due to a lack of lights (and a ton of rain). So the second and third stages were run Monday afternoon (Oct. 14), and all in …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Will Retirements Increase in the Next 1-2 Years?

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

With many aging veterans in NASCAR right now, the dreaded retirement topic is starting to come to the surface. While many are still extremely competitive, there are still some persistent rumors that a few of the sport’s superstars are hanging it up in the next year or two. Who do you think will be hanging …

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Up to Speed: Richard Childress Racing Starting Over

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Richard Childress Racing is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019.  Starting out as an owner/driver, Childress built his organization into one of the mightiest teams in NASCAR history.  His achievements with Dale Earnhardt at the wheel of the No. 3 Chevrolet are the stuff of legend. But as great as RCR has been over most …

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Beside the Rising Tide: The Time of the Season

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It seems like the only inalterable rule in life is that change is inevitable — and I very much doubt that will ever change. Though if in fact change is inalterable inevitably, then someday that must in fact change as well. Only some of you were around this grand blue marble we share back in …

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Up to Speed: The Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL Delivers, Again

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Two years ago, when Charlotte Motor Speedway announced that its fall race would be held on something called a “ROVAL,” the decision was met with a fair amount of skepticism.  Would big, bulky stock cars put on a good show at an infield road course?  And was it really a good idea to have such …

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Ryan Newman Fails to Advance to Round of 12, Sets Sights on 5th

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(Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The Cinderella story of the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs finally came to an end at Sunday (Sept. 29) at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s ROVAL. Ryan Newman, who put Roush Fenway Racing’s No. 6 Ford in the playoffs for the first time since 2006, came just shy of advancing to the Round of 12. …

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Chase Elliott Wrecks, Then Wins in Wild One at Charlotte Roval

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Chase Elliott bounced back from a mistake at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL to take home the victory and lock himself into the next round of the playoffs. The elimination race for the first round of the postseason had its share of game-changing moments, among them race leader Elliott locking the brakes and sliding into …

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