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Chase Elliott Scores the Victory at Talladega After a Wild Finish

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2019 has not been the year Chase Elliott and his Hendrick Motorsports team were looking for in the first nine races. Today, though, Elliott scored his first win at Talladega Superspeedway and his first win of the season after an extremely wild race. Hendrick Motorsports earned a 1-2 finish as well, with Alex Bowman finishing …

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Frontstretch Podcast: 2019 NASCAR Quarterly Review

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss the state of NASCAR at the quarter mark of the 2019 season. With Joe Gibbs Racing and Team Penske claiming all nine Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races, what grade can we give it? How do we think the new aero package has affected the …

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5 Points to Ponder: 9 Races Into NASCAR 2019

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ONE: NASCAR 2019 = 2-Team Tandem At The Top Forget NASCAR’s Big Three. This year, it’s the Big Two (owners, that is) leading the way in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Joe Gibbs Racing and Team Penske have flat out dominated the first nine races of the season. Ryan Blaney (Penske) and Erik Jones …

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Up to Speed: Jimmie Johnson & Chad Knaus, Post-Breakup

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During Friday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Richmond Raceway, Chad Knaus observed the action from a different vantage point.  Instead of being a crew chief, Knaus tried his hand at broadcasting.  It wasn’t the first time that he had helped to call a race from the booth, and he did a solid job explaining teams’ …

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

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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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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Routine & Confusing

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There was a mystifying mix of the routine and the head scratching during Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Yeah, Kyle Busch won the Food City 500 and Team Penske, Joe Gibbs Racing and Stewart-Haas Racing took up most of the spots up front, but he was involved in a …

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Friday Faceoff: Is Hendrick Motorsports Finally On The Upswing?

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Is Hendrick Motorsports on their way back to the top tier, or was their showing at Texas a one-time thing? Bryan Gable: It is best not to read too much into one race.  Just a few weeks ago, we were talking about how Hendrick Motorsports had zero top fives through the first five races of …

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Jimmie Johnson Sweeps Rounds, Wins O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 Pole

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NASCAR’s new and improved group qualifying kicked off Friday (March 29) at Texas Motor Speedway. Despite the new rules, the waiting game was still key. Jimmie Johnson was able to win all three rounds to claim the pole for Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 500.  Johnson’s lap in the final round was the fastest overall at …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: That Southern California Glow

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In case you missed it, Kyle Busch won the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway in California on Sunday. It was his 53rd Cup victory in 503 starts to go along with 94 Xfinity Series wins in 348 starts and 53 Gander Outdoors Truck Series triumphs in 147 starts. …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Daniel Suarez’s Eventful Weekend

Maybe it’s not always the best idea to take your weekend inspiration from the company name of your sponsor. Daniel Suarez‘s No. 41 Ford Mustang was sponsored by Ruckus Networks this weekend, and Suarez certainly raised a ruckus at ISM Raceway during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ TicketGuardian 500. Following qualifying, he body-slammed fellow …

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