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Aric Almirola, William Byron, Matt DiBenedetto, Clint Bowyer Move on to All-Star Main Event

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Though the sun was still shining, tempers were still hot during the All-Star Open at Bristol Motor Speedway Wednesday evening (July 15). By the end of the night, four drivers moved on to the main event: Aric Almirola, William Byron, Matt DiBenedetto and Fan Vote winner Clint Bowyer. Instead of matching his successful run in …

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Bubba Wallace, Michael McDowell Clash in All-Star Open at Bristol

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It didn’t take long for tempers to flare and paint to be traded on All-Star night at Bristol Motor Speedway. On Lap 17, Michael McDowell turned left and sent Bubba Wallace‘s No. 43 Chevrolet hard into the outside wall. McDowell himself then spun across the nose of William Byron. McDowell drew the pole for the …

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Did You Notice?: That Summertime NASCAR Spark At Stewart-Haas Racing?

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Did You Notice? … How quickly Stewart-Haas Racing has gotten its act together this summer? While Kevin Harvick has been a title contender all season long in the NASCAR Cup Series, his trio of teammates spent the first half of 2020 mired in midpack. Here’s where all four drivers stood through the Martinsville Speedway race June …

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Power Rankings: 4-Wide for the Win Edition

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The folks at NASCAR got very lucky this weekend with an epic finish that was great enough to get the fans to forget that the first 390 miles were a snoozefest of clean air being king after restarts at Kentucky Speedway. The late, great Dan Gurney used to preach about the best racing coming with …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: 2020 Quaker State 400

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This weekend marks the 10th NASCAR Cup Series race at the Kentucky Motor Speedway, still the newest facility on the Cup schedule with the exception of the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL. This weekend also marks the 20th anniversary of the speedway’s opening. While Kentucky seems like a natural location for a Cup race, in reality, …

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Fire on Fridays: Speaking Up Isn’t a Bad Thing

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I wish more drivers would speak up and not be afraid to do so. Not just on political or social issues, not only when it’s relevant or convenient, but in general. It stems from seeing rookie of the year contender Tyler Reddick speaking up in the face of President Donald Trump’s tweet directed at Bubba …

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Did You Notice?: NASCAR PPP Loans a Reminder of Potential COVID-19 Catastrophe

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Did You Notice? … The number of NASCAR teams approved for a loan under the federal government’s Paycheck Protection Program? The NASCAR PPP loans numbered in the millions and involved one-third of the teams on the NASCAR Cup Series circuit. For now, let’s focus on the Cup programs alone. Richard Childress Racing: $5-$10 million (2 teams) Chip …

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Power Rankings: Back Home Again in Rain Delay Mode Edition

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The folks at NASCAR are really quick to point out that their television partners get to pick the window that the race gets broadcast in. But maybe it’s time for the “experts” on holding a race to have a little talk with the television people. Through most of its history, NASCAR never got a race …

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Does NASCAR Have a Donald Trump Problem Going Forward?

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In February 2020, NASCAR was rolling out the red carpet for Donald Trump at its season-opening Daytona 500. The first sitting U.S. President to visit a race since George W. Bush in 2004 arrived to great fanfare and support from track officials. He couldn’t have been happier addressing the crowd, giving the “start your engines” …

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