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4 Burning Questions: Is Christopher Bell About To Replace Clint Bowyer?

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What will Stewart-Haas Racing’s Lineup look like in 2020? .@StewartHaasRcng is shaping up to have another busy summer, as it has multiple drivers with contracts that end after '19 including @ClintBowyer and @Daniel_SuarezG. ➖@SmithfieldFoods' deal also up for renewal, though it's unclear whether @Aric_Almirola's is timed concurrently. pic.twitter.com/jdLqDdEO2u — Adam Stern (@A_S12) June 6, 2019 …

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Did You Notice?: In The 2019 NASCAR Playoffs, No Cinderellas Allowed

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Did You Notice? … If the season ended today, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series would set a dubious playoff record. Only five owners would be eligible to capture the championship, by far the fewest in the sport’s 16-car postseason era. 2019 PLAYOFF TEAMS (IF THE SEASON ENDED TODAY) Joe Gibbs Racing (4): Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, …

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Up to Speed: What to do About Pocono?

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So much for positive momentum. After a month’s worth of races that produced more action than expected, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series rolled into Pocono Raceway.  This time, the race did not offer much action and will likely spark further condemnation of NASCAR’s current aero package. The most common complaint about the high-downforce package …

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Friday Faceoff: Team Bowyer or Team Newman?

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Much has been made of the situation involving Ryan Newman and Clint Bowyer following the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ All-Star Race. Who was in the right? Mark Kristl: Both drivers were at fault. Ryan Newman was at fault for hitting Clint Bowyer‘s car after the race. Clint Bowyer was at fault for losing control, hitting …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Conor Daly Previews Indianapolis 500, All-Star Shenanigans

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss a great Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race, where Kyle Larson snapped a long losing streak, even if in an exhibition race. The win was big for the No. 42 team, but so was the fifth-place effort for Bubba Wallace and the No. 43 team after …

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Did You Notice?: Indy 500, Coca-Cola 600 Worlds Apart Once Again

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Did You Notice? … The 2019 Indianapolis 500 starting lineup will have little, if any, crossover with NASCAR? Just two of the 33 drivers in this year’s field have any experience driving high-level stock cars. James Davison and Conor Daly have made a combined five Xfinity Series starts, none of them on oval tracks as neither …

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5 Points to Ponder: The Healing Power of the All-Star Race

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ONE: Maybe We Shouldn’t Write Off Kyle Larson’s 2019 Season Just Yet Of all of the eternal debates in sports, figuring out how much weight to assign to momentum has to be in the top three or four of all time. It’s even trickier to determine what part it plays in NASCAR, where the changing …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: All-Star Race Brings Action, Enthusiasm & Unclear Fight Causation

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Monster Energy All-Star Weekend is always a bit of a toss-up each year. Coming out of Saturday night, the most notable thing that happened was Clint Bowyer going after Ryan Newman after the race. FOX did not air the post-race bumping match between the two drivers live (that was replayed, though). Bowyer going after Newman …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Hey Now, You’re an All-Star

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“Get your game on, go play!” That was essentially NASCAR’s attitude this weekend as the non-points-paying Monster Energy All-Star Race took place Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Also, the Indianapolis 500 qualifying took place over the weekend, as did the second leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes. It was a light …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 Monster Energy All-Star Race at Charlotte

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The Headline(s): Kyle Larson is a million dollars richer. The California native won the Monster Energy Open, then raced his way up from 18th to win the Monster Energy All-Star Race on Saturday night (May 18) at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He became just the fourth driver all-time to win the All-Star Race after transferring from the …

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