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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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Clint Bowyer Wins All Star Pole, Daniel Hemric Tops Open Qualifying

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When the green flag waves for the Monster Energy All-Star Race, Clint Bowyer will lead the field to green. Bowyer posted an average speed of 136.371 mph to win the pole award on Friday night (May 17). Qualifying for the All-Star Race differs from qualifying for points races. Instead of being timed on one lap, …

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Aric Almirola, Daniel Hemric, Austin Dillon Lead All Star Practices at Charlotte

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Aric Almirola, Daniel Hemric and Austin Dillon led the three practice sessions at Charlotte Motor Speedway in preparation for Saturday’s Monster Energy Open and All-Star Race. In the first practice, which was combined, Almirola led the brigade with a lap of 181.360 mph. His Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer were second and …

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Friday Faceoff: What Is the Best All-Star Format?

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Kevin Harvick still doesnt have a win yet in 2019. Should there be any concern in the Stewart Haas camp? Nick Tylwalk: Concern? Of course. Not so much for Harvick individually as the entire Stewart-Haas Racing organization, which was at worst the second-best team in 2018 and now is still searching for answers halfway through …

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2-Headed Monster: Who Was Right? Clint Bowyer Or Erik Jones

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Saturday night’s (May 11) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway ended with tempers flaring. Well, only Clint Bowyer‘s temper flaring after Erik Jones threw a late block on him. "That was dumb on [Erik Jones'] part … I shoulda just wrecked him, I guess."- Clint Bowyer pic.twitter.com/6mWEPDSbVB — FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) May …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Ross Chastain Talks Trucks Win, Brad Keselowski Steals Victory In Cup

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss an entertaining weekend of racing at Kansas Speedway that saw Brad Keselowski victorious at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series level, taking the win from Alex Bowman late. Bowman became the first driver in NASCAR history to have three consecutive runner-up finishes without a win. …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Kansas Provides a Bunch of Action for Viewers

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Kansas Speedway put on a very interesting couple of races last weekend. We got a first-time winner Friday night in Ross Chastain and a very interesting Cup race that looked unlike any race seen so far this year. Digital Ally 400 Saturday night’s 400-mile race was somewhat unexpected. It was a competitive race… whenever Kevin …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: A Great Recipe, or a Good Batch?

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Kansas Speedway is maybe the most bland of all the cookie-cutter racetracks, which is saying something. But does the quality of racing this past Friday and Saturday night mean that NASCAR has finally figured out the right recipe for good racing there? Or could it just indicate that this was an anomaly, simply a fantastic …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Monday Miles

Martin Truex Jr. - Dover spring race 2019

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This wasn’t the greatest weekend for racing. The Kentucky Derby saw pre-race favorite Omaha Beach scratched several days before the big day, and then a steady curtain of rain muddied the track surface, indirectly playing into the outcome as Maximum Security dodged a puddle, which was ruled as interfering with his competition, handing the victory …

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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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