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Beside the Rising Tide: They Don’t Make Rookies Like They Used To 

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As the NASCAR season winds down, the tension becomes even more palpable. After all, the point standings for the coveted award are even closer than the battle for top spot in the Cup Series In fact, as this is written, Ryan Preece and Daniel Hemric are separated by just 10 points for top spot atop …

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Daniel Hemric’s Got ‘Lines Dropped in the Water in All 3 Series’ for 2020

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Daniel Hemric has had a tough rookie year in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. It got even tougher when the 28-year-old found out he’s losing his ride in Richard Childress Racing’s No. 8 Chevrolet at the end of the season.  Still, Hemric is currently five points ahead of Ryan Preece for rookie of the …

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NASCAR 101: The Cup Rookie Battle Couldn’t Be Closer Than It Is Right Now

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The closest points race in NASCAR right now isn’t necessarily a battle for the championship. Sure, there are few clear favorites for titles in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the Xfinity Series and the Gander Outdoors Truck Series. With two or three races to go in each series, there’s a sense that the championship …

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5 Points to Ponder: 2019 NASCAR Playoffs All Chalk

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ONE: NASCAR Playoffs All Chalk Martinsville Speedway marked the start of the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Round of 8. Just two more races remaining until we have our Championship 4 lineup for Homestead-Miami Speedway. So far, Cinderella has yet to find a glass slipper. The theory going into the playoffs this season is …

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Daniel Hemric Scores First Career Cup Series Pole at Kansas Speedway

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Daniel Hemric won his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series pole at Kansas Speedway. The rookie driver of the No. 8 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet will lead the field to the green flag in the 2019 Hollywood Casino 400. NBC Sports broadcaster Jeff Burton told Hemric he had pole-winning speed, and Hemric proved him …

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Brad Keselowski, Daniel Hemric Turn Fastest Laps in Cup Series Practice at Kansas

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Brad Keselowski and Daniel Hemric led the two practice sessions for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series on Friday (Oct. 18) at Kansas Speedway for the Hollywood Casino 400. All 40 Cup Series cars turned a lap in the first practice, and Keselowski laid down the fastest lap in the final minutes with a speed …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: A Delaware Drive

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At this point of the NASCAR season, there aren’t really any surprises. The majority of the top-tier rides that are changing hands have been announced, and most of the action can be pretty accurately determined beforehand. The same group of drivers will be up front, while no one can pass anyone else on the track. …

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Up to Speed: Richard Childress Racing Starting Over

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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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Did You Notice?: Bubba Wallace Putting NASCAR in a Tough Spot

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Did You Notice? … Bubba Wallace has a history of confrontations in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series? We’ll start with the now, what everyone’s still talking about three days after the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL. Sunday’s incident (Sept. 29) with Alex Bowman was easily his most serious to date. The two drivers made contact multiple …

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Friday Faceoff: Where Will Daniel Hemric Be Racing in 2020?

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Erik Jones faces a must-win situation this weekend to advance to the next round of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. What is the biggest hurdle between him and a win on the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL? Adam Cheek: To put it simply, chaos and unpredictability. Erik Jones finished in the top 10 five out …

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