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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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Austin Dillon, RCR Top Uneventful First Practice at Las Vegas

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Austin Dillon topped first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice charts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Friday morning, a session that saw cars make qualifying runs early before delving into drafting experimentation. Dillon was followed closely by teammate Daniel Hemric in a session that saw Chevrolet take four of the top five speeds. Even the …

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Friday Faceoff: Is Kyle Busch the Best Truck Series Driver Ever?

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Hendrick Motorsports didn’t have a car finish in the top 10 at Atlanta Motor Speedway for the first time since 2010. Is HMS simply making gradual improvement, or is the team getting worse? Mark Kristl: Hendrick has been gradually improving. If this package provides better racing, the team will further improve. Jimmie Johnson showed obvious …

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Fire on Fridays: Can Ryan Preece Win the Rookie Battle?

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie of the Year battle will be intense this year, probably more than Daniel Hemric anticipated. It will be much better than the clash between mid-packers William Byron and Darrell Wallace Jr. from last year. Instead, it might feature drivers competing for the playoffs, rather than barely staying on …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Kez Goes Jordan

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On June 11, 1997, the Chicago Bulls were in Salt Lake City facing the Karl Malone-John Stockton Utah Jazz in the NBA Finals, and Michael Jordan had the flu (or food poisoning). He couldn’t get out of bed until the bus left for the arena, but wound up scoring 38 points that night, sparking the …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500

Atlanta Motor Speedway, February 2019. (Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Who…should you be talking about after the race? Brad Keselowski battled a stomach bug all weekend, giving up the No. 2 car to Team Penske’s Xfinity Series driver Austin Cindric for the majority of a Saturday practice session after qualifying 19th on Friday. Keselowski was feeling up to the task early on, in part thanks to …

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Daniel Hemric Using Close Calls as Motivation Entering Rookie Cup Season

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It’s odd for a NASCAR driver to have never won a race in either the Gander Outdoors Truck or Xfinity series before getting a full-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series ride in elite equipment. However, Daniel Hemric has that rare opportunity in 2019 with Richard Childress Racing, driving the famed No. 8. Hemric enters his …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: A New Season Dawns

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With Daytona 500 qualifying out of the way, the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season has officially gotten underway. Jimmie Johnson claimed the victory in the Advance Auto Parts Clash, after passing Paul Menard on lap 55 of what ultimately became a 59-lap rain-shortened event. The good news for the No. 48 team was …

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Entry List: Daytona 500

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The entry list for the 61st Daytona 500 has been released, and there’s a lot of changes for the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. 42 cars are on the final version of the entry list. A maximum of 40 cars will take the green flag on race day. Old faces in new places …

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2018 Xfinity Series Review: Playoff Teams

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Heading into 2018, the Xfinity Series was stacked with competition — more so than even 2016 or 2017 with returning veterans, fresh babyfaces entering the next chapter of their career and even Cup drivers making the leap back down to be competitive in the top preliminary division. Your browser does not support iframes. Series regulars won …

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