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David Ragan Moving to Part-Time NASCAR Schedule After 2019

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After the 2019 NASCAR season, David Ragan no longer plans to be a full-time driver in the sport. The driver and team Front Row Motorsports announced Wednesday (Aug. 14) that Ragan is stepping back from running full time after the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. “I’ve prayed and heavily considered this decision, but …

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NASCAR 101: Longest Cup Streaks Without a Pole


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Entering the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, Brad Keselowski had 14 poles to his credit — by no means a deplorable number. However, it came with a caveat. In 2018, Keselowski won no poles, and his last one before then came at the second Michigan International Speedway race of the season in 2017. …

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Front Row Motorsports Swaps Matt Tifft, David Ragan Crew Chiefs


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Front Row Motorsports will switch out the crews and crew chiefs of the No. 36 of Matt Tifft and the No. 38 of David Ragan starting with this weekend’s Gander RV 400 at Pocono Raceway, the team announced Tuesday, July 23. Mike Kelley, formerly Tifft’s crew chief, and Seth Barbour, previously on top of the …

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The Underdog House: Rain, Wind and Dirty Air


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Top of the Class It was an evening that featured a hard-fought, long-awaited victory for Hendrick Motorsports’ Alex Bowman. Yet, the underdog of the night was again the Maxwell House/USO adorned No. 37 car of Chris Buescher. After just 11 laps, Mother Nature put the Camping World 400 on hold at Chicagoland Speedway. Lightning, wind …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Seasons Change

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It’s the end of a chapter in the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, and also the end of an era, as the Fox/Fox Sports 1 coverage shifts to NBC and the NBC Sports Network for the latter half of the season (except for the Gander Outdoors Truck Series). It’s also the end of …

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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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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Pocono Predictability

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Pocono Raceway is not a thrilling race track. It’s not even an exciting one, and barely qualifies as interesting. So the results in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race weren’t all that surprising. Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kyle Busch won for the fourth time this season and the 55th time in his Cup career, holding …

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Exploria Resorts to Sponsor David Ragan at Pocono

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Las Vegas Motor Speedway, March 2019. (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Exploria Resorts will be on board the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series No. 38 of David Ragan this weekend at Pocono Raceway, marking the corporation’s first appearance in NASCAR, Front Row Motorsports announced May 28. The resort organization has also become the official hospitality partner of Front Row Motorsports. Exploria will have an area in …

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5 Points To Ponder: Charlotte’s Climb Back To NASCAR Respectability

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ONE: Charlotte Motor Speedway Battles Back NASCAR may have been created in some smoke-filled meetings down in Daytona Beach but make no mistake: Charlotte is now stock car racing’s home base. Every major team has its race shop in the area, along with a core group of the sport’s operating staff paired with the NASCAR …

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The Underdog House: Going the Distance

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Top of The Class Chris Buescher was once again the top dog in Sunday night’s (May 26) Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The No. 37 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevy wound up with a sixth-place finish, the best for driver and team since a fifth last July at Daytona. More than just the top-10 run …

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