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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 STP 500 at Martinsville

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The Headline(s): Brad Keselowski put what Larry Mac dubbed a “Southern tail kickin’” on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series field. He led 446 of 500 laps Sunday (March 24) and held off a late charge from Chase Elliott to score his second win of 2019, his second career win at Martinsville, his 29th career …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Phoenix Brings Changes to FOX, Erik Jones in the Booth

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ISM Raceway brought additional power and higher speeds (as compared to normal). It also brought yet another Kyle Busch sweep.  It was noted on FOX’s broadcast Sunday that this is the 12th time that Busch has swept a weekend (two of those being three-race sweeps).  It seems like more than that at times. The original …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Las Vegas Edition

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The full new Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series rule package made its debut in the Pennzoil 400 on Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Opinions on social media were decidedly mixed, but one thing was for sure: the cars are much slower. That, combined with the cookie-cutter racing of a 1.5-mile track (even though Las …

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NASCAR Daily Fantasy DraftKings Picks: Pennzoil 400

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series rolls into Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday, March 3 at 3:30 p.m. ET for the 2019 Pennzoil 400. This race marks the debut of aero ducts on the cars as part of this year’s new handling package. Last week at Atlanta Motor Speedway, it appeared that many cars …

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Clint Bowyer Fastest In Final Practice At Atlanta, Kyle Busch Crashes

Clint Bowyer sits in the garage area at Kentucky Speedway in 2018. (Photo: NKP)

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Clint Bowyer paced the field in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series final practice at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 23). It is the fourth of five on-track sessions that Bowyer has topped this weekend.  The only exception has been the final round of qualifying on Friday. Bowyer posted a speed of 179.104 miles …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500

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The 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season is off and running as we try and prepare ourselves for the unknown of the sport’s new rules package. The racing will be closer and more exhilarating, but with that comes unpredictability, more so now than ever. Daily fantasy NASCAR will be a totally different animal beginning …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 Daytona 500

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The Headline(s): Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota took the horses out to the beach at Daytona and shot them between the eyes. The organization swept the podium as Denny Hamlin scored his second career Daytona 500 victory. It was the first podium sweep of the Daytona 500 by any team since 1997. BOWLES: Denny Hamlin …

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Erik Jones Drives Damaged Car to 3rd-Place Finish in Daytona 500

Erik Jones drove this beaten and battered car to a third-place finish in the Daytona 500. (Photo/Davey Segal)

If you took a look at Erik Jones‘ car on pit road after the race, you’d assume he finished a few laps down after being involved in a late-race crash. But Jones and his No. 20 team rebounded from a lap 192 melee which damaged the rear bumper to finish an astounding third-place in the …

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The Frontstretch 5: Big Questions As NASCAR Enters 2019

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1. What will the new aerodynamic package look like in real time? That’s the big question that everyone is asking, but don’t expect the answer to be immediate or definitive. The low horsepower, high downforce package will debut at Atlanta Motor Speedway in a week and a half, but don’t expect what you see there …

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2018 NASCAR Driver Reviews: Erik Jones

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2018 was a solid step forward for Erik Jones. Avoiding the dreaded “sophomore slump,” Jones built on the foundation he made in his rookie season by improving in just about every category in 2018. The first half of the season didn’t really show that, however. In the first 15 races, Jones had just one top-five finish …

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