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Jimmie Johnson Sweeps Rounds, Wins O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 Pole

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NASCAR’s new and improved group qualifying kicked off Friday (March 29) at Texas Motor Speedway. Despite the new rules, the waiting game was still key. Jimmie Johnson was able to win all three rounds to claim the pole for Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 500.  Johnson’s lap in the final round was the fastest overall at …

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Jimmie Johnson Leads Lone Cup Series Practice at Texas Motor Speedway

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Jimmie Johnson topped the lone Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice session Friday afternoon at Texas Motor Speedway with a 189.747 mph lap. He led a trio of Hendrick Motorsports drivers inside the top five. Alex Bowman posted the second-quickest lap, followed by William Byron in fourth. Chase Elliott, the only HMS driver to run …

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Friday Faceoff: Which NASCAR Track Is In Danger Of Losing A Race In 2021?

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With the release of the 2020 schedule, which NASCAR track change will be the most well received by fans and which will likely be viewed as the biggest mistake? Zach Gillispie: Honestly, I think the move to ISM Raceway for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship race is great. Why should the champion be …

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Odds and Ends Around the Track: Texas Spring

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Odds and Ends Around the Track: Texas Spring If you have been listening to my NASCAR segment on 105.7.FM The Fan in Milwaukee, on the Final Inspection Radio show with Steve Zautke, you might recall that I told you two things: big changes were coming to the NASCAR schedule, sponsorship and rule package very soon …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Brad Keselowski Dominates Martinsville, Ty Dillon Discusses Hot Start to 2019, 2020 Schedule

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff talk about Brad Keselowski‘s dominance last weekend at Martinsville Speedway, leading 446 of 500 laps. Next, the duo digs into the battle between Joe Gibbs Racing and Team Penske, as the two organizations have combined to win all six Cup races this season. Chase Elliott looked …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Paper Clippings

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Brad Keselowski was really, really good during the STP 500 on Sunday (March 24) at Martinsville Speedway. He led 446 laps en route to earning his second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory of 2019 through six races. As expected from previous races, Team Penske and Joe Gibbs Racing were up front, along with Hendrick …

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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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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 STP 500

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Brad Keselowski was the definition of dominant Sunday (March 24), leading 446 of 500 laps. He beat every car off pit road on every pit stop and got passed for the lead under green only once during his march to the front. Team Penske is quickly making …

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NASCAR 101: The Cup Series Returns to the Short Tracks

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The Paperclip. The World’s Fastest Half-Mile. The Action Track. Three very distinct short tracks, yet some drivers in the 2018 season conquered each track’s challenges. Though the races at Martinsville, Bristol, and Richmond resulted in three different winners, quite a few drivers placed in the top 10 in at least four out of the six …

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Odds and Ends Around the Track: Martinsville

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Odds and Ends Around the Track: Martinsville NASCAR fans and media FINALLY get a week off from talking about which aero package is the best for giving us better racing. This week, we get back to good old time hockey, err, I mean racing at Martinsville Speedway. If you would build a modern short track …

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