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Did You Notice?: Daniel Hemric Never Won? Plus… Contact Leaves NASCAR In Critical Condition

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Did You Notice? …. Daniel Hemric never won a NASCAR race? That’s the tough answer for critics crying foul over Richard Childress Racing’s decision Tuesday (Sept. 17) to release Hemric from his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series ride at the end of the season. That’s a hard pill to swallow for a personable, energetic 28-year-old driver …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Desert Racing

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The South Point 400 was held at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday night (Sept. 15), the opening race of the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. It was somewhat of a tame race, though the scheduling was a bit curious. The desert heat in the summer killed most of the Gander Outdoors Truck …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: The Cup Playoffs Start With Mediocre Action & Distractions

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Schedule-wise, this weekend was a terrible idea.  A 7:15 p.m. Sunday night green flag on a non-holiday weekend really doesn’t work well.  Especially when the race is in Las Vegas and the only reason it started that late is the fact that it was 101 degrees at the time the green flag dropped.  The thing …

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Martin Truex Jr. Wins 2019 NASCAR Playoff Opener At Las Vegas

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13th. 15th. 27th. Martin Truex Jr. ended the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular season with three straight runs outside the top 10. But when it came to the playoff opener at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, it didn’t matter. Truex passed Kevin Harvick for the lead with 20 laps remaining and went on to …

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Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch Pace Cup Practice Sessions at Las Vegas

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams prepared their vehicles in a pair of practices for Sunday’s South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Clint Bowyer took the top speed of 178.059 mph in the first session, while Kurt Busch snagged the highest spot in the closing minutes of final practice. He went 177.276 …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Racing’s Hallowed Mausoleum

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway is one of the great cathedrals of auto racing, with over a century’s worth of events run there. One of the overlooked aspects of cathedrals, aside from their beauty, is that they are a little creepy at the same time. In the history of IMS, many racers have died while competing, making …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Blast From the Past

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Tradition. That’s the theme of the Throwback Weekend at Darlington Raceway with the Bojangles Southern 500, and despite a start at 10 p.m. ET and not finishing until around 2 a.m., the full race distance was run before Hurricane Dorian could arrive. That commitment, whether in the stands or on the couch at home, deserves …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 Bojangles Southern 500

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Erik Jones didn’t see the lead for the first time until there were under 100 laps to go, something that bodes well in a race where track conditions change. But to take the win, Jones had to battle Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson for the top …

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Kurt Busch, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Pace Cup Practices at Darlington

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The Monster Energy Cup Series drivers took to the track in a pair of practices preparing for Sunday’s (Sept. 1) Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. Kurt Busch led opening practice with a fast single-lap speed of 171.261 mph, while Ricky Stenhouse Jr. topped the final session, going 168.845 mph. First Practice Busch was over …

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5 Points To Ponder: For the Last 12 NASCAR Cup Races of 2019

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ONE: Joe Gibbs, Roger Penske or “Other” In 2018, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series had the Big Three. But two-thirds of the way into 2019, it’s more like the Big Two. Joe Gibbs Racing and Team Penske have taken turns beating up on the competition this season. Right now, JGR has the upper hand, …

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