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Kurt Busch car fails prequalifying tech, car chief ejected

Kurt Busch Michigan Car

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Kurt Busch’s No. 1 car failed prequalifying tech twice, and his car chief Ryan Bergenty was ejected as a result. His car did pass the third time through, so he is allowed to qualify. No other excessive issues were reported. The team will face a 15-minute practice hold next weekend at Dover International Speedway. Bob …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2019 GEICO 500

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Talladega Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series events are often survival of the fittest (or even just survival). Collisions lurk around every corner, waiting to claim their next victim. The Big One is just one ill-timed bump away, disrupting the race and your daily fantasy NASCAR DraftKings roster. This week’s event, the 2019 GEICO 500 (Sunday, …

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Veterans Kurt Busch, Ryan Newman Pace Lightning Fast “New” Practices at Talladega

2019 Atlanta CUP Ryan Newman NKP

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The much-anticipated first practice session at Talladega Superspeedway Friday displayed faster speeds, increased throttle response and twitchy race cars, just as expected. The first superspeedway race of the post-restrictor plate era, Kurt Busch paced the field in first practice, one of 21 cars to break 200 mph. Though the practice was incident free, the cars …

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Fire on Fridays: Who Should Attempt the Memorial Day Double?

2019 Daytona I CUP Kyle Larson NKP

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John Andretti. Tony Stewart. Robby Gordon. Kurt Busch. These are the only four racers to complete the Memorial Day double. It’s one of the most mentally and physically grueling tasks a racecar driver can take upon themselves. However, it is doable; the past participants prove that. But these days, team owners and sponsors are reluctant …

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5 Points to Ponder: 9 Races Into NASCAR 2019

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ONE: NASCAR 2019 = 2-Team Tandem At The Top Forget NASCAR’s Big Three. This year, it’s the Big Two (owners, that is) leading the way in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Joe Gibbs Racing and Team Penske have flat out dominated the first nine races of the season. Ryan Blaney (Penske) and Erik Jones …

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Pace Laps: NASCAR Resets After Easter Off Week

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Talladega Up Next Easter has become a NASCAR tradition. Or, should we say, a NASCAR vacation. It’s the only weekend from February through November none of the sport’s top three series show up and race. As you’d expect, no racing led to a quiet news week. But business is about …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After NASCAR’s First 9 Races of 2019

2019 Las Vegas I CUP Kyle Busch NKP

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Who… should you be talking about so far? Kyle Busch is certainly making himself the early title favorite for 2019. With a series-leading three wins so far, Busch has a solid 20-point buffer over second place in points and an eye-popping average finish of 3.9.  Busch and teammate Denny Hamlin are the only drivers to finish …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: 2019 Toyota Owners 400

2019 Phoenix I CUP Daniel Suarez NKP

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If last week’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway didn’t do it for you, there’s more short track action on tap this weekend for the drivers of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The Toyota Owners 400 from Richmond Raceway could offer even more side by side racing than we saw at the Last Great Colosseum, …

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NASCAR 101: 5 Drivers Who Could Make the Transition to NASCAR Broadcasting

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If you haven’t figured out by now, longtime driver-turned-broadcaster Darrell Waltrip recently announced his retirement from TV later this season. For 19 years, Waltrip carried the torch as Fox Sports’ lead driver analyst, bringing expertise from the race track and a quirky wit along with him. Despite recent criticism for awkwardness and booth tension, Waltrip …

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Massie’s Minute: NASCAR Owners, Stop Giving Rides to 20-Year-Olds

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After Joe Gibbs affirmed that he has long term plans in place for both Christopher Bell and Erik Jones, there’s been widespread talk about which Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver at Joe Gibbs Racing Bell will replace. If it’s not going to be Jones on the way out, then who would it be? There’s …

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