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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2020 Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville

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Editors Note: What in blazes am I doing here? Yeah, Matt, what’s up? You write on Tuesdays, having given this column up years ago. Yep. You recall correctly. Bryan Keith, who took over this column when Mike Neff stopped doing it, has been doing a fine job with the race recaps under whatever title he’s …

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NASCAR Stat Sheet: Martin Truex Jr. Continues Short Track Dominance

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NASCAR’s oldest track on the calendar, Martinsville Speedway, never disappoints. Beatin’ and bangin’, fenders rubbing, good short track racing. Entering Wednesday night’s race (June 10), the 2020 short track aerodynamic package was batting 100% on entertainment at Phoenix Raceway at Bristol Motor Speedway. While it was challenging to pass for the lead at Martinsville, racing …

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Ryan Blaney Overcomes Bad Start, Penalty to Finish Second at Martinsville

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Ryan Blaney rebounded from multiple incidents on Wednesday night to finish second under the lights at Martinsville Speedway. Martin Truex Jr. won NASCAR’s midweek race at the paperclip-shaped short track, but the big story of the night was Blaney, who started on pole for the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500. One incident of being lapped, …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2020 Blue Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500

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Who…should you be talking about after the race? Martin Truex Jr. wasn’t happy with the No. 19 early on at Martinsville Speedway, but as the night wore on, it got better, and better … and better. And once he got to the lead in the final stage of the race, it was lights out for …

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Stock Car Scoop: Bubba Wallace’s New Paint Scheme, NASCAR Allowing Fans at Homestead & Talladega

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NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace will be supporting a new paint scheme for Wednesday night’s (June 10) primetime race at Martinsville Speedway. Wallace also made comments to CNN’s Don Lemon about banning the confederate flag at events. Just how far did he go in the interview? We will tell you in the latest edition …

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Power Rankings: Hotlanta Edition

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One thing we can say about last Sunday’s (June 7) race at Atlanta Motor Speedway is that it will be most remembered for what happened during pre-race. But it would have been impossible to create a race more memorable than the words and imagery we saw from NASCAR over the weekend. While I have always …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2020 Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500

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Everyone loves some good short track racing and no one is more excited than NASCAR Cup Series drivers as they head to Virginia this Wednesday (June 10) for the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500. Additional prestige surrounds the event as it is the first complete one to be run under the lights at Martinsville Speedway, …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2020 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta

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The Headline(s): The meaning of Harvicking has changed since Kevin Harvick played childish instigator on Brad Keselowski at Texas Motor Speedway in 2014. Now, it means dominating at Atlanta Motor Speedway, which is what the No. 4 team did on Sunday, June 7, leading 151 laps en route to an easy win. The victory was …

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Up to Speed: No Wins, No Concern for Martin Truex Jr. in 2020

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Martin Truex Jr. had one of his best NASCAR Cup Series runs this season at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday afternoon (June 7).  Unfortunately for Truex, it did not result in a victory, but the third-place run was his first top five of 2020.  Through the first 10 races, he remains winless, a surprising statistic …

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Entry List: Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500

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The NASCAR Cup Series returns to action just three days after Sunday afternoon’s race in Atlanta, heading north to Martinsville Speedway in Virginia for a Wednesday night event on June 10, 2020. The Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 will be the first ever race held under the lights on the .533-mile, paperclip-shaped oval. It’s the …

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