Race Weekend Central

The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Denny Hamlin won the race the right way by tracking down the leader with fewer than 15 laps to go and passing him cleanly to take the lead and eventually the win. After starting the weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway by winning the pole, Hamlin was in …

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Pace Laps: Matt DiBenedetto Crushed, While Tyler Reddick, Brett Moffitt Capitalize at Bristol

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Oh, What Might Have Been One slip-up. One simple mistake. When you’re racing with the big boys in NASCAR’s top division, that’s all it takes for a Cinderella slipper to smash into tiny little pieces. Matt DiBenedetto was on the verge of one of the sport’s great upset stories Saturday …

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Up to Speed: Not the Last of Matt DiBenedetto

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Matt DiBenedetto had every right to be upset Saturday night. Days earlier, he and the rest of the NASCAR world found out he is not returning to Leavine Family Racing in 2020. Then, in his very next race, DiBenedetto came agonizingly close to scoring his first Monster Energy NASCAR  Cup Series victory.  It was the …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 Bristol Night Race

Denny Hamlin filling Bristol with the scent of rubber (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The Headline(s): Rebounding from early crash damage and a loose wheel that trapped the team a lap down in the second stage, Denny Hamlin used a long green-flag run to run down Matt DiBenedetto at Bristol Motor Speedway, ruining a Cinderella story by making the final pass for the lead on lap 489 and driving …

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Matt DiBenedetto Misses Out on 1st Victory: ‘I Wanted It So Bad’

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During driver introductions for Saturday’s (Aug. 17) Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway, Matt DiBenedetto came out as the Italian Stallion Rocky Balboa. And boy, is that fitting for the California native’s week and race at the Last Great Colosseum. DiBenedetto began the race in the seventh position, though almost immediately …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2019 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race

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Are you ready for some short-track racing, where calamity lurks at every corner? It’s Bristol, baby! The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Bristol Motor Speedway for the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race on Saturday (Aug. 17) at 7:30 p.m. ET. The “sticky stuff” is back on the track, this time in the …

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Denny Hamlin, Matt DiBenedetto Lead Cup Practices at Bristol

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With the regular season winding down, Denny Hamlin and Matt DiBenedetto continued their recent hot streaks in Friday’s (Aug. 16) practice sessions at Bristol Motor Speedway. Opening Practice Hamlin laid down a lap of 128.605 mph to top the scoring pylon. He was one of four Toyotas inside the top five, with Erik Jones his …

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Massie’s Minute: Was Removing Matt DiBenedetto the Right Move?

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The business side of racing sucks sometimes, and that was certainly the case on Thursday morning (Aug. 15) when Matt DiBenedetto announced Leavine Family Racing was not bringing him back for a second season. It was an unpopular move, as DiBenedetto is loved by many fans. But it was an equally impossible situation, as there …

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Matt DiBenedetto Not Returning to Leavine Family Racing in 2020

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Despite giving Leavine Family Racing its best season to date, Matt DiBenedetto won’t be returning to the team for a second season in 2020. “I got the devastating news that I will not be able to return to Leavine Family Racing next season,” DiBenedetto said in Twitter statement on Thursday (Aug. 15). “Nonetheless, I can’t …

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Matt DiBenedetto to Race Road America for Joe Gibbs Racing

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Matt DiBenedetto is back in a NASCAR Xfinity Series machine. The driver of Leavine Family Racing’s No. 95 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series announced Tuesday (Aug. 13) that he will be back in NASCAR’s second-tier series for the series’ race at Road America on Saturday, Aug. 24. He will be behind the wheel …

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