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Paul Menard Retiring from Full-Time Competition After 2019, Matt DiBenedetto to Drive No. 21 in 2020

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Matt DiBenedetto‘s unemployed status for 2020 didn’t last long, and it’s thanks in large part to Paul Menard. Wood Brothers Racing announced Tuesday (Sept. 10) that Menard is retiring from full-time competition at the end of 2019, with DiBenedetto taking over the No. 21 in the 2020 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The move comes …

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Kyle Larson, Paul Menard Lead Brickyard 400 Practices

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In preparation for the Big Machine Vodka 400, Kyle Larson and Paul Menard led the two practice sessions for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practices at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. However, the main storyline occurred at the end of the second practice session. As time expired, Denny Hamlin pounded the wall and fire came out …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard

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The stars of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series head to one of the most historic tracks in the world this weekend — Indianapolis Motor Speedway — for the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard. The race will air on NBC on Sunday, Sept. 8, at 2 p.m. ET. This 2.5-mile rectangular course has …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard

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Can you believe it’s finally here? At last, a weekend I’ve been anxiously waiting all season. No, I’m not talking about the start of American football. Instead, it’s the week before the playoffs in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Drivers and teams are headed from one iconic racetrack to another, jumping from Darlington Raceway’s …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Take Us Out to the Ballgame?

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On the sports calendar, August means the start of college football season, an excessive amount of golf on TV, and the hunt for baseball’s playoff positions winding down. NASCAR’s Gander Outdoors Truck Series solidified its playoff field with the regular season finale this weekend at Michigan International Speedway, Austin Cindric is looking like a possible …

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Friday Faceoff: How Late Is Too Late to Finish a Race?

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Ryan Newman moved into a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff spot based on his finish last week, bumping Jimmie Johnson. Who is more likely to make the postseason? Frank Velat: Neither deserves to be in at this point, but that’s a whole other story. Ryan Newman has the immeasurable advantage known as momentum. He’s …

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NASCAR 101: Longest Cup Streaks Without a Pole

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Entering the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, Brad Keselowski had 14 poles to his credit — by no means a deplorable number. However, it came with a caveat. In 2018, Keselowski won no poles, and his last one before then came at the second Michigan International Speedway race of the season in 2017. …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Matt DiBenedetto Opens Up on Top-5 Finish at New Hampshire

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss a wild weekend of racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway that saw a last lap battle between Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin for the win. The No. 4 team wound up on top, recording Stewart-Haas Racing’s first victory this season. We go in-depth on what …

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5 Points to Ponder: NASCAR’s Rookie Driver Disappearing Act and Cleaning Up the Playoff Bubble

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ONE: Can Kevin Harvick’s Win Kickstart Stewart-Haas Racing? There’s no doubt Kevin Harvick’s Sunday victory (July 21) at New Hampshire Motor Speedway lifts a monkey off the back of Stewart-Haas Racing. After eight Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victories in 2018, a career high, it took Harvick 20 races to win his first. If nothing …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Christopher Bell Puts Field, Battles in Rear-View Mirror at New Hampshire

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There was some tight racing and flaring tempers at times during the ROXOR 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Christopher Bell just wasn’t part of any of it. Not for any bad reason from the perspective of the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing team. Bell just simply was the best car for most of the …

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