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Team Penske, Joe Gibbs Racing Continue Hot Streak as Ryan Blaney Tops 1st Cup Practice at Bristol

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Moving back to the bullrings did nothing to slow the dominant Penske and Joe Gibbs Racing teams at Bristol, with Ryan Blaney topping the first practice session Friday afternoon. Penske/Gibbs drivers Joey Logano, Erik Jones, Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski each finished second, third, fifth and sixth on the practice charts. The session started much …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Denny Hamlin On Fire, Jeb Burton Chats Fun Opportunity With JR Motorsports

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In a new edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff talk about Denny Hamlin‘s recent hot performances, including his victory at Texas Motor Speedway last weekend. Then, the duo discusses a strong performance from the Stewart-Haas Racing organization, seeing Clint Bowyer and Daniel Suarez earn top-five results. But what’s preventing the company to reach Victory …

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Did You Notice?: 2019 NASCAR Parity Is Here… It’s Just Misplaced

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Las Vegas Motor Speedway, March 2019. (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Did You Notice?… NASCAR’s parity problem? The new, low-horsepower handling package at intermediate tracks combined with several new 2019 rules have been designed to bring the field closer together. In many ways, the field is tighter than ever. But that parity has occurred within teams rather than the full 40-car field itself. Seven races in, just two organizations have won …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Getting Back in the Saddle

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It was a weekend for resiliency in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Texas Motor Speedway during the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 this Sunday (March 31). Numerous drivers overcame trouble to post finishes which range from decent to excellent, depending on their team’s standards and expectations. Denny Hamlin overcame a speeding penalty and another …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas

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The Headline(s): Denny Hamlin overcame a characteristic pair of pit road penalties and missing a pit road approach under green with a stellar late-race pit stop. That got him out front, where he beat Clint Bowyer by more than two seconds. Hamlin scored his second win of 2019 and the 52nd NASCAR national series win …

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Team Penske Falls Flat at Texas Motor Speedway, Fails to Finish in Top 10

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Team Penske has been one of the two dominant NASCAR teams of 2019. They’ve snagged three wins in the first six races, including last weekend at Martinsville Speedway. But once the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series hit Texas Motor Speedway for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500, that changed. Joey Logano was the highest-qualifying driver in …

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Denny Hamlin Surges Ahead, Wins 2019 O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 When Busch Breaks Loose

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Pit road speeding. Uncontrolled tire. Two pit road penalties couldn’t stop Denny Hamlin from ending Sunday with two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins after the 2019 O’Reilly Auto Parts 500. Hamlin took control after the final pit stops at Texas Motor Speedway and cruised to a 2.7-second victory over Clint Bowyer. The No. 11 …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Paper Clippings

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Brad Keselowski was really, really good during the STP 500 on Sunday (March 24) at Martinsville Speedway. He led 446 laps en route to earning his second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory of 2019 through six races. As expected from previous races, Team Penske and Joe Gibbs Racing were up front, along with Hendrick …

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Up to Speed: Kurt Busch Impressive at Chip Ganassi Racing

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Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway belonged to Kyle Busch.  But nobody should overlook the accomplishments of his older brother early in the season. Kurt Busch left Stewart-Haas Racing after a successful five-year run.  He took over driving duties for Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 1 car, bringing sponsor Monster Energy …

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Frontstretch Podcast: The Kyle Busch Show in Phoenix; and Ryan Truex Reminisces On Runner-Up Finish In Phoenix

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss the Kyle Busch show at ISM Raceway, as he won both the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series races. The victory puts Busch at 199 wins in his NASCAR career. We briefly compare Busch’s and Richard Petty’s feat, however, we …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 Ticket Guardian 500k

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Kyle Busch had the best car in the field when he really needed it and was finally able to capitalize on that in 2019, winning his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race of the season after running down Ryan Blaney in the final laps to take …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 TicketGuardian 500k at ISM

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The Headline(s): After a protracted green flag run, Kyle Busch’s four tires proved better over a long run than Ryan Blaney’s two, allowing the No. 18 to take the lead for good on lap 296 and drive off into the Arizona sunset at ISM Raceway. https://twitter.com/DrunkBrianF/status/1104877779697451008 Busch is the fourth different winner in four Monster …

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