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Odds & Ends Around the Track: Elimination Edition

(Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The NASCAR playoffs are heating up this weekend. The first cut from 16 to 12 drivers sometimes eliminates a true contender, but usually it just erases the championship pretenders. But this week, after the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway, we will see some of the top teams end their title hopes. The …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 1000Bulbs.com 500 at Talladega

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The Headline(s): Having survived three big ones on Monday afternoon (Oct. 14) after an uneventful first stage Sunday, Ryan Blaney bested Ryan Newman by less than a foot coming to the line to score a season-saving victory that locked the No. 12 team into the Round of 8. It wasn’t without controversy, however, as Blaney …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 1000Bulbs.com 500

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Who … should you be talking about after the race? Ryan Blaney led three different times at Talladega Superspeedway for a total of 35 laps, but the third time was the charm as he took the checkered flag inches ahead of Ryan Newman thanks to a timely shove from superspeedway specialist Aric Almirola on the …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Just Another Manic Monday

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ 1000Bulbs.com 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, ironically for a race sponsored by a light bulb company, was mostly delayed from the original Sunday start due to a lack of lights (and a ton of rain). So the second and third stages were run Monday afternoon (Oct. 14), and all in …

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Ryan Blaney Wins Wreck-Strewn 1000Bulbs.com 500 in Photo Finish

Ryan Blaney Talladega

(Photo: Christian Koelle)

Ryan Blaney recovered from early trouble during Sunday’s portion of the race to beat Ryan Newman to the line by seven-thousandths of a second to win the 1000Bulbs.com 500 Monday (Oct. 14) in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The victory is Blaney’s third career Cup victory and his first of 2019.  The win comes …

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Pace Laps: Rain & Controversy for NASCAR at Talladega Superspeedway

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Rain Delays Talladega Race Rain halted the 1000Bulbs.com 500 at Talladega Superspeedway Sunday (Oct. 13) afternoon with just 57 of 188 laps completed. William Byron, who won stage one, was scored as the leader when the red flag flew. No major wrecks have impacted the race as of yet; 33 …

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Friday Faceoff: Has Eliminating Restrictor Plates Changed Superspeedway Racing?

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Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott and Joey Logano all had trouble at Dover International Speedway in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Which driver’s playoff chances are trouble? Wesley Coburn: Short term, Chase Elliott needs to win to keep his playoff hopes alive this season. Longer term, Ryan Blaney needs to have a great playoffs, since he’s …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Austin Dillon on 2019, Workout Videos & Talladega

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss a tame weekend of racing at the Monster Mile, which saw Kyle Larson snap a 75-race winless streak. Post-race, many drivers were none-too-pleased with Joey Logano, who was battling the race leaders hard while he was more than 20 laps down. Albino and Neff chat …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Will Retirements Increase in the Next 1-2 Years?

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With many aging veterans in NASCAR right now, the dreaded retirement topic is starting to come to the surface. While many are still extremely competitive, there are still some persistent rumors that a few of the sport’s superstars are hanging it up in the next year or two. Who do you think will be hanging …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: A Delaware Drive

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At this point of the NASCAR season, there aren’t really any surprises. The majority of the top-tier rides that are changing hands have been announced, and most of the action can be pretty accurately determined beforehand. The same group of drivers will be up front, while no one can pass anyone else on the track. …

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