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5 Points To Ponder: Charlotte’s Climb Back To NASCAR Respectability

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ONE: Charlotte Motor Speedway Battles Back NASCAR may have been created in some smoke-filled meetings down in Daytona Beach but make no mistake: Charlotte is now stock car racing’s home base. Every major team has its race shop in the area, along with a core group of the sport’s operating staff paired with the NASCAR …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Some Gave All

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The Coca-Cola 600 is a marathon slog to close out the greatest day in auto racing, following the Monaco Grand Prix in Formula One and the Indianapolis 500 in IndyCar. Despite a quiet middle half, a chaotic first quarter and wild finish made it one of the season’s better races overall. Tires weren’t cooperating, which …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 Coca-Cola 600

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Martin Truex Jr. dominated the Coca-Cola 600 in 2016, leading 392 of 400 laps en route to the win. The sailing wasn’t as smooth this time around, and it included a brush with the wall after a tire issue early. Plus, there were several battles for …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: Coca-Cola 600

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Your daily fantasy NASCAR FanDuel roster is in for a bit of an unpredictable week. Charlotte Motor Speedway, home to the longest race in NASCAR, the Coca-Cola 600, can be fairly easy to figure out. Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. have both enjoyed 370+ laps led days in the last few years. Some times, …

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William Byron Wins Coca-Cola 600 Pole

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Hendrick Motorsports continued its recent strong form Thursday evening (May 23) when William Byron won the pole for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 with a lap of 183.424 mph.  It is the second pole of the season for the young racer who grew up at Charlotte and got his start on the quarter-mile. “[Winning the pole] means …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 Monster Energy All-Star Race at Charlotte

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The Headline(s): Kyle Larson is a million dollars richer. The California native won the Monster Energy Open, then raced his way up from 18th to win the Monster Energy All-Star Race on Saturday night (May 18) at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He became just the fourth driver all-time to win the All-Star Race after transferring from the …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 Monster Energy All-Star Race

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Kyle Larson had more track time than any other driver on Saturday night, winning the third and final stage of the Open to make the All-Star event. From there, Larson raced smart, biding his time but racing aggressively enough that he was able to take advantage of a …

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Up to Speed: The Monster Energy Open Steals the Show

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The Monster Energy All-Star Race weekend should be about showcasing the best and brightest talents in the sport.  But in this year’s running, the best overall race was the preliminary event. The Monster Energy Open was a thrilling race from start to finish.  The three mini-races spread over a total of 62 laps had a …

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William Byron, Bubba Wallace, Kyle Larson & Alex Bowman Advance to All Star Race Following The Open

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Well that was entertaining, huh? William Byron, Bubba Wallace and Kyle Larson won the three stages of the Monster Energy Open to advance to the All-Star Race. Additionally, Alex Bowman won the fan vote to also advance to the All-Star Race. Byron took advantage of his four fresh tires to edge Wallace at the line …

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Did You Notice?: Could Ross Chastain’s NASCAR Decision In 2019 Cost Him A Championship?

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Did You Notice? … Ross Chastain picked the wrong NASCAR series in 2019? Of course, he didn’t know it at the time after a devastating end to his tenure at Chip Ganassi Racing. Chastain was all set for a competitive full-time NASCAR Xfinity Series ride before DC Solar found itself raided by the FBI. That left …

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