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Justin Allgaier ‘Just Didn’t Have The Speed’ At Homestead, Finishes 4th In Championship

2019 Homestead NXS Justin Allgaier Car CCK

(Photo: Christian Koelle)

Justin Allgaier came into the 2019 championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway with more momentum than anybody on the heels of his ISM Raceway victory last week. Unfortunately, for the driver of the No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet, that momentum didn’t translate to anything on track. Allgaier struggled from the get go and wound up coming …

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Stewart Friesen Comes Up Short at Homestead: ‘We Just Didn’t Have A Chance’

2019 Homestead NGOTS Stewart Friesen Face DS

(Photo: Davey Segal)

Coming in with momentum from his first career asphalt victory at ISM Raceway, Stewart Friesen was a trendy pick to win the 2019 Gander Outdoors Truck Series championship. Unfortunately, the No. 52 truck handled ill all evening long and wound up coming home with an 11th-place finish, a far cry from his Championship 4 competitors. …

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Daniel Suarez on Oust from Stewart-Haas Racing: ‘It Was A Surprise’

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Coming into the 2019 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Daniel Suarez was feeling good about his 2020 plans and returning to Stewart-Haas Racing. Friday morning (Nov. 15), he was officially jobless. Stewart-Haas Racing confirmed Motorsport.com’s initial report that Cole Custer will replace Suarez in the No. 41 Ford next season. A message for my fans …

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Tony Stewart, Joe Gibbs in Jovial Mood Ahead of Championship Clash

2017 Kansas I CUP Tony Stewart Barry Cantrell NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Instead of the three or four owners sitting at the podium for the championship owners press conference, it was only two. They happened to have a bit of history together, too. Tony Stewart and Joe Gibbs make up this years Championship 4 team owners. It just so happens the two are going into the NASCAR …

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Fire on Fridays: Denny Hamlin’s Mindset Is Championship Caliber

2019 Phoenix MENCS Denny Hamlin Victory Lane NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

A week ago, Denny Hamlin was getting peppered with questions about the impending weekend that was: essentially a win-or-go-home race, with a Championship 4 berth on the line, in his best career season to date, driving for an organization that has clearly been the class of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, one week removed …

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Brett Moffitt Back In Familiar Position, Albeit With Different Team At Homestead

2019 Phoenix NGOTS Brett Moffitt Truck NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Gunning for back-to-back championships, Brett Moffitt has one major similarity and one major difference from 2018 to this year. One is his facial hair, and one is his ride. The defending champion earned the title last season for Hattori Racing Enterprises, who was eliminated with driver Austin Hill last weekend at ISM Raceway. This season, …

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Christopher Bell Oozing Confidence, Ready For Redemption at Homestead

2019 Phoenix NXS Christopher Bell Car NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Christopher Bell is perhaps the highly-rated prospect in recent NASCAR memory. That’s what makes last year so surprising. In a season dominated by Bell and the No. 20, they rolled off the truck at Homestead-Miami Speedway slow, and couldn’t catch up for the remainder of the weekend. The minute 2018 ended, Bell’s focus turned to …

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Kevin Harvick Happy To Be Championship Eligible Again, But Striving For More


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Last year, Joey Logano dubbed the Championship 4 “The Big Three and me.” This year, it’s pretty much “The JGR Three and Kevin Harvick.” But the 2014 Cup Series champion isn’t approaching Ford Championship Weekend that way. Frankly, he doesn’t really know what to expect from the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway due to increased …

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One Race To Go In David Ragan’s Full-Time Career: “Everything Just Came To A Head”

2017 Las Vegas CUP David Ragan Russell LaBounty NKP

(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

This weekend’s 2019 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway marks the end to David Ragan‘s full-time driving career in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. A career spanning almost a decade and a half at the top level of North American motorsports has included plenty of ups and downs, as Ragan competed for different teams, drove …

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Joe Gibbs Racing Puts 3 Cars In Championship 4

2019 Richmond MENCS Kyle Busch Denny Hamlin Martin Truex, Jr. Car NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The 2019 season: the year of the package … and Joe Gibbs Racing. By virtue of Denny Hamlin‘s victory on Sunday (Nov. 10) at ISM Raceway, the organization will have three of its four cars in the championship finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the first time in the history of this format. As for the …

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Chase Elliott Crashes Out In Phoenix, Misses 2019 NASCAR Championship 4

2019 Phoenix MENCS Chase Elliott Car NKP

Chase Elliott will lead the field at the drop of the green flag (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

It was truly win-or-go-home for Chase Elliott in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heading into ISM Raceway Sunday (Nov. 10). Two poor finishes in the Round of 8 made a victory the only way he could qualify for the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It wasn’t meant to be. While running inside the top …

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