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Did You Notice?: ‘Getting Run Over’ … Kyle Busch Incident Highlights Bubba Wallace’s Struggles

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Did You Notice? … Bubba Wallace hasn’t led a lap in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series this season? Wallace’s 2019 filled with frustration appeared to boil over at Kyle Busch this past weekend at Watkins Glen. His anger over on-track contact caused him to spin Busch out, then erupt in a fiery conversation with …

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Did You Notice?: Tony Stewart’s Temper Creates Bad Timing For NASCAR Heading to Eldora

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Did You Notice? … Tony Stewart is back in the news for his temper? A video posted by TMZ Sports, among many others, allege Stewart punched a heckler at a sprint car race in Jackson, Minn. the weekend of July 27. Stewart can be seen chasing after the race fan once the two have a heated …

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Did You Notice?: The Depth of Jimmie Johnson’s Winless Drought

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Did You Notice? … Jimmie Johnson’s winless drought is now at 79 races? The 83-race Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series winner and seven-time series champion has never had a slump like this before. A driver who won at least two Cup races every year since 2002 has gone winless since June 2017. To make matters worse, Johnson now …

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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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Kevin Harvick Ends Winless Drought, Wins Second Straight Foxwoods Resort Casino 301

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Kevin Harvick no longer has to answer questions about his 21-race Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series winless streak. The question now is if he’ll win three straight at New Hampshire Motor Speedway come 2020. Harvick’s 21-race winless streak in Cup ended Sunday (July 21) after a late call by crew chief Rodney Childers to keep …

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5 Points To Ponder: A NASCAR Weather Solution To Prevent Future Chaos

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ONE: A NASCAR Weather Solution To Prevent Future Chaos It’s Tuesday, July 9, two days after the 2019 Coke Zero Sugar 400, and Justin Haley’s win still seems like a dream. Time to wake up. The unthinkable for a Spire Motorsports team that hasn’t even finished on the lead lap in its existence happened on a …

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Did You Notice?: Daytona’s Diversity & NASCAR’s Playoff Grid That Actually Works

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Did You Notice? … Daytona International Speedway has had a different winner for its Coke Zero 400 summer race every year this decade? Three of those were first-timers, while a fourth, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., earned his second career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory. COKE ZERO 400 WINNERS SINCE 2010 2010: Kevin Harvick 2011: David Ragan* 2012: Tony Stewart …

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5 Points To Ponder: 2019 NASCAR Stewart-Haas Racing Slump Digs New Low

#41: Daniel Suarez, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Mustang Haas Automation and #10: Aric Almirola, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Mustang Smithfield

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ONE: Hendrick Motorsports Breaks Through. Will It Last? Alex Bowman wasn’t the only one celebrating from the Hendrick Motorsports camp at Chicagoland Speedway. The driver of the No. 88 Chevrolet scored his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory Sunday (June 30), but he was one of four HMS drivers to finish inside the top …

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Alex Bowman Breaks Through, Passes Kyle Larson Late To Win 2019 Camping World 400

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After a rain-plagued day at Chicagoland Speedway, Alex Bowman needed a push for his No. 88 car to reach victory lane in the 2019 Camping World 400. Revving the engine and driving the car into the frontstretch grass dug his tires straight into the dirt. “I’m the dumb guy,” Bowman said. “That won the race …

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Did You Notice?: NASCAR’s Playoff Parity Limited To A Select Few

#24: William Byron, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro UniFirst, #6: Ryan Newman, Roush Fenway Racing, Ford Mustang Performance Plus Motor Oil an d #48: Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Ally Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

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Did You Notice? … How the sport’s upper class has thinned out over the course of the past two seasons in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series? This year, the Big Three has become the Big Two ownership groups as Team Penske and Joe Gibbs Racing have combined to win 15 out of 16 Cup …

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Joey Logano Wins From Pole in Rain-Delayed 2019 FireKeepers Casino 400

#22: Joey Logano, Team Penske, Ford Mustang Shell Pennzoil Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

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The ending wasn’t easy for Joey Logano. But on a green-white-checkered restart, the reigning Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion had what it took to keep his car up front during a rain-delayed 2019 FireKeepers Casino 400. His No. 22 Ford edged out Kurt Busch to win Monday (June 10) at Michigan International Speedway. He …

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Did You Notice?: In The 2019 NASCAR Playoffs, No Cinderellas Allowed

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Did You Notice? … If the season ended today, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series would set a dubious playoff record. Only five owners would be eligible to capture the championship, by far the fewest in the sport’s 16-car postseason era. 2019 PLAYOFF TEAMS (IF THE SEASON ENDED TODAY) Joe Gibbs Racing (4): Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, …

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