Up to Speed: Jimmie Johnson & Chad Knaus, Post-Breakup

#48: Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Ally And Kevin Meendering

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During Friday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Richmond Raceway, Chad Knaus observed the action from a different vantage point.  Instead of being a crew chief, Knaus tried his hand at broadcasting.  It wasn’t the first time that he had helped to call a race from the booth, and he did a solid job explaining teams’ …

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Friday Faceoff: Is It Time For Bristol To Downsize Its Seating Capacity?

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Kyle Larson had another miserable day while his teammate Kurt Busch finished second. What’s wrong in the No. 42 camp? Neff: Racing is cyclical. The No. 42 team is struggling right now. They will be fine and Larson will win at Michigan if not before. Gable: It was pretty surprising that Larson was a non-factor …

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Up to Speed: The Many Faces of Darrell Waltrip

2019 Bristol Zach Catanzareti Cup Darrell Waltrip

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Darrell Waltrip has never been one to shy away from attention.  But lately, the NASCAR Hall of Famer has been getting more attention than he bargained for. During last weekend’s races at Texas Motor Speedway, rumors began circulating that Waltrip was preparing to retire from broadcasting.  An Associated Press report added fuel to the fire, …

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Friday Faceoff: Is Hendrick Motorsports Finally On The Upswing?

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Is Hendrick Motorsports on their way back to the top tier, or was their showing at Texas a one-time thing? Bryan Gable: It is best not to read too much into one race.  Just a few weeks ago, we were talking about how Hendrick Motorsports had zero top fives through the first five races of …

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Up to Speed: Even Kyle Busch Makes Mistakes

#18: Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Supra Ik9 Celebrates His Win Nascar Xfinity Series

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Through the early weeks of the 2019 NASCAR season, Kyle Busch looked like an unstoppable force of nature.  In the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Busch collected finishes of sixth or better in every single start through the first six contests. Those races include two wins, one of which was Busch’s much-hyped 200th across NASCAR’s …

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Up to Speed: Another Season on the Bubble for Daniel Suarez?

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Daniel Suarez enjoyed one of the best runs of his 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season Sunday (March 24) at Martinsville Speedway.  In his sixth start driving the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 41, he took the checkered flag in 10th after a long afternoon of short track racing. Suarez’s second top 10 of the season …

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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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Friday Faceoff: Did Daniel Suarez Overreact to Michael McDowell Last Week?

2019 Phoenix I Cup Chase Elliott Pack Racing Nkp

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Based on what Michael McDowell did during qualifying last week, was Daniel Suarez‘s reaction warranted? Mark Kristl: Was it warranted? Probably not. In the heat of the moment though, I understood Suarez’s reaction. He qualified 28th. He wanted to gain some starting positions. He was frustrated and McDowell served as a scapegoat. Joy Tomlinson: I don’t …

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Up to Speed: Kyle Busch Challenging Kevin Harvick at ISM

#18: Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry Skittles Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

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Something seemed a little off at ISM Raceway on Sunday.  In an otherwise fairly typical race, one competitor was noticeably absent from the front of the field. Where was Kevin Harvick? In the last decade or so, Harvick has become the most frequent winner at the 1-mile flat track in Phoenix.  He has collected nine …

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Up to Speed: New Aero Package Produces Old Results

#20: Erik Jones, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry Sportclips, #19: Martin Truex Jr., Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry Bass Pro Shops, #18: Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry M&m's Chocolate Bar And #11: Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry Fedex Office Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

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If Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is any indication, what is new is old again.  After an offseason of making plans, running tests and speculating what the future might hold, NASCAR used the full version of its new Cup Series aero package for the Pennzoil 400. The cars …

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Friday Faceoff: Is Kyle Busch the Best Truck Series Driver Ever?

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Hendrick Motorsports didn’t have a car finish in the top 10 at Atlanta Motor Speedway for the first time since 2010. Is HMS simply making gradual improvement, or is the team getting worse? Mark Kristl: Hendrick has been gradually improving. If this package provides better racing, the team will further improve. Jimmie Johnson showed obvious …

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Up to Speed: Winning is the Best Medicine For Brad Keselowski

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Professional auto racing is about the excellence of man and machine. Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway served as the first in-race trial of NASCAR’s newest aero package.  For most of the afternoon, the focus was on the machines.  But the race featured a pretty spectacular human triumph by Brad …

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