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2018 NASCAR Driver Reviews: Alex Bowman

2018 Daytona Cup Bruce Nuttleman Alex Bowman

(Photo: Bruce Nuttleman)

2018 was a season of progress for Alex Bowman and the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports team in a year filled with change. For the first time since 2007, Dale Earnhardt Jr. was not a part of the organization and this season was about finding their way forward without him. Bowman was named as the replacement …

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NASCAR 101: Final Goodbyes

2014 Chicago Cup Jimmie Johnson Chad Knaus Cia

(Credit: CIA Stock Photography)

The end of a season always brings change. When the year comes to a close, several relationships, careers and streaks end as well. This weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway will be no different. We will say goodbye to a countless number of drivers, crew chiefs, teams and sponsors. Some of them, we may never see again, …

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The Frontstretch 5: Really Bad Racing Calls

Bahrain Grand Prix Practice

1. Well, yeah, we messed up, but, just deal, OK? Former journeyman driver Brett Bodine is the current lead pace car driver for NASCAR. Ironic, considering his only Cup Series victory came about because of a pace car miscue. In a race at North Wilkesboro in 1990, Bodine had led 63 laps at one point …

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Friday Faceoff: Past Lucky Winners

2018 Cup Charlotte Roval Zach Catanzareti Ryan Blaney

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

1. This week, NASCAR announced a new rules package for 2019. What do you expect from it as a whole and do you feel like it was a step forward or backward? Amy Henderson: I’m 100% willing to save judgment until we actually see how this package performs on track under race conditions. If the …

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Friday Faceoff: Should Kasey Kahne Hang It Up Early?

2018 Las Vegas I Cup Kasey Kahne John K Harrelson Nkp

(Photo: John K. Harrelson / NKP)

Kasey Kahne will miss the next three races due to severe dehydration issues suffered at Darlington Raceway. Will his final stretch of races end with him behind the wheel, or should he sit it out? Clayton Caldwell: It would be a great benefit for Leavine Family Racing to have Kasey Kahne behind the wheel as soon …

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Friday Faceoff: What Throwback Rules Would You Like to See in NASCAR?

#24: Justin Haley, Gms Racing, Chevrolet Silverado Fraternal Order Of Eagles, Winner Nascar Camping World Truck Series

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Last weekend, the NASCAR XFINITY Series raced at Road America and the Camping World Truck Series raced at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. When the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule gets revamped in 2021, should either of these tracks be added to the schedule? Zach Gillispie: Canadian Tire should be at the top of the …

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Friday Faceoff: Silly Season Kicking Into High Gear

2018 Cup Bristol Zach Catanzareti Kurt Busch

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Kurt Busch has been rumored to be leaving Stewart-Haas Racing for Chip Ganassi Racing, replacing Jamie McMurray. What’s next for Busch’s career? Michael Finley: It;s really up to Kurt Busch at this point. His legacy is secured; not too many people have won both a championship and a Daytona 500. He’s running pretty well, and …

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Friday Faceoff: Should Watkins Glen Get a Second Date?

2018 Watkins Glen Cup Zach Catanzareti Daniel Suarez

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Now that Chase Elliott is off the schneid following his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win, who will the next first-time winner be? Clayton Caldwell: Alex Bowman. He’s been much more consistent this year than Dale Earnhardt Jr. was a year ago in that car and just recently signed a multi-year extension with …

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Denny Hamlin Grabs Pole for Sunday’s Go Bowling at the Glen

2018 Watkins Glen Cup Denny Hamlin Zach Catanzareti

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Denny Hamlin‘s road racing resume, until recently hasn’t been one to write home about. However, during Saturday’s (Aug. 4) qualifying session for the Go Bowling at the Glen, he set the fastest lap of the day (125.534 mph) to take the pole for Sunday’s event. It’s Hamlin’s first career pole at Watkins Glen International and …

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NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott to Return to XFINITY Series at Road America

Warning, do not adjust your computer screen, NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott will drive the No. 23 GMS Racing Chevrolet in the upcoming NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Road America on Aug 25. The 1988 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion made his last NASCAR start in 2012 at Daytona International Speedway. He finished 37th …

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