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Did You Notice?: Paul Menard’s NASCAR Longevity the Definition of Average?

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Did You Notice?… Paul Menard is one of the longest-tenured active drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series? I looked at every Cup driver who’s run at least five races this season and added up their career totals. MOST CAREER STARTS – ACTIVE CUP SERIES DRIVERS Kurt Busch 674 Kevin Harvick 672 Ryan Newman 646 …

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Did You Notice?: Matt DiBenedetto’s Late-Season Surge? Can It Pay Off For 2020?

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Did You Notice? … The strength of Matt DiBenedetto’s late-season surge? In the last six Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races, DiBenedetto’s earned four top-10 finishes. That matches his career total through 140 Cup starts before joining the No. 95 of Leavine Family Racing this season. The recent spurt has caused DiBenedetto to jump to 22nd …

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Did You Notice?: NASCAR History Says Jimmie Johnson Needs a Miracle

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Did You Notice? … There’s a real battle to secure the final spot in the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. Just two points separate Daniel Suarez and Clint Bowyer at the cutoff line in the season standings (16th). Ryan Newman, sitting 15th, is only a dozen points ahead of Suarez. It’s the first time …

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Did You Notice?: NASCAR Road Ringers Still Matter in the Xfinity Series

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Did You Notice?… Not a single road course ringer entered the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International? An event that was once littered with part-time entries had just one unchartered car, the No. 96 of Gaunt Brothers Racing, when the Cup race rolled off Aug. 4. These tracks that were once looked …

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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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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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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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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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Did You Notice?: Charlotte Could Be Sign NASCAR Ratings, Attendance Have Leveled Off

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Did You Notice? … NASCAR fans who tuned in to the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday night were treated to an entertaining race, one that rewarded those who persevered and watched the whole thing with a mad scramble to the checkered flag that featured a four-wide pass for the lead with just a handful of laps …

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Did You Notice?: Indy 500, Coca-Cola 600 Worlds Apart Once Again

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Did You Notice? … The 2019 Indianapolis 500 starting lineup will have little, if any, crossover with NASCAR? Just two of the 33 drivers in this year’s field have any experience driving high-level stock cars. James Davison and Conor Daly have made a combined five Xfinity Series starts, none of them on oval tracks as neither …

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