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Did You Notice?: Bubba Wallace Putting NASCAR in a Tough Spot

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Did You Notice? … Bubba Wallace has a history of confrontations in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series? We’ll start with the now, what everyone’s still talking about three days after the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL. Sunday’s incident (Sept. 29) with Alex Bowman was easily his most serious to date. The two drivers made contact multiple …

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5 Points to Ponder: Chevrolet Making a Late Push After Dismal 2019

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ONE: Don’t Look Now, But Here Comes Chevrolet Chase Elliott’s comeback wasn’t the only big moment for the Bowtie Brigade Sunday (Sept. 29) at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s ROVAL in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Two of its bubble drivers, William Byron and Alex Bowman, made it through after rollercoaster first-round performances. In Bowman’s case, …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not: The ROVAL Struck

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The Charlotte ROVAL did its best to resemble The Lady in Black during the race weekend. Ten caution flags flew during the Bank of America ROVAL 400. But when the checkered flag flew, Chase Elliott was victorious and four drivers saw their championship hopes end as the Round of 16 concluded. Bubba Wallace and Alex …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: The ROVAL Drove Me Nuts With Playoff Implications

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Charlotte Motor Speedway’s ROVAL is an interesting proposition.  On paper, it doesn’t seem all that difficult.  In practice, it’s a bit of a wreckfest.  Sunday’s race was rather ridiculous at times.  That said, ridiculousness is perfectly fine here.  It’s how the ridiculousness is covered that is important. Bank of America ROVAL 400k Looking back, likely …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte

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The Headline(s): Conquering the ugliest race Charlotte Motor Speedway has seen since the 2005 “Levigation 600,” Chase Elliott rebounded from a lap 65 wreck into the turn 1 barrier. He passed Kevin Harvick entering turn 1 of the CMS oval on lap 104 to score his third win of 2019. The race marked Elliott’s sixth …

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Up to Speed: The Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL Delivers, Again

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Two years ago, when Charlotte Motor Speedway announced that its fall race would be held on something called a “ROVAL,” the decision was met with a fair amount of skepticism.  Would big, bulky stock cars put on a good show at an infield road course?  And was it really a good idea to have such …

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Alex Bowman Survives Wild Day at ROVAL, Advances in Playoffs

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Alex Bowman came in to the race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL with his eyes set on staying out of trouble and making it to the Round of 12. Well, one out of two isn’t bad. Bowman found trouble aplenty on Sunday (Sept. 29), but the Hendrick Motorsports driver bounced back from multiple issues …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not: Playoffs Underway

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All three major NASCAR national touring series’ playoffs are underway with at least one playoff race completed. The NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series already has finished its Round of 8 and its opening Round of 6 race at Talladega Superspeedway isn’t until October 12. The Monster Energy Monster Energy Cup Series and Xfinity Series raced …

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Up to Speed: Hendrick Motorsports Teammates in a Tight Spot

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Last weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Alex Bowman and William Byron began their playoff runs with good finishes.  Bowman cruised to a sixth-place result, his best finish since winning at Chicagoland Speedway.  Byron spun out with less than 100 laps to go in the race but fought back to finish ninth.  Combined with Chase …

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Alex Bowman Finishes 23rd at Richmond, Takes Shot At Austin Dillon After Rough Night

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Alex Bowman never quite overcame early contact with Austin Dillon at Richmond Raceway in Saturday night’s (Sept. 21) Federated Auto Parts 400. He nursed his No. 88 to a 23rd-place finish, putting his hopes to advance to the Round of 12 in critical condition. After a pit stop cycle at the conclusion of stage one, …

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Alex Bowman, Cincinnati Inc. Announce Sponsorship

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Cincinnati Inc. has joined Hendrick Motorsports as an official partner with a 10-year agreement that will begin in 2019 and run through the 2028 racing season, Hendrick announced Friday, Sept. 20. The company will be on Alex Bowman‘s No. 88 car in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starting at Dover International Speedway on Oct. …

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4 Burning Questions: Is Daniel Hemric About to Replace Chris Buescher?

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What’s the latest Silly Season development? More Silly Season dominoes fell into place this week, with Richard Childress Racing announcing the departure of Daniel Hemric from the team. NEWS pic.twitter.com/t8qkuqrZl2 — RCR (@RCRracing) September 17, 2019 It has been a fairly rough Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series rookie season for Hemric. The 28-year-old from Kannapolis, …

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