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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Monster Ending Goes Out with a Whimper

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Well, the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season is over, and Kyle Busch has won his second title, overcoming teammates Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr, and Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing, as they all had problems of one sort or another (documented elsewhere by my colleagues). While Busch did run the full season …

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Did You Notice?: Joey Logano’s Historic Martinsville Mayhem & 2020 is Austin Dillon’s Make-or-Break Year

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Did You Notice? … Joey Logano has had season-defining moments at Martinsville Speedway in four of the past five Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series fall races? The latest occurred Sunday (Oct. 27) in the First Data 500 with his late-race contact turned shoving match with Denny Hamlin. The incident has resulted in a suspension of a …

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Justin Alexander to Return As Austin Dillon’s Crew Chief in 2020

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Justin Alexander will be the crew chief for Austin Dillon in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2020, Richard Childress Racing announced Monday, Oct. 28. Current crew chief Danny Stockman will step down after this season and will retain an undisclosed role within Richard Childress Racing. He was the crew chief for Dillon when …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2019 First Data 500

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It’s time for short track racing once again. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series kicks off the Round of 8 at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday, Oct. 27 with a three-race sprint to determine the Championship 4. The green flag for the First Data 500 will wave shortly after 3 p.m. ET with television coverage provided …

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NASCAR 101: Related Drivers in NASCAR

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This column was all set. Perfect, even — the idea, that is. It was timely, fitting, whatever. Then Carson Ware dropped off the Gander Outdoors Truck Series entry list for this weekend at Martinsville Speedway. But you know what? Screw it. Doing it anyway. In the event that Ware returns to the entry list (until …

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Fire on Fridays: Next Gen Car Needs to Suit Fans Old & New

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The Next Gen (formerly known as Gen 7) NASCAR racecar finally took its first laps on a racetrack this week. Austin Dillon and his Richard Childress Racing squad were the lucky folks to be the first ones to test the car this week at Richmond Raceway, with little to no concrete expectations entering the test. …

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2-Headed Monster: Are “Next Gen” Car Changes Needed?

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In 2021, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will go to its seventh generation with the “Next Gen” car. This car will feature a number of changes that will allegedly get the cars closer to stock cars in addition to lower costs through use of spec chassis and bodies. That leads to this week’s question: …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Austin Dillon on 2019, Workout Videos & Talladega

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss a tame weekend of racing at the Monster Mile, which saw Kyle Larson snap a 75-race winless streak. Post-race, many drivers were none-too-pleased with Joey Logano, who was battling the race leaders hard while he was more than 20 laps down. Albino and Neff chat …

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Up to Speed: Richard Childress Racing Starting Over

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Richard Childress Racing is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019.  Starting out as an owner/driver, Childress built his organization into one of the mightiest teams in NASCAR history.  His achievements with Dale Earnhardt at the wheel of the No. 3 Chevrolet are the stuff of legend. But as great as RCR has been over most …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond

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The Headline(s): Capitalizing on long-run speed and an ability to run both high and low like no other car in the field, Martin Truex Jr. passed teammate Kyle Busch with help from a pick from Austin Theriault’s lapped car on lap 374, riding off into the sunset to score his second consecutive win, sixth of …

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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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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Desert Racing

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The South Point 400 was held at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday night (Sept. 15), the opening race of the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. It was somewhat of a tame race, though the scheduling was a bit curious. The desert heat in the summer killed most of the Gander Outdoors Truck …

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