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

2019 Phoenix I Cup Daniel Suarez Nkp

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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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Friday Faceoff: Should There Be More Stringent Requirements to Race in Cup?

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After the debacle last Friday when no one posted a speed in the final round of qualifying, should NASCAR change the format? If so, how? Bryan Gable: I’ve been okay with group qualifying up until now, but what we saw on Friday is not acceptable. Single car qualifying would be an easy fix. Otherwise, introduce a …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: 2019 Auto Club 400

2019 Daytona I Cup Martin Truex Jr Car Nkp

So, before we start on daily fantasy NASCAR… Did anything happen in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying? Anything questionable? Something I should know about? No? OK, let’s continue. The trip to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Ca. is the first repeat of any package we’ve had in 2019. Some say this track is the …

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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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Frontstretch Podcast: The Kyle Busch Show in Phoenix; and Ryan Truex Reminisces On Runner-Up Finish In Phoenix

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss the Kyle Busch show at ISM Raceway, as he won both the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series races. The victory puts Busch at 199 wins in his NASCAR career. We briefly compare Busch’s and Richard Petty’s feat, however, we …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 TicketGuardian 500k at ISM

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

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The Headline(s): After a protracted green flag run, Kyle Busch’s four tires proved better over a long run than Ryan Blaney’s two, allowing the No. 18 to take the lead for good on lap 296 and drive off into the Arizona sunset at ISM Raceway. https://twitter.com/DrunkBrianF/status/1104877779697451008 Busch is the fourth different winner in four Monster …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: TicketGuardian 500

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ISM Raceway is the first time we will see Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series cars with approximately 750 horsepower, no aero ducts or restrictor plates in 2019. ISM Raceway is located in Avondale, Ariz. just outside of Phoenix and it is going to be a wild Sunday afternoon. I consider it to be a short …

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On-Track Incident Causes Fight Between Daniel Suarez, Michael McDowell

2019 Las Vegas I Cup Daniel Suarez Nkp

Friday’s (March 8) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying session at ISM Raceway ended with two drivers coming to blows. Daniel Suarez and Michael McDowell had an on-track incident boil over into a disagreement on pit road.  Punches were thrown and the scuffle ended with McDowell being taken to the ground and Suarez held down …

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Ryan Blaney Wins TicketGuardian 500 Pole; Michael McDowell, Daniel Suárez Scuffle

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Ryan Blaney scored his first pole of 2019 and his sixth of his career on Friday (March 8) for Sunday’s TicketGuardian 500 at ISM Raceway.  Blaney recorded a lap speed of 141.287 mph, only three-tenths of a second off of the track record that Jimmie Johnson set back in 2015. Team Penske has been very …

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Up to Speed: A Great Show in Daytona Exceeds Gloomy Expectations

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Suffice it to say that everything went better than expected during the 2019 Daytona 500. Up until Sunday, Speedweeks had featured a lot of uninspired racing.  Last week’s Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona International Speedway felt like the drivers who competed in that race were just going through the motions.  A mostly single-file race …

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Friday Faceoff: Should the Daytona 500 Remain the Season-Opening Race?

2019 Daytona Clash Cup Ryan Blaney Brad Keselowski Pack Racing Nkp

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The Advance Auto Parts Clash has taken some criticism over how difficult it was for drivers to pull out of line and make a pass. How do you see this playing out over the remaining Speedweeks events? Isolated issue or recurring problem? Clayton Caldwell: It’s an issue we’ll see throughout Speedweeks. This package has been …

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Daniel Suarez Needed ‘Fresh Air’ in Move to Stewart-Haas Racing

2019 Daytona Clash Cup Daniel Suarez Car Nkp

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Daniel Suarez has yet to run a points-paying race with Stewart-Haas Racing, but he knew he needed “fresh air” and “fresh energy” for the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season — and that working with SHR would grant him that. Suarez, 27, competed his first two Cup seasons with Joe Gibbs Racing. But after …

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