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Are the Can-Am Duels Still Necessary?

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The stars of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series duked it out on Thursday night (Feb. 15) in the Can-Am Duels to determine Sunday’s starting lineup for the Daytona 500. Only 40 cars entered the Great American Race this year, so for the first time in a long time, no one was sent home. In the …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2018 Can-Am Duels at Daytona

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Who’s in the headline –   The Can-Am Duels at Daytona didn’t have the frenetic activity and tension as the laps wound down but there was still plenty of drama as the races unfolded. When it was all said and done, Ryan Blaney and Chase Elliott took the checkered flags first in the Duels and they …

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Darrell Wallace Jr. Pushes Ryan Blaney to Win the First Cam-Am Duel

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Alex Bowman started the first Can-Am Duel at Daytona International Speedway on the pole, but was quickly shuffled out on the first lap. The three Team Penske cars maneuvered to the top of the field and claimed the top-three spots, with Brad Keselowski initially leading before Joey Logano took over. Two-time Daytona 500 champion Jimmie …

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2-Headed Monster: Is Only 40 Cars Entered In The Daytona 500 A Cause For Concern?


Is there reason to worry about the car count?

Sky Falling: The Doomsday 500 OK, the headline might be a bit of an over-exaggeration and a hyperbole to what this situation means, but it still is a bad sign that only 40 cars entered the Daytona 500. Of course, the first issue that arises with the small entry list is that all of the …

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5 Points To Ponder: 2018, The Year Of Your All New NASCAR

ONE: The New Guys When you write a weekly NASCAR column, even the shortest offseason in professional sports ends up feeling long without the constant drumbeat of minute-by-minute racing news. Sure, there’s a few weeks when you’re happy you don’t have to write a column or think about cars going fast and turning left. But, …

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Beside the Rising Tide: All the Young Dudes

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The season hasn’t even gotten started yet and already, Kyle Busch is feeling aggrieved and voicing his displeasure (doesn’t he know doing so is the sole province of the media?) As usual, the NASCAR Media Tour itself was largely lost in an avalanche of words and predictions concerning the upcoming Super Bowl. Living here in the …

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U.S. Air Force to Sponsor Darrell Wallace Jr. for 2 Races in 2018

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The United States Air Force announced Monday, Dec. 18, that the organization will continue its partnership with Richard Petty Motorsports and the No. 43 in sponsoring rookie Darrell Wallace Jr. for two 2018 races in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The races will be Fourth of July weekend at Daytona International Speedway and Veterans Day …

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NASCAR Top 10 Storylines 2017: Darrell Wallace Jr. Finally Snags a Full-Time Ride with RPM

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The 2017 NASCAR season was the end of an era, on a number of different levels. Actually, the season began with one of its most familiar faces calling it quits before the green flag even fell over Speedweeks. The year finished in a similar vein, as the driving careers of two drivers who rose to …

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Richard Petty Motorsports Enters Partnership with Richard Childress Racing

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On Friday morning, Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) announced that they have entered into a partnership with Richard Childress Racing (RCR).  As a result of the deal, RPM will switch from Ford to Chevrolet, receive chassis and engineering support from RCR and use ECR Engines.  Finally, RPM will relocate to a new shop in Welcome, N.C. …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Can JTG Daugherty Racing Improve with Hendrick Data?

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We’re hurtling towards the end of the NASCAR season, and this weekend, three champions will be crowned at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Despite what it seems to be on television, not everything in NASCAR at the moment revolves around the playoffs. There are plenty of other stories in the sport at the moment. Obviously, the biggie is …

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STP Returning to Richard Petty Motorsports in 2018 With Darrell Wallace Jr.

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With one race remaining in the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, more news surrounding the 2018 season, and one of the biggest up and coming names in the sport, came out on Monday afternoon. Darrell Wallace Jr. and Richard Petty Motorsports will have longtime partner STP return to the famed No. 43 next …

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