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The 12: NASCAR Power Rankings Toyota Owners 400 Edition

2019 Cup Richmond Zach Catanzareti Kyle Busch

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As NASCAR strolls into a rare off week, Martin Truex Jr. is riding high off of his first short track victory. Is Truex finally starting to turn the corner at Joe Gibbs Racing and reclaim his old dominance? Clint Bowyer has quietly put together four straight top-10 finishes, including a third-place result at Richmond last …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Short Tracking Under the Lights

#42: Kyle Larson, Chip Ganassi Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Mcdonald's Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

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Saturday night’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway wasn’t a thrill ride for most of the race, but the ending provided a lot of drama in the final 30 or so laps of the Toyota Owners 400, even though the answers mostly stayed the same. Would Joe Gibbs Racing’s Martin Truex Jr …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond

2019 Cup Richmond Zach Catanzareti Martin Truex Jr.

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The Headline(s): Martin Truex Jr. weathered two strong challenges in the closing 25 laps of Saturday’s Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway, holding off both Clint Bowyer and Joey Logano to score his first career Cup win on a short track, first Cup win of 2019, 20th career Cup win, and his 33rd career NASCAR …

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Pace Laps: Martin Truex Jr. Snaps Winless Streak, Alexander Rossi Dominates in Long Beach

#00: Cole Custer, Stewart Haas Racing, Ford Mustang Haas Automation Nascar Xfinity Series

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Martin Truex Jr. Snaps Short-Track Winless Streak There was no stopping Martin Truex Jr. on Saturday night at Richmond Raceway, as the driver of the No. 19 Toyota held off a fading Clint Bowyer and a hard charging Joey Logano to win his first short track event. Kyle Busch led …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 Toyota Owners 400

2019 Atlanta Cup Ryan Newman Nkp

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Martin Truex Jr. scored his first 2019 win, but more surprising is that it was also his first ever Cup win on a track less than one mile. That’s right, in 80 short-track tries, he came up empty.  The 81st time was the charm for Truex, who …

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Joey Logano: ‘Needed a Few More Laps’

2019 Cup Richmond Zach Catanzareti Joey Logano

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When the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series attacks Richmond Raceway, Joey Logano is always a threat for the victory. In Saturday’s Toyota Owners 400, the No. 22 was there yet again. After starting third, Logano remained in the top five for the entirety of the opening stage, placing second. It looked like the second stage …

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Martin Truex Jr. Earns First NASCAR Short Track Victory in 2019 Toyota Owners 400

2019 Las Vegas I Cup Martin Truex Jr Nkp

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On his 81st short track start in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Martin Truex Jr. would not be denied. Truex held off three challengers beating on his rear bumper to score the victory Saturday (April 13) in the 2019 Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway. “The short track win, everyone kept asking me when …

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Did You Notice?: The 2019 NASCAR Playoffs Are Already Coming Into Focus?

2018 Homestead Cup Zach Catanzareti Joey Logano

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Did You Notice? … The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff picture is taking shape? It’s hard to believe but we’re already eight races into 2019. If the regular season was just one big race, stage one would be wrapping up sometime during the middle of Saturday night’s showdown at Richmond Raceway. What do we know …

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The 12: NASCAR Power Rankings Food City 500 Edition

2019 Bristol Zach Catanzareti Cup Joey Logano

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Bristol winner Kyle Busch has flipped the stat books upside down again. Now with eight top 10s to open a season, Busch is tied for the best start to a season ever in this decade. At this rate, what other stats can he rewrite? Kevin Harvick had a very un-Kevin-Harvick-like Bristol race. After failing pre-race …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Routine & Confusing

2019 Bristol Zach Catanzareti Cup Joey Logano

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There was a mystifying mix of the routine and the head scratching during Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Yeah, Kyle Busch won the Food City 500 and Team Penske, Joe Gibbs Racing and Stewart-Haas Racing took up most of the spots up front, but he was involved in a …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 Food City 500 at Bristol

2019 Bristol Zach Catanzareti Cup Kurt Busch Kyle Busch

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The Headline(s): Though far from a dominant performance, Kyle Busch stayed out on old tires, capitalized on a cluster of a restart and drove away from brother Kurt Busch to score the 2019 Food City 500 win. It was Busch’s third Cup victory of 2019, 54th of his career and 204th NASCAR national series win. …

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Joey Logano Ends 3rd After Late Pit Call at Bristol

2019 Bristol Zach Catanzareti Cup Joey Logano

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Joey Logano thought he knew the battle that was on his hands in the closing laps Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway. And then the caution came out. Shortly following his bold door-banging pass on Team Penske teammate Brad Keselowski for the race lead with 30 laps to go, Kyle Larson crashed with William Byron to …

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