Race Weekend Central

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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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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The Underdog House: Half Mile Concrete Jungle

2019 Phoenix I Cup Matt Dibenedetto Nkp

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Top of The Class Matt DiBenedetto and Leavine Family Racing have been quite the surprise thus far in 2019. In fact, this group had the kind of weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway that will have us revoking their underdog eligibility if it were to become a regular occurrence. Many fans were first introduced to DiBenedetto …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Getting Back in the Saddle

2019 Cup Texas Zach Catanzareti Denny Hamlin

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It was a weekend for resiliency in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Texas Motor Speedway during the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 this Sunday (March 31). Numerous drivers overcame trouble to post finishes which range from decent to excellent, depending on their team’s standards and expectations. Denny Hamlin overcame a speeding penalty and another …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2019 O’Reilly Auto Parts 500

2019 Daytona I Cup Kevin Harvick Face Nkp

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races on to Texas Motor Speedway Sunday, March 31 at 3 p.m. ET. In the 2019 O’Reilly Auto Parts 500, race cars will use the same low-horsepower package as Las Vegas and Fontana. Drafting will come into play due to the lower speeds and the aero ducts. Texas also …

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The Underdog House: Dogs with Chili, Slaw & a Top 20 Finish

Martinsville Cup 2019 Mike Neff Ty Dillon

Top of The Class Ty Dillon is back at the head of the underdog table this week. The number 13 turned out to be plenty lucky for Dillon, as his No. 13 Chevrolet finished in the 13th position in Sunday’s STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday (March 24). For the Germain Racing driver, the …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: 2019 STP 500

2019 Las Vegas I Cup Daniel Hemric Luke Lambert Nkp

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It’s time for one of the most popular (and my favorite) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series racetrack of the year: the predictably unpredictable paperclip that is Martinsville Speedway. The 2019 STP 500 is the latest FanDuel daily fantasy NASCAR opportunity headed your way. There’s a lot of familiar faces atop the practice charts and 500 …

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

2019 Las Vegas I Cup Kurt Busch Nkp

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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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Did You Notice?: NASCAR’s 2019 Daytona Dreams Realized… Or Forgotten?

2019 Phoenix I Cup Matt Dibenedetto Nkp

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Did You Notice? … We’re now five races into the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season? The sport’s new handling package, qualifying debacles and Kyle Busch’s 200 have stolen the headlines since Daytona Speedweeks. It seems like a lifetime ago Denny Hamlin was celebrating in Victory Lane for the Daytona 500. But Hamlin has taken a …

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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 DraftKings Forecast: TicketGuardian 500

2019 Las Vegas I Cup Kyle Busch Nkp

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series travels to ISM Raceway for week No. 2 of the West Coast Swing at ISM Raceway. The 312-lap race will feature higher horsepower than Atlanta and Las Vegas, in addition to higher downforce. That will equal higher speeds. Qualifying position should be important in this race, though there are …

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The Frontstretch 5: Drivers With Something to Prove in 2019

2019 Atlanta Cup Ryan Newman Nkp

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1. Denny Hamlin Yes, that Denny Hamlin. He just won the biggest race of the year in Daytona, but Hamlin’s got some unfinished business. The Daytona win puts him in the Playoffs and gives him plenty of time to prepare, but the one thing missing from Hamlin’s resume is a Cup title.  He’s come agonizingly …

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