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Matt DiBenedetto, NASCAR’s Old School Underdog

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Matt DiBenedetto could have a breakout year in 2019. The fifth-year driver joins Leavine Family Racing after doing a lot with a little at Go Fas Racing. LFR switched to Toyota over the off-season and formed an alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing. DiBenedetto’s crew chief this season was Denny Hamlin‘s former crew chief Mike “Wheels” …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500

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The 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season is off and running as we try and prepare ourselves for the unknown of the sport’s new rules package. The racing will be closer and more exhilarating, but with that comes unpredictability, more so now than ever. Daily fantasy NASCAR will be a totally different animal beginning …

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Friday Faceoff: Are the Daytona Winners Title Contenders?

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Kyle Busch seemed a bit miffed that he wasn’t able to challenge his teammate for the win in the Daytona 500. Do you think a driver should respect the need for a team car to win a race. or should they go for it, knowing that it could cost both drivers the win? Zach Gillispie: …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Ryan Preece Chats Good Run in Daytona 500

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In a fun Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino, Mike Neff and Ryan Preece discuss this year’s Daytona 500 as a whole. In an interview with Preece, he talks about his eighth-place finish in the Great American Race and how it felt running third on the final lap. He believes that inexperience was 80 percent of the reason why the No. 47 …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Who is the Next Driver to Break a Long Winless Streak?

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After a very eventful Daytona 500, Leavine Family Racing and driver Matt DiBenedetto left with a wrecked racecar, but one that was very fast all day long. DiBenedetto led 49 laps, a career high for him, and was on his way to what looked like a career day until being caught up in a 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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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 Daytona 500

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Denny Hamlin carried the late J.D. Gibbs on his shoulder all the way back to Victory Lane.  Hamlin went winless in 2018, the first season in his career without a victory, but he erased that losing streak Sunday in NASCAR’s biggest race.  Showing everyone the best way …

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Matt DiBenedetto: ‘I’m Pretty Heartbroken’ After Late Race Wreck at Daytona

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Many people had Matt DiBenedetto on their fantasy teams for the Daytona 500. He proved those people right on Sunday (Feb. 17). It took DiBenedetto 141 races and a switch to Leavine Family Racing, but he had his coming out party in the Great American Race, leading a race-high 49 laps. In fact, he led …

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Bob Leavine on Joe Gibbs Racing Alliance: ‘We’ve Actually Gotten Help This Time’

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Matt DiBenedetto will take to the high banks of Daytona International Speedway on Sunday (Feb. 17) to kick off his era with Leavine Family Racing. But the LFR organization is starting a new era itself with a new manufacturer for them: Toyota. Entering its ninth season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2019, …

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Matt DiBenedetto’s Career Coming Full Circle in 2019 with Toyota, LFR

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Matt DiBenedetto is back for 2019 where it all started: with Toyota. (Photo/Davey Segal)

Change is inevitable. In NASCAR, change is constant, normal and expected. Matt DiBenedetto has been no stranger to change at the Cup Series level. BK Racing and Go FAS Racing have been the first two stops in a three-year span for the Grass Valley, California native. But 2019 brings on a new challenge and the …

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The Underdog House: Open for Business

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Every Underdog Has His Day With the thunder of NASCAR engines once again disturbing the peace along International Speedway Blvd in Daytona Beach, the 2019 season is officially underway. The underdogs are back in action and each seeking to taste a little success. What success really means is as varied as the independent teams themselves, …

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Entry List: Daytona 500

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The entry list for the 61st Daytona 500 has been released, and there’s a lot of changes for the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. 42 cars are on the final version of the entry list. A maximum of 40 cars will take the green flag on race day. Old faces in new places …

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