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Jimmie Johnson Wins Weather-Shortened Advance Auto Parts Clash After Wild Wreck

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2019 Advance Auto Parts Clash, Daytona International Speedway (Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Jimmie Johnson knew the rain was coming. He dove down alongside Paul Menard in an attempt to pass him and grab the lead in Sunday’s (Feb. 10) Advance Auto Parts Clash. Unfortunately, the two drivers made contact, triggering a wreck that collected over half the field. As NASCAR sent out its safety personnel and crews …

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William Byron, Alex Bowman Score All-Hendrick Daytona 500 Front Row

2018 Cup Pocono Zach Catanzareti William Byron

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There are dominant performances, and there are routs. Daytona 500 qualifying was a rout. Hendrick Motorsports, coming off a dismal 2018 by its superteam standards, swept the top four positions in Daytona 500 qualifying on Sunday (Feb. 10), with William Byron, led by new crew chief Chad Knaus, taking the pole for next Sunday’s Great …

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2018 NASCAR Driver Reviews: William Byron

2018 Cup Pocono Zach Catanzareti William Byron

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They say it is never easy moving up to the top level of a sport and, unfortunately, William Byron, who recently turned 21 years old, found that out in 2018. Byron entered his rookie season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series as the reigning NASCAR Xfinity Series champion. Not only that, but he stepped into …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: A Look Back at NASCAR 2018 and a Glimpse Ahead

Joey Logano & Team Penske 2018 Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Champions

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Who’s in the headline When it was all said and done at Homestead-Miami Speedway, it was Joey Logano holding up the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship trophy. Logano was the least decorated of the four finalists but was running as well as anyone when the final four races of the season took place. Unlike …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Should Homestead Forever Have the Honor of Hosting the Season Finale?

2018 Cup Martinsville Zach Catanzareti Jimmie Johnson

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Every season since 2002, Homestead-Miami Speedway has hosted championship weekend, providing some of the best racing on the NASCAR circuit.  Should Homestead always host the season finale or would it be better to have tracks bid to host the championship?  Is there a better track for a championship race, or is it the perfect site …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Can the 2019 Package Benefit Intermediate Tracks?

#38: David Ragan, Front Row Motorsports, Ford Fusion Earthwater And #96: Parker Kligerman, Gaunt Brothers Racing, Toyota Camry Gaunt Brothers Racing

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway was not the most eventful race to say the least, leaving many to question the state of the track and what we can expect in years to come as the pavement wears out. Some believe the 2019 package can improve the racing there and …

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Friday Faceoff: Should NASCAR Run a Mid-Week Cup Race?

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Last-lap contact from Joey Logano at Martinsville Speedway’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race left Martin Truex Jr rather unhappy. Does the fact that there was a spot in the Championship 4 on the line change the way drivers should race each other for a win? Zach Gillispie: I sure hope not. The opportunity to …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Martinsville Return Bad For Rookie William Byron

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Joey Logano held off Martin Truex Jr. to win the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ First Data 500 on Sunday at Martinsville Speedway, locking himself into title contention in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Due to last-lap contact, Truex’s soon-to-be-teammate at Joe Gibbs Racing, Denny Hamlin, slipped into second, leaving the No. 78 in …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Joey Logano Wins Martinsville Battle, War Undecided

2018 Cup Martinsville Zach Catanzareti Joey Logano

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Who’s in the headline Joey Logano knew he had a chance to go to Homestead and challenge for a championship. It was going to take some old school, short track racing but he wasn’t afraid to do it. In Turns 3 and 4, where the greats of the sport have moved competitors to win since …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: William Byron’s Rough Rookie Season Continues

#24: William Byron, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Liberty University, #14: Clint Bowyer, Stewart Haas Racing, Haas 30 Years Of The Vf1 And #31: Ryan Newman, Richard Childress Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Bass Pro Shops / Cabela's Wreck Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

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Chase Elliott earned his second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win in three weeks, and the third of his MENCS career, by taking the checkered flag at Kansas Speedway on Sunday in the Hollywood Casino 400. The Hendrick Motorsports driver held off Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kyle Busch and Chip Ganassi Racing’s Kyle Larson, who finished …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Chase Elliott Wins 2nd Round of 12 Race, Round of 8 Set

2017 Phoenix Cup Chase Elliott Cockpit Logan Whitton Nkp

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Who’s in the headline In the typical, overreaction world of 24/7 social media and sports talking heads, Chase Elliott has gone from early title dropout to championship favorite. Elliott went to Victory Lane for the second time in three races, and Elliott Nation is in a lather over the potential for him to contend for …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2018 Hollywood Casino 400

2018 Cup Zach Catanzareti Dover Erik Jones

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? In a race that was dominated by championship contenders, Erik Jones was the lone non-playoff driver to crack the top 10 at Kansas Speedway. He started sixth and finished inside the top 10 in both stages before ultimately taking the checkered flag in fourth. His eighth top five …

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