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4 Burning Questions: Which Team Will Reign Supreme in Daytona?

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What kind of Daytona 500 will this be? Over the past 10 years, it seems the vast majority of Daytona 500s have ended up in two distinct categories. On one end, there have been some memorable races. Either they were excellent to watch (2009, 2011, 2014) or just insane spectacles where things took a turn …

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Did You Notice?: NASCAR 2019, Don’t Knock It Until You Try It

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Did You Notice? … NASCAR enters 2019 with a slew of major changes? Among them: a new handling package designed to bring the cars closer together, the end of restrictor plates, disqualifying race winners that fail inspection. But, most importantly, there’s a new CEO (Jim France) and new President (Steve Phelps) compared to this time a …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona

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The Headline(s): Seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson extended to seven his streak of Advanced Auto Parts Clash races at Daytona International Speedway being involved in a wreck, causing the Big One and scoring a victory for his trouble. How It Happened: NASCAR’s second-longest track might as well have been repaved last night, as the vast majority of Sunday’s …

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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: Alex Bowman

2018 Daytona Cup Bruce Nuttleman Alex Bowman

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2018 was a season of progress for Alex Bowman and the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports team in a year filled with change. For the first time since 2007, Dale Earnhardt Jr. was not a part of the organization and this season was about finding their way forward without him. Bowman was named as the replacement …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kyle Busch Wins Phoenix, Kevin Harvick & Martin Truex Jr. Complete the Expected

2018 Cup Phoenix Ism Zach Catanzareti Kyle Busch

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Who’s in the headline Heading into Phoenix, everybody and their brother was positive Kevin Harvick was going to stomp the competition into submission and make a statement about his position as the unquestioned favorite heading into Homestead. Someone forgot to tell Kyle Busch as the Joe Gibbs Racing driver took advantage of mistakes by nearly …

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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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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kevin Harvick Fires Warning Shot with Domination in Texas

#4: Kevin Harvick, Stewart Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Mobil 1, Celebrates In Victory Lane

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Who’s in the headline Kevin Harvick has had the fastest car nearly every weekend this season. The Achilles heel for the team is that they routinely shoot themselves in the foot through pit road miscues. When they don’t, they dominate, which is what happened at Texas on Sunday. Harvick led over half of the laps …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Is Chevrolet Finally Reaching Their Full Potential?

2018 Talladega Cup Kyle Larson Car Nigel Kinrade Photography

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Going into the 2018 season, Chevrolet was predicted to dominate with the new Camaro ZL1 body, but 2018 has been anything but dominant for the manufacturer. Now that we are well into the playoffs and the season is winding down, it seems as if the manufacturer as a whole has gotten its act together and …

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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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Chase Elliott Benefits From Kevin Harvick Penalty to Win Hollywood Casino 400

2018 Cup Richmond Zach Catanzareti Chase Elliott

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Kevin Harvick’s loss was Chase Elliott’s gain… all over again. For the second time in three weeks, a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff race was decided by pit road. Elliott benefitted from a Harvick penalty to win the Hollywood Casino 400 Sunday (Oct. 21) at Kansas Speedway. Harvick was in a strong position to …

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