Up to Speed: NASCAR Cup Drivers With Something to Prove in 2020

Matt DiBenedetto

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A new racing season means new opportunities and new challenges.  Over the winter, NASCAR’s Cup Series saw its usual flurry of changes among drivers, teams and crews.  As a result of these changes, many drivers, rookies and veterans alike will be feeling the pressure to perform in 2020.  Whether measuring their success against other competitors …

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2019 Xfinity Series Review, Pt. 1: Playoff Teams, Big 3 Dominate

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The 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series season was set to be promising from the beginning of the year, with many of its top drivers returning. Three of the series’ Championship 4 contenders from 2018 were back with vengeance, as Tyler Reddick was looking to repeat as champion, even though he swapped Chevrolet teams from JR Motorsports …

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Austin Cindric Has Up-and-Down Run To 7th, Finishes 6th In Points

2019 Homestead Nxs Austin Cindric Car Phil Allaway

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For Team Penske’s Austin Cindric, Saturday was a day to simply do the best he could.  Getting eliminated from the playoffs at ISM Raceway meant that he entered Homestead tied for fifth in points with Stewart-Haas Racing’s Chase Briscoe.  The goal for Saturday was simply to outscore Briscoe. Early on, it appeared that he was …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Chaos in Talladega, Austin Cindric Previews Round of 8

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss a chaotic weekend of racing at Talladega Superspeedway that saw Ryan Blaney clinch his spot into the Round of 8. Much like the Gander Outdoors Truck Series race on Saturday (Oct. 12), when Johnny Sauter got penalized for forcing Riley Herbst below the yellow line …

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Pace Laps: Rain & Controversy for NASCAR at Talladega Superspeedway

2019 Daytona Mencs Rain Christian Koelle

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Rain Delays Talladega Race Rain halted the 1000Bulbs.com 500 at Talladega Superspeedway Sunday (Oct. 13) afternoon with just 57 of 188 laps completed. William Byron, who won stage one, was scored as the leader when the red flag flew. No major wrecks have impacted the race as of yet; 33 …

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Austin Cindric, Sebastian Priaulx Win FOX Factory 120

2019 Road Atlanta Impc Austin Cindric Sebastian Priaulx Victory Lane Phil Allaway

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Multimatic Motorsports was able to get in the pits just before the 80 minute mark Friday (Oct. 11) to swap series debutante Sebastian Priaulx out of the seat and put in Austin Cindric. A couple of seconds later, a full-course caution flew for the stopped Honda Civic Type-R TCR of Mark Pombo. Cindric was able …

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Christopher Bell, AJ Allmendinger Lead NASCAR Xfinity Practice Sessions at Charlotte ROVAL

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Christopher Bell and AJ Allmendinger led two practice sessions Friday afternoon (Sept. 27) for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Drive For The Cure 250. In first practice, it was Bell who had the top speed of 98.853 mph. Cindric was second followed by Allmendinger, Garrett Smithley and Chase Briscoe rounding out the top-five drivers. There were …

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Jimmie Johnson Fastest in Caution-Plagued Opening Cup ROVAL Practice

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Jimmie Johnson led the first and only practice session on Friday (Sept. 27) in what was filled with a plethora of delays due to incidents. Johnson, who failed to make the playoffs for the first time ever in his career, ran 13 laps, with the final lap being the fastest at 103.182 mph. Kyle Larson, …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Christopher Bell Opens Playoffs By Throwing Down the Gauntlet

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It’s not for nothing that there was so much talk about the Big Three during the Xfinity Series regular season. The moniker was fresh in everyone’s mind after its use during the 2018 Cup Series campaign, and Cole Custer and Tyler Reddick certainly accomplished enough to deserve to be in the top trio. It’s not …

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Austin Cindric Records Second-Place Finish at Richmond

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Austin Cindric sat on the pole and raced his way to a second-place finish in the Go Bowling 250 at Richmond Raceway. The driver of the No. 22 Team Penske Ford Mustang finished in the top five in both stages, recording second- and fifth-place finishes and totaling 50 points by the end of the race. …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Previewing the 2019 Playoffs

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The regular season of NASCAR is complete. The Xfinity Series has raced from coast-to-coast, creating a “Big Three” — and heated rivalries. But it’s time for the postseason. Action has been fast and furious in 2019, with drivers returning to the series and stepping up their win totals. Veteran drivers have come back to relevance, …

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