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Austin Dillon Wins Pole for Auto Club 400

Austin Dillon 2019 Busch Pole Award (fontana)

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Fontana, Calif. – For the second straight week, qualifying in the Monster Energy Cup Series ended with people buzzing with the drama they just witnessed. This time though? It wasn’t a good thing. Austin Dillon won the pole for the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway after he was fastest in the second round …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Daniel Suarez’s Eventful Weekend

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Maybe it’s not always the best idea to take your weekend inspiration from the company name of your sponsor. Daniel Suarez‘s No. 41 Ford Mustang was sponsored by Ruckus Networks this weekend, and Suarez certainly raised a ruckus at ISM Raceway during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ TicketGuardian 500. Following qualifying, he body-slammed fellow …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Aric Almirola Talks New Aero Package, Group Qualifying, Chaotic Restarts

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino, Mike Neff and Aric Almirola discuss the new aerodynamic package that was displayed at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and how it led to wild restarts and a peculiar qualifying session last Friday (March 1). Almirola states the race was exciting, and that’s what he enjoys as a …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Las Vegas Features the Package, Headscratching Decision Making

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Las Vegas brought viewers the third straight tripleheader weekend to start the season.  Admittedly, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race was another big unknown, but ended up being a lot more like Atlanta than anyone would have thought. Pennzoil 400 This was it.  The big debut of “the package.”  Did it live up to …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 Pennzoil 400

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Defending Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Joey Logano made it two for two in intermediate track races for Team Penske this year. He followed up last week’s win by teammate Brad Keselowski, putting the No. 22 car in Victory Lane for the first time in 2019 …

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Austin Dillon, RCR Top Uneventful First Practice at Las Vegas

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Austin Dillon topped first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice charts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Friday morning, a session that saw cars make qualifying runs early before delving into drafting experimentation. Dillon was followed closely by teammate Daniel Hemric in a session that saw Chevrolet take four of the top five speeds. Even the …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Kez Goes Jordan

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On June 11, 1997, the Chicago Bulls were in Salt Lake City facing the Karl Malone-John Stockton Utah Jazz in the NBA Finals, and Michael Jordan had the flu (or food poisoning). He couldn’t get out of bed until the bus left for the arena, but wound up scoring 38 points that night, sparking the …

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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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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: A New Season Dawns

#21: Paul Menard, Wood Brothers Racing, Ford Mustang Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center And #18: Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry M&m's Chocolate Bar

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With Daytona 500 qualifying out of the way, the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season has officially gotten underway. Jimmie Johnson claimed the victory in the Advance Auto Parts Clash, after passing Paul Menard on lap 55 of what ultimately became a 59-lap rain-shortened event. The good news for the No. 48 team was …

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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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Car Chiefs for Austin Dillon, Ty Dillon & Chase Elliott Ejected After Failing Daytona 500 Qualifying Inspection

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2019 Daytona 500, Daytona International Speedway. (Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

NASCAR ejected three car chiefs from the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series garage following their respective cars failing pre-qualifying inspection twice. The No. 9 car driven by Chase Elliott, the No. 3 driven by Austin Dillon and the No. 13 driven by Ty Dillon all failed pre-qualifying inspection. In addition to the penalty to their car …

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2018 NASCAR Driver Reviews: Austin Dillon

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Daytona 500 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fl Usa Sunday 11 February 2018 Austin Dillon, Richard Childress Racing, Dow Chevrolet Camaro World Copyright: Nigel Kinrade Nkp

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For Austin Dillon, 2018 was a year of outsized success.  He started out the season by winning on the sport’s biggest stage.  However, he also more or less drove through Aric Almirola to get there. Winning the Daytona 500 also locked Dillon into the playoffs.  Ostensibly, that gave Richard Childress Racing more than six months …

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