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Couch Potato Tuesday: All-Star Race Brings Action, Enthusiasm & Unclear Fight Causation

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Monster Energy All-Star Weekend is always a bit of a toss-up each year. Coming out of Saturday night, the most notable thing that happened was Clint Bowyer going after Ryan Newman after the race. FOX did not air the post-race bumping match between the two drivers live (that was replayed, though). Bowyer going after Newman …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Hey Now, You’re an All-Star

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“Get your game on, go play!” That was essentially NASCAR’s attitude this weekend as the non-points-paying Monster Energy All-Star Race took place Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Also, the Indianapolis 500 qualifying took place over the weekend, as did the second leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes. It was a light …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 Monster Energy All-Star Race at Charlotte

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The Headline(s): Kyle Larson is a million dollars richer. The California native won the Monster Energy Open, then raced his way up from 18th to win the Monster Energy All-Star Race on Saturday night (May 18) at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He became just the fourth driver all-time to win the All-Star Race after transferring from the …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 Monster Energy All-Star Race

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Kyle Larson had more track time than any other driver on Saturday night, winning the third and final stage of the Open to make the All-Star event. From there, Larson raced smart, biding his time but racing aggressively enough that he was able to take advantage of a …

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Pace Laps: Bubba Wallace Impresses at Charlotte, While David Slays Goliath at Indianapolis

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: All-Star Night of Emotions Saturday was a day full of emotion, passion and hard racing. From the beginning stage of the Monster Energy Open to the fireworks and celebration after the Monster Energy All-Star Race, nothing excelled over the prestigious event. Nothing, except for Kyle Larson. The Open began with …

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Up to Speed: The Monster Energy Open Steals the Show

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The Monster Energy All-Star Race weekend should be about showcasing the best and brightest talents in the sport.  But in this year’s running, the best overall race was the preliminary event. The Monster Energy Open was a thrilling race from start to finish.  The three mini-races spread over a total of 62 laps had a …

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Bubba Wallace Follows Emotional Open Win With Top Five in All Star Race

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Bubba Wallace and Richard Petty Motorsports were off to a tumultuous start in 2019 — but a top five in the Monster Energy All-Star Race and a Monster Energy Open stage win might be the thing that saves their season and partnership. A few weeks ago, Wallace was very vocal about how depressing the situation …

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Massie’s Minute: 19 Years Later, If We Hadn’t Lost Adam Petty…

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May 12 marks the 19th anniversary of perhaps the most horrific day in NASCAR history — the day we lost Adam Petty. The fourth-generation driver, already deemed the future of NASCAR, crashed in a practice session at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2000 after his throttle hung wide open, and he went head on into …

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4 Burning Questions: Kansas Nights and the Ballad of Bubba Wallace

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What will come of Bubba Wallace and Richard Petty Motorsports? This weekend’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway marks two years since an incident that changed Bubba Wallace’s life forever. On that Saturday night, Aric Almirola had a horrible accident, breaking the T5 vertabra in his back. The injury forced “The Cuban …

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Bubba Wallace Putting Negatives Behind, Focused on Positives

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The opening three months of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season haven’t gone the way Bubba Wallace had hoped for. But he’s looking to put the negatives behind him. Wallace, 25, is in the midst of his second full season at the Cup level and currently sits 28th in the championship standings through 10 …

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2-Headed Monster: Does Richard Petty Need A New Driver Or Bubba Wallace A New Team?

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Bubba Wallace and Richard Petty Motorsports are not off to a good start in 2019. The legendary No. 43 is 28th in points, with Wallace only ahead of three drivers who have ran every race. Wallace only has two top 20s and one lead-lap finish so far and has crashed out of two races. This …

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Did You Notice?: Chase Elliott, Not Jimmie Johnson, Sits Alone Atop Hendrick Motorsports

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Did You Notice?… A changing of the guard at Hendrick Motorsports in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series? Chase Elliott became the first driver for HMS to win in 2019, also breaking the season shutout for Chevrolet. His push to the win at Talladega Superspeedway Sunday (April 28) came courtesy teammate and second-place finisher Alex Bowman. …

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