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Up to Speed: Matt Kenseth, Erik Jones & the Cost of Driver Development

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Back in the summer of 2017, change was afoot at Joe Gibbs Racing.  During Kentucky Speedway’s race weekend, Matt Kenseth publicly announced that he would not be returning to the No. 20 Toyota in 2018.  Several days later, JGR confirmed that Erik Jones would move over from Furniture Row Racing to replace him. The impending …

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4 Burning Questions: What’s Next for Erik Jones?

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What’s next for Erik Jones? It was reported by Fox Sports and later confirmed by Joe Gibbs Racing itself on Thursday evening that Erik Jones would not return to the No. 20 Toyota in 2021. .@JoeGibbsRacing confirms that it won't renew @Erik_Jones' deal after 2020. ?Joe Gibbs: "We appreciate all Erik has done for Joe …

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Did You Notice?: No. 95 Sale Clear Warning About NASCAR Financial Trouble From COVID-19

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Did You Notice?… Bob Leavine has sold his No. 95, family-owned NASCAR Cup Series team less than two years after switching to Toyota and partnering with Joe Gibbs Racing? Christopher Bell will be running elsewhere in 2021 as financial conditions created by COVID-19 made it impossible for this team to continue. What’s notable is the new …

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Bob Leavine Selling Leavine Family Racing

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NASCAR Cup Series owner Bob Leavine is selling Leavine Family Racing, he announced Aug. 4. The team, which currently runs the No. 95 Toyota of Christopher Bell, will depart after the 2020 Cup season. ”It’s with great sadness today that I announce the sale of the Leavine Family Racing team, assets and charter,” Leavine said …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire

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What happened? Brad Keselowski won the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday (Aug. 2) after pulling away from Denny Hamlin on a long, final green-flag run. Keselowski led a race-high 184 laps en route to his third NASCAR Cup Series victory of 2020. Martin Truex Jr., Joey Logano and Kevin …

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Up to Speed: What is William Byron’s NASCAR Ceiling?

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William Byron is back in familiar territory.  One year ago, 20 races into the regular season, he was 12th in overall points and fighting to solidify a spot in the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs.  Holding a 61-point advantage over the cutline leaving New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Byron continued his rebound from a rough start to …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2020 Foxwoods Resort Casino 301

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NASCAR Cup Series teams will try to work their magic for your NASCAR DraftKings rosters this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 will air Sunday, Aug. 2 at 3 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network, sparking the sport’s seven-race sprint in August to end the regular season. The track, known …

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2-Headed Monster: Does NASCAR Need to Use PJ1?

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Last Thursday’s (July 23) NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway was generally well-received. It wasn’t an all-time great race, but it was one that many fans felt had some compelling storylines along with more passing and on-track action. It was the first race in a while without the assistance of PJ1. The traction compound, …

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5 Points to Ponder: New Asphalt Is an Automatic NASCAR Nightmare. Why?

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1. New Pavement, Old Problems Texas Motor Speedway was a tale of two races Sunday (July 19). The final stage produced plenty of drama worth watching: frantic restarts, a fateful mistake by rookie Quin Houff and pit strategy that ultimately decided the outcome. Austin Dillon‘s surprise victory was the cherry on top that woke most …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: O’Reilly Auto Parts 500

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Yeehaw! NASCAR Cup Series teams have saddled up their horses and are headed to the Lone Star State. It’s time to set your NASCAR DraftKings lineups for Sunday’s (July 19) O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. This race was supposed to be held in the spring, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: O’Reilly Auto Parts 500

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Texas Motor Speedway is the site of this weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series race. It has been 23 years since the very first Cup race at the 1.5 mile speedway. As old as the facility is starting to get, the track itself seems fairly fresh from a driver’s perspective. That’s because the track recently was given …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2020 Quaker State 400 at Kentucky

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The Headline(s): A relatively tame race ended in a chaotic final two laps, a four-wide battle for the lead and a Cup Series triumph for rookie Cole Custer, as NASCAR concluded its four-race stretch (five, including the ARCA Menards Series) over four days in the Bluegrass State. One of the wildest late-lap battles for the …

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