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Jimmie Johnson To Miss 2020 Brickyard 400 After Positive COVID-19 Test

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Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson has tested positive for COVID-19. Johnson, the first-known active NASCAR driver to be diagnosed with the virus, will miss the Big Machine Hand Sanitizer Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 5. Johnson, who is in the midst of his final full-time Cup Series season, was also …

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The Frontstretch 5: Closest NASCAR Finishes at Indianapolis

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway has produced some great finishes over its more than 100-year history. NASCAR’s history at the track is much shorter, beginning in 1994 when Indiana transplant Jeff Gordon won the inaugural event. Since that race, the finish of a NASCAR race at the track has only been less than half a second five …

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Power Rankings: Twice as Much What Edition

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The old joke about Pocono Raceway was easy to make, “Why are the races just six weeks apart? So once you clear traffic and make it onto the interstate, you can turn around and head back for the second race!” Thankfully due to great management improvements and coordination between the track and local police over …

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Up to Speed: Can Kevin Harvick Win at Every Track?

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It took Kevin Harvick 39 tries, but he finally won at Pocono Raceway.  Harvick held off a late charge by Denny Hamlin to win the first of two Cup Series races at the triangular track in the Pennsylvania mountains this past weekend.  As a three-time winner in the 2020 season, Harvick continues to build a …

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5 Points to Ponder: Double Trouble at Pocono Raceway

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ONE: Double Trouble It’s another big weekend for our sport with a doubleheader scheduled for picturesque Pocono Raceway. This will be the first time in the modern era of NASCAR that a track has hosted back-to-back Cup races on consecutive days in keeping, perhaps, with this year of unprecedented change. We start out on Saturday …

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Power Rankings: Dega Worth the Wait Edition

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It was yet another long week for NASCAR, but this time it was not only weather that was the culprit. A case of mistaken identity when a knot wasn’t just a knot and was thought to be a noose led to an emotional Sunday (June 21) which was quickly doused by rain. The next day …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX, NASCAR Come Face-to-Face With a Social Crisis

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Last weekend was … something else. NASCAR found itself in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Thankfully, the noose in the garage was found not to have been intentionally planted there for intimidation purposes. That said, it was there. I checked my photos from last October in Talladega to see if I noticed anything. …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2020 GEICO 500 at Talladega

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Who … should you be talking about after the race? It’s hard to win at Talladega Superspeedway, and it’s even harder to go back-to-back. Entering Monday’s rain-delayed race, nobody had achieved that feat since 2007. That ended on Monday, though, as Ryan Blaney powered his way to the front, surviving a fuel mileage battle and a …

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Power Rankings: 7 Hours of Miami Edition

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It was a long week for NASCAR, but can someone tell me how an organization that makes Florida its home can think that scheduling a race at 3:30 p.m. ET in the middle of June is going to work in South Florida? I understand that television partners often make the call, but even they should …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2020 Dixie Vodka 400

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Denny Hamlin might not have won the top starting spot by virtue of speed but he certainly had plenty of speed to stay there. With crew chief Chris Gabehart back in action after a four-race suspension for a weight violation, Hamlin dominated the race, leading 137 …

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Up to Speed: Is the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Field Already Set?

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Given how the 2020 NASCAR season has played out so far, the Cup Series playoff has felt like almost an afterthought.  Nevertheless, the Cup Series regular season is almost halfway complete.  Sunday’s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway was the 12th event of the revised Cup schedule in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Only 14 races …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: 2020 Dixie Vodka 400

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Homestead-Miami Speedway, long home to the season finale to NASCAR’s season, will instead be just the 12th stop of the year for the NASCAR Cup Series. This is going to be a very bizarre race as far as who can be competitive. A lot of teams have notes for this track for November. Take a …

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