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Team Penske Sweeps Cup Practices at Martinsville

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The Round of 8 is set to get underway on Sunday (Oct. 27) at Martinsville Speedway with the First Data 500. Saturday’s two practice sessions were a near repeat from last year with some of the paperclip’s best drivers: Joey Logano and Martin Truex Jr. among the quickest drivers in the opening session, while Brad …

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5 Points to Ponder: And Then There Were 8

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ONE: And Then There Were 8 I’m going to boldly predict that not many prognosticators had Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney and Denny Hamlin winning the three second stage playoff races, so I’m not going to be foolish enough to make any wild picks for the third round. Given that winning at either Martinsville Speedway, Texas …

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Up to Speed: Reversal of Fortunes for Team Penske

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Early in NASCAR’s 2019 season, Team Penske appeared to have two top shelf contenders for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title.  Brad Keselowski kicked off their effort, rolling to three victories in the first 12 races of the year.  After a disappointing playoff run in 2018, the No. 2 team was looking like a …

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Denny Hamlin Wins Hollywood Casino 400; Chase Elliott Advances Over Brad Keselowski

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Second place is typically the first loser. But during a wild Hollywood Casino 400 finish Sunday (Oct. 20) at Kansas Speedway, Chase Elliott made it a springboard to a potential championship run. Elliott failed to catch leader Denny Hamlin during a second overtime restart in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Hamlin, who led much …

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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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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 1000Bulbs.com 500 at Talladega

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The Headline(s): Having survived three big ones on Monday afternoon (Oct. 14) after an uneventful first stage Sunday, Ryan Blaney bested Ryan Newman by less than a foot coming to the line to score a season-saving victory that locked the No. 12 team into the Round of 8. It wasn’t without controversy, however, as Blaney …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Just Another Manic Monday

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ 1000Bulbs.com 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, ironically for a race sponsored by a light bulb company, was mostly delayed from the original Sunday start due to a lack of lights (and a ton of rain). So the second and third stages were run Monday afternoon (Oct. 14), and all in …

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Ryan Blaney Wins Wreck-Strewn 1000Bulbs.com 500 in Photo Finish

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Ryan Blaney recovered from early trouble during Sunday’s portion of the race to beat Ryan Newman to the line by seven-thousandths of a second to win the 1000Bulbs.com 500 Monday (Oct. 14) in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The victory is Blaney’s third career Cup victory and his first of 2019.  The win comes …

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William Byron Eliminated in 2nd Big Wreck at Talladega

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For the vast majority of the 1000Bulbs.com 500 at Talladega, William Byron had an excellent run. On Sunday (Oct. 13), Byron won stage one before the rains came and ended the festivities for the day. Monday (Oct. 14) saw Byron keep himself toward the front of the field with a chance to win. Then the …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 1000Bulbs.com 500

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It’s time for pack racing as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returns to Talladega Superspeedway for the 1000Bulbs.com 500 on Sunday (Oct. 13). The race is scheduled to begin shortly after 2 p.m. ET with television coverage provided by NBC. Talladega is a 2.66-mile racetrack, the largest on the NASCAR circuit with high banking …

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Friday Faceoff: Has Eliminating Restrictor Plates Changed Superspeedway Racing?

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Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott and Joey Logano all had trouble at Dover International Speedway in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Which driver’s playoff chances are trouble? Wesley Coburn: Short term, Chase Elliott needs to win to keep his playoff hopes alive this season. Longer term, Ryan Blaney needs to have a great playoffs, since he’s …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Austin Dillon on 2019, Workout Videos & Talladega

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss a tame weekend of racing at the Monster Mile, which saw Kyle Larson snap a 75-race winless streak. Post-race, many drivers were none-too-pleased with Joey Logano, who was battling the race leaders hard while he was more than 20 laps down. Albino and Neff chat …

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