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Did You Notice?: In The 2019 NASCAR Playoffs, No Cinderellas Allowed

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Did You Notice? … If the season ended today, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series would set a dubious playoff record. Only five owners would be eligible to capture the championship, by far the fewest in the sport’s 16-car postseason era. 2019 PLAYOFF TEAMS (IF THE SEASON ENDED TODAY) Joe Gibbs Racing (4): Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, …

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The 12: NASCAR Power Rankings Pocono 400 Edition

#18: Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry M&m's Hazelnut Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

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As the halfway point of the NASCAR regular season has come and gone, Kyle Busch and Joe Gibbs Racing did not miss a beat. For the ninth time in 14 races, a JGR driver has gone to victory lane. Busch won his first race since Bristol and his fourth of the season. He will stay …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Pocono Predictability

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Pocono Raceway is not a thrilling race track. It’s not even an exciting one, and barely qualifies as interesting. So the results in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race weren’t all that surprising. Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kyle Busch won for the fourth time this season and the 55th time in his Cup career, holding …

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The 12: NASCAR Power Rankings Coca-Cola 600 Edition

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The greatest day in motorsports has come and gone as the Monaco GP, Indy 500 and Coca-Cola 600 were all completed this past Sunday. The longest race of the season for the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series was, unlike the last two years, a caution-filled race that featured multiple drivers battling for the lead. When …

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The Frontstretch 5: Closest NASCAR Cup Finishes in 2019

#2: Brad Keselowski, Team Penske, Ford Mustang Wurth Wins The Digital Ally 400 Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

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1. Daytona 500: margin of victory 0.138 seconds When looking at the closest finishes of any season, it’s no surprise that a superspeedway race, with its tight pack racing, tops the list. Talladega ended under caution, so it does not show up here. Denny Hamlin beat teammate Kyle Busch to the line by about a …

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5 Points To Ponder: Charlotte’s Climb Back To NASCAR Respectability

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ONE: Charlotte Motor Speedway Battles Back NASCAR may have been created in some smoke-filled meetings down in Daytona Beach but make no mistake: Charlotte is now stock car racing’s home base. Every major team has its race shop in the area, along with a core group of the sport’s operating staff paired with the NASCAR …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Some Gave All

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The Coca-Cola 600 is a marathon slog to close out the greatest day in auto racing, following the Monaco Grand Prix in Formula One and the Indianapolis 500 in IndyCar. Despite a quiet middle half, a chaotic first quarter and wild finish made it one of the season’s better races overall. Tires weren’t cooperating, which …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 Coca-Cola 600

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Martin Truex Jr. dominated the Coca-Cola 600 in 2016, leading 392 of 400 laps en route to the win. The sailing wasn’t as smooth this time around, and it included a brush with the wall after a tire issue early. Plus, there were several battles for …

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Pace Laps: Joe Gibbs Racing Dominates at Charlotte, Simon Pagenaud Crowned Indianapolis 500 Champ

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Joe Gibbs Racing Endures Roller Coaster 600-Miler Joe Gibbs Racing battled through the adversity of a marathon weekend packed with misfortunes and came out on top. After all three of its Xfinity Series drivers battled tire problems on Saturday, the same issues sent Erik Jones and alliance teammate Matt DiBenedetto …

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Martin Truex Jr. Survives Early Trouble, Late Restart to Win Coca-Cola 600

2019 Charlotte Cup Martin Truex Jr. Checkered Flag Nigel Kinrade Photography

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Martin Truex Jr. had the same right-front tire issues as most of his Joe Gibbs Racing teammates early in the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday evening, getting closely acquainted with the Charlotte Motor Speedway wall. Despite the resulting damage to the sheet metal on his No. 19 Toyota, his final fate was much better. Three years …

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The Frontstretch 5: Ways to Win a NASCAR Race

#2: Brad Keselowski, Team Penske, Ford Mustang Wurth Wins The Digital Ally 400 Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

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1. Complete domination There are many ways to win in NASCAR, and not every race produces the one everyone wants to see. Take a race like Martin Truex Jr. had three years ago this coming weekend, in the 2016 Coca-Cola 600. Truex led 392 of 400 laps.  There were actually nine lead changes in that race, …

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The 12: NASCAR Power Rankings All-Star Race Edition

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After a wild back and forth race, Kyle Larson broke his winless streak (even if it didn’t technically count since it’s a non-points paying race) and went to a Victory Lane to win the trophy and the $1 million prize. The real question, however, is how far did Larson move up in the rankings this …

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