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5 Points to Ponder: 9 Races Into NASCAR 2019

2016 Cup Homestead Miami Speedway Joe Gibbs Roger Penske Zach Catanzareti

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ONE: NASCAR 2019 = 2-Team Tandem At The Top Forget NASCAR’s Big Three. This year, it’s the Big Two (owners, that is) leading the way in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Joe Gibbs Racing and Team Penske have flat out dominated the first nine races of the season. Ryan Blaney (Penske) and Erik Jones …

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Pace Laps: NASCAR Resets After Easter Off Week

2018 Talladega Team Penske Cup Zach Catanzareti

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Talladega Up Next Easter has become a NASCAR tradition. Or, should we say, a NASCAR vacation. It’s the only weekend from February through November none of the sport’s top three series show up and race. As you’d expect, no racing led to a quiet news week. But business is about …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After NASCAR’s First 9 Races of 2019

2019 Las Vegas I Cup Kyle Busch Nkp

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Who… should you be talking about so far? Kyle Busch is certainly making himself the early title favorite for 2019. With a series-leading three wins so far, Busch has a solid 20-point buffer over second place in points and an eye-popping average finish of 3.9.  Busch and teammate Denny Hamlin are the only drivers to finish …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Martin Truex Jr. Breaks Through, Matt DiBenedetto Chats 2019

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss Martin Truex Jr. breaking through to win at a short track in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series — hist first, at Richmond Raceway. Other questions they debate: is how much longer did Joey Logano need to pass the No. 19 car to take …

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The 12: NASCAR Power Rankings Toyota Owners 400 Edition

2019 Cup Richmond Zach Catanzareti Kyle Busch

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As NASCAR strolls into a rare off week, Martin Truex Jr. is riding high off of his first short track victory. Is Truex finally starting to turn the corner at Joe Gibbs Racing and reclaim his old dominance? Clint Bowyer has quietly put together four straight top-10 finishes, including a third-place result at Richmond last …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Short Tracking Under the Lights

#42: Kyle Larson, Chip Ganassi Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Mcdonald's Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

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Saturday night’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway wasn’t a thrill ride for most of the race, but the ending provided a lot of drama in the final 30 or so laps of the Toyota Owners 400, even though the answers mostly stayed the same. Would Joe Gibbs Racing’s Martin Truex Jr …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond

2019 Cup Richmond Zach Catanzareti Martin Truex Jr.

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The Headline(s): Martin Truex Jr. weathered two strong challenges in the closing 25 laps of Saturday’s Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway, holding off both Clint Bowyer and Joey Logano to score his first career Cup win on a short track, first Cup win of 2019, 20th career Cup win, and his 33rd career NASCAR …

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Pace Laps: Martin Truex Jr. Snaps Winless Streak, Alexander Rossi Dominates in Long Beach

#00: Cole Custer, Stewart Haas Racing, Ford Mustang Haas Automation Nascar Xfinity Series

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Martin Truex Jr. Snaps Short-Track Winless Streak There was no stopping Martin Truex Jr. on Saturday night at Richmond Raceway, as the driver of the No. 19 Toyota held off a fading Clint Bowyer and a hard charging Joey Logano to win his first short track event. Kyle Busch led …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 Toyota Owners 400

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Martin Truex Jr. scored his first 2019 win, but more surprising is that it was also his first ever Cup win on a track less than one mile. That’s right, in 80 short-track tries, he came up empty.  The 81st time was the charm for Truex, who …

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Joey Logano: ‘Needed a Few More Laps’

2019 Cup Richmond Zach Catanzareti Joey Logano

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When the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series attacks Richmond Raceway, Joey Logano is always a threat for the victory. In Saturday’s Toyota Owners 400, the No. 22 was there yet again. After starting third, Logano remained in the top five for the entirety of the opening stage, placing second. It looked like the second stage …

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Martin Truex Jr. Earns First NASCAR Short Track Victory in 2019 Toyota Owners 400

2019 Las Vegas I Cup Martin Truex Jr Nkp

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On his 81st short track start in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Martin Truex Jr. would not be denied. Truex held off three challengers beating on his rear bumper to score the victory Saturday (April 13) in the 2019 Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway. “The short track win, everyone kept asking me when …

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Did You Notice?: The 2019 NASCAR Playoffs Are Already Coming Into Focus?

2018 Homestead Cup Zach Catanzareti Joey Logano

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Did You Notice? … The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff picture is taking shape? It’s hard to believe but we’re already eight races into 2019. If the regular season was just one big race, stage one would be wrapping up sometime during the middle of Saturday night’s showdown at Richmond Raceway. What do we know …

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