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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 Daytona 500

Denny Hamlin 2019 Daytona 500 Champion

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The Headline(s): Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota took the horses out to the beach at Daytona and shot them between the eyes. The organization swept the podium as Denny Hamlin scored his second career Daytona 500 victory. It was the first podium sweep of the Daytona 500 by any team since 1997. BOWLES: Denny Hamlin …

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Up to Speed: A Great Show in Daytona Exceeds Gloomy Expectations

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Suffice it to say that everything went better than expected during the 2019 Daytona 500. Up until Sunday, Speedweeks had featured a lot of uninspired racing.  Last week’s Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona International Speedway felt like the drivers who competed in that race were just going through the motions.  A mostly single-file race …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 Daytona 500

Kyle Busch 2019 Daytona 500

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Denny Hamlin carried the late J.D. Gibbs on his shoulder all the way back to Victory Lane.  Hamlin went winless in 2018, the first season in his career without a victory, but he erased that losing streak Sunday in NASCAR’s biggest race.  Showing everyone the best way …

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Ford Follies: Michael McDowell Miffed With Joey Logano, Clint Bowyer Despite Top-5 Finish

Michael Mcdowell 2019 Daytona 500

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Michael McDowell ran one of the best races of his career in the Daytona 500 on Sunday (Feb. 17). The 11-year veteran finished fifth in the season opener at Daytona International Speedway for just his second-career top five-finish. And yet, McDowell wanted more. “For a small team, it’s awesome. There’s no doubt about it,” McDowell …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Previewing the Daytona 500

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In a special edition of the Frontstretch Podcast,  Dustin Albino, Tom Bowles, Michael Massie and Mike Neff  break down the weekend of racing thus far at Daytona International Speedway. We discuss redemption stories in Austin Hill and Michael Annett grabbing their first-career victory in the Gander Outdoors Truck and Xfinity Series’. But the primary focus is on the …

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Daily NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: Daytona 500

2019 Daytona Cup Zach Catanzareti Joey Logano

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The 2019 NASCAR season begins on Sunday, Feb. 17, with the running of the 61st Daytona 500. Millions around the country will begin their fantasy leagues, daily fantasy participation in the sport and start gambling on the race winner. It’s a phenomenon the sport hasn’t ignored; NASCAR hired Sportsradar Integrity Services to help shape a …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 Gander RV Duels at Daytona

2019 Cup Daytona Zach Catanzareti Chase Elliott

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The Headline(s): Two duels, one headline: Fast. On. Race. Day. Ford’s new Mustang proved ever the menace that last years’ Fusion was on the racetrack, with Ford sweeping the top three positions in both Gander RV Duel races. Kevin Harvick scored the win in race one, while Joey Logano made a daring last-lap pass of …

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Massie’s Minute: Good Riddance to Restrictor-Plate Racing

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

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The Daytona 500 is the final race of restrictor-plate racing as we know it. For the remaining races at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway in 2019, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will use the same tapered spacer package it’ll race for the majority of the schedule. What this means is that for the …

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Joey Logano Wins Second Gander RV Duel; Joey Gase, Ryan Truex DNQ for 2019 Daytona 500

2019 Daytona Clash Cup Joey Logano Nkp

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Joey Logano bided his time during the second 2019 Gander RV Duel at Daytona International Speedway. He led just one lap, timing his move to the front for the last possible second. It worked out. Logano sidedrafted past Clint Bowyer, completing a remarkable run from fourth to first as he earned the win in the …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Which Rule Change this Season will Have the Biggest Impact on the State of NASCAR?

2019 Daytona Clash Cup Martin Truex Jr Car Nkp

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As NASCAR waves the green flag for the start of the 2019 season this weekend, there are so many aspects that are different about the sport. So many of them have to do with rules, the aero package and some big-name drivers in new rides. Which of these factors though will affect the state of …

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The Frontstretch 5: Big Questions As NASCAR Enters 2019

2019 Daytona Clash Cup Paul Menard Pack Racing Nkp

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1. What will the new aerodynamic package look like in real time? That’s the big question that everyone is asking, but don’t expect the answer to be immediate or definitive. The low horsepower, high downforce package will debut at Atlanta Motor Speedway in a week and a half, but don’t expect what you see there …

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Up to Speed: From the Big 3 to the 4 Horsemen

2019 Daytona Cup Zach Catanzareti Joey Logano

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One year ago, rising stars and young guns were the talk of the NASCAR world.  However, a small group of veteran racers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series quickly took those newcomers to school.  Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. combined to win 11 of the season’s first 14 races.  Observers regularly referred …

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