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Did You Notice?: NASCAR’s 2019 Daytona Dreams Realized… Or Forgotten?

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Did You Notice? … We’re now five races into the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season? The sport’s new handling package, qualifying debacles and Kyle Busch’s 200 have stolen the headlines since Daytona Speedweeks. It seems like a lifetime ago Denny Hamlin was celebrating in Victory Lane for the Daytona 500. But Hamlin has taken a …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 TicketGuardian 500k at ISM

#18: Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry SKITTLES Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

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The Headline(s): After a protracted green flag run, Kyle Busch’s four tires proved better over a long run than Ryan Blaney’s two, allowing the No. 18 to take the lead for good on lap 296 and drive off into the Arizona sunset at ISM Raceway. https://twitter.com/DrunkBrianF/status/1104877779697451008 Busch is the fourth different winner in four Monster …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: TicketGuardian 500

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series travels to ISM Raceway for week No. 2 of the West Coast Swing at ISM Raceway. The 312-lap race will feature higher horsepower than Atlanta and Las Vegas, in addition to higher downforce. That will equal higher speeds. Qualifying position should be important in this race, though there are …

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The Frontstretch 5: Drivers With Something to Prove in 2019

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1. Denny Hamlin Yes, that Denny Hamlin. He just won the biggest race of the year in Daytona, but Hamlin’s got some unfinished business. The Daytona win puts him in the Playoffs and gives him plenty of time to prepare, but the one thing missing from Hamlin’s resume is a Cup title.  He’s come agonizingly …

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Matt DiBenedetto, NASCAR’s Old School Underdog

2019 Atlanta CUP Matt DiBenedetto NKP

Matt DiBenedetto could have a breakout year in 2019. The fifth-year driver joins Leavine Family Racing after doing a lot with a little at Go Fas Racing. LFR switched to Toyota over the off-season and formed an alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing. DiBenedetto’s crew chief this season was Denny Hamlin‘s former crew chief Mike “Wheels” …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500

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The 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season is off and running as we try and prepare ourselves for the unknown of the sport’s new rules package. The racing will be closer and more exhilarating, but with that comes unpredictability, more so now than ever. Daily fantasy NASCAR will be a totally different animal beginning …

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Friday Faceoff: Are the Daytona Winners Title Contenders?

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Kyle Busch seemed a bit miffed that he wasn’t able to challenge his teammate for the win in the Daytona 500. Do you think a driver should respect the need for a team car to win a race. or should they go for it, knowing that it could cost both drivers the win? Zach Gillispie: …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Ryan Preece Chats Good Run in Daytona 500

Ryan Preece - 2019 Daytona 500

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In a fun Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino, Mike Neff and Ryan Preece discuss this year’s Daytona 500 as a whole. In an interview with Preece, he talks about his eighth-place finish in the Great American Race and how it felt running third on the final lap. He believes that inexperience was 80 percent of the reason why the No. 47 …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Who is the Next Driver to Break a Long Winless Streak?

2019 Daytona I CUP Matt DiBenedetto helmet NKP

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After a very eventful Daytona 500, Leavine Family Racing and driver Matt DiBenedetto left with a wrecked racecar, but one that was very fast all day long. DiBenedetto led 49 laps, a career high for him, and was on his way to what looked like a career day until being caught up in a very …

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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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Matt DiBenedetto: ‘I’m Pretty Heartbroken’ After Late Race Wreck at Daytona

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Many people had Matt DiBenedetto on their fantasy teams for the Daytona 500. He proved those people right on Sunday (Feb. 17). It took DiBenedetto 141 races and a switch to Leavine Family Racing, but he had his coming out party in the Great American Race, leading a race-high 49 laps. In fact, he led …

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