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NASCAR Mailbox: Which Non-Playoff Driver in 2018 Has the Best Chance of Making it in 2019?

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After recording his 200th NASCAR victory this past Sunday (March 17) at Auto Club Speedway, Kyle Busch tied Richard Petty for the most wins in the history of the sport. It is up for debate whether the two are comparable or not, but it is definitely an impressive feat no matter how you twist and …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: Auto Club 400

#11: Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry Fedex Express And #12: Ryan Blaney, Team Penske, Ford Mustang Ppg

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The final week of the West Coast Swing begins Sunday, March 17 at 3:30 p.m. ET for the Auto Club 400. The two-mile Auto Club Speedway will have the same package as used two weeks ago at Las Vegas (lower horsepower and aero ducts). This track, however, has several lanes commonly used, which should lead …

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4 Burning Questions: Who’s Your 2020 NASCAR Hall of Fame Class?

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Who will be inducted into the 2020 NASCAR Hall of Fame Class? Wednesday evening (March 13), NASCAR formally announced the 20 nominees for next year’s NASCAR Hall of Fame class. 14 nominees return from last year, while Kirk Shelmerdine, who won four Cup championships as crew chief for Dale Earnhardt in the 1980s and 1990s, …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Aric Almirola Talks New Aero Package, Group Qualifying, Chaotic Restarts

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino, Mike Neff and Aric Almirola discuss the new aerodynamic package that was displayed at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and how it led to wild restarts and a peculiar qualifying session last Friday (March 1). Almirola states the race was exciting, and that’s what he enjoys as a …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 Pennzoil 400

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Defending Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Joey Logano made it two for two in intermediate track races for Team Penske this year. He followed up last week’s win by teammate Brad Keselowski, putting the No. 22 car in Victory Lane for the first time in 2019 …

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Daily NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: Daytona 500

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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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2-Headed Monster: Should Drivers Be Penalized For Field-Killing Crashes?

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Jimmie Johnson’s win in The Clash on Sunday afternoon (Feb. 10) capped off an eventful afternoon for Hendrick Motorsports. The four-car powerhouse finished 1-2-3-4 in Daytona 500 qualifying prior to Johnson rolling into Gatorade Victory Lane for his first win with new sponsor Ally Financial. While winning is nothing new to the seven-time Monster Energy …

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. ‘Could Care Less’ About His Plate Racing Reputation

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is looking to earn his first career Daytona 500 victory in 2019. (Photo/Davey Segal)

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. isn’t here to apologize. The driver of the No. 17 Ford for Roush Fenway Racing is here to deliver. Deliver a win in the Great American Race for the first time in his career and the first for RFR since Matt Kenseth in 2012. With his history on restrictor plate tracks, that …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: A New Season Dawns

#21: Paul Menard, Wood Brothers Racing, Ford Mustang Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center And #18: Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry M&m's Chocolate Bar

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With Daytona 500 qualifying out of the way, the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season has officially gotten underway. Jimmie Johnson claimed the victory in the Advance Auto Parts Clash, after passing Paul Menard on lap 55 of what ultimately became a 59-lap rain-shortened event. The good news for the No. 48 team was …

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2018 NASCAR Driver Reviews: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

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In his sixth full season at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series level, Roush Fenway Racing’s Ricky Stenhouse Jr. regressed a touch. That came after a career year in 2017 which included his first two victories at the top echelon in a stretch of just eight midseason races. His maiden win came at Talladega Superspeedway …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kyle Busch Wins Phoenix, Kevin Harvick & Martin Truex Jr. Complete the Expected

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Who’s in the headline Heading into Phoenix, everybody and their brother was positive Kevin Harvick was going to stomp the competition into submission and make a statement about his position as the unquestioned favorite heading into Homestead. Someone forgot to tell Kyle Busch as the Joe Gibbs Racing driver took advantage of mistakes by nearly …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kevin Harvick Fires Warning Shot with Domination in Texas

#4: Kevin Harvick, Stewart Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Mobil 1, Celebrates In Victory Lane

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Who’s in the headline Kevin Harvick has had the fastest car nearly every weekend this season. The Achilles heel for the team is that they routinely shoot themselves in the foot through pit road miscues. When they don’t, they dominate, which is what happened at Texas on Sunday. Harvick led over half of the laps …

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