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Odds & Ends Around the Track: Everything’s Bigger in Texas Edition

Rodney Childers and Kevin Harvick look on in 2019 Cup Michigan race. Photo: NKP

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Everything is bigger in Texas, and nobody finds more ways to entertain NASCAR fans than Eddie Gossage at Texas Motor Speedway. In the NFL, they talk about coaches being from either the Bill Belichick or the Sean McVay coaching trees. In racetrack promotion, they talk about the Humpy Wheeler promotion tree. Mr. Gossage has been …

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The 12: NASCAR Power Rankings First Data 500 Edition

2019 Martinsville MENCS Martin Truex, Jr. Victory Lane NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Martin Truex Jr. sure knows how to dominate a race. At Martinsville Speedway, Truex led 464 out of 500 contested laps to earn his seventh victory of the season and a spot in the Championship Four. With a one out of four shot at claiming his second championship, is Truex the title favorite? Denny Hamlin …

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5 Points to Ponder: 2019 NASCAR Playoffs All Chalk

#19: Martin Truex Jr., Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry Bass Pro Shops, #14: Clint Bowyer, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Mustang Haas Automation and #11: Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry FedEx Ground

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ONE: NASCAR Playoffs All Chalk Martinsville Speedway marked the start of the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Round of 8. Just two more races remaining until we have our Championship 4 lineup for Homestead-Miami Speedway. So far, Cinderella has yet to find a glass slipper. The theory going into the playoffs this season is …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Please Staple, Don’t Paper Clip

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Martinsville Speedway is the oldest track on the NASCAR circuit, but lately the tracks uniqueness has been entirely flattened by awful racing throughout the pack, marked by an inability to pass and one driver pulverizing the rest of the field. In this case, a snoozer of a race resulted in a Joe Gibbs Racing driver …

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Ryan Blaney Stays in the Game with Top 5 at Martinsville

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Ryan Blaney‘s statistics at Martinsville Speedway are stellar. He backed that up in Sunday’s (Oct. 27) First Data 500. Blaney began the 500-lap race from sixth and quickly moved forward. Over the course of the opening 130 circuits, the No. 12 car jumped to third, earning eight stage points. For the first 120 laps of …

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Martin Truex Jr. Makes Martinsville His Personal Playground In First Data 500

2019 Michigan I CUP Martin Truex Jr NKP

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Martin Truex Jr. left Martinsville Speedway one year ago wondering what might have been. This time around? Everyone else was wondering how in the world they could catch him in Sunday’s (Oct. 27) First Data 500. Truex flat out dominated the final Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series short track race of 2019. Leading a track …

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5 Points to Ponder: And Then There Were 8

2019 Kansas MENCS Denny Hamlin Trophy NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

ONE: And Then There Were 8 I’m going to boldly predict that not many prognosticators had Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney and Denny Hamlin winning the three second stage playoff races, so I’m not going to be foolish enough to make any wild picks for the third round. Given that winning at either Martinsville Speedway, Texas …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Debris in the Wind

2019 Kansas MENCS Denny Hamlin Restart NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Kansas isn’t exactly known as a state full of scenic beauty, unlike its neighbors Colorado, Nebraska and Missouri. (Oklahoma has its fair share of scenery as well.) Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, the Hollywood Casino 400, at Kansas Speedway (located on the Sunflower State side of Kansas City) felt like a typical stormy …

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Up to Speed: Reversal of Fortunes for Team Penske

2019 daytona cup zach catanzareti team penske ryan blaney joey logano brad keselowski

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Early in NASCAR’s 2019 season, Team Penske appeared to have two top shelf contenders for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title.  Brad Keselowski kicked off their effort, rolling to three victories in the first 12 races of the year.  After a disappointing playoff run in 2018, the No. 2 team was looking like a …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: Hollywood Casino 400

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

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The pressure is on this weekend at Kansas Speedway, as four drivers will be eliminated from the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. The Hollywood Casino 400 will air on NBC on Sunday, Oct. 20, at 2:30 p.m ET. Kansas is a traditional cookie-cutter, mile-and-a-half oval, and with this year’s low horsepower package in effect, …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Chaos in Talladega, Austin Cindric Previews Round of 8

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss a chaotic weekend of racing at Talladega Superspeedway that saw Ryan Blaney clinch his spot into the Round of 8. Much like the Gander Outdoors Truck Series race on Saturday (Oct. 12), when Johnny Sauter got penalized for forcing Riley Herbst below the yellow line …

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Odds & Ends Around the Track: Elimination Edition

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(Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The NASCAR playoffs are heating up this weekend. The first cut from 16 to 12 drivers sometimes eliminates a true contender, but usually it just erases the championship pretenders. But this week, after the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway, we will see some of the top teams end their title hopes. The …

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