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

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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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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 Food City 500 at Bristol

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The Headline(s): Though far from a dominant performance, Kyle Busch stayed out on old tires, capitalized on a cluster of a restart and drove away from brother Kurt Busch to score the 2019 Food City 500 win. It was Busch’s third Cup victory of 2019, 54th of his career and 204th NASCAR national series win. …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: 2019 Food City 500

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Downforce, high-banks, grip strips, etc… It’s not the old Bristol Motor Speedway, but nonetheless, Bristol provides 500 laps at the fastest half-mile and it will put on a show. You will be surprised by the names we have in this edition of DFS Fantasy Preview. Keep in mind as you fill out your DFS lineups, …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas

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The Headline(s): Denny Hamlin overcame a characteristic pair of pit road penalties and missing a pit road approach under green with a stellar late-race pit stop. That got him out front, where he beat Clint Bowyer by more than two seconds. Hamlin scored his second win of 2019 and the 52nd NASCAR national series win …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Paper Clippings

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Brad Keselowski was really, really good during the STP 500 on Sunday (March 24) at Martinsville Speedway. He led 446 laps en route to earning his second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory of 2019 through six races. As expected from previous races, Team Penske and Joe Gibbs Racing were up front, along with Hendrick …

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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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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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2-Headed Monster: Is the New Package Good?

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Joey Logano had a reason to feel good about the 2019 aero package (credit: Nigel Kinraid)

Sunday’s (March 3) race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway put the new 2019 package on full display, leading to a variety of opinions plastering social media. The package includes tapered spacers to reduce engine horsepower at tracks one and a half miles and larger, as well as a taller spoiler to increase downforce, along with …

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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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Friday Faceoff: Should the Daytona 500 Remain the Season-Opening Race?

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The Advance Auto Parts Clash has taken some criticism over how difficult it was for drivers to pull out of line and make a pass. How do you see this playing out over the remaining Speedweeks events? Isolated issue or recurring problem? Clayton Caldwell: It’s an issue we’ll see throughout Speedweeks. This package has been …

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Ryan Newman Hoping Engineering Degree Helps With New Aero Package

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One of the biggest storylines of the NASCAR offseason was the new aerodynamic package NASCAR implemented for 22 of 36 races this Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. With the drastic switch, Ryan Newman is hoping to put his engineering degree from Purdue University to work. Newman, 41, is entering his 18th season as a Cup …

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The Frontstretch 5: Big Questions As NASCAR Enters 2019

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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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