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

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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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Entry List: Daytona 500

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The entry list for the 61st Daytona 500 has been released, and there’s a lot of changes for the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. 42 cars are on the final version of the entry list. A maximum of 40 cars will take the green flag on race day. Old faces in new places …

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Entry List: Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona

The Advance Auto Parts Clash kicks off the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season on Feb. 10 for a 75-lap shootout at Daytona International Speedway. 20 cars are eligible for the event due to either winning a pole last season, previously winning a Daytona 500 pole, previously winning the Clash or making the playoffs …

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2018 NASCAR Driver Reviews: Ryan Newman

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Ryan Newman’s 2018 season was nothing special. And nothing special, in the end, simply wasn’t good enough to keep him at Richard Childress Racing for 2019 and bey0nd. In his fifth year behind the wheel of the No. 31 Chevrolet, Newman did not visit Victory Lane in 2018 and also missed the playoffs. While that …

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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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Brad Keselowski, Ryan Newman Lead Martinsville Practices

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ Round of 8 kicks off this Sunday at Martinsville Speedway, but it was two drivers out of the playoffs who paced the two practice sessions on Saturday morning (Oct. 27): Brad Keselowski and Ryan Newman. Keselowski, who won the Spring 2017 Martinsville race, ran a lap of 95.714 miles per …

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Ryan Newman, Scott Graves Pairing at Roush Fenway Racing for 2019

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Veteran crew chief Scott Graves will rejoin Roush Fenway Racing in 2019 to lead the No. 6 team in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the team announced Tuesday, Oct. 23. Graves will act as the crew chief for veteran driver Ryan Newman, who will also be joining RFR in 2019 after a five-year stint …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Ryan Blaney Wins the ROVAL, Kyle Larson Survives to Advance

#12: Ryan Blaney, Team Penske, Ford Fusion Menards/Pennzoil celebrates his win Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

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Who’s in the headline The list of road course favorites was long going into the first ROVAL race, and it was a safe bet that Ryan Blaney wasn’t on most of those lists. However, sometimes it is better to be lucky than good, and Blaney was lucky to be in the right place at the …

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