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Quaker State 400 (Kentucky) Preview and Fantasy Predictions

1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway kicks off NASCAR's second half of the season
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Quaker State 400 (Kentucky) Preview and Fantasy Predictions

Eighteen races down, 18 races to go. The 2019 Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway kicks off the second half of NASCAR’s 36-race schedule, one of the longest in sports (February through November). Technically, just eight races remain in the regular season before the 10-race playoff kicks in to crown the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion.

 

Coke Zero Sugar 400 (Daytona) Preview and Fantasy Predictions

Can Joe Gibbs Racing repeat their February Daytona dominance?
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Coke Zero Sugar 400 (Daytona) Preview and Fantasy Predictions

The last time the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series visited Daytona International Speedway, the season-opening Daytona 500 turned into a game of Survivor. A series of late-race wrecks eliminated major contenders, including a surprising Matt DiBenedetto, and left the race sitting in Denny Hamlin's hands. Hamlin's second Daytona 500 victory came in his first race with new crew chief Chris Gabehart; it was also part of a 1-2-3 Joe Gibbs Racing finish.

Camping World 400 (Chicagoland) Preview and Fantasy Predictions

Can a second straight fight to the finish save Chicagoland from future NASCAR extinction?
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Camping World 400 (Chicagoland) Preview and Fantasy Predictions

The name Chicagoland Speedway has always been a stretch. The much-maligned 1.5-mile oval, the site of Sunday's Camping World 400 is actually an hour's drive and some 45-plus miles from the center of Chicago. That’s like putting a stadium in Stamford, Connecticut, and calling it part of New York City.

 

NASCAR Starting Lineup for Sunday's Camping World 400 at Chicagoland Speedway

Austin Dillon starts up front as he attempts a midseason turnaround with RCR
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NASCAR Starting Lineup for Sunday's Camping World 400 at Chicagoland Speedway

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series jumps back off a road course detour this weekend, moving onto the 1.5-mile oval of Chicagoland Speedway for the running of the 2019 Camping World 400. The 17th event of the MENCS season is also the first for NBC, taking over TV coverage from FOX for the final four months of the year.

 

Toyota/Save Mart 350 (Sonoma) Preview, Fantasy Predictions and Darrell Waltrip Finale

NASCAR on FOX's booth analyst goes Boogity, Boogity, Boogity one final time
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Toyota/Save Mart 350 (Sonoma) Preview, Fantasy Predictions and Darrell Waltrip Finale

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series emerges from a week off to start its summer stretch deep in the heart of wine country. 2.52-mile Sonoma Raceway sits within the beautiful backdrop of Napa Valley in northern California, an hour north of San Francisco. The winding road course offers its fair share of on-track storylines, a rare opportunity to produce an upset winner in a season dominated by a select few.

 

Pocono 400 (Pocono) Preview and Fantasy Predictions

The Tricky Triangle kicks off NASCAR's second half of the regular season
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Pocono 400 (Pocono) Preview and Fantasy Predictions

The second half of NASCAR's regular season kicks off Sunday in the Pocono mountains with one of the most unique tracks on the circuit. Nicknamed the Tricky Triangle, 2.5-mile Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa., has a unique style where all three of its turns have different bankings and lengths. The transitions are so different drivers sometimes feel like it's a mini road course.

 

NASCAR Starting Lineup for Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Charlotte native William Byron is on the pole for NASCAR's longest race
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NASCAR Starting Lineup for Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returns from its all-star break with one of its signature races, the Coca-Cola on Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Memorial Day weekend is auto racing's biggest of the year with the Indianapolis 500, F1's Monaco Grand Prix, and the Coca-Cola 600 all taking place on Sunday. There's even a little bit of crossover between two of the events as former Cup driver and current NBC NASCAR analyst Dale Earnhardt Jr. is scheduled to drive the pace car for the Indianapolis 500.

NASCAR Starting Lineup for Saturday's Digital Ally 400 at Kansas Speedway

Stewart-Haas Racing has a 1-2-3-4 sweep in qualifying to set the stage
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NASCAR Starting Lineup for Saturday's Digital Ally 400 at Kansas Speedway

NASCAR's new handling package for the 2019 season has perhaps its best chance to succeed at Kansas Speedway this weekend. The 11th race on the schedule will coincide with cool, nighttime temperatures that could pair with the 1.5-mile oval's variable banking to produce a competitive race.

 

The sport is certainly hoping for a boost with its 550-horsepower package. Thus far, it's played to mixed reviews on intermediates with the leader still showing a clear advantage in clean air.

 

Gander RV 400 (Dover) Preview and Fantasy Predictions

Can Chevrolet build on their Talladega triumph at the Monster Mile?
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Gander RV 400 (Dover) Preview and Fantasy Predictions

The first nine races of the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season saw Chevrolet get shut out of Victory Lane. And make no mistake: it was the equivalent of a 9-0 shutout in Major League Baseball. Heading into Sunday's Gander RV 400, the Camaros may bring momentum but they're still recovering from getting their butts whipped everywhere outside the giant superspeedways.

 

NASCAR Starting Lineup for Sunday's Gander RV 400 at Dover International Speedway

The Monster Mile is producing monstrous speeds heading into Sunday's NASCAR main event
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NASCAR Starting Lineup for Sunday's Gander RV 400 at Dover International Speedway

It's out with the new, in with the old at Dover International Speedway's Monster Mile this weekend for the 2019 Gander RV 400. The 11th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race of the season features a return to single-car qualifying, an old school method of setting the field that had been used in stock car racing's top series for decades.

 

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