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Ford EcoBoost 400 (Homestead-Miami) NASCAR Preview and Fantasy Predictions

Four drivers battle in a winner-take-all championship finale
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Ford EcoBoost 400 (Homestead-Miami) NASCAR Preview and Fantasy Predictions

After nine months and 35 races, it all comes down to one weekend to decide the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title. Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch, an Kevin Harvick will duke it out over 267 laps at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday, Nov. 17 in the Ford EcoBoost 400.

 

NASCAR Starting Lineup for Sunday's First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway

Virginia native Denny Hamlin wins the pole. Can he win a spot in the Championship 4?
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NASCAR Starting Lineup for Sunday's First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series begins its Round of 8 with the last short track of the 10-race playoff. Martinsville Speedway's half-mile paperclip is the place where the unexpected can and often does happen.

 

Last season, Joey Logano used a bump-and-run on the final lap to blow by Martin Truex Jr. and earn himself a spot in the Championship 4. Without the victory, Logano would never have qualified for the final round and earned himself the 2018 Cup title.

 

NASCAR Starting Lineup for Saturday's Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway

Brad Keselowski leads another Ford sweep of the front row
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Starting Lineup for Saturday's Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads back east to Virginia this weekend with its postseason chase for the championship at full speed. The Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway is the second of three races before the playoff field gets cut from 16 to 12 eligible drivers.

 

NASCAR Starting Lineup for Sunday's South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Clint Bowyer heads up a 1-2-3-4 sweep for Stewart-Haas Racing
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NASCAR Starting Lineup for Sunday's South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

The 2019 postseason for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series kicks off Sunday, Sept. 15 with the South Point 400 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The playoff opener is at the 1.5-mile oval a second straight year as 16 drivers begin their multi-round quest for championship hardware. Three rounds and nine races stand in their way as they jostle for a spot in the Championship 4 finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November.

 

NASCAR Starting Lineup for Sunday's Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway

William Byron starts on the pole for the 70th annual event
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NASCAR Starting Lineup for Sunday's Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway

The Track Too Tough To Tame hosts its 70th annual 500-mile race for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series on Sunday, Sept. 1. The Southern 500 is one of the sport's crown jewel events, a throwback weekend at Darlington Raceway filled with classic paint schemes and nostalgia. The sport's oldest asphalt track over one mile in length (1.366 miles, in fact) plays host to a grueling test under the heat of Labor Day Weekend.

 

NASCAR Starting Lineup for Saturday's Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway

Denny Hamlin earns his first pole of 2019
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NASCAR Starting Lineup for Saturday's Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series tackles Thunder Valley in Tennessee this weekend with the annual August night race at Bristol Motor Speedway. The half-mile oval boasts the quickest lap times on the circuit, drivers making a lap in under 15 seconds with average speeds approaching 130 miles an hour. It leaves you little margin for error as a simple short track bump could wipe out half-a-dozen cars or more in a matter of seconds.

 

Consumers Energy 400 (Michigan) Preview and Fantasy Predictions

Can Team Penske resume their winning ways?
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Consumers Energy 400 (Michigan) Preview and Fantasy Predictions

The last time the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series was out in Michigan International Speedway, Team Penske dominated the proceedings. Joey Logano led 163 laps from the pole in a dominating performance as Ford's top team was simply on top of their game.

 

NASCAR Starting Lineup for Saturday's Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway

Joey Logano starts up front after rain washes out Daytona qualifying
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NASCAR Starting Lineup for Saturday's Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway

An Independence Day weekend tradition comes to a close this weekend for NASCAR's 2019 Coke Zero Sugar 400 just as a new one begins. The racing at Daytona International Speedway should be markedly different as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is running without restrictor plates here for the first time since 1987. Their new superspeedway package has led to an uptick in speed; Martin Truex Jr. reached a one-lap average of nearly 206 mph during practice.

NASCAR Starting Lineup for Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway

Kyle Larson earns third straight Sonoma pole
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NASCAR Starting Lineup for Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway

For once, NASCAR drivers are going to need to turn left and right this weekend. The winding 2.52-mile road course of Sonoma Raceway is the first of three such tracks on the schedule for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. It's also the first time we've seen the larger course out on display in wine country since way back in 1997; this 11-turn version features the famous Carousel, a tweak which should produce more side-by-side action and passing opportunities.

 

NASCAR Starting Lineup for Sunday's FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway

Defending Monster Energy Cup Series champion Joey Logano is on the pole
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NASCAR Starting Lineup for Sunday's FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway

Michigan is U.S. home base for some of the top auto manufacturers in the country. It's a place where Ford is looking to cash in on some more bragging rights than usual: a third straight victory at the NASCAR oval right in their own backyard. Michigan International Speedway's two-mile oval in Brooklyn, a little over an hour west of Detroit, serves as the backdrop for the biggest manufacturer battle of the season.

 

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