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By David Morgan, NASCAR Editor In his 29 previous starts at Martinsville, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. had come so close, so many times on capturing that elusive grandfather clock trophy. But in the 2014 Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500, the stars aligned for NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver, as he finally scored a win on the half-mile bullring that is Martinsville Speedway. Starting 23rd, Earnhardt first made his way to the lead on lap 192 for a 13 lap stint before being overtaken Matt Kenseth for one lap and then returned toRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer ISM Raceway isn’t just Alex Bowman’s home track, but the site where his racing career positively changed after capturing his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series pole at Phoenix in November 2016. Bowman returned to the site of his career-defining weekend on Friday and looks to improve from his career-best sixth-place finish in Sunday’s TicketGuardian 500. In his last Cup trip to the “Valley of the Sun,” Bowman was a substitute driver for Dale Earnhardt, Jr., who sat out the final 18 races of theRead More
By David Morgan, NASCAR Editor New name, still the same old Phoenix. For now. After the kickoff to the West Coast swing last weekend in Las Vegas culminated in a second straight domination by Kevin Harvick, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Phoenix this weekend to take on the TicketGuardian 500 at ISM Raceway. Phoenix has resided on the Cup Series schedule since 1988, but the track looks completely different than it did 30 years ago, having undergone a reconfiguration back in 2011. The reconfiguration added progressive bankingRead More
By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer As NASCAR sees another changing of the guard, Jamie McMurray has become one of the elder statesmen of the series. McMurray, who enters the 2018 season at 41-years-old, is now one of the oldest drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, but he has no plans on slowing down anytime soon. McMurray burst onto the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series scene in 2002 when he snatched a victory at Charlotte Motor Speedway while filling-in for Sterling Marlin. Since then, he has competed full-time forRead More
By David Morgan, NASCAR Editor Now that the 2017 NASCAR season is complete and the year is drawing to a close, we’ll take this opportunity to take a look back at the year that was. Up on the docket today, we finish off the 10 most memorable moments of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. Jimmie Johnson Ties Cale Yarbrough Despite his late season struggles, Jimmie Johnson was on fire in the first half of the year, capturing three wins early on. His third win of the year cameRead More
By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Writer  With his future unknown, Matt Kenseth was able to go out on a high note. Kenseth, who is without a ride for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, earned a top-10 finish in the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Kenseth’s No. 20 DeWalt Hurricane Relief Toyota Camry (fashioned to look like his rookie car), quietly ran inside the top-10 throughout the night. He shared his final career race with his friend and competitor, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. who announced his retirement earlier thisRead More
By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Writer It was 25 years ago when NASCAR saw a changing of the guard, and today will be no different. ‘The King,’ Richard Petty ran his final race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the Hooters 500, and a young Jeff Gordon made his debut. After an epic battle for the Championship, Bill Elliott won the race and Alan Kulwicki became one of the last owner-drivers to win the then-Winston Cup Series Championship. This is something that I am calling “The ’92 Effect.” Like the 1992 season,Read More
By Michael Guzman Homestead, FL — Denny Hamlin nabbed the pole for Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, topping fellow Toyota driver Martin Truex Jr. after time expired in Friday night’s final session. Truex Jr. topped all four drivers competing for a title and will start Sunday’s race from the second position. Kyle Busch qualified third and has been chasing Truex Jr. Friday for bragging rights as the class of the field thus far. Brad Keselowski narrowly made it to the final round of knockout qualifying, but posted theRead More
By David Morgan, NASCAR Editor It all comes down to this. After 35 race weekends, the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season comes down to one final race to determine the champion. Four drivers head into Homestead-Miami Speedway and the Ford Ecoboost 400 with an equal shot at the championship, while the other 36 drivers in the field are simply looking for a win to cap off the season. Since its reconfiguration in 2003, Homestead has provided some great racing on its progressive banking on one of the trueRead More
By David Morgan, NASCAR Editor Each week, NASCAR Editor David Morgan will break down who’s hot and who’s not after the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race weekend. Today, we break down the Can-Am 500 at Phoenix Raceway WINNERS Matt Kenseth – The old man has still got it. In what may have been his final race at Phoenix, Kenseth took it to the youngsters, showing them he has still got plenty in the tank when it comes to driving a race car. After announcing last week that he wouldn’tRead More