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MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES: BLUEGREEN VACATIONS 500 (312 laps, 312 miles (500 kilometers) around a 1-mile tri-oval), ISM Raceway; Avondale, Arizona. TV: Sunday, 2:30 p.m. ET (Green flag approx. 2:45 p.m. ET) — NBC (Radio: Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90). THIS WEEK: Kevin Harvick won the race at Texas and the…MORE

Championship 4 to be decided this week in Phoenix

Kevin Harvick’s victory Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway not only earned him a guaranteed position among the Championship 4 drivers to challenge for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title, but also it upped the intrigue level for Sunday’s already crucial Bluegreen Vacations 500 (2:30 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at…MORE

NASCAR notebook: Several playoff hopes take huge hits

FORT WORTH, Texas — After another disaster on the race track, Chase Elliott has a crystal clear vision of his only path to a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship. On Lap 9 of Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, Elliott’s No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet broke loose as he was running a…MORE

Harvick clinches Miami berth with win at Texas

Kevin Harvick arrived at Texas Motor Speedway for Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race in a bit of trouble as he was 14 points below the cutline in the Series’ Playoffs Round of 8. He left TMS trouble-free as he locked down a spot in the Championship 4 round of the Playoffs by winning the…MORE

Harvick wins pole for Texas Playoff race

FORT WORTH, Tex. — Kevin Harvick took the first step toward getting back on the right side of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff cut line, winning the pole for Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Harvick, who trails fourth-place Joey Logano by 14 points entering the second race of the Round…MORE

Hamlin (shoulder) is used to driving hurt

FORT WORTH, Texas — Denny Hamlin knows all about playing through pain. In March 2010, Hamlin underwent knee surgery to repair a torn ACL the day after winning at Martinsville. Three weeks later, he was back in Victory Lane at Texas Motor Speedway. Hamlin went on to win eight races that season. In a 2013…MORE

Blaney readies for a Playoff win at Texas

Just this week, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Ryan Blaney, 25, took to social media to acknowledge and chide some media prognosticators, who may not have penciled him to still be Playoff-eligible and a win away from his Championship 4 debut. But he is. And more than, that Blaney is liking the good vibes…MORE

Weekend Preview: Contenders aim for coveted Championship 4 spot

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff races at Texas Motor Speedway have unfailingly impacted the postseason outlook for drivers, as race-winning title contenders have secured their position in the coveted Championship 4 for the last four years straight. Martin Truex Jr.’s win at Martinsville Speedway last week was his ticket into the Championship 4…MORE

Season over for Tifft after suffering seizure

NASCAR rookie driver Matt Tifft will miss the final three races of the season after suffering a seizure last weekend at Martinsville Speedway. Tifft, 23, shared a video update of his condition Tuesday on Twitter. “I felt my tongue cramp up. Next thing I knew I blacked out and my crew members helped me down,”…MORE

High emotion permeates the 2019 NASCAR Playoffs

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — That Martin Truex Jr. led a race-best – and career-high – 464 of 500 laps last Sunday en route to his series-leading seventh Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory of the season cannot be lost in the post-race shoving fracas that took place between his fellow Playoff contenders Denny Hamlin and…MORE

Truex wins at Martinsville, clinches Championship 4 spot

After being crashed out of the lead by Joey Logano and robbed of a potential victory on the final turn of last year’s October race at Martinsville Speedway, Martin Truex Jr. got out of his car spitting fire and issuing threats. After dominating the field and getting the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory on…MORE

Hamlin stays hot with fourth pole at Martinsville qualifying

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Fresh from his victory Sept. 20 at Kansas, Denny Hamlin reasserted his mastery of Martinsville Speedway on Saturday afternoon, edging Chase Elliott for the pole position for Sunday’s First Data 500 (3 p.m. ET on NBCSN, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Covering the .526-mile distance in 19.354 seconds (97.840 mph), Hamlin beat…MORE

NASCAR notebook: Elliott must overcome blown engine — again

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — For a driver below the cut line at the start of the Round of 8 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs, taking the green flag at the back of the field doesn’t portend well for the prospects of advancing to the Championship 4. That’s the problem Chase Elliott will have…MORE

Weekend preview: Tight playoff field heads to Martinsville

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Certainly this is one of the most interesting and diverse Round of 8 driver lineups in recent Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series history with four former series champions, a championship runner-up and three of the hottest young talents in the sport still contending for the 2019 trophy. Regular season champion Kyle…MORE

NASCAR notebook: Keselowski suffers crushing elimination at Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Brad Keselowski thought his playoff run would continue when he came to pit road for fresh tires before the first of two overtimes in Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. Keselowski would have been fine, but he had a wreck out of Turn 4 in the first overtime and caused…MORE

Hollywood Casino 400 results

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race — 19th Annual Hollywood Casino 400 Kansas Speedway Kansas City, Kansas Sunday, October 20, 2019 1. (23) Denny Hamlin (P), Toyota, 277. 2. (14) Chase Elliott (P), Chevrolet, 277. 3. (18) Kyle Busch (P), Toyota, 277. 4. (15) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 277. 5. (25) William Byron (P), Chevrolet, 277.…MORE

Hamlin wins in Kansas; Elliott earns spot in Round of 8

Denny Hamlin has been driving full time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series since 2006. He has finished third in the season standings twice and as runner-up on one occasion. He had won 35 races in 501 starts, but the series’ biggest trophy has remained beyond his grasp. On Sunday at Kansas Speedway, the…MORE

NASCAR notebook: Elliott puts Talladega behind him

Talladega wasn’t good to Chase Elliott. As a matter of fact, it was so unkind that it left the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ reigning most popular driver in a probable must-win situation in Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway (2:30 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Last Saturday, Elliott won…MORE

Hemric earns first career NASCAR Cup pole at Kansas

Daniel Hemric may be out of the playoffs and out of his ride at Richard Childress racing next year, but that didn’t stop the driver of the No. 8 RCR Chevrolet from winning the pole position for Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway (2:30 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). In…MORE

Sunday could be defending champ Logano’s moment of truth

In any Playoffs, says defending Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Joey Logano, every driver will face a moment of truth. Logano’s may have come on Monday at Talladega Superspeedway, where he recovered from early damage to finish 11th in a race that had devastating consequences for a handful of other title contenders. Then again,…MORE

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