Ryan Blaney Wins GEICO 500 at the Line

Ryan Blaney wins the GEICO 500 at the line, in a heated battle with Ricky Stenhouse Jr to the checkered flag in the NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway.
TALLADEGA, ALABAMA – JUNE 22: Ryan Blaney, driver of the No. 12 Menards/Sylvania Ford, races Ricky Stenhouse Jr., driver of the #47 NOS Energy Drink Chevrolet, to the Checkered Flag in the NASCAR Cup Series GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on June 22, 2020, in Talladega, Alabama. Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Ryan Blaney wins the GEICO 500 at the line, in a heated battle with Ricky Stenhouse Jr to the checkered flag in the NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway.

Talladega Superspeedway is home to fast speed, tight packs, and big wrecks. The NASCAR Cup Series brings forty drivers in two lines roaring through two straightaways and high banked corners. It’s a track that gives fans the chance to witness some of the best racing seen. Drivers will weave in and out of lines to draft their way up to the front. The races at Talladega Superspeedway are two of the most anticipated races of the year.

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Winners and Losers from Las Vegas

Race number two for the NASCAR Cup Series is in the books, and winner number two of the season has been crowned, with Joey Logano emerging victorious over Matt DiBenedetto, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and Austin Dillon at Las Vegas. The 1.5-mile track provided many moments of exciting racing, interesting race strategies (that eventually paid off), and some four, five, even six-wide racing. There were some clear winners and losers from this weekend’s race, and here are some of those headliners.

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Crew Chief Brian Pattie Parlay Strategic Call into Third-Place

Ricky Stenhouse Jr, led by crew chief Brian Pattie finishes third at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 21: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., driver of the #47 Kroger Chevrolet, drives during practice for the NASCAR Cup Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on February 21, 2020, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

LAS VEGAS – Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has a lucky charm. His name is Brian Pattie.

In his capacity as crew chief on Stenhouse’s No. 47 JTG Daugherty Chevrolet, Pattie often opts for contrarian strategy. That certainly was the case in Sunday’s Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, as Stenhouse built on a strong Daytona Speedweeks with a strategic third-place finish in the second NASCAR Cup Series race of the season.

Brian Pattie repeatedly kept Stenhouse on the track during green-flag pit stop cycles, hoping for a timely caution. The gamble finally paid off when Chase Elliott hit the turn one wall on lap 220 because of a flat left rear tire.

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Denny Hamlin Wins Second Straight Daytona 500

Denny Hamlin and his No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Team celebrate his second Daytona 500 win in victory lane at Daytona International Speedway.
DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 17: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series 62nd Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 17, 2020, in Daytona Beach, Florida. Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

Denny Hamlin Makes a Late Run to Victory

A victory for Denny Hamlin is a sure indication that the NASCAR Cup Series season has officially returned with the 62nd running of the Daytona 500. It was an incredible prerace show that included President Donald Trump being the Grand Marshall and WWE Superstar Seamus being the honorary pace car drivers. Dale Earnhardt Jr. also waved the green flag to kick off the race. The race track was buzzing with excitement with these important figures making an appearance.

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Joey Logano and William Byron Win Duels for Daytona 500

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Daytona International Speedway annually holds the two duel races to set the lineup for the Daytona 500 on Sunday. The first duel sets the inside line, and the second duel sets the outside line. These two races give the drivers the best opportunity to see how their cars will handle in the draft, and while making dicey moves to work their way to the front of the field.

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Buescher to Roush Fenway’s No. 17 in 2020; Team is Parting Ways with Stenhouse Jr.

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA – SEPTEMBER 20: Chris Buescher, driver of the #37 Fast Lane to Flavor Chevrolet, sits in his car during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway on September 20, 2019, in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

Yesterday, Roush Fenway Racing told the racing world that Chris Buescher is returning to the organization to take the wheel of the No. 17 NASCAR Cup Series Ford in the 2020 season. Along with this revelation is the news that RFR is parting ways with Ricky Stenhouse JR at the end of the 2019 season.

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Stenhouse Jr and Roush-Fenway Racing Putting Focus on the Bigger Picture

Ricky Stenhouse Jr speaks with the media at Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday, June 29, 2019, prior to the Camping World 400 practice session. Photo – Jay Husmann for Fan4Racing Blog and Radio

Roush Fenway Racing driver, Ricky Stenhouse Jr picked up his first NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series win at Talladega in the spring of 2017 and followed it up with another victory at Daytona in July that same year.  Since then, the No. 17 Fastenal Ford has been considered a favorite on the superspeedways but the Roush Fenway team is looking to elevate their entire program back to their championship contending form.  It just takes steps and time.

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Auto Club 400 Victory Gives Kyle Busch 200 Wins Across NASCAR Top-Three Series

FONTANA, CA – MARCH 17: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota, crosses the finish line to take the checkered flag and win the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 17, 2019, in Fontana, California. Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images

NASCAR’s West Coast Swing wrapped up Sunday in California for the Auto Club 400. The 200-lap race is difficult on the cars and drivers as the weathered, bumpy track eats up tires and gives drivers a rough ride on race day. Coming off his win at ISM Raceway, Kyle Busch was still hot on Sunday afternoon under sunny skies at Auto Club Speedway.

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Aric Almirola Wins Atlanta Pole with New Mustang, New Rules Package

HAMPTON, GA – FEBRUARY 22: Aric Almirola, driver of the #10 Smithfield Ford, poses for a photo after winning the pole award during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on February 22, 2019 in Hampton, Georgia. Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Clint Bowyer was on the doorstep of securing his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series pole position since 2007, but teammate Aric Almirola and fellow Ford driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. had the last say.

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Stenhouse Shrugs Off Criticism—with Other Drivers’ Support

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HAMPTON, Ga. – In a Daytona 500 that racked up late-race cautions—Ricky Stenhouse Jr. took a lambasting on social media for his part in a lap 195 multicar wreck that collected Kevin Harvick’s Ford and a half-dozen other cars.

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