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Speedweeks kicks off today in advance of next Sunday's Daytona 500 (2/17, 2:30PM EST FOX). The Clash is this Sunday, 3pm, and the duels are 7pm next Thursday, 2/14. Note also the Arca race will run this Saturday at 4pm on FS1.

What else for 2019:
- New rules package: Note that the Daytona 500 will run under the old package, but after that we will go to tapered spacers (including at Daytona and Talladega where they won't run plates anymore), bigger spoiler, bigger splitter, wider radiator pan, and "aero/brake ducts". It's all similar to the 2018 All-Star package and designed to reduce horsepower but improve stability and throttle response . . . with the hope of reducing the aero advantage that the leader has had at the intermediate and speedway tracks under the old package. https://m.nascar.com/news-media/2018/10/02/2019-rules-packages-announced-monster-energy-series/


- New post-race inspection procedure: Post-race inspection will happen immediately following the race and will include first and second place, and other randomly selected cars. If you fail post-race you are disqualified and scored as last in the race and stages. So if the winner fails, the second place is declared the winner for all intents and purposes . . . any stage points for DQ'd cars will go to the next car on the pylon. This will mean that the race winner will be confirmed by weekend's end, rather than having to wait on inspection and penalty procedures under the old rules (often not announced until Tuesday or Wednesday).

- Notable team/driver changes:
Martin Truex and Cole Pearn move over to JGR proper at the 19
Kurt Busch to the 1 at CGR; Jamie Mac running the Daytona 500 (in the 40) and then retiring to the Fox broadcast roster
Daniel Suarez moves over to the 41 at SHR
Ryan Newman runs the 6 full-time at Rousch
Daniel Hemric (rookie) will be in the 8 at Childress
Matt DiBenedetto will be in the 95
Kasey Kahne and AJ Allmendinger are not racing
Chad Knaus and Jimmie aren't together, Chad to the 24 (Byron) and Kevin Meendering comes over from the Xfinity 1 car (E. Sadler) to lead the 48 crew


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Yeah, I've missed the races last 2 weeks. I'd like to watch, but with so much other stuff going on at home, it hasn't been happening.

Which is weird, I find myself with less free time than I did before now that I'm cooking and hanging out with my family a lot more than when the kids were in school.
 

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Yeah, I've missed the races last 2 weeks. I'd like to watch, but with so much other stuff going on at home, it hasn't been happening.

Which is weird, I find myself with less free time than I did before now that I'm cooking and hanging out with my family a lot more than when the kids were in school.
I did not really enjoy last week’s, fwiw. I don’t think you missed much. A lot of cautions. Even by bristols standards.
 
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Bob and I were PMing about this last night but it was obvious that the sponsors were gonna bail, not only would they bail anyway but in this economy they’d take any out they can get . . . and Larson gave them one. He’s not gonna have a ride for a while, the economics won’t allow it.

It’s such a damn shame. Why is a mixed-race kid from Sacramento saying that? It’s just so disappointing that this is happening in 2020. There are African American race fans. I see them at the races. I see them wearing Nascar gear out and about. They’re willing to get past certain stigmas about it because they think racing is cool. This bullshirt just sets it all back.


 

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Bob and I were PMing about this last night but it was obvious that the sponsors were gonna bail, not only would they bail anyway but in this economy they’d take any out they can get . . . and Larson gave them one. He’s not gonna have a ride for a while, the economics won’t allow it.

It’s such a damn shame. Why is a mixed-race kid from Sacramento saying that? It’s just so disappointing that this is happening in 2020. There are African American race fans. I see them at the races. I see them wearing Nascar gear out and about. They’re willing to get past certain stigmas about it because they think racing is cool. This bullshirt just sets it all back.


Yeah, it's a damn shame that had to happen. And this just magnifies the financial impact because all that's going on right now.

That said, I can't say I'm surprised. I've taught my kids never to use that word and I've never once uttered it since, yeah...I was a kid. And that was poking fun with a friend. 3 of my kids i know don't use it, but one of my daughters uses it frequently, or actually used to. She's since stopped, but her friend always calls her "my n..." and it just makes me cringe.
 
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Nice, it's something to watch. No fans is gonna be weird tho.
Yeah but less so for racing I think. It’s not like soccer or basketball where the fan presence is a big part of the feel of the game.
 

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