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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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I believe Kyle, it was a mistake. His interview was legit - he’s right about all of it. The 9 is pissed and maybe they’ll take a shot but it’s just a mistake.
 

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I hate Busch. Absolutely loathe him. And his track record vaporizes any benefit of the doubt id extend to most drivers.

where’s Cale Yarborough when you need him?

**** Busch.

M&Ms just got banned in this house.
 
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Chase my guy

I hate Busch. Absolutely loathe him. And his track record vaporizes any benefit of the doubt id extend to most drivers.

where’s Cale Yarborough when you need him?

**** Busch.

M&Ms just got banned in this house.
It was still sheetty. We can’t in the same breath say he’s the most talented guy on the track and then excuse that kind of error at the front. Maybe not intentional but definitely bonehead.
 

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Oh yea, mistake or not, 18 knows the 9 will never cut him any slack the rest of the season and may take their shot whenever available. I think the 9 was going to take a shot for the lead very quick.
 
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I don’t usually root for Chase Briscoe (98) but he had heartbreaking news yesterday - his wife was expecting their first child and he joined the doctor’s checkup by Facetime yesterday and they got the bad news that the baby’s heartbeat was no more. Devastating news but she wanted him to stay and race. A win for them would be really meaningful.
 

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