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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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Wife and I went to Talladega races last weekend, had a blast. Happy to see Chase win, after about the 3rd lap they were flyin! It was crazy fun.
 

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Yeah when I first saw it I thought it was a joke, pretty funny. I always thought I was hip to current trends, but I was honestly trying to decipher alot of whats on that car. My daughter would be like #OMG, #YASOOT (You Are So Out Of Touch!) Made that up my self! 🤷‍♂️
 
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Congrats to Larson. He had to come through that mess in the Open and managed to keep his car together enough to outrun the 4 and 18. That’s a hell of a night.
 

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Really thought Brad K had a chance to win that race at Charlotte. I thought it was a bad strategy to take tires when they did. I believe they had a used set of stickers at the end and it threw him up into the wall.

I didn’t mind much that Truex won since he and Brad are friends. Anyone except Kryle Busch.
 
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Truex isn’t the same fan favorite he used to be. He’s kind of been a whiney birch now for a good year or so - even when he wins.
 
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Today’s rainout at MIS brings a Monday race but it will be at 5pm EDT on FS1. Late start due to tomorrow’s forecast.
 
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FYI - Cup race under rain delay but expected to go green pretty soon. In case you’re looking for something to watch tonight.
 

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