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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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The finish at Kentucky was awesome. Watch the GWC



That’s what is all about right there
 
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Great race today even though I usually don't like the road course races. Chase was the obvious best car but that last restart was great racing between Chase and Truex. I also liked how Bubba Wallace stood up to Kyle Bush.
 
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Great race today even though I usually don't like the road course races. Chase was the obvious best car but that last restart was great racing between Chase and Truex. I also liked how Bubba Wallace stood up to Kyle Bush.
Especially given that one driver led such a high percentage of the race, it was still pretty awesome. Chase was outstanding.

August used to be a pretty ho-hum month in Nascar. The playoffs have changed that for sure
 

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Great race today even though I usually don't like the road course races. Chase was the obvious best car but that last restart was great racing between Chase and Truex. I also liked how Bubba Wallace stood up to Kyle Bush.
Kyle Busch came out smelling like a rose, after those two entanglements.

I’m going to Darlington for the Southern 500.

I picked out the shirt I’m gonna wear.

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I want to go to Darlington one year. Where's a good place to stay around there?
 
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This is forking crazy. You can see them getting away from the wreckage. Terrifying

 
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Just pulled the old race scanner and headsets out of a bin in the basement to head to Darlington. Gotta get her some new batteries and key in the current frequencies.

Cost about $90 in 1997, added a couple of aviation style headsets a couple years later, maybe $50 per. I think this will be my 13th race with the scanner (16 total) - pretty good investment.
 

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The crowd looked amazing, saw some pics from under the grandstands while it was raining. Looked uncomfortable. Glad they got the race in.
 

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Matt DiBenedetto going to Wood Bros 21 next year. Paul Menard retiring. Being a Wood Bros fan I'm happy to hear this news. Paul M. brought sponsorship but just never was competitive.
 
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Matt DiBenedetto going to Wood Bros 21 next year. Paul Menard retiring. Being a Wood Bros fan I'm happy to hear this news. Paul M. brought sponsorship but just never was competitive.
Yeah that's pretty awesome - Matt D will show what that car is made of. I'm really happy for Matt that he got a good ride, it's basically a lateral move from a Toyota satellite team to a Ford satellite team . . . or even better given that WBR is basically a Penske subsidiary.

Blaney won in that car just two years ago.
 

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