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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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@superchuck500 I watched the roval race at Charlotte yesterday. That was one of the best races I've seen in a long time. I wish they would do more of that.
I'm a little more than halfway through it, I was watching and then had to take my daughter to an event in the afternoon. Tried to watch some more before the Saints game started but that didn't work out.

It's cool for sure. I think it's going to be a fixture on the schedule (and remain in the playoffs) for the foreseeable future. But room on the schedule is so tight. Many around the sport believe that Nascar should shorten the schedule by a good six weeks or more. And the way tracks operate, they make their money on just a few dates during the year and the rest is gravy. When you start pulling a second Cup race from a racetrack, it can be a huge blow.

I'm not sure if any of the other tracks will go to a roval format. Daytona has the capability and is probably the most likely location for it given that the second Daytona race is being moved from its traditional July 4 ("firecracker 400") fixture. If the second Daytona date becomes an afterthought and the CMS roval continues to bring strong ratings, that would be a good possibility.

Beyond that, it's hard to see where there's room. There's strong demand for roval and road course racing, but there's also a big push to add a short track in Nascar's more traditional market . . . with Nashville looking like the most likely contender. I'd say that if I had to bet on it, the most likely "new" race would either be adding Nashville (and pulling a race from Atlanta) or a Daytona roval.
 
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Instead of having an annual thread I’m just gonna keep this one going for 2020.

Busch Clash starts at 3pm EST today. The 500 is next Sunday. New rules package. New Camaro. Jimmie’s last year. Will JGR be dominant again?

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The last 4 posts are why I don't go to the Twitter thread.
 

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