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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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Well, I think Chase should have conceded once Truex committed to the entry. He was getting passed regardless. There were enough laps left to try and pass him back up.
I disagree and so did Truex shortly after it happened. They reported that he called in stating that he though he was clear.
 
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Well, I think Chase should have conceded once Truex committed to the entry. He was getting passed regardless. There were enough laps left to try and pass him back up.
It's one of those things - do you want to be right or do you want be real?

Truex dive bombed him and he wasn't even close to clear, it was reckless. Chase had that ground and had a right to keep it, but Martin more than forced the issue and Chase waited too late to lift.

Chase wasn't wrong, but he's wrecked. Martin was too aggressive and shouldn't have forced Chase to give ground. Maybe he was quicker but you still have to pass a guy without putting you both in the wall.

I'm like 70/30 on that one - Martin was ridiculous. But Chase could have saved his race, who knows, Martin might have gotten into the wall on his own, like Denny did on Saturday.
 

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It's one of those things - do you want to be right or do you want be real?

Truex dive bombed him and he wasn't even close to clear, it was reckless. Chase had that ground and had a right to keep it, but Martin more than forced the issue and Chase waited too late to lift.

Chase wasn't wrong, but he's wrecked. Martin was too aggressive and shouldn't have forced Chase to give ground. Maybe he was quicker but you still have to pass a guy without putting you both in the wall.

I'm like 70/30 on that one - Martin was ridiculous. But Chase could have saved his race, who knows, Martin might have gotten into the wall on his own, like Denny did on Saturday.
Well, I tend to think the way Truex was driving, Chase should have figured giving up a spot with more than 10 laps left isn't the end of the world. Even if Truex was too aggressive, Chase can keep himself in a position where he can catch Truex without wrecking. I realize he wasn't clear completely, but I think when he started the pass, he thought he could get there. Before the turn. I don't know though. Maybe there was more to it in the driver's seat.
 
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Do I understand this right? He's calling it quits? I didn't see that coming.
Noooo. That means he's a free agent. He will be signing with somebody (probably announced soon) and likely a team with better equipment. Speculation is the 42 but nobody knows at this point.
 

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Noooo. That means he's a free agent. He will be signing with somebody (probably announced soon) and likely a team with better equipment. Speculation is the 42 but nobody knows at this point.
Yeah, i thought he was changing teams. But, I thought he had already come to an agreement with Petty Racing. Didn't realize that wasn't a done deal yet.
 

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