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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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Bristol night race and playoff elimination race! Should be dramatic. There was quite a bit of contact at the front last night.

Get your popcorn.
 

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Harvick was driving the heck out of the 4 and he knew Kyle would move him for a win. Surprised there was not more aggression causing wrecks further back in the field.
 
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Harvick was driving the heck out of the 4 and he knew Kyle would move him for a win. Surprised there was not more aggression causing wrecks further back in the field.
Agree.

I think the theory is that a combination of the PJ1 and the late season date made for a track with pretty good grip and drivers not willing to be as aggressive. The drivers locked into the playoffs didn't need to push it. By the last 100 laps, only two bubble drivers were left and they weren't racing. The mid-level guys are trying to keep their jobs and their equipment clean, and the lappers were able to stay out of the way for the most part.

It was a weird Bristol race for sure. Maybe having it a few weeks before the playoffs in the traditional August slot is better overall?
 
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Ross to the 42. (Which means that Bubba is going elsewhere and Larson isn't coming back to CGR next year).

 
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Tbh, Bubba needs to get on a team sooner than later, otherwise he could end up without a team. At least it seems that way to me.
True, but there's this whole Denny Hamlin Toyota thing that could potentially be really good equipment.
 

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Tbh, Bubba needs to get on a team sooner than later, otherwise he could end up without a team. At least it seems that way to me.
I gotta think he has a deal in place, but it can't be announced for whatever reason. Just my opinion.
Edit- The one that makes the most sense, now that the 42 is taken, is the 48.
 

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