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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


Schedule:

 
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EDIT!!! This is from yesterday!! My bad

Race moved back tomorrow for weather, with channel change.

 
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So...what are we watching for in this race? And with some of the drivers switching teams, does that affect how they'll drive in today's race? Thoughts?
 
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I expect those below the cut line to be very impatient. KB18 comes to mind.
Yep it’s all about the cut line. Stage points are potentially very important - and on road courses, lots of cars tend to stay on the lead lap. That means a spin or penalty can put a driver at the back and lose a lot of points in an instant. But also they can get them back quickly too by passing those cars in the back. So timing will be everything.

Definitely keep an eye on the 18, 22, and 88.
 

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I'm really not enjoying this race. Nor yesterday's. I know I'm in the minority, but I am just not feeling it. I'm anxious watching it
 

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Chase has this road course thing nailed pretty good, as the in-car cam makes it look like he is driving a living room video game. 18 gave it a good shot but just wore that car out.
 
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Chase is the man. With new road courses on the schedule next year, you have to look at the 9 as the favorite to win the championship.

These next three races (Kansas, Texas, Martinsville) are going to be intense, there's no room for error. On points, I think that Harvick and Hamlin have the advantage and should advance barring some kind of mechanical DNF or bad luck wreck. BUT any of these guys in the 8 could win one of these races and punch their ticket . . . and wins will be what sets the table for the last cutoff race at Martinsville.

I think Brad, sitting third, is really, really good at Martinsville - he could go into that race and be favored to win it even if he was sitting below the cut line. But any win by someone outside of the top 4 now will just enhance the pressure on those guys at the top. Truex, Kurt, and Chase all run really well at Kansas.

My picks:
Kansas - Chase
Texas - Harvick
Martinsville - Brad

Final 4: Harvick, Brad, Chase, Denny (on points)
 
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Martinsville, you can not rule out the 48 for the win.
Perhaps but that wouldn’t be relevant to the playoffs (except that it would mean that no playoff driver gets an automatic finals berth from that race and points will determine)

It just seems that when we get to this point, the winners are almost always playoff drivers.
 

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Big wreck on restart with 28 to go. 21 car slid a long way on it's side then roof. Once they got it upright the driver climb out and gave 2 thumbs up to signal he was O.K.
 

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Big wreck on restart with 28 to go. 21 car slid a long way on it's side then roof. Once they got it upright the driver climb out and gave 2 thumbs up to signal he was O.K.
Yeah, haven't seen too many cars flip over this season. Chase is just killing it this season. It's like there's the 98 car and then there's everyone else.
 
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Yeah, haven't seen too many cars flip over this season. Chase is just killing it this season. It's like there's the 98 car and then there's everyone else.
It certainly helped when his top two challengers wrecked each other before the damn competition caution.
 

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