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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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It would have been nice to have the insight to put a little wager on McDowell. At the sports book I use, he went off at 100-1 which would have turned my usual $10 per driver bet into a cool thousand. Unfortunately, I was not that astute.
Man, that would have been the best $100 anyone ever spent, lol. But yeah, not many people would have had him winning Daytona after never having won a Cup race in well over 300 attempts.
 
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I always thought players had at least a High School education and 2 years of college.
You'd be surprised. Kamara ain't no dummy. He just likes tweeting in slang. I have to scratch my head on occasion, but most times I get what he's saying. Doesn't bother me a bit.
 
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You'd be surprised. Kamara ain't no dummy. He just likes tweeting in slang. I have to scratch my head on occasion, but most times I get what he's saying. Doesn't bother me a bit.
Yeah I think he's quite intelligent. Sean has talked about it on multiple occasions, as have coaches from UT. I know he has business ventures in apparel and I guess he has a juice bar chain now too.
 

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Yeah I think he's quite intelligent. Sean has talked about it on multiple occasions, as have coaches from UT. I know he has business ventures in apparel and I guess he has a juice bar chain now too.
For sure. It's actually pretty cool to see Nascar really embrace the changing demographics of their fans. I mean, they already had millions of fans and were in a good place with plenty of money rolling in. They didn't sit on their hands and I really like a lot of what they've done of the last couple of years. That apparently was part of the reason Kamara became a fan.
 
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For sure. It's actually pretty cool to see Nascar really embrace the changing demographics of their fans. I mean, they already had millions of fans and were in a good place with plenty of money rolling in. They didn't sit on their hands and I really like a lot of what they've done of the last couple of years. That apparently was part of the reason Kamara became a fan.
Brian France was just such a dark cloud over the sport, getting him out and having Jim France take over has been tremendous. I don't think Brian France could have led Nascar through 2020.
 

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Brian France was just such a dark cloud over the sport, getting him out and having Jim France take over has been tremendous. I don't think Brian France could have led Nascar through 2020.
Yeah, I wasn't aware of that. I'll have to read up on what happened to prompt the changes.
 
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But while the Brian France / Jim France thing is interesting, if you want to know about Nascar's front office the most influential person is still Mike Helton. Jeff Gluck recently wrote a piece about him in The Athletic that's outstanding.



 

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