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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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That wreck was just inexperience. You can’t bump draft on the corner of the bumper. Gibbs innocent victim.
 

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That wreck was just inexperience. You can’t bump draft on the corner of the bumper. Gibbs innocent victim.
Yeah, they're kind of bouncing around on the track there. Pretty tough to stay single file. Feel bad for Gibbs. He was having a nice race.
 
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That’s the most intense car fire I’ve seen in a long time. Wow. That was dangerous.
 

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I’m pretty sure Fox cut away because of concern it might be life threatening.
Yeah, they showed him getting out of the car, onto the stretcher, but once it looked like they were starting to work on him on the stretcher, they cut away.

Watching the replay, he hit the wall really hard, even though it was at an angle. I wonder if he might be injured from the impact as well as the fire or smoke.
 
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Yeah, they showed him getting out of the car, onto the stretcher, but once it looked like they were starting to work on him on the stretcher, they cut away.

Watching the replay, he hit the wall really hard, even though it was at an angle. I wonder if he might be injured from the impact as well as the fire or smoke.

I meant before that - when the car had come to a stop and was burning, before care arrived and before he got out, they cut away to the cars under yellow.
 

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Good aggressive racing, only one real wreck which was shortly before the end. Burton got an assist from the weather. Berry got really unlucky with the tire issue. He was up near the front up to that point.

Sounds like it will be a good race day for the Cup tomorrow. I'm going with Hamlin. He's been near the front the entire season. He just needs to close those races out in the end.

I'd really like to see Wallace have a strong race, but I'm not sure he's as good on the super speedway as he is on the short tracks.

If I were a betting man, my money is on Logano.
 
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I was wondering what happened. Yikes, I hope he'll get through that. I figured the smoke inhalation would be bad.

I thought they wore suits that would prevent burns though?

Neck and face are particularly vulnerable - but it’s just a flame resistant material, nothing is fireproof. Except maybe beskar.
 

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Lol, Wallace went from 40th to 4th in the first 10 laps, I didn't see that coming.
 

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