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‘Amazing’ pit call helps Suarez move into playoff contention

Some smart stage racing strategy and a gritty eighth-place finish in Saturday night’s Bass Pro Shops Night Race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway has put Suarez into position to claim one of the 16 berths in the Cup Series playoffs. With two races remaining before the 16-driver field is set, Suarez now owns the last spot, holding a two-point advantage over Clint Bowyer.  Races at Darlington, S.C., and Indianapolis Motor
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Emotional DiBenedetto “wanted to win so bad” at Bristol

The Leavine Family Racing driver found out earlier this week that he will be out of a ride at season's end.  After leading final practice and qualifying seventh on the grid, DiBenedetto appeared motivated entering the Bristol Night race. Well he showed just how driven he was during Saturday night's 500-lapper.  He was able to snatch the lead away from Erik Jones on Lap 396 and began to build up
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Denny Hamlin runs down Matt DiBenedetto for Bristol win

Hamlin, who started on the pole, got into second with 45 of 500 laps remaining then patiently ran down DiBenedetto, finally passing him with 11 laps to go. DiBenedetto remained close but could not get another chance to pass Hamlin back before the finish. The win is Hamlin’s fourth of the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series season and second in the last four races. It’s also the 35th victory of his
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Pit strategy gives Kurt Busch Stage 2 win over Suarez

A late caution in the 125-lap stage, brought several lead-lap cars down pit road but Kurt Busch remained on the track and held off a fast-approaching Suarez to the claim the stage win. Ryan Newman finished third, Kyle Busch was fourth and William Byron completed the top-five. Following the break between Stages 1 and 2, all of the lead-lap cars elected to pit with Chase Elliott the first off pit
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Reddick starts last and a lap down, but wins Bristol Xfinity race

Reddick, who was forced to start from the rear of the field and had to serve a pass-through penalty down pit road because his No. 2 Chevrolet failed pre-qualifying inspection four times, had been running down then-leader Justin Allgaier but got an unexpected gift. With nine of 300 laps remaining, Allgaier had a tire go down and had to pull off the track, which allowed Reddick to inherit the lead.
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Denny Hamlin gives Toyota its first Cup pole of 2019 season

One of the last five of 39 drivers to qualify, Hamlin’s average lap speed of 129.230 mph just edged Chevrolet driver Kyle Larson (129.004 mph) for the top starting position in Saturday night’s Bass Pro Shops Night Race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. Kurt Busch qualified fourth and Aric Almirola completed the top-five. The pole is the first for Hamlin this season and remarkably the first for a Toyota driver,
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NTSB reveals cause of Dale Earnhardt Jr. plane crash

Nearby CCTV cameras filmed the crash, allowing NTSB investigators to identify that the right-side main landing gear collapsed after the plane made a second or third heavy ‘bounce’ along the runway as it attempted to land. Senior investigator Ralph Hicks said: “We were able to obtain surveillance footage from buildings around the area that include footage of the accident happening. It shows quite a bit. “The airplane basically bounced at
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Matt DiBenedetto tops final Cup practice at Bristol

DiBenedetto, who learned this week he will be out at Leavine Family Racing at the conclusion of the 2019 season, led the way in final practice at 128.848mph. Ryan Blaney was second on the speed charts but the session did not end the way he would have wanted. While lapping, he suffered a power steering failure and dropped fluid around the track. "Just blew the power steering pump, blew the
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Letarte says Dale Jr is “recovering and processing the situation”

Speaking ahead of second practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Bristol Motor Speedway, Letarte told NBCSN viewers about his meeting with his friends on Thursday: “I feel very fortunate that I got to spend a little bit of time with Dale, Amy and Isla, and much like the reports said it was a scary situation, and they’re doing relatively OK, healthy, no major medical issues. Now they’re