In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss the penultimate weekend of the season at Martinsville Speedway, which saw Chase Elliott win his way into the Championship 4 in the NASCAR Cup Series.
Meanwhile, nine-time winner and regular season champion Kevin Harvick was eliminated from the postseason. The duo dives into the current playoff format, if it’s fair and why it’s the best rendition of the playoff system.
In the Xfinity Series race, Harrison Burton won his second consecutive race, building confidence for 2021. Championship hopefuls Noah Gragson and Ross Chastain were both eliminated after having mixed results in the Round of 8.
Grant Enfinger won the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race, securing a spot into the championship battle. Regular season champion Austin Hill was bounced from the playoffs, as was 2019 champion Matt Crafton. Were either of these drastic upsets? Post-race, Ben Rhodes said he received insults before and after the event because of how he’s raced of late, so does there need to be a change, or should the fifth-year driver continue to be ultra aggressive on the track?
Finally, Clint Bowyer joins the show to reflect on his NASCAR career, his move to the FOX Sports broadcast booth, coming close to the 2012 championship, among other fun topics.
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Dustin joined the Frontstretch team at the beginning of the 2016 season. 2020 marks his sixth full-time season covering the sport that he grew up loving. His dream was to one day be a NASCAR journalist, thus why he attended Ithaca College (Class of 2018) to earn a journalism degree. Since the ripe age of four, he knew he wanted to be a storyteller.
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