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The Big 6: NASCAR Questions Answered After Drydene 311 Race II

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Who… should you be talking about after the Drydene 311? On Saturday, Aug. 22, Denny Hamlin fired a shot across Kevin Harvick’s bow by winning the first Drydene 311 race at Dover International Speedway in commanding fashion. His first career NASCAR Cup Series victory at the Monster Mile gave him six wins on the year, …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2020 Go Bowling 235

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? When it comes to road course aces, Chase Elliott wasn’t really the first name that came to mind entering this weekend’s inaugural Go Bowling 235 on Daytona International Speedway’s infield road course. But he might be now. Elliott won the first stage and dominated the final …

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The Frontstretch 5: (Other) Drivers Who Could Make a Run At the 2020 NASCAR Cup Title

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If you listen to the talk, most people are certain this year’s title will come down to either Kevin Harvick or Denny Hamlin. Frankly, it should come down to them, and it well might. Provided they both make the finale at Phoenix Raceway, they’re both strong there, and they’ve finished one-two more than once already …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2020 Consumers Energy 400

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Kevin Harvick entered the weekend tied with three other drivers for wins among active competitors.  He leaves with two more victories and tied with Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace for 10th all-time. That’s a statement weekend for Harvick in a year where he’s already made plenty …

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The Frontstretch 5: Big Michigan Stats & the Drivers Who Own Them

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There are a lot of ways to break down a race weekend afterward. Traditional statistics, loop data and subjective analysis all come into play. But those are also things that are important to look at entering a race weekend. It gives fans an idea of who might perform well when you couple the numbers with …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2020 Foxwoods Resort Casino 301

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Brad Keselowski made it known early that he had a fast car, winning the second stage of the day and battling for the top spot with Denny Hamlin for much of the race Sunday (Aug. 2) at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. In the end, Keselowski held …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: Thoughts on NASCAR’s Uncertain 2020

Bubba Wallace (right) greets Kirk Price (left), an official who kneeled for the National Anthem at Atlanta, before Wednesday nights race at Martinsville. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

2020 might have been remembered in so many ways: Jimmie Johnson’s final NASCAR Cup Series season, maybe someone else’s breakout year. The do-or-die year for NASCAR developing a new generation of racecar and eyeing a schedule shakeup. A season with so much on the line. And then COVID-19 happened and everything screeched to a halt. …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2020 Super Start Batteries 400

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Make it two in a row at Kansas Speedway for Denny Hamlin. Hamlin won the Super Start Batteries 400 in the NASCAR Cup Series for his fifth victory of 2020, the most of any driver this season. Did Hamlin have the best car all night? No. …

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The Frontstretch 5: Winless Drivers Most Likely to Win Before NASCAR Cup Playoffs

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1. Kyle Busch The younger Busch is the biggest surprise on the list, simply because it defies logic that he is on a list of winless drivers to begin with. Busch seems to be the driver most affected by the lack of practice on race weekends, and that is a concern going forward, as teams …

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