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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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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2020 O’Reilly Auto Parts 500

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Sometimes it’s all about being in the right position. Austin Dillon took two tires on his final pit stop, setting him up in second on the first of three late restarts. The two tires were enough to get the jump on teammate Tyler Reddick, who had inherited …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2020 All-Star Race

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Who…should you be talking about after the race? Chase Elliott said after the race he and his team had to hit the reset button after a couple of difficult weeks. If that’s the case, they need to hit it before every race, because it worked. Elliott did everything right, his team did everything right and …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2020 Quaker State 400

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Cole Custer showed he had the chops to do what it took to win at the Cup level. For Custer, equipment has never been an issue, but his mostly lackluster start to the year raised questions. He put those to rest with an aggressive move to …

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The Frontstretch 5: Drivers Who Might Make a Splash in Top Equipment

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Silly Season 2020 hasn’t really heated up yet. (You could argue that everything about 2020 is Silly Season, but that’s not what we’re talking about here.) It’s a given that at least one top ride will be up for grabs, as Jimmie Johnson said last week he has informed Hendrick Motorsports that he will not …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: How Can NASCAR Maximize Race Weekends for Everyone?

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Race weekends have looked very different in 2020. Since the sport returned in mid-May, most races have been without fans. The first race to host a significant number in the stands will be the All-Star Race at Bristol later this month. But we’ve also seen some other changes as the sport works to keep cars …

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The Frontstretch 5: Closest NASCAR Finishes at Indianapolis

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway has produced some great finishes over its more than 100-year history. NASCAR’s history at the track is much shorter, beginning in 1994 when Indiana transplant Jeff Gordon won the inaugural event. Since that race, the finish of a NASCAR race at the track has only been less than half a second five …

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