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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2020 Pocono 350

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Denny Hamlin is pretty good at Pocono Raceway for a guy who had only raced the track on video games before his first Cup race there. He finished second to Kevin Harvick Saturday, and on Sunday, he did one better. Hamlin had a fast car but found …

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The Frontstretch 5: Positive Changes NASCAR Could Make for 2021 and Beyond

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1. No practice, no qualifying? No problem? Until NASCAR was forced to rethink race weekends, nobody thought much about practice and qualifying. They’d been done forever, and nothing about either seemed to be broken. And about 99% of the time, NASCAR should leave things that aren’t broken alone. That’s how we got the playoffs, after …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2020 GEICO 500 at Talladega

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Who … should you be talking about after the race? It’s hard to win at Talladega Superspeedway, and it’s even harder to go back-to-back. Entering Monday’s rain-delayed race, nobody had achieved that feat since 2007. That ended on Monday, though, as Ryan Blaney powered his way to the front, surviving a fuel mileage battle and a …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2020 Dixie Vodka 400

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Denny Hamlin might not have won the top starting spot by virtue of speed but he certainly had plenty of speed to stay there. With crew chief Chris Gabehart back in action after a four-race suspension for a weight violation, Hamlin dominated the race, leading 137 …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2020 Blue Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500

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Who…should you be talking about after the race? Martin Truex Jr. wasn’t happy with the No. 19 early on at Martinsville Speedway, but as the night wore on, it got better, and better … and better. And once he got to the lead in the final stage of the race, it was lights out for …

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The Big Six: Questions Answered After the 2020 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500

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Who… should you be talking about after the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500? Kevin Harvick won his first NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in 2001. The triumph came just weeks after being called into the Cup Series a year ahead of schedule following the death of Dale Earnhardt, and he won it by …

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Driver vs. Driver Hall of Famers: Lee Petty vs. Junior Johnson

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Over 50 wins on NASCAR’s top circuit will put a driver into the Hall of Fame — every eligible driver to ever achieve that mark has already been enshrined, and there’s no doubt that the three active drivers who have achieved that number will be first-ballot locks. This month, we look closer at the drivers …

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The Frontstretch 5: Things We’ve Learned From the Altered Schedule

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1. Midweek races could be a thing Talk about trial by fire. NASCAR and fans have both tossed around the idea of midweek races for a while, and the forced layoff put the sanctioning body into the corner that made it happen. We’ve had two midweek NASCAR Cup Series races, at Darlington Raceway and Charlotte …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2020 Supermarket Heroes 500

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Luck has certainly been on Brad Keselowski’s side lately.  After winning the Coca-Cola 600 a week ago, Keselowski drew the pole and its clean air advantage early on, leading 62 laps in stage one. But he also had a fast car, sticking in the top handful …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2020 Alsco Uniforms 500

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? He might have won Darlington Raceway, but he got spun in the closing laps. He might have won the Coca-Cola 600, but a pit gamble left him just short. Thursday night, a day later than planned after rains at Charlotte Motor Speedway forced a delay, Chase …

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