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The Frontstretch 5: Drivers Due for a Win in 2019

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Through 15 races in the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, we have seen many different drivers break through, fade away, or routinely come close without being able to seal the deal. If you’ve watched racing for any amount of time, you know that once a driver starts routinely running and finishing in the …

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The Frontstretch 5: Ways NASCAR Could Spice Up the Next Generation Racecar

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1. Raise them up off the ground… a lot The hope here is that by forcing teams to make mechanical grip instead of relying on aerodynamic grip, that it would put races more in the drivers’ hands. The less the cars are sealed to the track, the more lift is created by the air underneath …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 Pocono 400

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Who…should you be talking about after the race? Kyle Busch made it look a lot easier than it was, and at times the driver of the No. 18 gambled with the track position that’s so precious at Pocono, but in the end, it was the same ending to a different story as Busch won his fourth …

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The Frontstretch 5: Closest NASCAR Cup Finishes in 2019

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1. Daytona 500: margin of victory 0.138 seconds When looking at the closest finishes of any season, it’s no surprise that a superspeedway race, with its tight pack racing, tops the list. Talladega ended under caution, so it does not show up here. Denny Hamlin beat teammate Kyle Busch to the line by about a …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 Coca-Cola 600

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Martin Truex Jr. dominated the Coca-Cola 600 in 2016, leading 392 of 400 laps en route to the win. The sailing wasn’t as smooth this time around, and it included a brush with the wall after a tire issue early. Plus, there were several battles for …

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Justin Allgaier is Looking Forward to a Summer Battle

Justin Allgaier prepares to run a NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Charlotte Motor Speedway, May 2019. Photo: NKP

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Justin Allgaier is off to a comparatively slow start in 2019 coming off a career year in 2018 in which he won five times and led more than 700 laps. The driver of the JR Motorsports No. 7 Hellman’s Mayonnaise Chevrolet has yet to win this season but posted a season-best second-place result on Saturday …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: Choosing NASCAR’s Chosen

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After the hundreds of men and women who have flowed through NASCAR like so much water over the decades, it all comes down to five. After considering the 25 nominees, each year, the NASCAR Hall of Fame selection panel chooses just five to represent the sport inside those hallowed walls each year. Drivers, crew chiefs, …

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The Frontstretch 5: Ways to Win a NASCAR Race

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1. Complete domination There are many ways to win in NASCAR, and not every race produces the one everyone wants to see. Take a race like Martin Truex Jr. had three years ago this coming weekend, in the 2016 Coca-Cola 600. Truex led 392 of 400 laps.  There were actually nine lead changes in that race, …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 Monster Energy All-Star Race

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Kyle Larson had more track time than any other driver on Saturday night, winning the third and final stage of the Open to make the All-Star event. From there, Larson raced smart, biding his time but racing aggressively enough that he was able to take advantage of a …

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The Frontstretch 5: Tracks That Should Host the NASCAR All-Star Race

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1. Martinsville Just two hours from the teams’ home base, the closest option outside of Charlotte Motor Speedway, NASCAR’s oldest track invites the type of racing fans want to see from a race where there is nothing but pride on the line. It’s a track where drivers can root and shove and use the bumper …

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