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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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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 Digital Ally 400

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Brad Keselowski only led twice for a total of 12 laps Saturday night at Kansas Speedway, but he made the second time count, beating a determined Alex Bowman to the checkered flag by a mere .203 seconds. Keselowski took the lead for the final time with a …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 GEICO 500

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Chase Elliott led the most laps (44) on Sunday, but more importantly, he led the one that counted. It wasn’t necessarily a dominant performance. In fact, 15 different drivers led at some point, and Elliott accumulated his laps led in four separate stints. What Elliott did exactly …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: Getting to the Point(s) with NASCAR

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Earlier this week, I wrote that one thing NASCAR needs as the sport enters a new television contract is a more meaningful championship. The current format has left a lot of fans frustrated, because the championship feels somehow less than it used to, especially in the last few years, when it comes down to one …

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