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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 Auto Club 400

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Kyle Busch took the checkered flag for the 200th time in a NASCAR national series race at Auto Club Speedway.  Busch had the dominant car on the day, leading seven times for 134 of 200 laps. He won the first two stages before opening up a commanding lead …

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The Frontstretch 5: Things Fans Should Hope to See on the Gen-7 NASCAR Racecar

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1. Mechanical grip… and a different approach 2019 might not be remembered as the year with the most exciting racing, but it might go down as something else: the year NASCAR became dedicated to real, meaningful change in the sport. One of those changes that’s on the way in two short seasons is the seventh-generation …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 Ticket Guardian 500k

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Kyle Busch had the best car in the field when he really needed it and was finally able to capitalize on that in 2019, winning his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race of the season after running down Ryan Blaney in the final laps to take …

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The Frontstretch 5: ISM Numbers to Watch & Why They’re Important

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1. It’s been Kevin Harvick’s personal playground, but… Harvick has a whopping nine wins in Phoenix. Wins are, of course, the name of the game, so they’re important. He’s is the all-time win leader at ISM Raceway; next on the list is Jimmie Johnson with four, less than half of Harvick’s total. You can look …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 Pennzoil 400

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who… should you be talking about after the race? Defending Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Joey Logano made it two for two in intermediate track races for Team Penske this year. He followed up last week’s win by teammate Brad Keselowski, putting the No. 22 car in Victory Lane for the first time in 2019 …

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Holding A Pretty Wheel: Let’s Reschedule NASCAR’s Focus

NASCAR at Atlanta Motor Speeday

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All eyes are on Sin City this weekend as NASCAR debuts the full version of the 2019 intermediate rules package (aero ducts weren’t in use at Atlanta) at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. NASCAR has a lot riding on the next couple of seasons as it moves toward the end of the current television deal. If …

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The Frontstretch 5: Drivers With Something to Prove in 2019

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1. Denny Hamlin Yes, that Denny Hamlin. He just won the biggest race of the year in Daytona, but Hamlin’s got some unfinished business. The Daytona win puts him in the Playoffs and gives him plenty of time to prepare, but the one thing missing from Hamlin’s resume is a Cup title.  He’s come agonizingly …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500

Atlanta Motor Speedway, February 2019. (Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Who…should you be talking about after the race? Brad Keselowski battled a stomach bug all weekend, giving up the No. 2 car to Team Penske’s Xfinity Series driver Austin Cindric for the majority of a Saturday practice session after qualifying 19th on Friday. Keselowski was feeling up to the task early on, in part thanks to …

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The Frontstretch 5: Races to Pay Close Attention To in the First Half of 2019

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Atlanta Motor Speedway All eyes are, of course, on this weekend’s race in Atlanta, the first full-length event for the new aerodynamic package. The low-downforce package is out, replaced by a high-drag, low-horsepower model.  NASCAR scrapped a high-downforce high power package a few years ago, hoping that slower speeds would enable more passing. It didn’t. …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 Daytona 500

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Denny Hamlin carried the late J.D. Gibbs on his shoulder all the way back to Victory Lane.  Hamlin went winless in 2018, the first season in his career without a victory, but he erased that losing streak Sunday in NASCAR’s biggest race.  Showing everyone the best way …

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