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The Frontstretch 5: Big Questions As NASCAR Enters 2019

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1. What will the new aerodynamic package look like in real time? That’s the big question that everyone is asking, but don’t expect the answer to be immediate or definitive. The low horsepower, high downforce package will debut at Atlanta Motor Speedway in a week and a half, but don’t expect what you see there …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 Advance Auto Parts Clash

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Obviously, everyone is talking about Jimmie Johnson.  His detractors are talking about the multi-car wreck he may or may not have triggered in what ultimately set up the win. His fans are just happy he won, even if it is a non-points event, because, well, it’s …

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2018 Top NASCAR Storylines: Say Goodnight, Kasey (& Jamie & Matt)

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For several drivers, 2018 marks the end of a NASCAR journey. Among those who have said they don’t plan to race full-time (or at all) in the sport in the future are Jamie McMurray (who may run the 2019 Daytona 500 before he hangs up his helmet), Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Cole Whitt, Elliott Sadler, …

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The Underdog House: Wrapping Up NASCAR’s Small Teams For 2018

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Think Small If there is a lesson to be learned from the 2018 season and the underdog teams, it’s that the right combination of team and driver is everything. Perhaps the biggest example is one of a small-team driver moving into fully-funded equipment and flourishing, as Aric Almirola has when he moved from Richard Petty …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2018 Ford EcoBoost 400

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? What a difference a year makes. An average finish of 18.8, 29th in driver points in a season marked by injury. That’s not very promising for a driver, especially one who’s a journeyman at best in his mid-30s. A year later, Aric Almirola finishes his season fifth in points, …

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The Frontstretch 5: Tracks That Should Host a Finale & Crown a Champion

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1. Martinsville Why it would be great: Because Martinsville. Face it, the racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway is generally underwhelming. There have been moments, but it’s an intermediate track with a predictable configuration. A short track has much more potential to give fans a finish like they saw last month, only this time it would be …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2018 Can-Am 500

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Let’s make it a pair this week. Shy of a win at Homestead (and even with one), you won’t hear much about a couple of drivers who will very likely drive quietly into the sunset after the checkers next week.  You didn’t hear much about them this week, …

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The Frontstretch 5: Title Contenders & Their Chances

2017 Las Vegas CUP Joey Logano Nigel Kinrade NKP

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1. The Closer It’s really hard to deny that Kevin Harvick is the most deserving title candidate so far. He leads the Cup Series in wins (eight), top fives (21), top 10s (27), laps led (1859) and total playoff points (51). Take away the playoffs and he’d be currently be tied for the points lead …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2018 AAA Texas 500

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? On paper, it doesn’t look like much of a race, starting and finishing in seventh spot. In terms of the playoffs, it wasn’t. But for Kurt Busch, Sunday (Nov. 4) at Texas was a good day. While Busch didn’t lead a lap (he nosed ahead of Kevin Harvick …

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