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The Frontstretch 5: Closest Finishes Ever

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1. NASCAR Cup Series: 2003 Carolina Dodge Dealers 400; 0.002 seconds With five laps to go at Darlington Raceway, Darrell Waltrip said that if Ricky Craven could catch leader Kurt Busch, it would be “really, really exciting.” Truer words have never been spoken. The finish in this race was nothing short of spectacular. Craven and …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2018 First Data 500

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Sunday’s race was hard-fought for every position.  At times, groups of five or six drivers would be pushing for the same square of real estate and there was often more take than give.  Through all of it, Daniel Suarez drove like a veteran.  Qualifying eighth, Suarez got shuffled …

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The Frontstretch 5: Big Changes That Seemed Like a Great Idea … Until They Weren’t

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1. The money When NASCAR’s popularity hit its high point around 2000, business was booming. And like any boom time, the sport had the luxury of making a lot of changes very fast. It wasn’t unlike the California gold rush. Everyone wanted a piece of the sport and the sport was more than happy to …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: NASCAR’s Aging Ownership — & a Possible Silver Lining

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Fans have been feeling their ages lately as a slew of drivers, ones who defined a generation of racing, have stepped aside in recent years. You know the names by now: Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards, Kasey Kahne…all popular multi-race winners and title contenders.  Some will be enshrined in the Hall …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2018 1000Bulbs.com 500

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? How about three of them this week?  It’s impossible to ignore the finishes Jimmie Johnson and Paul Menard had because both were 35th or worse at some point. Johnson spun early and recovered to seventh, while Menard had a couple of issues, losing two laps before coming back to …

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The Frontstretch 5: Ways NASCAR Can Create Opportunity for Teams

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1. Let teams control their destiny There has been much talk about parity in NASCAR in recent years, and while it’s certainly important for teams to be able to enter the sport and establish themselves, NASCAR’s move toward spec everything isn’t working. Cost-cutting attempts have been little more than taking a couple raisins out of …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2018 Gander Outdoors 400

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Some drivers just don’t race well under pressure, letting the intensity of NASCAR’s championship battle get under their skin, and that can show up with bad luck and tough finishes snowballing.  With that playoff weight off his shoulders at Dover, Denny Hamlin scored his best finish of the …

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The Frontstretch 5: Questions NASCAR Fans Should be Asking This Week

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1. Should NASCAR run the ROVAL again? Yes, absolutely. Sunday’s race wasn’t perfect and no race really is, but it was exciting. There was more passing than the TV broadcast made it seem, which is standard fare. Most races have a lot more going on than fans at home will ever get to see. There …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2018 Bank of America ROVAL 400

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? It’s hard enough to face playoff elimination when you make a mistake, but when it comes as payment for someone else’s mistake, it’s really hard to swallow.  For Aric Almirola, trouble kept on coming on Charlotte Motor Speedway’s ROVAL that was not his doing. Instead of letting it …

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Chase Briscoe Tames Charlotte ROVAL for 1st Career XFINITY Series Win

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The playoff drivers may be the focus of a lot of talk this time of year, but Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Chase Briscoe reminded everyone that he was in it to win it. And win he did, for his first career XFINITY trophy. Briscoe’s win makes him the first driver to win on Charlotte’s …

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