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The Frontstretch 5: Thoughts on Kenseth, Bayne, and a Few Other Things

1. How much magic will there be? Once upon a time, Matt Kenseth and Roush Fenway Racing made a lot of magic together. 24 of Kenseth’s 39 Cup wins came in a Roush Ford, along with his 2003 title, which is often (unfairly) maligned as the title run that forced the playoff system on the …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2018 Toyota Owners 400

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? The knock on Jimmie Johnson has long been that his cars were better than the driver was. This year, he’s proving the opposite to be true. Johnson finished sixth after being mired in the 20s in the first half of the race.  It wasn’t the result that commanded …

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The Frontstretch 5: Hard NASCAR Questions

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1. What happened to loyalty? It seems like loyalty in NASCAR is becoming a thing of the past as a changing business model takes effect. At least to the naked eye, drivers seem to be the most loyal of the driver-team-sponsor triumvirate. You don’t see drivers walking out all that often in comparison to teams …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2018 Food City 500

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Who…gets my shoutout of the race? Still don’t think Darrell Wallace Jr. is the real deal?  Were you watching Monday? Wallace’s 16th-place finish is absolutely not indicative of the day he had, at one point powering his No. 43 past the likes of Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski. That put him up front where he …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: NASCAR All-Star Format Falls Flat

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So, this All-Star Race. NASCAR released the format for its All-Star event next month, and well, color me a bit underwhelmed. Two things went down: a change to the rules package for the cars and another to the format of the race itself. Let’s talk about the cars first.  NASCAR is adding a significantly taller …

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The Frontstretch 5: Easy Fixes for What Pains NASCAR

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1. This air wrench deal There is a myriad of issues NASCAR fans have been vocal about as of late, and not all of them are easy fixes. Some should be exceedingly easy, even if that means admitting mistakes were made, while others are complicated. There are a few changes that could be made either …

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The Frontstretch 5: NASCAR Teams Who Need a Turnaround in 2018

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Hendrick Motorsports Just a few weeks ago, it was easy to explain the organization’s struggles: it was too early to tell; Chevrolet is behind the curve – which may still be the case; the team has two new drivers. And the thing is, all of that is completely true. But looking at the big picture, …

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The Frontstretch 5: Things That Have Happened Between Clint Bowyer’s Most Recent Wins

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1. More than half the field from the 2012 Bank of America 500 is no longer racing in the Cup Series Take a look at the field for the 2012 Bank of America 500. One thing fans will be sure to notice is the number of drivers who have exited the Cup ranks since that …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2018 STP 500

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Who…gets my shoutout of the race? Most of Monday’s top 10 finishers raced in that pack for most of the day.  Seven scored points in both of the first two stages.  And then there was Alex Bowman. Bowman, who started 16th, lurked in the top 15 for much of the day, and it generally looked …

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The Frontstretch 5: Inspection Pieces to Inspect Further

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1. The team factor At the end of every day, when all is said and done, an inspection failure is on the team.  NASCAR took a lot of flack last weekend when 13 cars failed to make it through pre-qualifying tech at Fontana, but it’s not the sanctioning body’s responsibility to make sure teams make …

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