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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2018 Auto Club 400

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Sunday at Auto Club Speedway, Jimmie Johnson drove his way to his first top 10 since Charlotte last fall. After a miserable start to the year, the ninth-place run was a bright spot in what’s been a difficult year for Hendrick Motorsports in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup …

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Holding A Pretty Wheel: NASCAR’s Vicious Money Cycle

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There was a time when a NASCAR driver was practically synonymous with his sponsor — that blue STP car was so recognizable as Richard Petty’s ride that “Petty Blue” is a color in every fan’s frame of reference. Though Dale Earnhardt drove the Wrangler ride for several years, one look at that black GM Goodwrench …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2018 Ticket Guardian 500

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? It’s hard not to be impressed by Aric Almirola in the short time he’s been in the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 10 ride so far. He hasn’t finished lower than 13th this season, and this week at ISM Raceway scored his best finish of 2018 and second top 10 …

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The Frontstretch 5: Early NASCAR Hall of Fame Picks

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The nominee list for the next NASCAR Hall of Fame class was released on Tuesday, and it’s an intriguing group for many reasons.  More nominees have begun to emerge from outside the national touring series, and while there are still some pioneers on the list who are deserving, voters have done a solid job of …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2018 Pennzoil 400 Presented by Jiffy Lube

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? A driver with the reputation for being quiet certainly was on Sunday, even as he raced his way to a solid top-10 run. Paul Menard posted his second top 10 of 2018 on Sunday (March 4). So far in 2018, Menard has finished no worse than 17th and …

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The Frontstretch 5: Numbers to Know as NASCAR Hits Las Vegas

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1. 29 That’s the number of drivers who have won a Cup Series race on a 1.5-mile track since 2000, encompassing the careers of every active winning driver. It might seem like a lot, but that’s over the course of 151 total races. That includes just 13 active drivers. When you break it down to …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2018 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Kevin Harvick cruised to the win, but Sunday was a good day for all of Stewart-Haas Racing. All four of the organization’s Fords finished in the top 13. Harvick and Kurt Busch combined to lead 233 laps. And while Busch faded late, Clint Bowyer was strong after the …

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The Frontstretch 5: Things We Know After Daytona

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1. Aric Almirola is an excellent plate racer This fact isn’t news to those who have been paying attention to the new driver of the No. 10. But for so many, Daytona was the first time Almirola made an appearance on the radar. Remember, Almirola’s only Cup win to date came at Daytona in 2014. …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2018 Daytona 500

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Before a multi-car pileup with a lap remaining, there were a couple of cars in the top 10, sometimes the top five, that fans don’t see there very often.  Matt DiBenedetto, driving for tiny Go FAS Racing, and Brendan Gaughan, driving for part-time owner Mark Beard, were looking …

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The Frontstretch 5: Big Questions as NASCAR Opens 2018

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1. Will the Camaro put Chevrolet back in the game? As a whole, Chevrolet teams struggled in 2017.  Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott carried the banner for the manufacturer, but this make wasn’t represented in the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.  The Camaro, which replaces the discontinued SS in the Cup Series this year, put …

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