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Podcast: Chase Purdy on Re-Learning How to Race, Contracting COVID & His College Football Conundrum

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After a two-year sabbatical of sorts away from racing, Chase Purdy is still getting his feet under him as he’s returned to the seat on a full-time basis with GMS Racing in the Camping World Truck Series this year. He joins Davey Segal this week to discuss his season to date, contracting COVID-19 and how …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Is Daytona a Good Regular Season Finale Venue?

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Superspeedways have a lot of luck involved. It doesn’t seem like the best place to determine the playoff field, does it? – Parker L., Las Vegas, Nev. When the 2020 schedule was announced with Daytona International Speedway as the regular season finale, I was skeptical. Why would you put a race that has so much …

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Podcast: Christopher Bell on Playoff Preparation, His Feud With Kyle Larson

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As the playoffs loom, Joe Gibbs Racing’s Christopher Bell joins the Frontstretch Podcast this week to discuss how he and his team are preparing for the 10-week stretch in the NASCAR Cup Series, why playoff points are of the utmost importance and looking ahead to Richmond Raceway, one of his most successful tracks in NASCAR. …

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NASCAR Mailbox: What Should NASCAR Do With Indianapolis?

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The Indy Road Course ratings were down from the Brickyard 400, and the ending wasn’t a great look for NASCAR. What does the future look like at that venue for the series? – Griffin P., Indianapolis, Ind. Talk about a loaded question … but one that’s topical. Per Adam Stern, last year’s Brickyard 400 on …

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Podcast: Jade Buford on Developing Big Machine Racing, Competing on ‘American Ninja Warrior’


Big Machine Racing is in the midst of its maiden Xfinity Series season with Jade Buford behind the wheel. He joins Davey Segal this week to discuss how he met team owner and music mogul Scott Borchetta and how that encounter changed his life. He also shares how he thinks the team has done so …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Should Ty Gibbs Make a Cup Start Next Year?

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Do you think there’ll be a winner outside the top 16 in these last three races before the playoffs, or will it remain pretty status quo? – James H., Roanoke, Va. I’d lean toward the latter. The tracks (Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, Michigan International Speedway and Daytona International Speedway) aren’t necessarily the most predictable …

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Kyle Larson, Denny Hamlin Enjoying Regular Season Points Battle Down The Stretch

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Watkins Glen, New York – The regular season points battle has never been closer than it is after Sunday’s (Aug. 8) NASCAR Cup race at Watkins Glen International. After holding the lead for 21 of the first 22 races, Denny Hamlin is now tied with Watkins Glen winner Kyle Larson for the top spot with …

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Parker Kligerman Scores Top 5 at Watkins Glen: ‘It’s Pretty Awesome’

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Before he could even appreciate his top-five finish in the United Rentals 176 at Watkins Glen International on Saturday afternoon (Aug. 7), Parker Kligerman emerged on pit road with a NBC polo and headset, chatting with Justin Allgaier before heading off to his other job. Allgaier was curious about Kligerman’s tweet, advertising $1 hoodies through …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Should the 2-Week Summer Break Be a Mainstay?

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Similar to how Formula 1 operates, I liked NASCAR’s two-week break this summer for the Olympics. Do you think the break should remain on the schedule moving forward? – Tony L., Dayton, Ohio Absolutely, it should. To beat a dead horse, I’m as big of a “less is more” person when it comes to NASCAR …

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