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Eyes on Xfinity: Riley Herbst Blocking Out Haters

Riley Herbst in Daytona, February 2020

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With a crop of young but relatively inexperienced talent filling Joe Gibbs Racing’s NASCAR Xfinity Series program in 2020, expectations were limited. Collectively, each of the three drivers put those expectations to the side, including Riley Herbst, who made the jump to full-time competition in 2020. Herbst has spent the majority of the past three …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Coming Together, Renee Montgomery Talks Social Injustice Issues, Becoming NASCAR Fan

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss the solidarity and unification shown by NASCAR drivers this week, when it was believed that a hate crime had been committed in the garage towards Bubba Wallace. Fortunately, after an investigation conducted by the FBI, it turned out the noose that was found was actually …

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NASCAR Stat Sheet: Bubba Wallace, an Activist Off the Track, Improving on Track

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Talladega Superspeedway, home to some of the best finishes in NASCAR history. Also home to surprise underdog stories. But this weekend, it will be remembered as one of the most important in NASCAR history. 6 Arguably, one of the darkest nights in NASCAR history happened on Sunday night (June 21), when the sanctioning body made …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Packed Weekend in Homestead, Christopher Bell Discusses Rookie Season in Cup

Christopher Bell won at the Daytona Road Course in 2021 Photo: NKP

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss all things from Homestead-Miami Speedway, which held four NASCAR races last weekend. Denny Hamlin scored his third victory of the season, while the Chase Elliott and Joey Logano feud continues. Are Ryan Blaney and Tyler Reddick on the brink of victory lane? In the Xfinity …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Noah Gragson Maturing in Sophomore Season

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Compared to this time a year ago, one could argue that Noah Gragson is the most improved driver in all of NASCAR. And it didn’t happen by accident. Gragson entered the 2020 NASCAR Xfinity Series season coming off a subpar rookie season in 2019, where he finished eighth in the championship standings. His seven top-five …

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NASCAR Stat Sheet: Homestead Latest Example Noah Gragson is For Real

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Each season, Homestead-Miami Speedway puts on some of the best racing of any intermediate track on the circuit. The 1.5-mile oval has been the championship finale for a reason; it’s a perfect mix of multiple grooves and tire management. This week marked the first time in decades the track has been moved from November to …

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Ray Ciccarelli on Decision to Leave NASCAR, Says He’s ‘Getting Bombarded With Threats’

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Prior to Wednesday night’s (June 10) NASCAR Cup Series race, Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series driver Ray Ciccarelli sent out a Facebook post stating his stance on recent changes in NASCAR. #NASCAR Truck driver/owner Ray Ciccarelli says he won’t continue in NASCAR after this year. He cited his reasons in this Facebook post: pic.twitter.com/NKrgPZFvyJ …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Justice Served in NASCAR

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff go in depth on NASCAR’s monumental week: from pre-race ceremonies at Atlanta Motor Speedway supporting the Black Lives Matter movement to Wednesday’s announcement of the Confederate flag being banned from all racetracks. The duo give their take on NASCAR’s leadership, commending Steve Phelps for making a …

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NASCAR Stat Sheet: Martin Truex Jr. Continues Short Track Dominance

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NASCAR’s oldest track on the calendar, Martinsville Speedway, never disappoints. Beatin’ and bangin’, fenders rubbing, good short track racing. Entering Wednesday night’s race (June 10), the 2020 short track aerodynamic package was batting 100% on entertainment at Phoenix Raceway at Bristol Motor Speedway. While it was challenging to pass for the lead at Martinsville, racing …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Austin Cindric Focused on Chasing Title, Ready for Another Challenge

#22: Austin Cindric, Team Penske, Ford Mustang MoneyLion

When Austin Cindric was introduced to the NASCAR world full-time in 2017, there’s no doubt he ruffled some feathers. That continued into 2018, his rookie season in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. That year, Cindric split the season between Roush Fenway Racing’s No. 60 Ford and Team Penske. Whenever Cindric competed for Penske, he was competitive, …

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