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NASCAR Stat Sheet: Championship Favorites Squander Big Playoff Gaps at Martinsville

Kevin Harvick crashes at end of Martinsville playoff race NKP

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Martinsville Speedway has been hyped from the moment it became the cutoff race NASCAR’s Round of 8 in all three national touring series. Beginning in 2020, the track determined the Championship 4 for Phoenix Raceway’s season finale. But could the paperclip-shaped oval live up to those lofty expectations? The answer we got was yes, three …

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Xfinity Positively Impacts NASCAR During Trying 2020 Season

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The 2020 NASCAR season is one that won’t soon be forgotten, as the industry had to adjust on the fly due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The new normal consists of neither practice nor qualifying, instead one-day shows. Meanwhile, it was a pivotal season for NASCAR, who for the first time since 1970 was without an …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Matt Tifft on New Cup Team

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss a long weekend of racing at Texas Motor Speedway that saw Kyle Busch score his first NASCAR Cup Series victory of the season, 77 hours after the green flag was thrown. Why was this an emotional win for Busch, who now has at least one …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Josh Williams Hospital Tour Taken to Another Level

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Josh Williams is a racer’s racer; one who will turn wrenches on his racecar during the week, only to beat and bang with that same chassis during the race weekend. Behind the helmet, Williams is fearless, doing his all to overachieve with his underfunded DGM Racing team. Outside of the car, though, the 27-year-old is …

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NASCAR Postpones Texas Race to Wednesday

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Tuesday (Oct. 27) evening looked promising for NASCAR to get back to racing in the AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, but no sooner had the sanctioning body announced resumption plans that heavy mist returned to the racetrack. The Cup Series will try — again — to resume the race on Wednesday, Oct. …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Anthony Alfredo Hopes to Return to Richard Childress Racing in 2021

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In his penultimate NASCAR Xfinity Series start of the season at Kansas Speedway, Anthony Alfredo had a hot rod, running inside the top five for the majoirty of the race in his No. 21 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet. On a lap 172 restart, it all went awry. Entering turn 1, Justin Allgaier made a bold …

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NASCAR Stat Sheet: Underfunded Josh Williams, Tommy Joe Martins Shine in Chaotic Texas Xfinity Race

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With the conclusion of the NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway getting postponed until Monday morning (Oct. 26), this week we’re focusing solely on the other two NASCAR national touring divisions. And man, is there a lot to unpack. The NASCAR Xfinity Series put on another action-packed event with major playoff implications. Brandon Jones …

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2020 Comcast Community Champion of the Year Finalists Revealed

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For the sixth straight year, Comcast is awarding three people in the NASCAR industry due to their philanthropic efforts over the course of the year to be in contention for the Comcast Community Champion of the Year award. The 2020 finalists consist of Bubba Wallace, Clay Campbell (president of Martinsville Speedway) and Matt Kaulig (owner …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Tommy Joe Martins Focused on Building Martins Motorsports

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Around this time last year, Tommy Joe Martins found himself in a predicament: he had funding but nowhere to go. At the time, he was competing part-time for Carl Long at MBM Motorsports in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, making the swap from BJ McLeod Motorsports over the summer. Martins was told MBM was scaling back …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Hailie Deegan Talks Truck Debut

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss their continued frustration with the 550-horsepower NASCAR Cup Series package. In Sunday’s Cup race at Kansas Speedway, Kevin Harvick trailed Joey Logano for over 40 laps and was never able to pass for the lead, though clearly having the quicker racecar. The duo chats about …

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