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Cole Custer on Rookie of the Year Win: ‘It’s Huge’

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Entering the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season, a flock of rookie drivers took the world by storm, moving up from the Xfinity Series. The results are in, and Cole Custer is the Sunoco Rookie of the Year. For the opening part of the season, Custer was average, posting just one top-10 effort through the opening …

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Kurt Busch Riding Consistency into Cup Playoffs

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Through the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series’ regular season, Kurt Busch defined consistency, tallying the seventh-best average finishing position (13.4) of the 16 playoff drivers. But Busch and the No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing team have yet to visit victory lane this season, scoring just four top-five finishes — three of which came in the opening …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Intensity in Daytona, Justin Haley Reflects on Xfinity Win

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Subscribe: iTunes In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss an intensity-filled weekend of racing at Daytona International Speedway, while debating if the race should remain the regular-season finale for the NASCAR Cup Series (spoiler: one says yes, the other didn’t enjoy the race). William Byron solidified his spot into the playoffs by winning …

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Johnny Sauter Disappointed with 2020 Season, Must Win to Make Playoffs

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The 2020 NASCAR season has been a challenge for many race teams and drivers in all three national touring series, but the most disappointing year, at least in the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, may belong to Johnny Sauter. When the season began over six months ago ago at Daytona International Speedway, Sauter was …

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Germain Racing: All Options on Table for 2021

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Less than one month ago, Leavine Family Racing announced it had sold its team and charter, ceasing operations at the end of the 2020 season. Germain Racing could be next. On Monday night (Aug. 31), rumors surfaced on Twitter about a potential team shutdown following the conclusion of the 2020 season. Driver Ty Dillon is …

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At Daytona, Many NASCAR Fans Comfortable Returning to Track

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On August 29 at Daytona International Speedway, NASCAR hosted fans at a Cup Series race for the fifth time since returning to racing on May 17 after a 10-week hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Thus far, it’s been a success. The All-Star Race at Bristol Motor Speedway in mid-July was the first venue to …

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NASCAR Stat Sheet: Daniel Suarez’s Big Moment In Daytona Regular Season Finale

NASCAR superspeedway racing is typically edge-of-your-seat, thrilling competition mixed with a ton of calamity and crunched-up sheet metal. This weekend was no different as the Cup Series regular season finale at Daytona International Speedway lived up to the hype Saturday (Aug. 29) in setting the remainder of the 16-driver playoff field. Last March, when NASCAR …

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Matt DiBenedetto Limps Into Playoffs, Makes Postseason for 1st Time in Career

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With 10 races remaining in the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series regular season, there was almost no chance Matt DiBenedetto, ranked 12th in points, could miss the playoffs. But entering Saturday night’s regular-season finale, it was a real possibility. With consecutive victories by Cole Custer and Austin Dillon in mid-July at Kentucky Speedway and Texas Motor …

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Jimmie Johnson Disappointed to Miss 2020 Playoffs

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Last November, Jimmie Johnson declared 2020 his final full-time season in the NASCAR Cup Series. Unfortunately for the seven-time champion, it won’t end how many of his other seasons have. During the first 25 races of the season, Johnson had shown speed, but had a handful of missed opportunities. When NASCAR returned from a 10-week …

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Kaulig Racing Teammates Clash on Final Lap in Daytona

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When the NASCAR Xfinity Series competes on a superspeedway track, Kaulig Racing is the team to beat. Case in point: Friday night’s (Aug. 28) Wawa 250 at Daytona International Speedway. Based off the new qualifying equation that sets starting lineups, Kaulig drivers Ross Chastain started the race on the front row in second, with Justin …

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