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Eyes on Xfinity: Jeffrey Earnhardt Continues to Mature in 2nd Stint with JD Motorsports

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Six years ago, Jeffrey Earnhardt was trying to find himself as a racecar driver, competing full-time for the first time in his NASCAR career for JD Motorsports. Since then, he’s done a great deal of growing up both on and off the racetrack. To this day, 2014 is Earnhardt’s lone full season in a NASCAR …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Matt DiBenedetto Talks Making Postseason, Difference in Packages at Darlington

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Subscribe: iTunes In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss the difference in aerodynamic packages being on display at Darlington Raceway, leading to a mediocre Southern 500 and one of the best NASCAR races of the season with the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Kevin Harvick took advantage of an incident involving Martin Truex Jr. and …

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NASCAR Stat Sheet: Could Daniel Hemric’s Dismal Season Ruin His NASCAR Future?

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NASCAR’s annual Throwback Weekend at Darlington Raceway brings out all the old and unique paint schemes and this year was no different. For the first time in playoff history, though, the Cup Series playoff opener was held at The Track Too Tough to Tame. All three national touring races had their moments this weekend, headlined …

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Alex Bowman Believes Team Is ‘Pointed in the Right Direction’ for Playoffs

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At the start of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season, Alex Bowman and the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports team came out of the gates guns blazing. But as the season progressed, Bowman was often nowhere to be found, rarely running inside the top 10. Prior to NASCAR shutting down its season for 10 weeks due …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Brandon Brown & Brandonbilt Motorsports, From Part-Time Team to Playoff Bubble

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Flashback to the 2016 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway: Brandon Brown surprised the racing community by finishing fourth for his small family team, Brandonbilt Motorsports. Who? What? How? That race began an upward trajectory in Brown’s racing career, running partial seasons in both the Truck Series and …

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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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