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Fronstretch Podcast: Episode 1 – Austin Dillon, 2015 Coke Zero 400

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Jimmie Johnson lead the pack in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona

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Welcome to the Fronstretch Podcast! Young racing expert Matt Stallknecht and his rotating panel of guests have you covered from now until the end of the season with all of the main storylines from the NASCAR week that was. On this week’s episode Stallknecht, along with guests Mike Neff and Aaron Bearden, go in-depth on Austin Dillon‘s horrific last-lap crash at …

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4 Burning Questions: Will NBC Deliver in Its Return to NASCAR Coverage?

Dale Jr Harvick Rudd

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One of the biggest weekends for the sport of NASCAR in recent memory is upon us, Coke Zero 400. The Daytona night race stands as one of the most prestigious and important races on the calendar, but this year, it’s even bigger. This weekend marks the return of NBC Sports to the NASCAR world, a …

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4 Burning Questions: Can a Non-traditional Winner Steal One in Sonoma?

2014 Sonoma CUP pack racing II CIA

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Right turns? The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series doesn’t usually do many of them, but this weekend’s round of stock car action will be an exception. The twisty, 11-turn Sonoma Raceway is the next track on deck for NASCAR’s top series, a track that is likely to inject some life into what has been a rather …

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4 Burning Questions: Will the New Rules Package Work Out for NASCAR?

2015 Pocono I CUP Martin Truex Jr Kevin Harvick racing CIA

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A rare off-weekend is on tap for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and as the stars of NASCAR’s premier series enjoy some much-needed time off, observers of the sport have time to reflect on the season that’s been and make some predictions about what is still to come. 2015 has been a turbulent year for …

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4 Burning Questions: Restrictor Plates at Michigan?

2014 Michigan II CUP pack racing IV CIA

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With every passing week, the drivers and teams of the Sprint Cup Series lose one more shot at getting that elusive win that will lock them into the Chase. Michigan International Speedway is the site of Round 15 of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. After this week, only 11 races will remain until …

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Open-Wheel Wednesday: Dear IndyCar Fans, Stop Trying to Define Good Racing

IndyCar Texas Rick Lunkenheimer

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What exactly is good racing? That is the elusive question that every racing series on the planet wrestles with at all times. The answer to that question of course varies wildly depending on who you ask. Is good racing watching a driver use expert race craft and knowledge of the air, all to create speed …

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4 Burning Questions at Pocono: Paul Menard’s Rise & Hendrick Stalwarts

2015 Martinsville I CUP Paul Menard racing credit Amy Henderson

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NASCAR’s northeast swing rolls through the Pocono Mountains this weekend for the Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400 at the historic Pocono Raceway. Jimmie Johnson shocked no one last week by attaining his 10th overall victory at Dover, a result that was largely expected given Johnson’s aptitude at the ferocious concrete mile oval. But Pocono, ladies …

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4 Burning Questions at Dover: Martin Truex Jr.’s Redemption & Joe Gibbs Racing’s Surge

2015 Charlotte I CUP Martin Truex Jr Chase Elliott racing CIA

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The Greatest Day in Racing has come and gone, and its final leg, NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600, is now behind us. NASCAR’s second crown jewel event was an… interesting race, I guess, provided you like the whole fuel-mileage thing. For those of us that like passing, well, I’ll just change the topic so I don’t get …

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IndyCar Preview: The 99th Indianapolis 500

IndyCar 2015 St. Pete Will Power on track Credit Shawn Gritzmacher

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The 99th Indianapolis 500 For everything that the Verizon IndyCar Series has been through over the years, it’s crown jewel, the Indianapolis 500, still stands tall as the most prestigious and well-known auto-racing event in the world.  This Sunday, for the 99th time, the Indianapolis 500 will be contested in front of a crowd estimated …

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4 Burning Questions at Charlotte: Inconsistent Aero and First-time Winners

2015 Charlotte All Star pack racing credit NASCAR vis Getty Images

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This Sunday afternoon, three major auto races will be contested on the same day. Formula 1’s Grand Prix of Monaco, IndyCar’s Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600. It is a the greatest triumvirate in racing, a storied Memorial Day weekend tradition that extends back decades. Each race has something special to offer, and each serves …

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