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Friday Faceoff: Did Daniel Suarez Overreact to Michael McDowell Last Week?

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Based on what Michael McDowell did during qualifying last week, was Daniel Suarez‘s reaction warranted? Mark Kristl: Was it warranted? Probably not. In the heat of the moment though, I understood Suarez’s reaction. He qualified 28th. He wanted to gain some starting positions. He was frustrated and McDowell served as a scapegoat. Joy Tomlinson: I don’t …

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Pace Laps: Kyle Busch Sweeps ISM as the 2018 NASCAR Championship 4 Shines

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Championship 4 Right On Course This weekend was all about Kyle Busch. Last weekend was reigning Cup champion Joey Logano’s time to shine. Nine-time ISM Raceway winner Kevin Harvick ran ninth at the track; his worst finish there in six years, that’s how good he’s been. And Martin Truex Jr.? …

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Pace Laps: Penske’s Power & The Kyle Busch Show In Las Vegas

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Penske Powerhouse Las Vegas Motor Speedway showed us NASCAR still has kinks to work out with its new handling package. Cars struggled to pass each other on long runs, the field spread out considerably and slower speeds resulted in a caution free race aside from stage breaks. The racing up …

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Pace Laps: Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Christopher Bell Make Early NASCAR 2019 Statements

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Atlanta Offers Keselowski Awesome Turnaround The last four months or so haven’t gone according to plan for Brad Keselowski. He won three straight MENCS races in September 2018 which had him peaking right into the playoffs. That momentum made him a dark horse to join the sport’s Big Three of …

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Pace Laps: Denny Hamlin’s 2nd Daytona 500 Win & 2 First-Time Winners

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Denny Hamlin Scores Emotional Daytona 500 Win for Coach Gibbs, JGR Organization Working with teammate Kyle Busch and surviving three major wrecks in the final 15 laps of competition, Denny Hamlin scored his second Daytona 500 victory Sunday in the Great American Race. Hamlin and Busch were followed by Erik …

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Friday Faceoff: Should the Daytona 500 Remain the Season-Opening Race?

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The Advance Auto Parts Clash has taken some criticism over how difficult it was for drivers to pull out of line and make a pass. How do you see this playing out over the remaining Speedweeks events? Isolated issue or recurring problem? Clayton Caldwell: It’s an issue we’ll see throughout Speedweeks. This package has been …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Single-File Racing in Clash, Previewing Daytona 500 & Season

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In the first edition of the Frontstretch Podcast in 2019, Dustin Albino and  Mike Neff discuss a rather boring Advance Auto Parts Clash, one where drivers ran single-file and up against the wall for much of the event. Neff sounds off on why he believes Jimmie Johnson caused the crash with Paul Menard that involved 16 others, noting …

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Pace Laps: Hendrick Motorsports Comes Out Swinging at Daytona

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Hope Or Hallucination At Hendrick Motorsports? One weekend into the 2019 NASCAR season, sure looks like the Jimmie Johnson – Chad Knaus divorce is a win-win for both parties. Knaus, the seven-time championship crew chief, won the pole for the Daytona 500 Sunday (Feb. 10) with new driver William Byron. …

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2018 Frontstretch Cup: Ford EcoBoost 400

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Welcome to the 11th season of the Frontstretch Cup. It’s a year-long competition in which the Frontstretch staff and guests from around the NASCAR world attempt to predict the winner of each Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. This season, we are joined by driver Corey LaJoie. Think you can do better? Leave your picks in the comments …

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Friday Faceoff: Who Is Most Likely To Win It All At Homestead?

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1. The Championship 4 is set, and it consists of arguably the four best cars over the course of the season. Who do you see claiming the title next week? Wesley Coburn: Kyle Busch wins because, even though Kevin Harvick has the best average finish of the four championship drivers at Homestead-Miami Speedway, either he …

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2-Headed Monster: Should Kyle Busch Have Let Aric Almirola Win at Phoenix?

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Kyle Busch won the race at ISM Raceway in Phoenix this past weekend to advance to the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. But given that he was already set to advance on points, he faced a peculiar situation late in the race. Aric Almirola was trailing him and needed to win to advance. By winning, …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Previewing NASCAR Championship Weekend

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It’s a fun Frontstretch Podcast this week, as the trio of Dustin Albino, Mike Neff and Zach Catanzareti break down all things Phoenix while previewing Championship Weekend in Homestead. With wins last weekend at ISM Raceway, Kyle Busch, Christopher Bell and Brett Moffitt punched their tickets to battle for a championship in the Cup, XFINITY and Truck series, respectively. Collectively, we break down the Cup …

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