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Driver vs. Driver Classic Matchups: Richard Petty vs. David Pearson

Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP

The King. The Silver Fox. Richard Petty. David Pearson. They’re NASCAR’s most legendary rivalry—and there’s no other pair of drivers to begin a month of classic matchups with than the two winningest drivers the sport’s top series has ever seen. In Driver vs. Driver, we take a look into the careers of the sport’s greats …

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The Frontstretch 5: NASCAR Drivers Who Haven’t Lived Up To The Hype (Yet)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Last week, we brought you a collection of the most underrated drivers in NASCAR in this space. These were prospects, from Brett Moffitt to Tyler Reddick, who often don’t seem to get the spotlight they deserve. This week, our staff goes the other direction. We examine some NASCAR veterans who, at least to this point, …

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The Frontstretch 5: Underrated Drivers in NASCAR Right Now

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

When people talk about the best drivers in NASCAR, some names immediately come to mind: Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano … the list goes on and on. But who are the drivers that aren’t the first ones people think of? Certainly, some of them are worth of a second …

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The Frontstretch 5: Bad Decisions in Sports & How They Were Handled

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Kyle Larson screwed up — big time, and there are really no excuses. But amidst what has undoubtedly been the worst week, at least professionally, of the young driver’s life, there is hope for a future in racing. Larson isn’t necessarily done: NASCAR will likely reinstate him quickly once he completes whatever program they lay …

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Friday Faceoff: Should NASCAR Change the 2020 Playoff Format?

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

With several races now postponed, how should NASCAR go about squeezing them into the rest of the year? Adam Cheek: Weekday races, doubleheaders and an extension of the season are the best routes. If they do intend to squeeze in all races for each series (36 for cup, seven of which will be missed with the …

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Friday Faceoff: Which Track Will Go Down As Jimmie Johnson’s Best?

(Photo: Randy Lanning)

The Next Gen car in the NASCAR Cup Series will feature a single lug nut to be removed during pit stops. Is this a positive move, and what impact will it have? Adam Cheek: I’m very in the middle. It’s positive in that there’s less of a chance for loose wheels to be an issue, since …

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Friday Faceoff: Is the Bounty on Kyle Busch a Good Thing?

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Denny Hamlin’s NASCAR Cup Series win at Daytona International Speedway is the only finish better than 15th for Toyota after two races. Is it too early to hit the panic button? Adam Cheek: Yes, way too early. A couple races in — one a superspeedway race with a few massive crashes and Las Vegas Motor Speedway, …

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Friday Faceoff: Is Denny Hamlin One of the All-Time Greats?

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Given the situation, who is the right choice to fill in the No. 6 car in the NASCAR Cup Series while Ryan Newman is recovering? Amy Henderson: I like the driver RFR went with, Ross Chastain. He’s shown that with good equipment, he can be racy and he can finish well for the team this weekend. …

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Pace Laps: Rain Delays Daytona 500, Noah Gragson Makes Statement in Xfinity Series

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

NASCAR Cup Series: Mother Nature Postpones Daytona 500 Before the green flag even had a chance to fly, a small rain shower delayed the start of the 62nd annual Daytona 500 Sunday afternoon (Feb. 16) briefly. Once the track was dry, drivers took the green flag but only ran 20 laps before more rain stopped …

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Friday Faceoff: Who Needs to Win the Daytona 500 the Most?

#2: Brad Keselowski, Team Penske, Ford Mustang Discount Tire

The NASCAR Cup Series’ Busch Clash ended with more cars sitting damaged in the garage than racing on the track. Is there a need to change anything about the event? Amy Henderson: I’m not sure the event is necessary at all, but if the teams want to keep it, that’s OK. At least most of the …

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