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2-Headed Monster: Should Practice Not Be Televised?

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Paul Menard pulling out of the garage (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

For years, NASCAR has televised almost all of its practice sessions, giving fans access to the entire weekend of festivities. But is this really necessary, and could the television networks use their resources to provide better race coverage without airing practice? That leads to this week’s question: Should television networks continue to televise the practices? …

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The Frontstretch 5: What Makes A Good Race

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1. Real Rivalries A good race needs to combine close competition with a balanced field. Dominating performances are only fun for those who are fans of the dominant driver/team, so having a majority of cars capable of running well and challenging for the win (or at least a top five) seems ideal. The funny thing …

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Pace Laps: Martin Truex Jr.’s Dominance & An XFINITY Championship Preview

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Truex Trounces The Field Kentucky Speedway was simply the Martin Truex Jr. show. Leading 174 of 267 laps, his No. 78 Toyota was on cruise control most of Saturday night (July 14) in the Quaker State 400. Two-tire pit strategies, like on most repaves produced short-term boosts for drivers like …

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Frontstretch Podcast: JJ Yeley on What Makes an Underdog

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In the latest episode of the 2018 Frontstretch Podcast, we review the weekend of demolition derby style of racing at Daytona International Speedway with Dustin Albino, Mike Neff, Zach Catanzareti and JJ Yeley, who had a pair of top-20 finishes in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series races. Erik Jones picked up his first Cup Series …

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Pace Laps: Destruction & Heartbreak in Daytona

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Team Penske’s Poor Performance Daytona’s Coke Zero Sugar 400 didn’t move the needle on restrictor plate racing. But for those who love it? The race got your heart pumping for the better part of four hours. There was a first-time winner, Erik Jones, who made a thrilling green-white-checkered pass on …

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2-Headed Monster: Should NASCAR Schedule Midweek Races?

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Last week on the Dale Jr. Download, Denny Hamlin said that there have been discussions behind the scenes with NASCAR about adding midweek races to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule. That brings about this weekʻs question: should NASCAR add some races in the middle of the week, or should racing be exclusive to weekends? …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Corey LaJoie Talks Frantic Finish at Chicagoland

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In the latest episode of the 2018 Frontstretch Podcast, we review an action-packed weekend of racing at Chicagoland Speedway with Dustin Albino, Mike Neff, Zach Catanzareti and Corey LaJoie, driver of the No. 72 TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet. Kyle Busch took home his fifth checkered flag of the season on Sunday in the Windy City, but had to work for it in …

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Pace Laps: Beating the Heat at Chicagoland Speedway

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Aric Almirola’s Stellar Run Derailed Lost in the excitement of the race finish in which Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson used every inch of the track – and each other – in an epic last-lap battle is Aric Almirola’s stellar run. For the first time since Daytona, the driver of …

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2018 Frontstretch Cup: Overton’s 400

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Welcome to the 11th season of the Frontstretch Cup, 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. How it works …

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2-Headed Monster: Should TV Coverage Follow the Leader or Show Battles?

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Martin Truex Jr. was all alone out front (Photo: Danny Peters)

Martin Truex Jr. won in a commanding fashion at Sonoma Raceway this past Sunday (June 24). Instead of showing the numerous battles for other positions, the NASCAR on FOX team kept the focus on Truex as he paraded around the track. That brings us to the question this week: Should the cameras stay on the …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Michael McDowell Speaks Strategy at Sonoma

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In the latest episode of the 2018 Frontstretch Podcast, we review the first road course race of the season at Sonoma Raceway with Dustin Albino, Mike Neff, Zach Catanzareti and Michael McDowell, who finished 21st and picked up stage points in stage two. Martin Truex Jr. dominated the race, leading a race-high 62 laps. It was a pit call by …

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Pace Laps: Tragedy Strikes Racing Community With Loss Of Jason Johnson

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Fab Foursome Keep On Rising Road courses are supposed to be different. These right-turn tracks bring out the best in drivers who don’t have a chance to win anywhere else. AJ Allmendinger, Marcos Ambrose and Jeremy Clements in NASCAR’s XFINITY Series are just a few of the recent success stories …

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