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Frontstretch Podcast: Recapping the Opening 6 Weekends

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In the latest episode of the 2018 Frontstretch Podcast, we review the opening six weekends of the NASCAR season with Dustin Albino, Mike Neff, and Zach Catanzareti, Austin Dillon kicked off the season returning the No. 3 car to Victory Lane at Daytona, before Kevin Harvick notched three more victories into the record book. The reigning Monster Energy NASCAR …

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2-Headed Monster: Does Davey Allison Belong in the Hall Of Fame?

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The Hall of Fame isn’t “Win and you’re in” Voting recently opened for fans to cast their ballots for which drivers they feel deserve to be enshrined into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The class of 2019 will join their peers next January but, in my opinion, there is one driver that shouldn’t be among …

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Friday Faceoff: Did NASCAR Handle Its Snow-Out Correctly?

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Snow postponed the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event at Martinsville Speedway from Sunday to Monday for the first time since 1993. How do you think NASCAR handled the situation? Matt McLaughlin: They were in a difficult position, but in the end, postponement was the only valid option. I’d have liked to see them bite the bullet and announce the …

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2-Headed Monster: Should NASCAR Change Its Weather Policy?

Tough call for NASCAR with the weather this past weekend at Martinsville (Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

This past weekend at Martinsville Speedway, despite the forecast a few days earlier calling for heavy snow, NASCAR waited until the morning of the race to cancel it — to the dismay of many fans. NASCAR instituted a new weather policy last season that allowed for races’ start times to be bumped back one hour …

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Pace Laps: Snowing on NASCAR’s Parade

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Snowing On Martinsville’s Parade Martinsville has always been a must see on the NASCAR schedule. A month of cookie-cutter ovals have left fans ready and waiting for the shortest track in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Drivers and teams were ready to put on a show to jumpstart the …

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Pace Laps: Martin Truex Jr. Punches Back Against Kevin Harvick

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Truex Back On Top Kevin Harvick? Who’s that? The second his bid for four straight wins ended, slamming into the outside wall on lap 39, Sunday’s MENCS race was all about Martin Truex Jr. The No. 78 car took control the second the No. 4 took a back seat, outdueling Kyle …

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The Frontstretch 5: Reasons Not to Take NASCAR Too Seriously

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  1. Every race ticket comes with a free cold shower Aside from the racing, people-watching is the most entertaining thing you can do at the racetrack. This story happened when I was a kid in the grandstands at Richmond Raceway. The race had just ended and people were filing out, but my dad and …

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Pace Laps: Quiet Martin Truex Jr. & Weekend of the Kyles

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Martin Truex Jr. Quiet Despite Racing on 2017 Playing Ground Sunday’s Pennzoil 400 seemed like a perfect event for Martin Truex Jr. to win for the single-car Furniture Row Racing team: fourth-place starting spot on a 1.5-mile track in the race he won one year ago. However, a win was …

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Friday Faceoff: To Repave Atlanta or Not to Repave?

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There has been talk regarding Atlanta Motor Speedway’s racing surface on whether to repave or not to repave. What do you think? Matt McLaughlin: I sure hope it won’t be repaved. The worn surface makes tire management crucial and introduces the chances to use contrary strategy to have a tortoise beat a hare. It’s a lot like …

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Pace Laps: Ford Forges Ahead Of NASCAR Pack at Atlanta

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Ford Takes Charge in Atlanta For Ford, Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway was a throwback to happier times for the manufacturer: Atlanta 2017. It was in that race, one year ago where Kevin Harvick dominated, leading 292 of 325 laps. But a late caution flag shuffled the field, costing Harvick a …

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