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The V Keeps Flying: Michael Self Wins Lucas Oil 200 Pole in Daytona

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For the fourth year in a row, Venturini Motorsports has won the pole for the season-opener at Daytona. This Saturday, it was Michael Self topping the field as the lead car in qualifying group 1, driving what he called “the best car I’ve ever had at Daytona.” 🚨 @GeneralTire POLE WINNER 🚨@michaelself’s lap of 49.434 …

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Erik Jones Leads Joe Gibbs Racing Sweep in Busch Clash Practice

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Picking up right where they left off in Speedweeks a year ago, the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas posted the top four speeds of the lone practice for Sunday’s Busch Clash. Erik Jones, Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch were joined by Ryan Blaney in the top five. All four JGR Toyotas broke 199.5 …

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More for Ford: Connor Hall Crowns ARCA Happy Hour Speed Charts as Fusions Lead Both Daytona Sessions

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After Hailie Deegan topped the first practice session of the season for the ARCA Menards Series, it was Connor Hall in a Chad Bryant Racing Ford that again led the speed charts in a Fusion, this time in happy hour. Hall was followed by Dave Mader III, Dominique van Wieringen, Willie Mullins and Sean Corr …

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Hello, Hailie: Deegan Tops Charts in First Daytona ARCA Practice

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It took until the final 10 minutes of practice to see a true drafting pack develop in Lucas Oil 200 practice at Daytona, and though Hailie Deegan wasn’t at the front, she proved the fastest. Deegan and her No. 4 DGR-Crosley Ford topped the charts in the first ARCA practice Friday. Drew Dollar, Tanner Gray, …

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Speedweeks 2020: Meet the New Year, Same as the Old Year

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Rewind back to my season-opening column a year ago, and the theme was bridge building. The need for NASCAR to find a way to connect what have become two disparate fan bases; those remaining that follow NASCAR Cup Series racing religiously, and those that left the big tent behind for the nation’s remaining dirt tracks …

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2020 NASCAR Cup Series Preseason Power Rankings

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For the first time here at Frontstretch, our staff banded together to vote on who it thinks will be the top drivers of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season in a preseason power rankings format. Each participating staff member sent a 30-driver ranking before the beginning of the season, taking into account not only 2019 successes …

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2019 NASCAR Top Storylines: Matt Crafton’s Winless Truck Series Championship

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Matt Crafton is certainly a driver worthy of three NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series crowns. It’s a shame that he has to be the face of a 2019 title, however, that rings entirely hollow.  Securing the 2019 Truck championship on the back of a second-place finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Crafton became only the …

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2019 NASCAR Top Storylines: Cup Schedule Realignment — The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

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While NASCAR fans continue to wait with bated breath for the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series schedule and all the change it is supposed to bring, the sanctioning body took a rare proactive step forward in 2020 with an aggressive schedule realignment that, while remaining within the confines of racetracks currently in agreements with NASCAR, will …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead

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The Headline(s): The Cup Series may as well have never left Florida. After sweeping the podium in the Daytona 500, a dominant Joe Gibbs Racing pulled the same feat in Homestead, with Kyle Busch proving the best of the Toyotas to win the Ford EcoBoost 400 and the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship. …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 BlueGreen Vacations 500 at Phoenix

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The Headline(s): Denny Hamlin shook off years of shortcomings in playoff races, dominating Sunday’s (Nov. 10) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event and capitalizing on a two-tire stop to maintain track position after a late-race yellow to win the 500-kilometer parade in Avondale, Ariz. 🎶 stage divin' out the nosebleeds 🎶@dennyhamlin | #Championship4 pic.twitter.com/KC9BWz7xBV — …

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