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Friday Faceoff: New Package the Norm?

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This past weekend’s tweaked aerodynamic package at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the All-Star Race produced some of the best racing we’ve seen this season. Do you think this package should be used again, and if so, when and how often? Vito Pugliese: The package should be used again, but not until there have been some changes …

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The Frontstretch 5: Ingredients for Great Races


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1. A test of skill If you were to ask 10 different people what constitutes a great race, you are sure to get 10 different responses. Therefore, I can only speak for myself. The races which I consider great are the ones where I, as a fan, feel like the drivers are being pushed to …

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Up to Speed: Finding Balance in NASCAR’s 3 National Series

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For the better part of the last decade, a lack of excitement plagued NASCAR’s All-Star Race.  The event for recent Cup Series winners rose to fame as a no-holds-barred showdown in which drivers would throw caution to the wind racing for big money and bragging rights.  However, the lasting memories of recent All-Star Races are …

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Up to Speed: Matt Kenseth’s Return or Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s Rise?

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Matt Kenseth’s first race back in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series did not go quite as planned, despite the fanfare that surrounded the veteran racer being reunited with his new old team, Roush Fenway Racing. Instead, the No. 6 crew struggled with the car all night at Kansas Speedway on Saturday (May 12).  Kenseth …

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Up to Speed: A Surprising List of Winless Drivers in 2018

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Last year’s spring race at Dover International Speedway remains the most recent victory for Jimmie Johnson.  The No. 48 team reeled off three wins early in 2017 but struggled to run up front for the rest of the season.  Given Johnson’s past record of success, it is surprising that he has not found the path …

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Up to Speed: Drivers Need More Incentive to Make the Move

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Once the dust had settled at Talladega Superspeedway, Chase Elliott’s post-race thoughts probably echoed what a lot of fans were left thinking. “I got to the end (of the race), and those guys around me were working together so much,” Elliott said.  “I thought for sure one of them wanted to win a little worse …

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Up to Speed: Who Remembers Early Season Winners?

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Saturday night at Richmond Raceway, something happened in NASCAR’s Cup Series that has not happened in quite a while.  Kyle Busch’s victory made him the second driver to win at least three races in the season’s first nine events.  Busch’s three consecutive victories put him atop the win column with Kevin Harvick, who has three …

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Up to Speed: True Bristol Divides NASCAR Drivers and Fans

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Despite a losing battle with Mother Nature Sunday, Bristol Motor Speedway provided plenty of action for NASCAR fans this week. Saturday’s XFINITY Series event was the most successful attempt to date at restoring Bristol’s bottom groove. The application of PJ1 TrackBite to the low line through its turns held up well over the afternoon, causing …

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Up to Speed: Disparate Results for Chip Ganassi Racing

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Up until Sunday’s Monster Energy Series race at Texas Motor Speedway, Jamie McMurray’s 2018 season had been one disastrous race after another. His teammate, Kyle Larson, had enjoyed mostly good results this year, managing to avoid major trouble in any of the first six races. But in the Lone Star State, Chip Ganassi’s drivers found …

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Up to Speed: Too Many Pretenders Heading for the Playoffs

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It is hard to believe that NASCAR’s postseason championship format has gone through five different versions in 15 seasons.  The latest revision involved last year’s introduction of playoff points that drivers can earn throughout the season and carry with them through the different rounds of the postseason. Playoff points were a positive change, but the …

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