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A Look Ahead to Cup Championship Weekend

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After a season that featured a stoppage due to a global pandemic, way too many rain delays, a frightening crash and more oddities and bizarre moments, the NASCAR Cup Series has finally arrived at the precipice of the offseason. All that chaos has led to championship weekend, which, appropriate for the whirlwind that 2020 has …

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Fire on Fridays: How Will Success Be Judged in This Era of NASCAR?

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The era of a good points day is officially over. Has been for awhile now. Points do matter. After all, if Kevin Harvick gains more than the one stage point at Texas Motor Speedway and Martinsville Speedway than he did, odds are he’s Championship 4 bound in the NASCAR Cup Series this year. But he didn’t, …

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NASCAR 101: Our Storylines of 2020, Revisited

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For the fourth year in a row, the final NASCAR 101 before the NASCAR season finale takes a look back at the columns written here throughout the year to see if any updates to the storylines tackled are warranted. It’s a bit of an odd one this year, given the lack of columns for a multi-week …

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Stock Car Scoop: Lineups for Phoenix

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All three lineups were revealed for this weekend’s season finales at Phoenix Raceway. Who will lead the field to the green? Find out in the latest edition of Stock Car Scoop.  Frontstretch‘s newest podcast focused on the motorsports news of the week also has news on an Xfinity Series regular returning to his ride in …

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2-Headed Monster: Should NASCAR Have Penalized the No. 20 Team After Martinsville?

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Another playoff race at Martinsville and another race filled with drama. There were several things that happened at Martinsville that got people’s attention. One of these things was radio communication from the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing team. As Chase Elliott was pulling away to victory, the fight for the final two transfer spots was …

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Here’s an Update on the Previous Comcast Community Champion of the Year Finalists

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Since Comcast entered NASCAR as the entitlement sponsor of the NASCAR Xfinity Series, it’s given back to the community. The company focuses on awarding people within the racing community for philanthropic initiatives via the Comcast Community Champion of the Year award. The award, presented every year during championship week, has been granted to drivers, pit …

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Chase Elliott on Pole for Cup Championship Race at Phoenix

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Chase Elliott will lead the NASCAR Cup Series field to green in the race for the championship at Phoenix Raceway. The No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports driver earned the pole after winning last week’s event at Martinsville Speedway. March’s Phoenix victor Joey Logano will start next to Elliott on the front row, while his Team Penske …

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Ryan Newman: ‘My Abilities Behind The Wheel Have Not Changed’

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Ryan Newman‘s 2020 NASCAR season started off with a bang. With just a few hundred yards prior to the checkered flag of the Daytona 500, the No. 6 was turned into the outside wall from the lead, flipped on its lid and was hit by Corey LaJoie, sending Newman soaring through the air. Newman finished …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Is the Playoff Comparison to Other Sports Fair?

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The playoff format for the last seven years in the NASCAR Cup Series has drawn comparisons to several other sports, which is not what many fans want to happen at all. With NASCAR, which had a unique playoff format from 2004-13, nobody really ever compared the sport to others. When the sanctioning body established the …

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Did You Notice?: Martinsville Brought Chaotic Season to a Head

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Did You Notice? … As if the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season (and 2020 as a whole) hadn’t been chaotic enough and there wasn’t enough around the corner with the season finale at Phoenix Raceway, Sunday’s (Nov. 1) race at Martinsville Speedway injected a dose of adrenaline into the season and its playoffs. Let’s start …

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