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Frontstretch Podcast: 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship Preview

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In a special edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino, Tom Bowles, Davey Segal and Phil Allaway are live from Homestead-Miami Speedway breaking down Ford Championship Weekend. Who will win the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship? Before we answer that, the Frontstretch quartet breaks down the XFINITY and Camping World Truck series championship races. They saw …

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Martin Truex Jr. Looking to Send Furniture Row Out On Top

Martin Truex Jr. while being interviewed at Championship 4 Media Day at The Miami Beach EDITION on Thursday, November 15, 2018. (Photo/Davey Segal)

Martin Truex Jr. is attempting to hit a walk-off home run. But with Sunday, Nov. 18 being Furniture Row Racing’s last NASCAR event, it’s more like a grand slam. The worst-kept secret in the garage became public this month, as Truex and crew chief Cole Pearn will move to the No. 19 Toyota with Joe …

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Elliott Sadler on Possible Final NASCAR Race: “It feels right, I gave it my all”

Elliott Sadler shares a toast in his final Xfinity start as a full-time driver on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. (Photo/Davey Segal)

If Saturday night was Elliott Sadler’s final NASCAR race, he ended his career like he started it. Raising hell with some liquid courage in his hand. Sadler’s 14th-place result was secondary to the bigger story: the possible end to a career of one of the longest-tenured veterans in the series, “one of the good guys,” …

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Cole Custer on Championship Runner-Up: “I feel like we did almost everything right”

Cole Custer came up one spot short of winning the 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series championship on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. (Photo/Davey Segal)

For 95 laps of Saturday’s Ford EcoBoost 300, you could’ve said it was 2017 all over again. Cole Custer had the dominant car, leading the field and driving away. The only difference this season is that a championship was on the line. Unfortunately for the Ladera Ranch, California native, he wound up one spot short …

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Elliott Sadler on Retirement: “I Have No Regrets”

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

It’s been a hell of a NASCAR ride for Elliott Sadler. For almost three decades, all he’s ever known was racing. But he’s ready for a change, some time away from the week-to-week grind and quality moments with the family. That time will start once the checkered flag flies on the Ford EcoBoost 300 from …

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Kevin Harvick: ‘I Feel Like We Race With a Chip on Our Shoulder Every Week’

Kevin Harvick while being interviewed at Championship 4 Media Day at The Miami Beach EDITION on Thursday, November 15, 2018. (Photo/Davey Segal)

Don’t tell Kevin Harvick he’s the championship favorite. He’ll set you straight. “I feel like we race with a chip on our shoulder every week,” Harvick said heading into Ford Championship Weekend. “For me, there’s always some incentive in proving to people that you can do something that isn’t what they think you should do. …

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Johnny Sauter on Homestead Performance: “It was awful, we sucked tonight”

(Photo: Davey Segal)

Johnny Sauter‘s Ford EcoBoost 200 didn’t exactly go as planned. Although his contenders called him the favorite entering the weekend, the No. 21 GMS Racing Chevrolet limped home to a 12th-place finish, never having the speed to challenge for the Camping World Truck Series championship. “We just missed it,” Sauter said on pit road. “I …

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GMS Racing Championship 4 Teammates Pace Homestead Practices

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If the two morning practice sessions are any indication, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series may have to go through GMS Racing. Practice No. 1 2016 series champion Johnny Sauter led the opening practice session with a lap at 170.465 mph on his very first lap of the day. Sauter’s lap was six-hundredths of a …

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Christopher Bell’s Mindset Intact Ahead of Championship Finale

Christopher Bell while being interviewed at Championship 4 Media Day at The Miami Beach EDITION on Thursday, November 15, 2018. (Photo/Davey Segal)

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is a cliché, yet true motto in sports. Christopher Bell is subscribing to that in this weekend’s championship race. When the green flag flies on the Ford EcoBoost 300 (Saturday, Nov. 17, 4 p.m. ET, NBC), the seven-time winner this season isn’t seeking the win. Instead, he just …

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Justin Haley Embracing Dark-Horse Role at Homestead: “I’ve Got No Pressure”

Justin Haley while being interviewed at Championship 4 Media Day at The Miami Beach EDITION on Thursday, November 15, 2018. (Photo/Davey Segal)

Justin Haley is driving with a chip on his shoulder, and he wants you to know it. “It’s dark horse,” Haley said jokingly while correcting a reporter who called him an underdog. But Haley’s performance thus far in the NASCAR Playoffs has been nothing short of in-your-face-impressive. “We were the No. 7 seed going into …

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