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Frontstretch 5: Things That Made the 2021 NASCAR Season So Great

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Leading up to the Daytona 500, we were all told by FOX Sports that the 2021 NASCAR season would be the best one ever. Now that we’re at the end of it (hard to believe, am I right?), it’s now our turn to analyze and reflect on everything that the season gave us. From big …

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Frontstretch 5: Top Predictions for NASCAR Championship Weekend at Phoenix

Martin Truex Jr. and Denny Hamlin talk on pit road before the 2021 Xfinity 500 at Martinsville Speedway. (Photo: Getty Images)

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This is it. No more messing around. Twelve drivers. Three champions. Nine losers. Every fan and every NASCAR Camping World Truck, Xfinity and Cup Series team has waited for this weekend to come since February. We’ve seen the good, bad, ugly and everything in between happen from then until now. Some drivers have met our …

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Frontstretch 5: Most Forgettable Seasons by NASCAR Cup Drivers in 2021

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With just two races left in the 2021 season for NASCAR’s three touring series, all eyes will be on the playoff drivers and who advances their way into the championship finale at Phoenix Raceway. While these drivers will rightfully have much of the attention on them, there are drivers like Christopher Bell, William Byron and …

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Frontstretch 5: Most Exciting Championship Battles in ARCA History

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NASCAR may have three more weeks of racing left in 2021, but for the ARCA Menards Series, a new champion will be crowned this Friday (Oct. 22) night at Kansas Speedway. Ty Gibbs and Corey Heim have been the cream of the crop in ARCA this year. The two young drivers have won a combined …

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Frontstretch 5: Dirt Modified Drivers Who Should Get a NASCAR Start in 2022

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If you’re a true fan of dirt track racing, you know just how big of a deal Super DIRT Week is. The 49th edition of “Racing’s Biggest Party” concluded Sunday at Oswego Speedway in upstate New York, starring the DIRTcar pro stocks, dirt sportsmans, small block and big block modifieds. Thanks to NASCAR having two …

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Frontstretch 5: NASCAR’s Most Recent Maiden Driver-Team Victories

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With Bubba Wallace‘s first career victory at Talladega Superspeedway on Monday (Oct. 4), it was the first time a Black driver had visited a NASCAR Cup Series victory lane in nearly 60 years and the first triumph for 23XI Racing in its debut season. The win is also the first time a driver and team …

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Frontstretch 5: Feuds That Could Brew Again in NASCAR Playoffs

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This past weekend’s events at Bristol Motor Speedway brought out the best of moods for spectators and the worst of moods for the drivers. New feuds were born and they all may be something for fans to keep an eye on as these playoffs continue. Chase Elliott and Kevin Harvick’s memorable post-race scrum at Bristol …

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Frontstretch 5: Best Clutch Performances in NASCAR Playoff History

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Four unlucky drivers’ fates will be sealed after this coming Saturday’s (Sept. 18) Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway, as the NASCAR Cup Series playoff field will be reduced from 16 to 12 competitors. Alex Bowman, Tyler Reddick, William Byron and Michael McDowell all enter Bristol underneath the cutoff line, and …

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Frontstretch 5: Retired NASCAR Drivers Who Should Make a 1-Time Comeback

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As he’s done for the past few years now, fan favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr. will get behind the wheel of a NASCAR Xfinity Series car again for one race. On Saturday, Sept. 11, Earnhardt will pilot his own No. 8 Chevrolet in the GoBowling 250 at Richmond Raceway. It’s a good place for him to …

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Frontstretch 5: Shortest Rain-Shortened Races in NASCAR’s Modern Era

Sheldon Creed was victorious in the rain-shortened race held at Kentucky Speedway, the 2020 Buckle Up In Your Truck 225. (Photo: NKP)

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Fire is often said to be a driver’s biggest fear, but rain ought to be a close second.  As seen in last week’s Belgian Grand Prix, unwanted precipitation can bring things to a soggy end and ruin everyone’s day in a hurry. Fans at Spa-Francorchamps were treated to a two-lap parade under the safety car …

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