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The Frontstretch 5: NASCAR One-Hit Wonders

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Alex Bowman won the 2019 Camping World 400 at Chicagoland Speedway this past Sunday, scoring his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win. Of course, it wasn’t Bowman’s first win in a NASCAR national series. The 26-year-old won an Xfinity Series race in 2017 for Chip Ganassi Racing. Bowman’s second career NASCAR national series …

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The Frontstretch 5: Ways to Improve a Driver’s Performance

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1. Team Personnel Changes Sometimes all it takes is a new perspective for the team to help improve on areas they’ve been missing. A new (or reunited) crew chief can aid the driver by making adjustments on his car and strategizing a different way to win races. Take Michael Annett, for example. While he wasn’t …

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The Frontstrech 5: Questions to Ask as NASCAR Summer Heats Up

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1. Can anyone break the Joe Gibbs Racing-Team Penske stranglehold on the Cup Series? Last year it was Stewart-Haas Racing, JGR and its satellite Furniture Row Racing stealing the show. Fast forward a year and it’s the same story, team as Penske has taken over the top of the Ford mountain from SHR for the …

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The Frontstretch 5: Former Standalone Tracks That Could Fill a Void

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Sunday’s race at Iowa Speedway marks one of the last of the oval stand-alone events on the NASCAR circuit. The NASCAR Xfinity and Gander Outdoors Truck series both formerly had tracks that featured their own identity. The two series visited places that would fill the void for that area’s lack of NASCAR. Iowa is the …

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The Frontstretch 5: Drivers Due for a Win in 2019

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Through 15 races in the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, we have seen many different drivers break through, fade away, or routinely come close without being able to seal the deal. If you’ve watched racing for any amount of time, you know that once a driver starts routinely running and finishing in the …

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The Frontstretch 5: Ways NASCAR Could Spice Up the Next Generation Racecar

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1. Raise them up off the ground… a lot The hope here is that by forcing teams to make mechanical grip instead of relying on aerodynamic grip, that it would put races more in the drivers’ hands. The less the cars are sealed to the track, the more lift is created by the air underneath …

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The Frontstretch 5: Closest NASCAR Cup Finishes in 2019

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1. Daytona 500: margin of victory 0.138 seconds When looking at the closest finishes of any season, it’s no surprise that a superspeedway race, with its tight pack racing, tops the list. Talladega ended under caution, so it does not show up here. Denny Hamlin beat teammate Kyle Busch to the line by about a …

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The Frontstretch 5: Ways to Win a NASCAR Race

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1. Complete domination There are many ways to win in NASCAR, and not every race produces the one everyone wants to see. Take a race like Martin Truex Jr. had three years ago this coming weekend, in the 2016 Coca-Cola 600. Truex led 392 of 400 laps.  There were actually nine lead changes in that race, …

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The Frontstretch 5: Drivers Most Likely to Earn Pole Position for Indy 500

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1. Ed Jones Ed Jones turned the fastest lap Friday without the tow, meaning Jones had the fastest lap in qualifying trim with the added speed. Jones has a career-best start of fourth last season at Belle Isle in Detroit. He started fifth last weekend in the IndyCar Grand Prix of Indianapolis, which is his …

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The Frontstretch 5: Tracks That Should Host the NASCAR All-Star Race

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1. Martinsville Just two hours from the teams’ home base, the closest option outside of Charlotte Motor Speedway, NASCAR’s oldest track invites the type of racing fans want to see from a race where there is nothing but pride on the line. It’s a track where drivers can root and shove and use the bumper …

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