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The Frontstretch 5: NASCAR Feel-Good Stories

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1. A silver lining On a Sunday in March 1997, the Truck Series raced at Homestead Miami Speedway. Late in the event, John Nemechek, the younger brother of Cup driver Joe Nemechek, spun in the first corner and slammed into the wall with the driver’s side. He was taken to the hospital with severe injuries. …

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The Frontstretch 5: Meaningful Changes that Could Turn the Tide for NASCAR

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1. Allow innovation Sometimes, less is more, and when it comes to NASCAR’s extensive rule book, there are areas where that’s definitely the case. No, NASCAR doesn’t need to go to a “run what you brung” free-for-all, but opening up some areas, like suspensions and gears, would allow teams to find things that work for …

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The Frontstretch 5: Drivers Ready To End Their Winless Streak

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1. Paul Menard It has been 277 races since Menard last won a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. Driving the No. 27 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, Paul Menard won the 2011 Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In that race, he led 27 laps and stretched the fuel in his No. 27 Chevrolet to …

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The Frontstretch 5: Memorable Weather Events in NASCAR

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Spring has sprung, and with it comes the atmospheric instability that has wreaked havoc on NASCAR’s schedule since the sport’s inception. Rain, snow, wind, thunderstorms and even fog have spawned delays and allowed for some surprising race winners over the years, all courtesy of Mother Nature. 1. The 2001 Winston All-Star Race 2001 was already …

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The Frontstretch 5: Recent Xfinity Champs & How Cup is Treating Them

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1. William Byron (2017) Years in Cup: Second year in 2019 Current Team: Hendrick Motorsports Races: 43 Wins: 0 Top 5s: 0 Top 10s: 5 Average Finish: 21.3 Best Points finish: 23rd (2018, first full season) Byron is the hardest in this group to judge because he’s the least experienced in Cup by at least …

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The Frontstretch 5: Things Fans Should Hope to See on the Gen-7 NASCAR Racecar

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1. Mechanical grip… and a different approach 2019 might not be remembered as the year with the most exciting racing, but it might go down as something else: the year NASCAR became dedicated to real, meaningful change in the sport. One of those changes that’s on the way in two short seasons is the seventh-generation …

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