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The Frontstretch 5: Drivers Who Should Race Full Time in ARCA

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The ARCA Menards Series ends its season this Friday night (Oct. 16) at Kansas Speedway with the Speediatrics 150, concluding the series’ first season under NASCAR ownership. Only four drivers competed in every race this year: Hailie Deegan, Drew Dollar, Bret Holmes and Michael Self. As this ARCA season ends, drivers and teams will begin preparing …

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The Frontstretch 5: (Other) Rules NASCAR Should Revisit

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The double yellow line rule has been hogging the spotlight this week (thanks, Talladega Superspeedway), but it’s not the only page in the rulebook that NASCAR should take a new look at in the offseason. Here are a few others that could stand a tweak or three. 1. Playoff Inspection There’s more on the line …

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The Frontstretch 5: NASCAR Xfinity Drivers Who Could Move to Cup in 2021

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We are in the midst of that time of year again: silly season. While many moves have been made between NASCAR Cup Series drivers, there is always the underlying presence of Xfinity Series drivers making the big leap. The 2020 season saw four successful drivers from NASCAR’s lower divisions, specifically the Xfinity Series, move up: …

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The Frontstretch 5: Big 2020 NASCAR Silly Season Dominoes Yet to Fall

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The dominoes began falling in Silly Season 2020 early this year, and they certainly picked up steam this week, with the announcement that Bubba Wallace will join new team owners Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin in a new Toyota NASCAR Cup Series effort for 2021.  With that comes the announcement that Germain Racing will close …

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The Frontstretch 5: Non-Playoff Drivers Most Likely to Play the Spoiler

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With the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs underway, the rest of the field often gets overlooked.  Actually, that’s putting it mildly; they’re generally soundly ignored as the drivers in title contention battle it out each week. But there are drivers outside the playoffs with plenty to prove, and they’d love nothing more than to waltz in …

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The Frontstretch 5: Memorable NASCAR Playoff Moments

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1. Joey, Wall. Wall, Joey. Who can forget Matt Kenseth intentionally wrecking Joey Logano at Martinsville Speedway in 2015? This favorite moment of mine was all set because Logano, who was right in the thick of the championship hunt, drew the irk of Kenseth from a previous incident at Kansas Speedway, which took out the …

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The Frontstretch 5: Playoff Eliminations, Round of 16

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1. Austin Dillon Austin Dillon and Richard Childress Racing teammate Tyler Reddick dueled for the win at Texas Motor Speedway in mid-July, with the No. 3 car coming out on top to secure a playoff spot. The pair were on the playoff bubble at the time, Dillon in 16th and barely in the playoffs. In …

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The Frontstretch 5: Current NASCAR Cup Bubble Drivers & Their Playoff Chances

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NASCAR’s regular season ends this Saturday night, Aug. 29, and while Kevin Harvick has already locked down the trophy — and 15 playoff points — for leading the points at that juncture, there’s still plenty on the line. And this year, instead of a tame intermediate track or even the racy Richmond Raceway, the race …

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The Frontstretch 5: (Other) Drivers Who Could Make a Run At the 2020 NASCAR Cup Title

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If you listen to the talk, most people are certain this year’s title will come down to either Kevin Harvick or Denny Hamlin. Frankly, it should come down to them, and it well might. Provided they both make the finale at Phoenix Raceway, they’re both strong there, and they’ve finished one-two more than once already …

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