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

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

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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Friday Faceoff: Is This Hendrick Lineup Its Best Ever?

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Is this the most competitive Hendrick Motorsports has ever been? Luken Glover: One can certainly make that argument. It isn’t a head-and-shoulders advantage, but this NASCAR Cup Series season is right there as one of the best. If a HMS car wins this week, it will tie its 2007 record for the most single-season wins …

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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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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

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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(Photo: Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

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: 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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Best Seat at the Track: Jesse Johnston Joins for Bristol

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On this edition of Best Seat at the Track, Jared Haas is joined by Jesse Johnston to preview the Bass Pro Shops Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. They discuss the challenges that Alex Bowman and William Byron face in order to make the Round of 12, as well as consider how NASCAR can increase …

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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

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

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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