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4 Burning Questions: Now With 35% Less Jimmie Johnson

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Is this really going to be the “best season ever”? That’s FOX Sports’ tagline for its coverage of NASCAR Cup Series action in 2021, at least. While I wouldn’t go that far, there definitely are some interesting things to watch out for this year. Perhaps the biggest test for these race teams is setting themselves …

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2021 NASCAR Preseason Power Rankings No. 25: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

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In his ninth season of full-time NASCAR Cup Series action, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will return to the seat of the No. 47 JTG Daugherty Chevrolet for the second straight season. While the team has not made many announcements this offseason, the general understanding is that Stenhouse’s contract he signed prior to last year was a …

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2020 Top NASCAR Storylines: COVID, COVID, COVID

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Over the next few weeks, Frontstretch will be looking back at the top 10 stories of the season, beginning with this installment. The nine that will come after this topic all would have been the biggest story of the year in just about any other year. Michael Jordan investing in a NASCAR team? The defending …

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4 Burning Questions: NASCAR in 2030

2020 Talladega playoff Cup Chase Elliott leads in pack racing Photo NKP

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This column is a series of proposals that essentially amount to where I’d like to see NASCAR be at in 10 years’ time. Now that the 2020 season is over and we’ve all gotten a good idea as to what exactly are the limits to the industry after being pushed to the brink by COVID-19, …

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4 Burning Questions: 2020 Season Awards

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Who is the driver of the year? While Chase Elliott is the champion, undoubtedly the best overall driver this season was Kevin Harvick. Harvick’s average finish of 7.333 tied with 2007 Jeff Gordon’s average finish of 7.333 for best in that category since 1999. Ironically, both drivers failed to win championships, with Gordon losing out …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: 2020 Season Finale 500

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It’s the final stop on a chaotic and bizarre NASCAR Cup Series season, as 40 drivers head to Phoenix Raceway for one last race. This race will decide a championship. The top finishing driver between Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Chase Elliott and Denny Hamlin will win the Bill France Cup. I have my own pick …

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4 Burning Questions: The Greatest of All Time

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How will Jimmie Johnson be remembered? After 19 full-time seasons, the greatest NASCAR driver of all time will call it a career on Sunday. Jimmie Johnson, one of only three drivers to win seven NASCAR Cup Series championships, has stayed true to his word that 2020 would be his final year in the No. 48 …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: The Xfinity 500

The fall race at Martinsville Speedway is the oldest race in NASCAR, having been first contested in the Cup Series’ first season in 1949. In the last 71 years, many great drivers have found victory at “the Paperclip”. In fact, only eight series champions, representing only 10 of those 71 championship seasons, have failed to …

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4 Burning Questions: What Is the State of NASCAR?

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What is the state of NASCAR? In a crazy season in a crazy year, there are still some positives coming out of it for NASCAR. It looks like TV ratings will fall at about the same level as they did in 2019, just a percentage point or two. This is actually great news, as NASCAR’s …

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NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 500

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Fort Worth, Texas is home to two massive sporting venues. One is AT&T Stadium, known colloquially as “Jerryworld”, the home of the Dallas Cowboys and one of the most advanced sports facilities in the world. The other is Texas Motor Speedway, a 1.5-mile oval known both for its long distance races and variability as either …

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