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2017 Frontstretch Podcast Powered by DraftKings – Episode 12: The Greatest Day in Racing

Episode 12: The Greatest Day in Racing Frontstretch podcast with Matt Stallknecht, Tom Bowles and Beth Lunkenheimer In this week’s episode, the gang breaks down the newly announced 2018 NASCAR Schedule ahead of a Memorial Day weekend slate of races that has the whole team excited. The crew also touches on Red Horse Racing’s closure as well as a recap of … Read more

Did You Notice?: A Look Into Aric Almirola Sub Possibilities

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Did You Notice? … Two big-name drivers have already turned down the No. 43 ride to replace an injured Aric Almirola? Carl Edwards, once highly coveted by Richard Petty Motorsports many years ago has said no, he can’t go back and run the car through Sonoma on June 25. It’s not the first time Edwards has said … Read more

Pace Laps: Aric Almirola’s Wreck Changes the Game, Ben Rhodes Comes up Shy of First Victory

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Almirola Crash Changed The Game – Just one week ago, Aric Almirola stood inside Victory Lane at Talladega Superspeedway. He’d won his second XFINITY Series race in his last three restrictor plate attempts, following that up with a fourth-place effort in the Cup race. A season-long goal of making the playoffs suddenly … Read more

Did You Notice?: Penske Penalties Piling Up, Longest NASCAR Winless Droughts

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Did You Notice? … Team Penske’s final appeal was denied for Brad Keselowski? After finishing fifth at Phoenix in March, the car failed post-race inspection for having too much skew in the rear suspension. The violation, which NASCAR claimed could improve the car’s handling, led to a $65,000 fine, a three-race suspension for crew chief Paul Wolfe … Read more

Did You Notice?: Joe Gibbs Racing Still Lags Behind at One-Quarter Pole

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Did You Notice? … The difference a year makes for Joe Gibbs Racing? This time last year, JGR had won five of nine races and had all four drivers firmly within playoff position. This time around? The organization is 0-for-9. Of its four-driver team, only Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin are in playoff position. Matt Kenseth hadn’t even led a … Read more

NASCAR’s Top Talent Scouts: Who’s Got the No. 1 Draft Pick?

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NASCAR’s Dale Earnhardt Jr. news cycle finally got trumped in the sporting world by Thursday night’s NFL draft. As you read this, stories are popping up over names like Mitch Trubisky, Jabrill Peppers and I-can’t-remember-his-name-but-god-he-better-help-my-team. It’s a reminder for all that life must go on. At Hendrick Motorsports, those words ring truer than ever as it … Read more

Did You Notice?: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Retires On His Terms, Goes His Own Way

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Did You Notice? … Dale Earnhardt Jr. is retiring at the end of the season? Are you surprised? I think we’re all lying if we say we aren’t. The move, while expected to come in the next couple of years, not this one, was kept nicely under wraps. A well-orchestrated press conference Tuesday afternoon was not sniffed … Read more

5 Points to Ponder: Should Kyle Larson Feel Good or Bad About 2017?

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ONE: Pit Road Speeding During the first 300 laps at Bristol Motor Speedway, not a single Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver got busted for speeding. The pits were so tame, the only major incident was a commitment line violation by rookie Gray Gaulding. If that name’s your front page headline, after answering the obvious question of “Who’s that?” … Read more

Friday Faceoff: Which Rookie Is Top of the Class?

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In the days leading up to Matt Kenseth’s announcement of a six-race sponsorship deal with Circle K Wednesday, some speculated that the announcement would concern the driver’s imminent retirement. He may not be stepping aside any time soon, but realistically, how much time does Kenseth have? Matteo Marcheschi: Matt Kenseth doesn’t have long. While he has earned … Read more

Did You Notice?: Jimmie Johnson’s Other Big Milestone

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Did You Notice? … The other milestones Jimmie Johnson could be chasing soon? Sure, the eighth championship stands out above all others. But Johnson’s 81st victory a little over a week ago came as a reminder he’s entering exclusive territory. That Texas triumph marked the 16th straight year Johnson has earned at least one Cup Series … Read more

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