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2-Headed Monster: Is Ryan Newman Hall of Fame Worthy?

Ryan Newman in the garage at Chicagoland Speedway, September 2017. Photo: NKP

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As we await the next round of NASCAR Hall of Fame nominees, it’s natural to look to the current active drivers who are nearing retirement age (for drivers not named Harry Gant or Mark Martin) and wonder who might be eligible for future nomination. Having made 700 career starts this past Sunday at Kansas Speedway, …

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2-Headed Monster: NASCAR Rain Tire Test a Long Time Coming or Recipe for Disaster?

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This week’s race at Martinsville Speedway (on April 10) conjures up a number of memorable images: pink hot dogs, neighborhood trains, Denny Hamlin doing Joey Logano impressions, and racing in the rain. Hey, what was that last one? NASCAR’s recent tire test evaluating the feasibility of running a wet tire at an oval with limited …

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2-Headed Monster: Will Kevin Harvick Win a Race in 2021?

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The 2021 season has been a season of parity so far. Through six races we’ve had six different winners and some you may not have guessed. There have been some surprises along the way, with perhaps the biggest surprise being that Kevin Harvick and his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing team have failed to lead a …

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2-Headed Monster: Does Ty Gibbs’ Meteoric Rise Leave Kyle Busch Vulnerable at Joe Gibbs Racing?

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Last weekend, the Daytona International Speedway road course had a lot of interesting storylines. Perhaps the biggest occurred during the NASCAR Xfinity Series event when 18-year-old Ty Gibbs took the checkered flag in his first career start in the series. Gibbs’ early success is not a fluke. He has dominated the ARCA Menards Series in …

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2-Headed Monster: Has Perception of Daytona 500 Changed Due to High Crash Rate?

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The Daytona 500 means many different things for many different race fans. Over the years, the perception of the Daytona 500 has changed many different times. In its early years, it was a race where the limits of the machine and horsepower were tested. Often a spread-out, low-attrition race, the Daytona 500 was sold as …

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2020 NASCAR Team Reviews: Germain Racing

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2020 was Germain Racing’s 10th full-time season in the NASCAR Cup Series – and ultimately its swan song. With long-time sponsor GEICO not returning for 2021 and presumably exiting the sport after being a fixture for over a decade, Bob Germain announced in September that the team would be shutting down and not returning for …

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2-Headed Monster: Does Jimmie Johnson’s Career Impact NASCAR like Petty, Earnhardt, or Gordon?

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One of the greatest career performances in motorsports drew to a close this past week at Phoenix Raceway as Jimmie Johnson exited from full-time NASCAR competition. Not wanting to apply the retirement tag, as that has proved to be a bit premature in a few instances over the last few years, Johnson will be competing …

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2-Headed Monster: Should NASCAR Have Penalized the No. 20 Team After Martinsville?

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Another playoff race at Martinsville and another race filled with drama. There were several things that happened at Martinsville that got people’s attention. One of these things was radio communication from the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing team. As Chase Elliott was pulling away to victory, the fight for the final two transfer spots was …

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2-Headed Monster: Should NASCAR Make a Change to the 550 HP Package After 2020 Season?

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What was it about Sunday’s (Oct. 18) race that left people with strong feelings, both good and bad? Was it the fact that Joey Logano, a driver who came into the weekend with just one win, is now running for the championship? Is it the fact that for the last 40 laps of the Hollywood …

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2-Headed Monster: Is It Time for NASCAR to Abolish The Double-Yellow-Line Rule?

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Talladega and controversy. Those words go together all too often, and it can be said again after Sunday’s (Oct. 4) YellaWood 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. It was a race marred in controversy as Denny Hamlin won his seventh race of the season, edging Matt DiBenedetto at the line for victory. But it wasn’t that simple. …

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2-Headed Monster: Is Shortening Auto Club Speedway the Right Move?

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Color us surprised. On Tuesday (Sept. 8), Jeff Gluck and Jordan Bianchi of The Athletic reported that NASCAR plans to reconfigure the 2-mile Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California into a half-mile short track. There had been talks in the past about reconfiguring Auto Club Speedway, but it was nothing serious. This time, though, a plan has …

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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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