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Power Rankings: ‘Dega Dominos Edition

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

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You can’t win the clichés during the fourth race of the 10-race playoff schedule, but you can sure lose the cliché battle at Talladega Superspeedway. Unfortunately, drivers pushed the rules envelope on Sunday (Oct. 4), causing NASCAR to actually make a ruling on their beloved “Yellow Line Rule.” For those new to NASCAR, a driver …

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Alex Bowman Driving No. 48 for Hendrick Motorsports in 2021

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Alex Bowman will make the move to Hendrick Motorsports’ No. 48 Chevrolet for the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season, the team revealed Tuesday, Oct. 6. The move comes after Jimmie Johnson elected to retire at the end of 2020, vacating the No. 48. Bowman has driven the team’s No. 88 since 2018, winning a pair of …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2020 YellaWood 500 at Talladega

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What happened?  Denny Hamlin won Sunday’s (Oct. 4) YellaWood 500 at Talladega Superspeedway after three overtime restarts and a controversial last-lap pass.  Erik Jones, Ty Dillon, William Byron and Chase Elliott rounded out the top five after Matt DiBenedetto (originally second) and Chris Buescher (originally eighth) were penalized for their final moves coming through turns …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Mediocre Vegas, 2021 Schedule & Ross Chastain Chats Moving to NASCAR Cup

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Subscribe: iTunes In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss the lackluster racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway from last weekend, which saw Kurt Busch hold on for the victory after catching a timely caution during a cycle of green flag pit stops. With the win, Busch advances to the Round of 8, stealing …

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Power Rankings: Luck of the Vegas Native Edition

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In Las Vegas, some times it’s better to be lucky than good at the games of chance. On Sunday night (Sept. 27), Kurt Busch hit the jackpot when a caution flew during a cycle of green flag pit stops. That timely caution helped one of Vegas’ own win, but it was an impressive finish that …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2020 South Point 400

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Kurt Busch’s out-of-nowhere hometown win came as he used every advantage presented to him by a caution that fell at just the right time. He snagged the South Point 400’s checkered flag for his first win of the year and secured a berth in the next …

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Kurt Busch Gets Lucky in Las Vegas, Wins the South Point 400

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In his last trip to Las Vegas Motor Speedway before a NASCAR Cup Series retirement and transition to INDYCAR, Jimmie Johnson hoped for a solid run in the 2020 South Point 400 to close it out. Little did he know, the seven-time NASCAR champion would become the pivotal crux that determined the outcome of Sunday’s …

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Power Rankings: Dirty Dozen Edition

Kevin Harvick racing with Kyle Busch in 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Bristol Night race, NKP

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Bristol Motor Speedway is considering importing dirt? If this isn’t an indictment of the current template for NASCAR as it applies to short track racing, I am not sure what else it would be. Since Speedway Motorsports Inc., has decided to add traction compound at the bottom of this track, the racing has gotten much …

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Power Rankings: No Longer the Action Track Edition

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They used to call Richmond Raceway the “Action Track,” but after racing 400 laps without a non-manufactured caution flag, they might need to forget that nickname ever existed. This isn’t the fault of the track. This isn’t the fault of the drivers. This is the fault of a rules package that makes a gentle rub …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Matt DiBenedetto Talks Making Postseason, Difference in Packages at Darlington

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Subscribe: iTunes In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss the difference in aerodynamic packages being on display at Darlington Raceway, leading to a mediocre Southern 500 and one of the best NASCAR races of the season with the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Kevin Harvick took advantage of an incident involving Martin Truex Jr. and …

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