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Power Rankings: ‘Dega Dominos Edition

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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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5 Points to Ponder: Rooting for Underdogs to Win at Talladega is Kind of Futile

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1. Talladega is a Tease for Underdogs Everyone who has followed NASCAR for even a few years knows the narrative about races at Talladega Superspeedway. The Big One is going to strike at some point (sometimes more than once) and a bunch of top cars will be eliminated. Drivers from underfunded teams will be in …

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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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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2020 YellaWood 500

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Denny Hamlin made a hang-at-the-back and avoid trouble strategy work on Sunday (Oct. 4), winning at Talladega Superspeedway with a last-lap pass. That’s after staying out of the fray for much of the day and working his way into position through multiple final shootouts. A bad …

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Stock Car Scoop: Winner Denny Hamlin Calls Talladega Controversy ‘A Non-Story’

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Denny Hamlin won the YellaWood 500 at Talladega Superspeedway (Oct. 4). But the victory didn’t come without some controversy. How did Hamlin deal with the criticism and why does he feel like it’s a “non-story?” Find out what he had to say in the latest edition of Stock Car Scoop.  Frontstretch‘s newest podcast focused on …

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Denny Hamlin Claims Controversial Talladega Superspeedway Win

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After four-plus hours of NASCAR Cup Series racing, more than 58 lead changes, and two red flags, Denny Hamlin emerged with a controversial victory in the YellaWood 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday (Oct. 4).  With the race having already gone into overtime, William Byron and Matt DiBenedetto made contact while racing for the lead. …

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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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5 Points to Ponder: Form Is Temporary, Class Is Permanent

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The Wildest Card Talladega is the dictionary definition of a wild-card stock car race — just look how many drivers got their first win there. So for those wheelmen currently on the wrong side of the cut line, this weekend offers the best possible chance at booking a spot in the final eight with a …

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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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The Frontstretch 5: Big 2020 NASCAR Silly Season Dominoes Yet to Fall

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The dominoes began falling in Silly Season 2020 early this year, and they certainly picked up steam this week, with the announcement that Bubba Wallace will join new team owners Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin in a new Toyota NASCAR Cup Series effort for 2021.  With that comes the announcement that Germain Racing will close …

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Power Rankings: Dirty Dozen Edition

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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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Up to Speed: Tough Decisions Ahead for Ford’s NASCAR Teams

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The more things change for Matt DiBenedetto, the more they stay the same.  Returning to Bristol Motor Speedway for the 2020 Bass Pro Shops/NRA Night Race, he was in need of an outstanding performance.  For the first time, DiBenedetto came to Thunder Valley as a NASCAR playoff driver.  But a pair of lackluster results in …

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