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Up to Speed: Which Drivers Are Likely to Tame Darlington in its 2020 NASCAR Return?

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The 2020 NASCAR season, paused for about two months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is less than a week away from resuming.  The first two races will be held at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina, about a two-hour drive from race shops in the Charlotte area.  They include a 400-mile event on Sunday, May 17 …

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Matt Kenseth & Ryan Newman Return, Brett Moffitt Updates Progress on Broken Femurs

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss Ryan Newman returning to NASCAR after many feared the worst post-Daytona 500. Chip Ganassi Racing gave Matt Kenseth the nod for the No. 42 car, bypassing Ross Chastain. Now that NASCAR has granted Kenseth a waiver to be playoff eligible, Albino and Neff discuss what …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Talladega Brings Child-Like Delight, Confusion to Broadcast

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Talladega is always an interesting race weekend, whether it’s in real life, or in iRacing. Last weekend was no exception as the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series visited the 2.66-mile tri-oval. Meanwhile, an outsider dominated the show Saturday at the virtual Circuit of the Americas. GEICO 70 Sunday’s eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series race at …

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Alex Bowman Wins NASCAR Pro Invitational Series GEICO 70 at Talladega

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Alex Bowman scored his first eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series victory on Sunday afternoon (April 26). Bowman survived a chaotic final lap to win NASCAR’s GEICO 70 at virtual Talladega Superspeedway. Corey LaJoie started from the pole position in his Pro Invitational Series debut and put himself in position to win. But his last-gasp effort …

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Frontstretch Podcast: iRacing Shenanigans, Tyler Reddick Talks Rookie Season

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss Sunday’s iRacing Pro Invitational Series at virtual Bristol Motor Speedway, which saw veteran iRacer William Byron get the win. The biggest news coming out of the Bristol race was Blue-Emu deciding to drop its sponsorship from Bubba Wallace after he “rage quit” following an incident …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Bristol Brings Wrecking and Ranting

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Last weekend saw the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series compete at the virtual Bristol Motor Speedway in the Food City Showdown. The race itself was a bit of a mess, a problem FOX Sports handled well as it was out of the TV broadcasts’ control. Food City Showdown Sunday afternoon brought a bunch of changes …

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Clint Bowyer on iRacing Pro Invitational Series: ‘We’re All in This Together’

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Even a few short weeks ago, no one could have imagined where the motorsports world would be at this very moment. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, NASCAR was forced to postpone all of its events until Martinsville on May 9, leaving teams and fans alike without the familiar weekly cadence of stock car racing. Yet …

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Everything You Need to Know About This Week’s eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational

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On Tuesday night, prior to the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series event from Atlanta Motor Speedway, NASCAR’s Ben Kennedy announced a brand new series planned to run this spring: the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series. The first event will take place on Sunday, March 22nd at 1:30 p.m. ET, and will be broadcast on FS1. It …

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New eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series Formed

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A new exhibition esports series, the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series, has been formed, NASCAR and iRacing announced Tuesday evening (March 17). The simulation-style series will have competitors from the top three NASCAR national touring series as well as former drivers. Some of these include Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Clint Bowyer, Kyle …

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Five Points to Ponder: Two vs. Three Working for FOX

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Two vs. Three My local track is Sonoma Raceway, and I was there last June when good old DW’s duties in the FOX broadcast booth ended after nearly two decades behind the microphone. I saw him at various points around the track across the three-day weekend. From unveiling the tribute paint scheme Denny Hamlin would …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Brings Action, Questionable Waltrip Role to Fontana

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Opinions on Auto Club Speedway have shifted significantly over the years. There was originally joy that NASCAR was back in Southern California, then anger that it was boring, and finally supreme anger toward NASCAR for giving the track a second date on Labor Day weekend back in 2004. That move was problematic for a bunch …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2020 Auto Club 400 at Fontana

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The Headline(s): After winning the first stage and showing speed all weekend, Alex Bowman took the lead on lap 133 after a hotly-contested restart to begin the final stage, and never looked back. Gapping Ryan Blaney over the final run, Bowman cruised to his second career Cup victory and third career NASCAR national series win. …

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