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NASCAR Opportunity Lost: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. With The Steal

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As the laps wound down at Daytona International Speedway Saturday night, the leaderboard of NASCAR’s Coke Zero 400 read like a Who’s Who of Cinderella stories. You had David Ragan in the lead, running for a Front Row Motorsports team that struggles to crack the top 25 most weeks. Other names in contention included rookie Ty Dillon, Paul …

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Captures 2nd Win of 2017 at Daytona

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. did all he could to imitate his Talladega Superspeedway victory in May. Imitate he did. But this time, it was at Daytona International Speedway. The blue-soaked No. 17 Ford took the point from fellow blue oval competitor David Ragan coming to the white flag in the Coke Zero 400, to capture his second career …

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Captures Pole in Farewell Race at Daytona

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During final practice on Thursday, Dale Earnhardt Jr. set the bar in regard to single car speeds. During Friday’s qualifying session the No. 88 Chevrolet backed it up by winning his third career pole at the famed track. Earnhardt’s lap of  47.127 seconds (190.973 mph) was .044 seconds quicker than Hendrick Motorsports teammate Chase Elliott (190.795 …

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4 Burning Questions: Will No. 18 Team Stop Shooting Itself in the Foot?

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Will No. 18 Team Stop Shooting Itself in the Foot? For a team that has led as many laps as it has, it’s shocking that a victory hasn’t slipped through the crack of Joe Gibbs Racing. Kyle Busch has been the top driver in the foursome, with six top fives, five consecutive top-five starts heading into …

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Double Take: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Authentic Until the End

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“Some of your accomplishments on the track sort of get forgotten. Who you are as a person never gets forgotten. I hope people thought I was good, honest, represented the sport well.” Those words, spoken by Dale Earnhardt Jr. following his final race at Sonoma Raceway last weekend, sum up the 42-year old’s career in …

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Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Top Cup Practice Sessions at Daytona

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At Daytona International Speedway, practice never means much, but a few familiar foes led the way in Thursday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice sessions. Practice One:  Turning 19 circuits, Kyle Busch, paced the opening session at 197.436 mph, .048 seconds ahead of defending winner Brad Keselowski (197.230 mph). The No. 2 car was followed by …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR Forecast Powered by DraftKings: Coke Zero 400 Preview

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The daily fantasy NASCAR train is heading down south to Daytona this week. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Daytona International Speedway for the Coke Zero 400 this Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. ET. Cars hit the track today at 3:00 p.m. for first practice while Coors Light Pole Qualifying takes place Friday …

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5 Points to Ponder: Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Together Again?

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ONE: Dale Jr. to the FOX Booth? I want to start out by saying I have nothing but love and respect for old DW. Sure, his boogity boogity nonsense drives me a tad insane but the three-time champion, 84-time race winner and Hall of Famer has achieved more in his NASCAR career than all but the …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: A Look At the FOX NASCAR Season Finale

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If you’ve been reading my columns here at Frontstretch over the past few years, you know that I love road racing.  The one weekend a year that the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series travels to Sonoma Raceway is one of my personal favorites.  That action was combined with two outstanding events for the Camping World Truck …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Left, Right, Left, Right Edition

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NASCAR drivers had one of those rare weekends, not because they were in California, but because it was their chance to make some right turns this weekend. While they did make a lot of right turns, still along with some left ones, things didn’t go right a lot of times. Unless of course, you’re Kevin …

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