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NASCAR Mailbox: Danica Patrick vs. Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Michael Annett races Justin Allgaier and Dale Earnhart, Jr. in the 2015 Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway

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Talk about going into it blind. The stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series dove right into Saturday night’s Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway on an entirely new aero package with very limited track time. The new rules package that NASCAR brought last weekend, along with a new tire compound from Goodyear, pushed drivers …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2015 Quaker State 400 at Kentucky

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Kyle Busch is doing everything he can to ensure he makes the 2015 Chase. He utterly dominated the race Saturday night, leading 163 of the 267 laps and claiming his second win in the last three races, though he still sits 87 points outside of the top 30. The big story leading up to the …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: 2015 5-hour Energy 301 at New Hampshire Edition

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There was all sorts of stuff going on this past weekend at Kentucky. First, there was the new aerodynamic package that teams were supposed to get a chance to test in the days before qualifying and the race. But that and the qualifying never happened because of rain. That left the field to be set …

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Beside the Rising Tide: Autumn’s Closing In

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A funny thing happened Saturday night at Kentucky (a bunch of not-so-funny things happened at Kentucky leading up to the race, but we’ll get to that.) Saturday, in the midst of a NASCAR event, a stock car race broke out. Was it a perfect stock car race? Not hardly. Was it a decent stock car …

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Kickin’ the Tires: New Aero Package Brings Better Racing

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It’s impossible for anyone with two eyes to argue that Saturday night’s race at Kentucky Speedway was the best the sport has seen since it began racing at the track four years ago. Although some might argue better racing at Kentucky was a low bar to clear, it still baffles me how anyone can claim …

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Fights Brake Issues, Collides With Danica Patrick in 2015 Quaker State 400 at Kentucky

Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

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Saturday’s Quaker State 400 saw a track-record 11 cautions, two of which came from NASCAR’s most popular driver. Dale Earnhardt Jr., who won last weekend’s Coke Zero 400, struggled throughout the night’s 400-mile event at Kentucky Speedway. Suffering from a lack of brakes, the Kannapolis, North Carolina native found himself in the wall on lap …

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Criticizes JR Motorsports Team Following Kentucky Struggles

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Last year, JR Motorsports was one of the premier teams in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, winning multiple races and the 2014 championship with driver Chase Elliott. This season, however, the organization is struggling, according to owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. Earnhardt, who finished eighth his team’s No. 88 Hellman’s Chevrolet in Friday’s Kentucky 300, admitted to …

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Friday Faceoff: Evaluating Rules, Wreckage & Chase Heading To Kentucky

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Welcome to Friday Faceoff, our weekly NASCAR roundtable where the Frontstretch experts give their take on major storylines surrounding the sport. Here’s a few major questions we’re trying to answer heading into Kentucky. 1) We’ve had a full week to digest the Austin Dillon wreck, its aftermath and reaction from fans, other competitors and NASCAR …

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Happiness Is… Franchising, Tinkering & Miling

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The Daytona Cup race put the governing body squarely in the crosshairs for those seeking to find more issues with the sport – and deservedly so. Let’s run down the quick checklist: Scheduling the race for Sunday night: check Scheduling the race for any night: check Asinine rain delay: check Starting the race at a …

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Fronstretch Podcast: Episode 1 – Austin Dillon, 2015 Coke Zero 400

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Jimmie Johnson lead the pack in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona

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Welcome to the Fronstretch Podcast! Young racing expert Matt Stallknecht and his rotating panel of guests have you covered from now until the end of the season with all of the main storylines from the NASCAR week that was. On this week’s episode Stallknecht, along with guests Mike Neff and Aaron Bearden, go in-depth on Austin Dillon‘s horrific last-lap crash at …

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