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Friday Faceoff: Who’s Paying the Bills?

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Nature’s Bakery, a sponsor new to the sport, signed on to sponsor Danica Patrick in 28 races next season. Is this reason for optimism about new sponsors entering the sport, or more of an isolated instance? Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: I think sponsor shelling out the $20 million or so for a top-flight team like …

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4 Burning Questions at Bristol: Will Bristol Live Up to Its Lofty Reputation?

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1. Will Bristol be its usual wild-card self? The Bristol Motor Speedway night race has a long-standing reputation as being an event where anything can happen. For the most part, anyone can win at Bristol. The combination of large attrition rates, slow speeds, passing difficulties and lack of aerodynamic necessities make Bristol an equalizer of …

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Did You Notice? Scouting Michael Waltrip, Clint, Danica, & Toyota’s NASCAR Future

Michael Waltrip Racing teammates David Ragan and Clint Bowyer have a discussion during practice at Watkins Glen International

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Did You Notice? Michael Waltrip no longer has a full-time Sprint Cup team for 2016? That was made official Wednesday morning when Rob Kauffman announced he was pulling out of his partnership with Waltrip’s two-car organization following the 2015 season. In a statement, Kauffman made clear that “this decision was made after weighing several different …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Danica Patrick’s New Sponsor

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Momentum. That is the one word that really sums up what the No. 20 car led by Matt Kenseth, and really the entire Joe Gibbs Racing organization, has behind them right now. With wins in the last two out of three races, including last weekend at Michigan, Kenseth is firmly making his case that he …

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Danica Patrick and Stewart-Haas Racing Announce Nature’s Bakery for 2016

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Welcome a new sponsor to the sport today. This morning, Stewart-Haas Racing announced Nature’s Bakery will join the organization to back Danica Patrick in 2016, replacing the outgoing GoDaddy. The company will adorn the No. 10 Chevrolet as primary sponsor for 28 races in 2016 as a part of a multi-year partnership. “It’s an honor …

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Tweet ‘N’ Greet: Clint Bowyer, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jamie McMurray, Plus More!

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Each week, Frontstretch will scour Twitter and other social media platforms looking for some of the best posts from your favorite NASCAR personalities, drivers and media members from all across the industry. These were some of our favorite posts from this week and we hope you enjoy them too! @KevinHarvick: "What do you want from …

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5 Points to Ponder: Hot Hot Heat, Grading Indy, and 4-Time Rowdy?

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Indy Restarts Excite… Going into Sunday’s Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard, everyone was excited to see how the new high-drag package would work. Expectations that the package could breathe some life into the dull Indianapolis race were mixed. However, during the practices leading up to the main event, drivers were vocal about their ability …

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4 Burning Questions: Will Indy Be a Race to Remember?

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Eldora has come and gone, and with its passing, we hit the back half of NASCAR’s summer stretch before autumn rolls around and the Chase begins. The dirt race was once again a show to remember, and it serves as a bright spot in the overall NASCAR schedule, sandwiched in between two Sprint Cup races …

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Did You Notice? How NASCAR Can Loosen The Purse Strings & Quick Hits

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Did You Notice? NASCAR has not received over a 3.0 television rating since Memorial Day Weekend? This stretch of two months is unprecedented, a viewership slump we simply haven’t seen since the sport signed its first national TV contract in 2001. New Hampshire, whose overnight ratings saw a 12% decline, came as the latest in a …

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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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