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The Frontstretch 5: Ways to Say Goodbye

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1. Dale Earnhardt Jr. More than 15 years after being thrust into NASCAR’s brightest spotlight after the untimely death of his father, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has grown up and come into his own. He connected with fans in a way that’s become increasingly rare in sports: as a genuine, relatable person.  His Southern drawl and …

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Beside The Rising Tide: Is It Still Over? Are We Still Through?

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If you live in the northeast, you know the sound, especially if you live beneath a tin roof like I do in my humble abode. At first, it just sounds like rain drops, but there’s a peculiar metallic ting sound that can only mean one thing… ice pellets. A close look out the window reveals …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not In NASCAR: Championship Edition

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As often happens in all levels of different sports, the team (and in this case the driver) that was the best for the whole season ended up winning the title. Martin Truex, Jr. capped off a truly storybook season on the track with his eighth victory of the season Sunday at Miami-Homestead. He was a …

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Danica Patrick Ends Full-Time Career in Flames


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Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 was the last race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series for Danica Patrick as a full-time driver. Unfortunately for Patrick, her last intermediate track race in NASCAR ended in flames. On lap 142, the Stewart-Haas Racing driver was running a lap down in 18th when she got loose entering turn …

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2017 Frontstretch Podcast: Danica Patrick Steps Away


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Frontstretch Podcast about Danica Patrick retirement with Tom Bowles, Phil Allaway, Dustin Albino, Zach Catanzareti and Joseph Wolkin. ALBINO: Danica Patrick Steps Away From Racing In a special edition of the Frontstretch Podcast live from Homestead-Miami Speedway, a handful of our writers (Dustin, Zach, Joe, Tom and Phil) break down Friday’s breaking news. Danica Patrick’s retirement took center stage on …

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2017 is Danica Patrick’s Final Full-Time Season as Driver, Running Daytona 500 and Indy 500 in 2018


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On Friday afternoon at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Danica Patrick announced that 2017 will be her final full-time season as a racecar driver, but will compete in the 60th annual Daytona 500 and end her career at the 102nd Indianapolis 500 in 2018. Patrick admitted that coming into the 2017 season, she faced something she never had …

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4 Burning Questions: Are People Ready for a Double-Departure in Homestead?

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Are People Ready for Double-Departure from Matt Kenseth and Dale Earnhardt Jr.? Postrace Sunday could be a busy, hectic time for reporters, fans and even emotions. Not only could we have a champion and a race winner each celebrating, but Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Matt Kenseth could also be two separate stories needing a follow-up. …

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5 Points to Ponder: As the NASCAR Chevy Crumbles


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ONE: As the NASCAR Chevy Crumbles The last two weeks have been painful to watch for Chevrolet’s NASCAR contingent. First, Chase Elliott got taken out in the final laps at Martinsville Speedway, turning the sophomore sensation’s Round of 8 into a slump. His teammate, reigning champion Jimmie Johnson, followed that up with a Texas Motor …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kevin Harvick Breaks Script and Wins an Intermediate Race in 2017

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Who’s in the headline – For the first time, in what has seemed to be the history of racing, a Ford passed a Toyota on track with pure speed. That is fake news, but it has seemed that way for much of the season. On Sunday, Kevin Harvick chased down Martin Truex Jr and passed him …

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Did You Notice?: Tackling The Unpredictability of Talladega And NASCAR Silly Season

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Did You Notice? …. Talladega is truly the Russian Roulette of the NASCAR playoffs? This race has now had a green-white-checkered finish three years running. Last fall, two top title contenders (Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr.) failed to finish in surprising fashion (engine failure). Later in that race, a driver who would soon announce his retirement (Brian Scott) …

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