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Friday Faceoff: How Late Is Too Late to Finish a Race?

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Ryan Newman moved into a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff spot based on his finish last week, bumping Jimmie Johnson. Who is more likely to make the postseason? Frank Velat: Neither deserves to be in at this point, but that’s a whole other story. Ryan Newman has the immeasurable advantage known as momentum. He’s …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Matt DiBenedetto Opens Up on Top-5 Finish at New Hampshire

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss a wild weekend of racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway that saw a last lap battle between Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin for the win. The No. 4 team wound up on top, recording Stewart-Haas Racing’s first victory this season. We go in-depth on what …

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5 Points to Ponder: NASCAR’s Rookie Driver Disappearing Act and Cleaning Up the Playoff Bubble

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ONE: Can Kevin Harvick’s Win Kickstart Stewart-Haas Racing? There’s no doubt Kevin Harvick’s Sunday victory (July 21) at New Hampshire Motor Speedway lifts a monkey off the back of Stewart-Haas Racing. After eight Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victories in 2018, a career high, it took Harvick 20 races to win his first. If nothing …

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Up to Speed: Erik Jones Survives Chaotic New Hampshire Race

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Erik Jones ran one of his best races of the season on Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.  The final results will show that Jones started fourth, placed second in the first stage and came home third, equaling his best finish of 2019. But really, that’s only the tip of the iceberg. Jones had to …

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NASCAR Post-Race Notebook: New Hampshire

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While Kevin Harvick and his son Keelan were celebrating with a lobster in victory lane, there was plenty of other storylines that happened during the Foxwoods Resort and Casino 301. Among the highlights from the race on Sunday, July 21… Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has rough day at New Hampshire For Ricky Stenhouse Jr., it is …

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NASCAR New Hampshire Notebook: Kyle Larson, Erik Jones Quell Silly Season Rumors

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With 2019 NASCAR Silly Season in full effect, rumors heated up along with hot temperatures entering the weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. But for now, all Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series off-track news revolved around drivers insisting they’re sticking with their current teams for 2020. Instead, by the end of Saturday (July 20), it …

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Erik Jones, Ryan Blaney Lead Saturday Cup Practice Sessions at New Hampshire

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The two practice sessions on Saturday, July 20 for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway were adventurous, to say the least. Leading the second and final practices for the 2019 Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 were Erik Jones and Ryan Blaney, respectively. Second Practice Still seeking his first win of the …

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Brad Keselowski Wins Pole For 2019 Foxwoods Resort Casino 301

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Brad Keselowski hadn’t won a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series pole since 2017. His Team Penske outfit had won three already this season with Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney heading into Friday’s (July 20) qualifying at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Finally, the drought is over for one of the top 2019 MENCS title contenders. Keselowski …

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Friday Faceoff: Is Age a Valid Reason to Get a Playoff Waiver?

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Kurt Busch openly admitted to some retirement consideration prior to his win last week. Who hangs it up first: Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick or Busch? Joy Tomlinson: My first thought is Jimmie Johnson since his last Cup Series win was over two years ago. He and his new crew chief seem to have started working together …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Photo Finish

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All three NASCAR national series were at Kentucky Speedway last weekend, and it was a bit of a mixed bag. The Gander Outdoors Truck Series was a wreckfest with plenty of drama, with trucks wrecking and running out of fuel, hats flying while tempers flared, and a rookie driver getting his first win. The Xfinity …

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