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The Frontstretch 5: Big Questions As NASCAR Enters 2019

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1. What will the new aerodynamic package look like in real time? That’s the big question that everyone is asking, but don’t expect the answer to be immediate or definitive. The low horsepower, high downforce package will debut at Atlanta Motor Speedway in a week and a half, but don’t expect what you see there …

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2018 NASCAR Driver Reviews: Erik Jones

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2018 was a solid step forward for Erik Jones. Avoiding the dreaded “sophomore slump,” Jones built on the foundation he made in his rookie season by improving in just about every category in 2018. The first half of the season didn’t really show that, however. In the first 15 races, Jones had just one top-five finish …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kyle Busch Wins Phoenix, Kevin Harvick & Martin Truex Jr. Complete the Expected

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Who’s in the headline Heading into Phoenix, everybody and their brother was positive Kevin Harvick was going to stomp the competition into submission and make a statement about his position as the unquestioned favorite heading into Homestead. Someone forgot to tell Kyle Busch as the Joe Gibbs Racing driver took advantage of mistakes by nearly …

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Erik Jones Leads 1st Cup Practice Session at ISM Raceway

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Erik Jones has been on a roll lately, earning three top-five finishes in the last five races, and it continued on Friday (Nov. 9) when Jones put his No. 20 on top of the speed charts. Jones outran teammate Kyle Busch, who earned the highest finish of a playoff driver during the session. Jones turned …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: Can-Am 500

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The final race of the Round of 8 for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs resumes this Sunday (Nov. 11) with the Can-Am 500 at ISM Raceway in Phoenix, Ariz. The green flag flies Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC. Here are the rules for FanDuel’s new Daily Fantasy NASCAR game. FanDuel has …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Can the 2019 Package Benefit Intermediate Tracks?

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway was not the most eventful race to say the least, leaving many to question the state of the track and what we can expect in years to come as the pavement wears out. Some believe the 2019 package can improve the racing there and …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kevin Harvick Fires Warning Shot with Domination in Texas

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Who’s in the headline Kevin Harvick has had the fastest car nearly every weekend this season. The Achilles heel for the team is that they routinely shoot themselves in the foot through pit road miscues. When they don’t, they dominate, which is what happened at Texas on Sunday. Harvick led over half of the laps …

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2018 Frontstretch Cup: AAA Texas 500

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Welcome to the 11th season of the Frontstretch Cup. It’s a year-long competition in which the Frontstretch staff and guests from around the NASCAR world attempt to predict the winner of each Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. This season, we are joined by driver Corey LaJoie. Think you can do better? Leave your picks in the comments …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2018 Hollywood Casino 400

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? In a race that was dominated by championship contenders, Erik Jones was the lone non-playoff driver to crack the top 10 at Kansas Speedway. He started sixth and finished inside the top 10 in both stages before ultimately taking the checkered flag in fourth. His eighth top five …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Chase Elliott Fires Up the Siren a 2nd Time

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Who’s in the headline Chase Elliott lost a heartbreaking race at Dover in the fall of 2017 and blamed himself solely for the loss. Sunday was a complete team effort that vaulted Elliott to Victory Lane and a berth in the Round of 8. Kevin Harvick and Aric Almirola both appeared headed to victory early …

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