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NASCAR 101: Erik Jones’ Path From Here

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For the first time, Erik Jones is a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series winner. It took until the exact halfway point of the 2018 season, but Jones, who boasted multiple wins in the XFINITY and Camping World Truck series prior to his Daytona International Speedway triumph, is the maiden first-time winner of the year, doing …

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Happiness Is: Numbers

Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

The major motorsport shows were all on stage this past weekend as NASCAR, Formula 1 and IndyCar all played around, made some noise and laid some rubber — with a little bit of carnage included. Combined, all three provided an interesting, disparate and engaging display of racing and culture. That seems like a pretty good …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: Quaker State 400

Brad Keselowski (Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series makes its way to Kentucky Speedway for Saturday night’s (July 14) Quaker State 400. The green flag flies at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Here are the rules for FanDuel’s new Daily Fantasy NASCAR game. Go to fanduel.com/frontstretch to sign up FREE and you’ll get a FREE contest every night …

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Frontstretch Podcast: JJ Yeley on What Makes an Underdog

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In the latest episode of the 2018 Frontstretch Podcast, we review the weekend of demolition derby style of racing at Daytona International Speedway with Dustin Albino, Mike Neff, Zach Catanzareti and JJ Yeley, who had a pair of top-20 finishes in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series races. Erik Jones picked up his first Cup Series …

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Did You Notice?: How Fast Are NASCAR’s Young Drivers Winning?

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Did You Notice? … The sigh of relief among NASCAR officials the second Erik Jones reached Victory Lane? Jones is just the third 20-something driver to win this year, joining Austin Dillon (Daytona) and Joey Logano (Talladega). All of them have won at restrictor plate races, known for parity and a different type of driver skill. …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Can Erik Jones Be Considered a Legitimate Title Threat?

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Saturday night’s (July 7) Coke Zero Sugar 400 proved to be a night to remember for Erik Jones. The 22-year-old scored his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win after a thrilling three-wide pass with two laps to go. Jones has built momentum recently; that victory was also his third consecutive top-10 finish. After moving …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Daytona

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series raced the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway Saturday night. Wait, did I say race? I meant competed in a demolition derby. It had at one point seemed as if all four of the big four were going to make their way up front, but one by …

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The Frontstretch 5: Most Recent 1st-Time Winners at Daytona

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1. Erik Jones, July 2018 Not everyone loves a winner, but most fans love a first-time winner.  Erik Jones was the most recent driver to visit Victory Lane at Daytona International Speedway, but he’s the latest in a long line of drivers to find their first wins at the World Center of Racing. What Jones …

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5 Points To Ponder: Keeping Up with the Joneses 

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ONE: Young Guns Firing What a win that was for Erik Jones under the bright lights at Daytona International Speedway! Not at the track this weekend, I actually watched on DVR. So by the time I settled down for the race, I already knew Jones was the winner. But watching the laps click down, I …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Erik Jones Dips & Dives to 1st Career Victory at Daytona

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Who’s in the headline Erik Jones survived the carnage Saturday night (July 7) at Daytona International Speedway. That included eight cautions in the Coke Zero Sugar 400 which involved incidents, including one that gave him damage. But Jones came back from a lap down, breezing through the draft and scored his first career win. Ricky …

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