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Pace Laps: Destruction & Heartbreak in Daytona

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Team Penske’s Poor Performance Daytona’s Coke Zero Sugar 400 didn’t move the needle on restrictor plate racing. But for those who love it? The race got your heart pumping for the better part of four hours. There was a first-time winner, Erik Jones, who made a thrilling green-white-checkered pass on …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the Coke Zero Sugar 400

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who… gets my shoutout of the race? One of the cool things about superspeedway racing is that restrictor plates allow the cream to rise to the top when it comes to driving skill. Yes, plate racing is a skill, and sometimes drivers who struggle at other tracks shine at these events, and vice versa (yeah, …

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Erik Jones Earns 1st Career Victory in Chaotic Coke Zero Sugar 400

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Erik Jones held off Martin Truex Jr. on the final lap of a wild Coke Zero Sugar 400 to take his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win. The No. 20 Toyota outlasted a Survivor-type race that had fans asking one simple question for the final NASCAR Overtime. Who was left? Just 20 of 40 …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Lots of Drama, Same Results

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Yeah, the names at the top of the leaderboard were the same as always, but that was still a race worth watching. For the second time this season, a race threatened by incoming rain was able to make the full distance, and that uncertainty amped up the tension. Like a sitcom, this episode of the …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Michael McDowell Speaks Strategy at Sonoma

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In the latest episode of the 2018 Frontstretch Podcast, we review the first road course race of the season at Sonoma Raceway with Dustin Albino, Mike Neff, Zach Catanzareti and Michael McDowell, who finished 21st and picked up stage points in stage two. Martin Truex Jr. dominated the race, leading a race-high 62 laps. It was a pit call by …

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Did You Notice?: 10 NASCAR Winners in 10 Races? It’s Possible

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Did You Notice? … The fab foursome of Martin Truex Jr., Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Clint Bowyer were at it again? Sonoma saw them 1-2-3-4 for most of the race; they would have finished that way if not for late-race pit stops designed to try and win. In the end, they’ve won 14 of 16 …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Martin Truex Jr. Stomps Sonoma Competition

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Who’s in the headline Martin Truex Jr. has proven he knows how to road race with wins at both Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series road courses on the schedule. Sunday, (June 24) he made it back-to-back thanks to a victory at Sonoma after taking the win at Watkins Glen last year. That gives him three …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2018 Toyota/Save Mart 350

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Not every driver can take on the road courses and come out with strong finishes. The tracks require a distinct skill set and, depending on the path they take, road course experience may be the resume builder drivers lack most coming into NASCAR’s top series. For Erik Jones, …

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The Frontstretch 5: Great Things About NASCAR’s Lower Divisions, Areas of Opportunity

Field Enters Turn Three After Final Restart of Iowa 250 pres. by Enogen

(Photo: Christian Koelle)

1. Standalone races Races like the XFINITY/Truck show at Iowa last weekend used to be much more common, but the ones that are still on the schedule often end up being among the best races of the season in any series. Some of that has to do with the venues, but it’s also because the …

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Did You Notice?: NASCAR Penalties Are Affecting the Championship

(Photo: Amy Henderson, Frontstretch)

Did You Notice? … The number of penalties handed down in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series this season? Joe Gibbs Racing was the latest to get hit hard Tuesday after three of their cars had splitter violations discovered in Michigan pre-race inspection. That led to $25,000 fines and one-race car chief suspensions for the teams …

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