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Erik Jones Survives Can-Am Duel After Early Spin

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For a hot minute, it didn’t look like Erik Jones would survive Thursday night’s second Can-Am Duel at Daytona International Speedway. The handling wasn’t there on the No. 20 car, making his second start with Joe Gibbs Racing in a less than a week quite the difficult one. When eventual winner Chase Elliott got underneath Jones, …

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Erik Jones Looking to Start Own Legacy with Joe Gibbs Racing

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Coming off what could be labeled as a transformation season, Erik Jones is heading into the 2018 season where he believed he would be all along with Joe Gibbs Racing. The young hot shoe is replacing Matt Kenseth in the No. 20 machine. During his rookie campaign, Jones posted five top-five finishes, 14 top 10s, …

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The 10: Power Rankings — Daytona 500 Edition

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returned to action last weekend with an action-packed few days of practices, qualifying and racing, culminating with the Advance Auto Parts Clash on Sunday afternoon. The best part? It’s just getting started. For the 60th time, NASCAR comes to Daytona International Speedway for the official start to the 2018 season. 40 …

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The Frontstretch 5: Big Questions as NASCAR Opens 2018

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1. Will the Camaro put Chevrolet back in the game? As a whole, Chevrolet teams struggled in 2017.  Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott carried the banner for the manufacturer, but this make wasn’t represented in the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.  The Camaro, which replaces the discontinued SS in the Cup Series this year, put …

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Frontstretch Podcast: A Fresh Season to Come

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In the first episode of the Frontstretch Podcast in 2018, we discuss all the changes — or lack of which — for the 2018 NASCAR season with Dustin Albino, Zach Catanzareti and Davey Segal. In the last two months and change, the sport has been on the sidelines as the drivers, teams and media “enjoy” …

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2017 NASCAR Cup Team Review: Furniture Row Racing

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Heading into the 2017 NASCAR season, Furniture Row Racing prepared to do something it had never done before.  The Denver, Colo.-based organization, led by Barney Visser, would field two cars in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.  Veteran Martin Truex Jr. returned to the No. 78 team for his fourth season with FRR.  Truex was …

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Erik Jones Finishes 2017 XFINITY Schedule With 3rd-Place Finish

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It wasn’t the victory like in Texas, but it was still a strong finish to the season for Erik Jones in the XFINITY Series. Saturday’s Ticket Galaxy 200 was still a strong showing for the No. 20 Hisense Toyota Camry, a form seen all season long with all the drivers who drove the No. 20. Jones’ …

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Erik Jones Wins Pole for XFINITY Series Ticket Galaxy 200

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On Saturday afternoon, Joe Gibbs Racing’s Erik Jones won the pole for the Ticket Galaxy 200, the penultimate race of the 2017 XFINITY Series season.  In the third and final round, Jones turned in the fastest time of the weekend with a lap of 26.880 seconds (133.929 mph). Jones’ lap was one-eighth of a second …

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2017 Frontstretch Podcast Powered by DraftKings – Episode 35: Desert Delight

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Episode 35: Desert Delight Frontstretch Podcast with Dustin Albino, Zach Catanzareti and Joseph Wolkin In this week’s episode brought to you by DraftKings, Dustin and Zach are joined this week by Joe as they recap the triple header race weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, breaking down Kevin Harvick’s surprising pass and the difficulties faced in the XFINITY Series on …

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