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Up to Speed: Time to Eliminate the Double Yellow Line Rule

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Sunday’s (Oct. 4) NASCAR Cup Series playoff race was a typical Talladega Superspeedway thriller.  But once the dust had settled on its photo finish, the YellaWood 500 looked more like the yellow line 500. Following a chaotic last-lap ending, Denny Hamlin walked away with the checkered flag.  Behind him, drivers who appeared to score top-10 …

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The Frontstretch 5: Big 2020 NASCAR Silly Season Dominoes Yet to Fall

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The dominoes began falling in Silly Season 2020 early this year, and they certainly picked up steam this week, with the announcement that Bubba Wallace will join new team owners Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin in a new Toyota NASCAR Cup Series effort for 2021.  With that comes the announcement that Germain Racing will close …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2020 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol

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Who… should you be talking about after the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race? Kevin Harvick snagged his ninth NASCAR Cup Series victory of the season at Bristol Motor Speedway, but it didn’t come easy.  He absolutely earned the spoils, coming out on top of a great battle with Kyle Busch for the last 50 …

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The Frontstretch 5: Non-Playoff Drivers Most Likely to Play the Spoiler

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With the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs underway, the rest of the field often gets overlooked.  Actually, that’s putting it mildly; they’re generally soundly ignored as the drivers in title contention battle it out each week. But there are drivers outside the playoffs with plenty to prove, and they’d love nothing more than to waltz in …

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5 Points to Ponder: Can Ryan Blaney Come Up Big in Must-Win Bristol Cutoff Race?

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1. Blaney Winning at Bristol Would Be As Clutch As It Gets Believe it or not, Ryan Blaney has not been mathematically eliminated from advancing to the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs Round of 12 on points. Yes, being 27 points out with just the Bristol Night Race less is suboptimal, to say the least. But …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2020 Cook Out Southern 500

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Who… should you be talking about after the Cook Out Southern 500? Winning at Darlington Raceway isn’t always about beating the competition. Kevin Harvick won his second Darlington race of 2020 by racing the Lady in Black herself, while ahead of him, two drivers forgot that cardinal rule and raced each other instead. Martin Truex …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2020 Southern 500

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After quite a shakeup in the NASCAR Cup Series schedule due to COVID-19, we’ve returned to a somewhat normal timeline beginning with the sport’s playoff opener (as normal as normal can be under 2020 circumstances). So let’s get your NASCAR DraftKings lineups set for the Cook Out Southern 500 on Sunday, Sept. 6 at Darlington …

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Friday Faceoff: Which Cup Driver Is the Best Available Free Agent?

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While there is little debate about which open NASCAR Cup Series ride is the best, which free agent driver do you think is the best long-term prospect? Luken Glover: There are a solid list of guys, such as Erik Jones, Corey LaJoie and Bubba Wallace. While Jones is a very desirable talent, LaJoie is someone to keep …

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Fire on Fridays: 10 Possible Daytona Upset Winners With the Most to Gain

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There has never been more on the line for back half of the NASCAR Cup Series field than there will be this Saturday night, Aug. 29, at Daytona International Speedway. With the regular-season cutoff race taking place on a superspeedway for the first time ever, it gives teams with little-to-no shot at the playoffs an …

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4 Burning Questions: Would NASCAR Teams Boycott This Weekend’s Races?

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Could NASCAR teams refuse to race this week? Over the past two days, all four major American professional sport organizations have been effected by largely player-led boycotts. The strikes come off the heels of a Black man, Jacob Blake, being shot seven times in the back by police officers on Monday in Wisconsin. A combination …

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