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Friday Faceoff: Who Has An Advantage on the Daytona Road Course?

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With no track time before this weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series race on the Daytona International Speedway road course, who stands out as having some kind of advantage? Amy Henderson: While a handful of drivers have some experience on the road course at Daytona, it’s all in much lighter, smaller sports cars. They aren’t going to handle …

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Up to Speed: Matt Kenseth, Erik Jones & the Cost of Driver Development

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Back in the summer of 2017, change was afoot at Joe Gibbs Racing.  During Kentucky Speedway’s race weekend, Matt Kenseth publicly announced that he would not be returning to the No. 20 Toyota in 2018.  Several days later, JGR confirmed that Erik Jones would move over from Furniture Row Racing to replace him. The impending …

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4 Burning Questions: Can Ryan Preece Overcome His Slow Start?

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#37: Ryan Preece, JTG Daugherty Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Cottonelle

What’s going on with Ryan Preece this season? Not many other drivers have had the kind of bad luck Ryan Preece has had this season. The sophomore NASCAR Cup Series driver sits at a dismal 30th in points, following a low-light of three straight last-place finishes. This is after starting 2020 off with not being …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Harrison & Kim Burton Adjusting to New Normal at Racetracks

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

When Harrison Burton approached his parents, Kim and Jeff, about racing at the ripe age of four, they wanted to make sure he did it because he loved it. And did he ever. “I really think that my parents wanted me to do something else,” Burton recently told Frontstretch. “They wanted me to do something …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Lackluster Racing in Kentucky, Michael McDowell Chats Career Year

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Subscribe: iTunes In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss the lackluster racing at Kentucky Speedway across the top three national touring series, even though the Cup Series race had an incredible finish.  Cole Custer clinched a playoff spot by making a four-wide pass on Martin Truex Jr., Kevin Harvick and Ryan Blaney on …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2020 Quaker State 400 at Kentucky

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The Headline(s): A relatively tame race ended in a chaotic final two laps, a four-wide battle for the lead and a Cup Series triumph for rookie Cole Custer, as NASCAR concluded its four-race stretch (five, including the ARCA Menards Series) over four days in the Bluegrass State. One of the wildest late-lap battles for the …

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Austin Cindric Doubles Down, Sweeps Kentucky in Xfinity Series

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In a matter of two days, Austin Cindric has doubled his win total in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. With a near-flawless performance in the Alsco 300 at Kentucky Speedway, the Team Penske campaigner backed up his victory in the previous night’s Shady Rays 200 to claim his fourth career victory. Cindric becomes the first driver …

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Noah Gragson Secures Pole in Shady Rays 200 at Kentucky in First Race of Xfinity Doubleheader

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The NASCAR Xfinity Series goes to the Bluegrass State for a doubleheader on Thursday and Friday (July 9-10). JR Motorsports driver Noah Gragson is on the pole for Thursday’s Shady Rays 200 at Kentucky Speedway. Gragson hopes to win his third race of the season at the 1.5-mile track. He finished sixth in last year’s …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Chase Briscoe Makes a Comeback, Ross Chastain Secures the Bag

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The NASCAR Xfinity Series took to the Tricky Triangle on Sunday afternoon, the second race of a tripleheader across the sport’s three major divisions. Chase Briscoe scored his fourth win of 2020, rebounding nicely after spinning from the lead on lap 70. Briscoe suffered a flat tire and was forced to pit, but drove back …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Riley Herbst Blocking Out Haters

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

With a crop of young but relatively inexperienced talent filling Joe Gibbs Racing’s NASCAR Xfinity Series program in 2020, expectations were limited. Collectively, each of the three drivers put those expectations to the side, including Riley Herbst, who made the jump to full-time competition in 2020. Herbst has spent the majority of the past three …

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