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Friday Faceoff: Analyzing Penalties, Johnson vs. Harvick & Pocono Setup

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Welcome to Friday Faceoff, our weekly NASCAR roundtable where the Frontstretch experts give their take on major storylines surrounding the sport. Here’s a few major questions we’re trying to answer heading into Pocono this weekend. 1) Halfway through the regular season, two drivers stand out ahead of the pack in terms of victories and overall …

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Jennifer Jo Cobb, Tyler Reddick Have Not Spoken Since Dover Incident

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It’s safe to say that Tyler Reddick and Jennifer Jo Cobb won’t be exchanging Christmas cards later this year. The duo left Dover International Raceway with differing opinions of what happened to send Cobb’s No. 10 Ford to the inside wall and wrecked just 15 laps into last week’s Lucas Oil 200. Fast forward a …

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Happiness Is… Meh, Fines & the Weekend

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Last week, this column assailed one of the many strange consequences of the Chase. More specifically, the topic addressed was how a driver can earn a playoff berth while having played so very little of a season. The rules surrounding what makes a driver eligible are certainly one of the things that need to be …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Jennifer Jo Cobb’s Penalty Fits the Crime

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The Camping World Truck Series heads off to Texas Motor Speedway with a dismal 28 entrants for Friday night’s WinStar World Casino 400. Meanwhile, all eyes were on NASCAR this week as everyone awaited word from the sanctioning body about how it would penalize Jennifer Jo Cobb following her actions at Dover International Speedway last …

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Trevor Bayne, Jennifer Jo Cobb Among Penalized Teams After Dover

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Trevor Bayne and Jennifer Jo Cobb were among five drivers among all three national NASCAR series to be penalized for infractions at Dover International Speedway last week. Both drivers were expected to be penalized on Wednesday for failing to stay within their vehicles after crashing out during competition at the Monster Mile. The behavioral infractions …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Can’t Fix Boredom

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Welcome back, race fans. After the insanity of Memorial Day weekend, last weekend brought a tripleheader at Dover. We saw wrecking, track surface issues and Jimmie Johnson winning again. In other words, it was just like last year. Things never change. Due to time constraints, Saturday’s running of the Buckle Up 200 will be covered …

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Tracking the Trucks: 2015 Lucas Oil 200 at Dover

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In a Nutshell: Tyler Reddick and Erik Jones waged a side-by-side battle while fighting lapped traffic, but it was Reddick who came out victorious Friday evening at Dover International Speedway. In a race that was marred by several wrecks and a lot of torn-up equipment, Jones and Reddick took two and four tires, respectively, on …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Memorable Moments at Bristol

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The Camping World Truck Series may be sitting silent this week, awaiting its return at Kansas Speedway in three weeks, but the Xfinity and Sprint Cup series are headed off to Bristol Motor Speedway for a little short-track showdown. As is the case with pretty much every extended downtime, very little has gone on in …

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Tracking the Trucks: Hyundai Construction Equipment 200

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In a Nutshell: Matt Crafton made a statement in the Truck Series’ return to Atlanta Motor Speedway after a two-year hiatus. He took the checkered flag 8.752 seconds ahead of Ty Dillon to win the Hyundai Construction Equipment 200 Saturday evening. Crafton led twice for a race-high 85 laps en route to his first win …

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What’s Vexing Vito?: Bristol Brings Out the Worst in Everyone

The big story following the 13 days of hype before Bristol is that ratings were down to a scant 3.9 Nielsen rating; last year’s Atlanta race carried a 4.8 rating, while Bristol being ran the next week following the Brad Keselowski aerial escapade notched a 5.3. Attendance suffered as well, looking more like a typical …

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