Race Weekend Central

Did You Notice?: 3 NASCAR Legends Forever Stuck at 7 Titles

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Did You Notice? … Jimmie Johnson’s 2020 playoff miss means he’ll officially end his NASCAR Cup Series career without an eighth championship. The 44-year-old Johnson, retiring at the end of the season, will remain tied with Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Richard Petty at seven. This trio of NASCAR Hall of Famers had one thing in common: …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Should Daytona Remain a Cutoff Race or Should NASCAR Rotate It?

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This season was the first year that NASCAR decided to have a superspeedway be the final decider in who would make it into the playoffs. With it being the biggest wildcard we have seen in many years, everyone knew the energy and excitement would be ramped up. It’s safe to say the race did not …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Daytona Brings Overpowering Cutoff Coverage, More Desire for Inclusiveness

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Daytona is always an interesting race weekend. This one was shocking for two reasons. One, I was actually home for it. This was the first time I’ve actually been home for the Coke Zero Sugar 400 since 2009. The previous 10 years, I was either at the race, in Watkins Glen for the Sahlen’s Six …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2020 Coke Zero Sugar 400

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Who…should you be talking about after the race? William Byron began the race on the playoff bubble, and one way he could assure himself a spot was to win. And win he did, taking his first Cup Series victory in his 98th try. Byron held off teammate Chase Elliott and Daytona 500 champ Denny Hamlin for …

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Stock Car Scoop: William Byron Wins at Daytona, Jimmie Johnson Misses Playoffs

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William Byron won the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday night, Aug. 29, to clinch his spot in the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. What did he say after his first career victory at the sport’s top level? Find out in this edition of Stock Car Scoop. Frontstretch’s newest podcast focused on …

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Jimmie Johnson Disappointed to Miss 2020 Playoffs

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Last November, Jimmie Johnson declared 2020 his final full-time season in the NASCAR Cup Series. Unfortunately for the seven-time champion, it won’t end how many of his other seasons have. During the first 25 races of the season, Johnson had shown speed, but had a handful of missed opportunities. When NASCAR returned from a 10-week …

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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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Reel Racing: NASCAR Schemes Go Hollywood

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In June, amid quarantine and with more time on my hands, I decided to undertake a project that just might be the magnum opus of this “Reel Racing” column series. Over the course of several weeks, I researched every single movie-themed NASCAR paint scheme that ever hit the track, regardless of if it actually raced …

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Did You Notice?: Remaining NASCAR Silly Season Questions for 2021

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Did You Notice? … NASCAR Silly Season is heating up as the 2020 Cup Series regular season winds down? Corey LaJoie announced last week he won’t be returning to the No. 32 Go FAS Racing Ford, opening up another ride in a rapidly evolving NASCAR garage area. Let’s take a look at where each Cup team …

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The Frontstretch 5: Current NASCAR Cup Bubble Drivers & Their Playoff Chances

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NASCAR’s regular season ends this Saturday night, Aug. 29, and while Kevin Harvick has already locked down the trophy — and 15 playoff points — for leading the points at that juncture, there’s still plenty on the line. And this year, instead of a tame intermediate track or even the racy Richmond Raceway, the race …

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