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The Frontstretch 5: Things Still Uncertain as NASCAR Returns

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1. How Long the Season Will Last Even as the season restarts this Sunday (May 17), there are still questions as to how long it can really last. The shadow of COVID-19 still looms over the sport, and an outbreak in the garage could bring things grinding to a halt. There’s a lot at stake, …

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Up to Speed: Which Drivers Are Likely to Tame Darlington in its 2020 NASCAR Return?

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The 2020 NASCAR season, paused for about two months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is less than a week away from resuming.  The first two races will be held at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina, about a two-hour drive from race shops in the Charlotte area.  They include a 400-mile event on Sunday, May 17 …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Last Dance, Corey LaJoie Talks NASCAR’s Return

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff elaborate from last week’s show regrading NASCAR returning on May 17 at Darlington Raceway. William Byron was victorious again in the Pro Invitational Series while creating a virtual rival out of Landon Cassill. Will these rivalries from iRacing spill over to the real track? With ESPN …

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Turn Back the Clock: 2011 NASCAR Season, a Renewal

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A red and white No. 21 Ford Fusion driven by a 20-year-old raced out of Turn 4 at Daytona International Speedway. Holding off three other competitors for another few hundred yards, the car took the checkered flag in first place and proceeded to get lost on the way to victory lane. The winner of the …

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NASCAR Contradictions on Full Display With May 17 Return Looming

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Be it in Brasstown, N.C. Thursday night (April 30) or Lancaster, S.C. on Friday (May 1), live racing trickled back this weekend to locations throughout the southeast. For me, where Virginia is still under a stay-at-home order through June 10, there’s not much for a motorsports writer here to do but long for racing to …

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Turn Back the Clock: 2006 NASCAR Season, Part 1 of 7

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Casey Mears was going to decide the 2006 Daytona 500, that much was clear. On the white flag lap of a green-white-checkered finish to the Great American Race, Mears was running third, behind leader Jimmie Johnson and Ryan Newman as the pack broke up to race each other behind the front three. In front of …

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Turn Back the Clock NASCAR 2004: A New Era Begins With the Chase

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As we think about the last 20-25 years in NASCAR, there are several special seasons that jump out at us. One of those, and maybe the most crucial one, was NASCAR 2004. Why? The reasons are plentiful. NASCAR 2004 featured the introduction of the Chase, the sport’s introduction to a playoff system. The first edition …

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Stock Car Scoop: NASCAR iRacing Update Through Easter, Plus… Jimmie Johnson Opens Door For 2021?

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The stars of stock car racing took to the track in their simulators this week as NBC hosted the latest form of NASCAR iRacing, their Short Track Challenge. Who came out on top? Find out in the April 10, 2020 edition of Stock Car Scoop on Frontstretch with Bryan Nolen. Frontstretch will also tell you …

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Frontstretch Podcast: iRacing Shenanigans, Tyler Reddick Talks Rookie Season

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss Sunday’s iRacing Pro Invitational Series at virtual Bristol Motor Speedway, which saw veteran iRacer William Byron get the win. The biggest news coming out of the Bristol race was Blue-Emu deciding to drop its sponsorship from Bubba Wallace after he “rage quit” following an incident …

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IndyCar iRacing Challenge: What We Learned From Barber

IndyCar iRacing Challenge

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The IndyCar iRacing Challenge rolled on this weekend with the Virtual Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, the second race of the six-race series. Taking place the day before the 2020 Indy Grand Prix of Alabama was scheduled to run, the event did its best to replicate what racing at Barber Motorsports Park would have …

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