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5 Points to Ponder: A Year of Genuine Change, A Year Early

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

A Brand New Year For so long we talked about 2021 as the year of true change in NASCAR, with a (possibly) radical new schedule and a better next-generation car. And while both those things may still ultimately be true, we’ve got plenty of change in 2020 alone. We’ll start with the title sponsor or …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2020 Busch Clash

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? With just six cars still running at the end of the 2020 Busch Crash — er, Clash — at Daytona International Speedway, it was Erik Jones getting by Ryan Newman with a little help from his friend Denny Hamlin to take the win and the bragging rights …

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Up to Speed: NASCAR Cup Drivers With Something to Prove in 2020

Matt DiBenedetto

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A new racing season means new opportunities and new challenges.  Over the winter, NASCAR’s Cup Series saw its usual flurry of changes among drivers, teams and crews.  As a result of these changes, many drivers, rookies and veterans alike will be feeling the pressure to perform in 2020.  Whether measuring their success against other competitors …

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2020 NASCAR Cup Series Preseason Power Rankings

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For the first time here at Frontstretch, our staff banded together to vote on who it thinks will be the top drivers of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season in a preseason power rankings format. Each participating staff member sent a 30-driver ranking before the beginning of the season, taking into account not only 2019 successes …

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Beside the Rising Tide: Ready, Set, 2020…

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I fear calling this time of year “late winter” might be overly optimistic when it comes to continued cold snaps and snow, but I have it on expert what remains of winter will be brief. If you can’t trust a groundhog, who can you trust? Let’s just say we’re in that brief period of time …

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2019 NASCAR Driver Reviews: Jimmie Johnson

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Jimmie Johnson needed a change of pace.  In 2018, he experienced the first winless season of his full-time career in the NASCAR Cup Series.  Johnson also matched or surpassed career lows in top fives and top 10s for a single year. To get the No. 48 team back on track, Hendrick Motorsports decided to split …

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2019 NASCAR Top Storylines: One Last Time Around for Jimmie Johnson

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Time slides by as silently as winter and as quickly as a moment, and only after it has passed do we really take notice. As NASCAR enters 2020, just one full-time NASCAR Cup Series driver once raced against Dale Earnhardt. Those who have come onto the scene in the last couple of years never raced …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Offseason Update, Matt Lederer Discusses Xfinity Premier Sponsorship in Cup

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In a special offseason edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss a plethora of news stories that have transpired since the checkered flag at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Seven-time Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson will be retiring following the 2020 season. The duo discuss if Johnson is the greatest driver of all time, reflecting back on …

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A Rare Gut Feeling Tells Jimmie Johnson ‘It’s Time’ to Retire

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

The feeling Jimmie Johnson had been waiting for to decide on his future as a full-time NASCAR Cup Series driver arrived as the calendar flipped from September to October 2019. And it was a feeling that he hadn’t experienced in many years. “It was such a profound moment that I really take it back to …

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2-Headed Monster: Is Hendrick Motorsports’ Future in Trouble After Worst Season?

Rick Hendrick talks with William Byron before the 2019 Daytona 500 (February 2019) (Photo: NKP)

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Hendrick Motorsports is the definition of a NASCAR team. Over its 35-year existence, the team has won 12 championships and over 250 races. Recently, the team has struggled badly, not placing a driver in the championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway since Jimmie Johnson‘s improbable and potentially final title win in 2016. The lack of presence …

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