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Frontstretch 5: Things That Made the 2021 NASCAR Season So Great

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Leading up to the Daytona 500, we were all told by FOX Sports that the 2021 NASCAR season would be the best one ever. Now that we’re at the end of it (hard to believe, am I right?), it’s now our turn to analyze and reflect on everything that the season gave us. From big …

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Up to Speed: NASCAR Playoff Points of the Past Revisited

NASCAR Playoff drivers Chase Elliott and Martin Truex Jr. lead the field at Phoenix Raceway. (Photo: NKP)

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Earlier this year, I explored how NASCAR playoff points earned during the regular season impacted drivers’ performances in the playoffs themselves.  The goal of that study was to determine if a driver’s playoff point total could predict when they would be eliminated from title contention.  I also wanted to see if there were any notable …

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One For the Road With Brad Keselowski

Brad Keselowski at Phoenix Raceway

Photo by Daniel McFadin

PHOENIX – Two parties took place Sunday night at Phoenix Raceway. There was a large one on the fronstretch which attracted most of the attention, as Kyle Larson began his reign as the NASCAR Cup Series champion. But as the crowd cheered him on, a much more intimate good time began to unfold on pit …

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Todd Gordon Keeping It Real with Final NASCAR Race

Todd Gordon chats with Ryan Blaney at Talladega Superspeedway. (Photo: NKP)

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When Todd Gordon woke up Monday morning (Nov. 1), the main thought on his mind wasn’t on his last race as a NASCAR crew chief.

It was on the “disappointment” that he and the rest of Ryan Blaney’s No. 12 Team Penske crew weren’t able to advance out of the Round of 8 in the Playoffs.

“But that’s past,” Gordon told Frontstretch Saturday in the Phoenix Raceway garage. “You can’t do anything about what happened there. (I’m) looking forward to having one more great run.”

2-Headed Monster: Should NASCAR Step In & Stop Disrespectful Racing?

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This past weekend’s races at Martinsville Speedway brought up some conversation about drivers’ respect for others. Truck Series veteran Matt Crafton was particularly brash about his thoughts, saying the only way to handle the lack of respect is to “punch someone in the mouth.” With Crafton’s mentality being an old-school approach, many suggested that NASCAR …

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End of an Era Awaits Team Penske & Brad Keselowski

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(Nigel Kinrade Photography)

This Sunday (Nov. 7) at Phoenix Raceway, all eyes will be focused on the Championship 4, a final quartet of title-contending NASCAR Cup Series stars with a chance to secure the sport’s biggest prize. Brad Keselowski won’t be one of them, which means his lengthy tenure at Team Penske will come to a quiet end …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2021 Martinsville NASCAR Playoff Race

#48: Alex Bowman, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Ally celebrates winning the Xfinity 500 at Martinsville.

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What happened? Alex Bowman won the Xfinity 500 at Martinsville Sunday (Oct. 31) after bumping Denny Hamlin out of the way and surviving an overtime restart. Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr. and William Byron rounded out the top-five finishers. RETWEET to congratulate @Alex_Bowman on his WIN at @MartinsvilleSwy! #NASCAR pic.twitter.com/qNd6DVbKpO — NASCAR on …

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Frontstretch 2-Minute Drill: Xfinity 500 at Martinsville

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The penultimate race of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series at Martinsville Speedway is upon us, and pretty much everything is still up in the air. Kyle Larson has won three straight races, including sweeping both events in the Round of 8 thus far at Texas Motor Speedway and Kansas Speedway. He’s led a combined 386 …

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Did You Notice?: What’s Next for Ford’s NASCAR Future After Rocky 2021 Playoffs?

Ford drivers Ryan Blaney and Austin Cindric chat on pit road at Kansas Speedway. (Photo: NKP)

#12: Ryan Blaney, Team Penske, Ford Mustang Menards/Moen and #33: Austin Cindric, Team Penske, Ford Mustang MoneyLion

Did You Notice? … The way Ford has struggled during the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs? As I first pointed out at CBS Sports, they’ve gone 0-for-8 and sit outside Championship 4 position for the first time in the history of the format, implemented in 2014. That could change this weekend at Martinsville Speedway if any …

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Adam Stevens Among Suspended Crew Members After Kansas Penalties

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Christopher Bell‘s crew chief Adam Stevens has been suspended for one Cup Series event after failing post-race inspection following the Hollywood Casino 400 last weekend (Oct. 24) at Kansas Speedway. The No. 20 team was found to have two lug nuts loose during the inspection, resulting in the suspension of Stevens for the upcoming race …

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