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Frontstretch Podcast: Mediocre Vegas, 2021 Schedule & Ross Chastain Chats Moving to NASCAR Cup

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Subscribe: iTunes In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss the lackluster racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway from last weekend, which saw Kurt Busch hold on for the victory after catching a timely caution during a cycle of green flag pit stops. With the win, Busch advances to the Round of 8, stealing …

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Power Rankings: Luck of the Vegas Native Edition

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In Las Vegas, some times it’s better to be lucky than good at the games of chance. On Sunday night (Sept. 27), Kurt Busch hit the jackpot when a caution flew during a cycle of green flag pit stops. That timely caution helped one of Vegas’ own win, but it was an impressive finish that …

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Up to Speed: The Parallel Careers of Jimmie Johnson & Matt Kenseth

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With the 2020 season entering its final stage, NASCAR is beginning to look toward next year.  This last week in September brought considerable news regarding driver lineups for 2021.  There have also been rumors that major changes could be in store for the Cup Series schedule.  But even as more news trickles out about the …

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Kurt Busch Gets Lucky in Las Vegas, Wins the South Point 400

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In his last trip to Las Vegas Motor Speedway before a NASCAR Cup Series retirement and transition to INDYCAR, Jimmie Johnson hoped for a solid run in the 2020 South Point 400 to close it out. Little did he know, the seven-time NASCAR champion would become the pivotal crux that determined the outcome of Sunday’s …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2020 South Point 400

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The NASCAR Cup Series begins the Round of 12 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday, Sept. 27. Which playoff driver’s gambles will pay off for your NASCAR DraftKings lineup? Let’s find out! Cup drivers return to the 1.5-mile tri-oval for the first time since February, before the pause in competition due to the COVID-19 …

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Power Rankings: Dirty Dozen Edition

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Bristol Motor Speedway is considering importing dirt? If this isn’t an indictment of the current template for NASCAR as it applies to short track racing, I am not sure what else it would be. Since Speedway Motorsports Inc., has decided to add traction compound at the bottom of this track, the racing has gotten much …

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5 Points to Ponder: Ross Chastain Plus Chip Ganassi Equals What in 2021?

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1. Ross Chastain Secures a Second Chance Ross Chastain‘s career has finally come full circle with Chip Ganassi Racing. Almost two years after his career nearly collapsed, the team announced Sept. 21 Chastain will drive its No. 42 full time in the NASCAR Cup Series beginning with the 2021 Daytona 500. The move ends a …

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Power Rankings: No Longer the Action Track Edition

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They used to call Richmond Raceway the “Action Track,” but after racing 400 laps without a non-manufactured caution flag, they might need to forget that nickname ever existed. This isn’t the fault of the track. This isn’t the fault of the drivers. This is the fault of a rules package that makes a gentle rub …

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The Frontstretch 5: Memorable NASCAR Playoff Moments

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1. Joey, Wall. Wall, Joey. Who can forget Matt Kenseth intentionally wrecking Joey Logano at Martinsville Speedway in 2015? This favorite moment of mine was all set because Logano, who was right in the thick of the championship hunt, drew the irk of Kenseth from a previous incident at Kansas Speedway, which took out the …

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Power Rankings: 1 Down, 9 to Go Edition

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All season, Kevin Harvick has been very good. Heading into the Southern 500, he had won seven times already this year and had more top-five and top-10 finishes than anyone else. But one thing he has not been until Sunday (Sept. 6) was being lucky! In one of the crown jewels of stock car racing, …

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