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Friday Faceoff: Can An Underfunded Team Be a Contender?

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Martin Truex, Jr. has had a hot start to 2017, with a total of 11 stage wins and two race wins, but he’s also had some missed opportunities due to things outside the driver’s control.  Is the No. 78 team ready to win a title this year, or will the little things add up? Dustin …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: A Look At the FOX NASCAR Season Finale

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If you’ve been reading my columns here at Frontstretch over the past few years, you know that I love road racing.  The one weekend a year that the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series travels to Sonoma Raceway is one of my personal favorites.  That action was combined with two outstanding events for the Camping World Truck …

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Pace Laps: Happy Days at Sonoma, Underdog Takeover at Iowa & Scott Dixon Wins Big

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Happy Days for Stewart-Haas Racing in Sonoma – Car owner Tony Stewart called it a “perfect race” for driver Kevin Harvick, who broke a 20-race winless drought Sunday at Sonoma Raceway. Expanding to his three other teams under the Stewart-Haas Racing umbrella, he called it “awesome.” Starting from the top, …

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Pace Laps: Kyle Larson Pulls Off Michigan Win and Lack of Funding Hurting Truck Series

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Kyle Larson Does it Again at Michigan- Kyle Larson proved on Friday he had the fastest car at Michigan International Raceway, putting his No. 42 team on the pole for the 400-mile event. This time, the California kid had to hold off a pack of hounds in the waning laps. Larson …

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Tracking the Trucks: John Hunter Nemechek Scores First 2017 Win at Gateway

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In a Nutshell: John Hunter Nemechek took an emotional victory in Saturday night’s Drivin’ for Linemen 200 at Gateway Motorsports Park. The driver of the No. 8 Chevrolet led the entire first stage but didn’t sniff the front of the field again until the final 10 laps. A late caution provided a last-ditch opportunity, putting Nemechek in …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Joe Nemechek Has High Hopes for NEMCO Motorsports in 2017

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A month prior to NASCAR’s season-opening weekend at Daytona International Speedway, Joe Nemechek announced that he would join his son John Hunter Nemechek to race in the first three Camping World Truck Series events of 2017. Coming out of Daytona, both Nemecheks finished in the top five, with John Hunter leading the charge in fourth. Despite having …

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Tracking the Trucks: Kaz Grala Wins Plate Race NASCAR Survivor

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In a Nutshell: During the latest edition of plate race NASCAR Survivor, it looked like the veterans had the votes to knock off the youngsters. But after a Demolition Derby-type affair, stalwarts like Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter quickly learned they didn’t earn immunity from the dreaded Big One. Ben Rhodes got bumped on the backstretch by ThorSport …

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Beyond the Cockpit: John Hunter Nemechek Satisfied with NEMCO Motorsports’ 2016 Season

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John Hunter Nemechek entered 2016 with 30 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts on his resume. However, this past season marked the first time the North Carolina native raced for a championship, competing full-time for his family-owned NEMCO Motorsports team. The 19-year-old locked himself into the division’s inaguaral Chase almost immediately, winning at Atlanta Motor Speedway …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: The Round of 16 Can Hurt Race Broadcasts

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Last weekend in NASCAR was fairly interesting out on New Hampshire Motor Speedway.  For the most part, the Room of Doom didn’t play that much of a role (unless your name was John Hunter Nemechek). The Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck series were both in action at New Hampshire, and we saw two different …

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2-Headed Monster: Which Inaugural Chase Will Be More Intriguing, Trucks or XFINITY?

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When NASCAR announced it was expanding its Chase playoff system to the XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series earlier this year, fans weren’t sure how to react. On one hand, the Chase awards a championship based on the performance of seven races, and many wonder whether that cheapens the championship. On the other hand, …

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Tracking the Trucks: Kyle Busch Wins as Chase Field Is Set at Chicagoland Speedway

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In a Nutshell: Kyle Busch took the checkered flag 0.139 seconds ahead of Daniel Hemric to score his second win of the season in Friday night’s American Ethanol E15 225 at Chicagoland Speedway. The driver of the No. 18 Toyota survived a 14-minute red flag and a flurry of late-race restarts to head to Victory Lane. …

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John Wes Townley, Daniel Hemric Lead the Way in Chicagoland Truck Practices

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KANSAS CITY, KS - MAY 06: John Wes Townley, driver of the #05 Jive Communications Chevrolet, wins the Keystone Light Pole Award during qualifying for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Toyota Tundra 250 at Kansas Speedway on May 6, 2016 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)

John Wes Townley led the opening practice of a pivotal weekend at Chicagoland Speedway for the Camping World Truck Series at a speed of 175.182 mph. Townley, winless on the season, is in a must-win scenario in order to make the inaugural Chase for the championship in the Truck Series. Five-time winner and championship leader …

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