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Reel Racing: The Best (& Worst) Movie Paint Schemes of the 2010s, Pt. 1

In June, I undertook a project to dig up every single movie-themed paint scheme that ever ran across NASCAR’s three touring series and, eventually, rank them. The weeks-long search yielded that exactly 100 films have been represented on stock cars throughout the years, ranging from The Wizard of Oz to Shazam. Unfortunately, 2020 became the …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Bob Leavine Hopes to Run Second Car ‘One of These Days’

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In a special edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino chats with Bob Leavine, owner of Leavine Family Racing about the state of his team. Leavine says his driver Matt DiBenedetto has been bitten by bad luck this season, but the No. 95 has shown improvement in speed since joining Toyota. He says the alliance with …

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2018 NASCAR Driver Reviews: Kasey Kahne

(Photo: John K. Harrelson / NKP)

Kasey Kahne did everything he could to continue racing in NASCAR’s premier series this year. He raced until he couldn’t do so any longer. Twenty-five races into the 2018 season and Kahne couldn’t handle it anymore. His body could no longer handle the wear and tear that comes with 400- to 500-mile races. When he …

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2-Headed Monster: Is It Bad So Many Drivers Are Leaving NASCAR?

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Gone are the days when NASCAR drivers would race until they couldn’t find a ride anymore. From Tony Stewart to Kasey Kahne, more and more drivers are calling it quits at a younger age to race elsewhere. The trend leads to this week’s question: Is it bad for NASCAR that so many drivers are leaving? …

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NASCAR 101: Kasey Kahne’s Most Impressive NASCAR Stat

(Photo: Mike Neff, Frontstretch)

Kasey Kahne may have driven in his final NASCAR race. As with many of these statistics, the key word here is may. At the end of 2018, the 38-year-old is retiring from a decade-and-a-half-long career in NASCAR’s national series in order to compete on the sprint car level, and generally enjoy not having to run a …

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Friday Faceoff: What’s the Best Strategy to Survive Talladega?

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

1. With the final plate race at Talladega Superspeedway looming, what is the best strategy for the playoff contenders?  Zach Gillispie:  The plate races are always chaotic and full of unknowns. In the previous format (before stage racing), we saw several playoff drivers ride in the back and have favorable results. But this was back …

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Fire on Friday: The Roller Coaster Career of Kasey Kahne

(Photo: John K. Harrelson / NKP)

Kasey Kahne‘s NASCAR career, for all intents and purposes, is now over. The fact that it’s happening in 2018 is borderline unfathomable given his quick success in the early stages of his career. Kahne busted through the door and said, “WHAT’S UP, EVERYBODY?” in 2004, earning 13 top fives and 14 top 10s en route …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Daniel Hemric Describes Ins and Outs of Dover

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

It’s a fun, and entertaining (hopefully) Frontstretch Podcast this week, as the duo of Dustin Albino and Mike Neff join NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Daniel Hemric to discuss the weekend of racing at the Monster Mile — Dover International Speedway. Hemric grabbed the pole for the XFINITY race and led 23 laps en route to a Stage 2 victory. However, the No. …

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Leavine Family Racing Signs Matt DiBenedetto, Teams with Toyota For 2019

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Leavine Family Racing has a new driver for the 2019 season, and his name is Matt DiBenedetto. On top of adding the California native to its roster, the organization is making a manufacturer change to join Toyota Racing. “We’re thrilled to welcome Matt to our organization,” Bob Leavine, owner of Leavine Family Racing, said in …

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Did You Notice?: What Kasey Kahne Tells Us About The NASCAR Hall of Fame

(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

Did You Notice?… Kasey Kahne’s legacy will be one of unfulfilled potential, falling just short of the NASCAR Hall of Fame? The 38-year-old officially retired Tuesday (Oct. 9) due to dehydration issues he suffered inside the car during September’s Southern 500. It speeds up a process that would have happened at the end of November, as …

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