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5 Points to Ponder: A Sluggish Start to the NASCAR Playoffs — Why?

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ONE: Sluggish Start to NASCAR’s 10-Race Playoff It’s fair to say for NASCAR that it hasn’t been the compelling start to the 2017 playoffs the powers that be at Daytona Beach, Fla.,  would have wanted. We’ve had two poor races with limited-to-no excitement. There hasn’t been a great deal of passing, not really any it seems …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kyle Busch Sneaks by With New Hampshire Win

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Who’s In The Headline After events conspired against him at Chicagoland Speedway, the stars aligned for Kyle Busch in Loudon to allow him to win his 41st career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. He was in second place at the mid-point of the race when Kevin Harvick spun and ended up sideways in the middle …

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2017 Frontstretch Podcast Powered by DraftKings – Episode 28: Playoffs, Please

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Episode 28: Playoffs, Please Frontstretch Podcast with Dustin Albino, Davey Segal and Zach Catanzareti In this week’s episode brought to you by DraftKings, Dustin, Davey and Zach recap the opening round of the playoffs from Chicagoland, discussing pit road problems and possible trouble afoot for some top contenders. We also debate Kasey Kahne’s move to Leavine Family Racing for 2018 and compare …

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2-Headed Monster: Will Leavine Family Racing Resurrect Kasey Kahne’s Career?

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On Tuesday afternoon, Leavine Family Racing announced Kasey Kahne will join the organization next season, replacing Michael McDowell. Hendrick Motorsports will release Kahne at the end of the 2017 season, and he was without a ride for a handful of weeks. McDowell now joins the circus of remaining free agents for the upcoming 2018 season. …

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Did You Notice?: The Legend Of Allstate Kasey Kahne Lives On

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Did You Notice? … The powerful resume of Kasey Kahne? This year’s Brickyard 400 victory, combined with years of wooing major sponsorship, tipped the scales for single-car Leavine Family Racing. Despite a major leap forward with Michael McDowell this season, on-track potential wasn’t enough to keep the ride. “We look at this as an opportunity for …

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Kasey Kahne Signs with Leavine Family Racing for 2018

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Kasey Kahne, winner of 18 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races over 14 years, including this year’s Brickyard 400, will be joining Leavine Family Racing starting with the 2018 season. Owned by Bob Leavine, LFR is a small team that is in the middle of its second full-time season in MENCS competition after five part-time seasons. …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not In NASCAR: Blues Brothers Edition

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NASCAR’s version of the playoffs began Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway. But if you were looking for some kind of markedly different outcome than what you have seen for much of the season, you came away feeling a little blue. That’s unless you are a Martin Truex Jr. fan, of course. In that case, there are plenty …

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5 Points to Ponder: The Power of NASCAR Social Media

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ONE: Twitter Wars I’m sure by now you’ve seen the tweet from Brad Keselowski Friday, prior to the race at Chicagoland Speedway this past weekend where he took to Twitter to opine on the form of the Toyotas. Just in case, here’s the tweet in question: We are all in for a rude awakening. Haven't seen …

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The Underdog House: NASCAR Must ‘Cope’ With Slow Cars On Track

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Think Small After last weekend’s race at Richmond Raceway, where Derrike Cope brought out a late caution while racing several laps down, fans and some media suggested Cope should have been removed from the track by NASCAR long before the incident. That group, which included regular season champion Martin Truex Jr., claimed Cope was so far in …

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Darian Grubb Is Kasey Kahne’s New Crew Chief

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Kasey Kahne will have a championship-winning crew chief calling the shots for the rest of 2017. Hendrick Motorsports announced in a press release on Monday afternoon (Sept. 18) that Darian Grubb will replace No. 5 crew chief Keith Rodden for the remaining nine races of the season. Grubb, a Floyd, Va., native, is a 23-time …

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