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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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2017 Frontstretch Podcast Powered by DraftKings – Episode 27: Where Do We Go?

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Episode 27: Where Do We Go? Frontstretch Podcast with Dustin Albino, Joseph Wolkin and Zach Catanzareti In this week’s episode brought to you by DraftKings, Dustin, Joseph and Zach look at the Silly Season turned hilarious and where we think Danica Patrick, Kasey Kahne and others will end up. Also, we look at the top contenders heading into the Monster Energy …

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Kasey Kahne, Hendrick Motorsports Working on Finding Speed for Playoffs

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Every year, Hendrick Motorsports is labeled as one of the teams to beat going into the season. 2017 was no different. Coming into the new season, HMS had a ton of momentum from Jimmie Johnson‘s championship run in 2016. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was coming back from a concussion, and Chase Elliott was poised to win …

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Did You Notice?: NASCAR Needs to Throw Caution to the Wind

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Did You Notice? … NASCAR needs to throw caution to the wind? It’s been a crazy last day of Silly Season for the sport, but let’s not bury the lead of on-track competition gone awry at Richmond Raceway. The sport was put under fire for not only an ambulance blocking pit road under caution, causing damage …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not In NASCAR: Leading Laps Edition

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NASCAR’s version of the playoffs is here starting this week at Chicagoland Speedway. But the playoffs for some were this past Saturday night in Richmond. None of on the outside of the playoff picture were able to photobomb that picture and steal a little attention to those already in at the start of the night. …

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