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Up to Speed: Will Clint Bowyer Stay Candid in the Broadcast Booth?

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Lost in the conclusion of the 2020 NASCAR season was the rather abrupt departure of Clint Bowyer from the driver’s seat.  Bowyer, who was wrapping up his 15th full-time season as a Cup Series racer, faced an uncertain future with Stewart-Haas Racing.  Despite some speculation that SHR’s driver lineup would not change for 2021, Bowyer …

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2021 NASCAR Preseason Power Rankings, No. 7: Martin Truex Jr.

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Martin Truex Jr. started the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season hopeful after back-to-back runner-up finishes in the championship standings, preceded by winning the 2017 Cup championship. But with new crew chief James Small atop the No. 19 pit box, Truex didn’t perform as well in the COVID-19-affected 2020 season. He won at Martinsville Speedway but …

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2020 NASCAR Team Reviews: Joe Gibbs Racing

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For a team that won more than half of the races in the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series season, Joe Gibbs Racing had every reason to be confident in its lineup for 2020. Martin Truex Jr., Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch all won at least five races in 2019 (seven, six and five, respectively) while Erik …

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Power Rankings: Chase Went to Chase Edition

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Oftentimes, NASCAR gets the short end of the deal — faces a lot of criticism, but they deserve a tip of the old Frontstretch hat for managing to get a full season in during trying times. No other major American sport was able to accomplish this feat. There is no hiding the fact that I’m …

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Fire on Fridays: How Will Success Be Judged in This Era of NASCAR?

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The era of a good points day is officially over. Has been for awhile now. Points do matter. After all, if Kevin Harvick gains more than the one stage point at Texas Motor Speedway and Martinsville Speedway than he did, odds are he’s Championship 4 bound in the NASCAR Cup Series this year. But he didn’t, …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2020 Xfinity 500 at Martinsville

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What happened? Chase Elliott won the Xfinity 500 at Martinsville on Sunday (Nov. 1) to clinch a spot in the Championship 4. Elliott pulled away during the final stretch after his main rival most of the day, Martin Truex Jr., had to pit for a loose wheel. Ryan Blaney, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski and Kurt …

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Up to Speed: 2020 Is Another Black Mark Against The NASCAR Playoffs

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As usual, Martinsville Speedway provided no shortage of entertainment.  Sunday’s race, the penultimate event of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season, offered up plenty of close quarters short track racing.  It also featured a tighter battle among the playoff drivers than most fans would have foreseen, given the points among the drivers.  But the biggest …

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Stock Car Scoop: Martinsville Mayhem Leads to NASCAR Championship 4 Surprises

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Chase Elliott said Sunday’s win at Martinsville (Nov. 1) was the biggest win of his career. It was also the crowning achievement on three exceptional races at the paperclip-shaped oval, producing a long list of Championship 4 surprises. What else did Elliott have to say after his Cup Series triumph? Find out in the latest …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2020 Xfinity 500

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The NASCAR Cup Series heads out to Virginia for the Xfinity 500 at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday, Nov. 1. Let’s get your NASCAR DraftKings rosters ready for some more short-track racing! This is the second time drivers will take on the paperclip-shaped oval this season, though things are a bit different this trip. First, they …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Matt Tifft on New Cup Team

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss a long weekend of racing at Texas Motor Speedway that saw Kyle Busch score his first NASCAR Cup Series victory of the season, 77 hours after the green flag was thrown. Why was this an emotional win for Busch, who now has at least one …

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Stock Car Scoop: Kyle Busch Finally Wins at Texas, a Race That Finally Finished

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The NASCAR Cup Series’ race at Texas Motor Speedway was finally completed on Wednesday night (Oct. 28), and it was Kyle Busch with his first victory of the season. What did Rowdy have to say about the victory and breaking his 33-race winless drought? Find out in the latest edition of Stock Car Scoop.  Frontstretch‘s …

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5 Points to Ponder: Kyle Busch Finally Takes a Bow in 2020

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1. It Took A While, But Kyle Busch Kept His Winning Streak Intact It was strangely fitting that in a race that forced drivers, teams and fans to wait more than three days from the time it was red flagged for weather until its checkered counterpart was shown, Kyle Busch found a way to cross …

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