Race Weekend Central

The Frontstretch 5: Unlikely NASCAR Storylines Unfolding in 2019

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If fans’ main gripe with NASCAR in recent years is that it’s too predictable, this year is providing some relief. There are some unexpected storylines floating around out there that weren’t predicted prior to the start of the season. With the year just past the halfway mark, the stories are still unfolding, and what could …

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The Underdog House: A Different (Tri)Angle

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Top of the Class The majority of the battles for supremacy in terms of underdogs in 2019 have been between Chris Buescher and Matt DiBenedetto. Sunday (July 28) at Pocono Raceway was just more of the same. Buescher and the No. 37 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevy took top dog honors, but not by much. His …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: Gander RV 400

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returns to Pocono Raceway this weekend for the Gander RV 400 and filling out your daily fantasy NASCAR FanDuel roster is always difficult for the track affectionately known as the Tricky Triangle. This 2-and-a-half-mile, three-turn course is one of the most unique on the NASCAR schedule, making it a …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2019 Gander RV 400

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Guess what’s back, back again? Pocono Raceway’s back, tell a friend. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams head back to the Tricky Triangle for Sunday’s (July 28) Gander RV 400. The cars will again use the lower horsepower package with aero ducts. This time around, though, the PJ1 traction compound will be on all …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Matt DiBenedetto Opens Up on Top-5 Finish at New Hampshire

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss a wild weekend of racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway that saw a last lap battle between Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin for the win. The No. 4 team wound up on top, recording Stewart-Haas Racing’s first victory this season. We go in-depth on what …

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Odds & Ends Around the Track: Tricky Triangle Edition

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Recently, I was having a discussion with an expert in the world of racetrack and race series financing about what was going on with NASCAR. If you haven’t been paying attention, the racetracks have all been taken private after being publicly-traded corporations for years. The fact both major racetrack groups would do that at the …

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The Underdog House: A Little Magic in the Air

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Top of the Class For the second time in a month, Matt DiBenedetto ruled the underdog roost with a top-five finish. He took fifth position on Sunday (July 21) in the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The No. 95 Leavine Family Racing Toyota was fast all weekend. DiBenedetto put the car …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Lobster Kissin’ and Magic Mile Repeats

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This weekend’s events at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway mirrored 2018’s results, with both Christopher Bell and Kevin Harvick defending their victories. In the Xfinity Series’ Roxor 200 on Saturday, July 20, Bell led all but 14 laps en route to his fifth win of the season. In the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ Foxwoods …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBCSN Brings Decent Action at New Hampshire, Too Much Post-Race Kevin Harvick

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Weather-wise, last weekend was brutal. Temperatures in Loudon, NH got up to 93 degrees during the race. At Lime Rock on Saturday, it was worse. Apparently, Michelin brings its own weather station to the track each week. It measured an air temperature during the Northeast Grand Prix of 98 degrees. That was combined with a …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 Foxwood Resort Casino 301 at Loudon

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Author’s Note: In remembrance of Nick Harrison, the Kaulig Racing crew chief who tragically passed away prior to Sunday’s Cup race at Loudon, “let’s go hauling balls.” The Headline(s): Though a crippled Austin Dillon did everything he could to obstruct Kevin Harvick (more on that later), Harvick was able to withstand two bump-and-run attempts from Denny …

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