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Beside the Rising Tide: Short Takes & Short Tracks 

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Typically this time of year, things are quiet on the NASCAR news front as the sport and the country slowly begin emerging from the summer doldrums. As the long hot August summer afternoons give way to the earlier sunsets of September, leaves changing color and occasional morning chills punctuated by noisy flocks of Canadian geese …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Breaking Down 200 Victories for Kyle Busch & Richard Petty, Chris Buescher Chats Hot Start

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff break down the difference in the 200 race victories for Kyle Busch and Richard Petty with a pile of statistics, after Busch joined the 200 club last weekend at Auto Club Speedway. Without necessarily comparing the two, we dig into what makes the feat incredible. How …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Joey Logano Emerges as 2018 Cup Champion

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Who’s in the headline It took 10 years to fulfill the predictions but Joey Logano is your 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion. Logano took advantage of a quick, short-run car and passed Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. on a late race restart to take command of the race and run off into …

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NASCAR 101: Most Dominating Coca-Cola 600 Performances

2015 Charlotte I CUP Jeb Burton Jimmie Johnson Casey Mears credit Amy Henderson

Photo Credit: Amy Henderson, Frontstretch

This weekend marks the 56th running of the Coca-Cola 600, or, for longtime fans of the sport, the World 600. The premise of the race when it first began was simple: pit man against machine. What would tire first: an overworked engine or a weary driver? 400 laps of exhausting wrestling of the steering wheel …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After NASCAR Acceleration 2013

Leave it to Bristol Motor Speedway to capitalize on its rough-and-tumble reputation in what was perhaps the most creative game of the day in terms of the actual racing at that track. Everyone has seen the carnival games where someone has to launch a beanbag or a ball through a deceptively small hole to win a prize. But for Bristol, could there be a more appropriate version of this one than a helmet toss, paying homage to, among other incidents, Tony Stewart’s display of anger toward Matt Kenseth last summer? Apparently not, because in order to win Bristol’s prizes, fans had to fire a miniature helmet smack through the driver’s side windshield of a cardboard racecar. Sometimes things are simply right, and this game was one of those times.

Dialing It In: Richard Petty Offers Example NASCAR Needs

In NASCAR, Richard Petty is a king among men. His statistics are staggering, his understanding of the sport helped it grow and his relationship with the fans molded the way drivers would interact with their supporters for years to come. Coming up through the ranks, anyone that wanted to be in NASCAR looked to Petty …

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Full Throttle: Hall of Fame Inductees Were More Than Just Men

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony was a star-studded, emotional event that capped a month-long buildup to the inaugural class’s enshrinement. No one knew what to expect from this first foray into the process of honoring the heroes of the sport, but when it was all said and done the personal side won out. There …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: The Roots That Gave NASCAR Its Wings – The Story Behind Sunday’s Hall Inductees

“It’s bigger than you. It’s bigger than me.” These words, or words nearly like them were delivered by Bill France Jr. to many a racer who had, in one way or another, raised his ire; and now, six decades into the sport that France’s father, Bill Sr., conceived in Daytona Beach, his words are still …

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5 Points to Ponder: Cup Teams Run N’Wide, Kasey’s No. Question & HoF

Despite rumors that the anticipated Nationwide Series CoT test at Daytona would be delayed to allow for more teams to get their cars prepared, NASCAR is pushing forward this Tuesday and Wednesday with a two-day test. It’s kind of hard to argue with that logic. After all, the teams that haven’t built a car yet are those hoping that the superteams can create enough in time for the carless ones to buy them… and that they can actually afford that expenditure come July.

MPM2Nite: The Next 5 Hall of Famers

The hullabaloo surrounding the opening of the new NASCAR Hall of Fame has reached a crescendo, or at least the highest level of noise the marketing types in Charlotte and Daytona Beach have been able to achieve. Let’s just say that said opening is a few notches beneath the general public’s radar screen, and it’s …

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Dialing It In: NASCAR Legends In Love With What Hall Can Give Fans

On Tuesday, a day many had marked on their calendars for years finally became a reality. Before a gathered crowd of racing legends, politicians, dignitaries, and fans, executive director Winston Kelley declared the NASCAR Hall of Fame open to the public. After years of planning, construction and anticipation, the nearly $195 million facility welcomed its …

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Driven to the Past: A Little History, Here…

We’re driving back more than 40 years this week. One of my favorite sayings is attributed to Harry S. Truman – “The only thing you don’t know is the history you haven’t read yet.” Whether the late President said that or not, it’s pretty profound. This was brought to mind by all the comments about Jimmie Johnson‘s “domination” …

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