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Frontstretch Podcast: 2019 NASCAR Quarterly Review

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss the state of NASCAR at the quarter mark of the 2019 season. With Joe Gibbs Racing and Team Penske claiming all nine Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races, what grade can we give it? How do we think the new aero package has affected the …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: 5 Winless Drivers Looking for Victory Lane This Season

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Todd Gilliland Perhaps the one driver whose job hinges on whether they win this season is Todd Gilliland. “I don’t know how many times last year we were in meetings and I was just yelling at them about let’s go,” Kyle Busch Motorsports owner/driver Kyle Busch said earlier this season. “Our stuff is not that …

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Pace Laps: Joe Gibbs Racing Takes Over Texas

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Denny Hamlin’s Quick Road To Healing It was Homestead-Miami Speedway, the site of the 2018 championship finale and Denny Hamlin was clearly upset. The main storyline centered around whether he’d help title contender Kyle Busch with pit stall selection after winning the pole. But you could tell, from the second …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Johnny Sauter’s Dominance Highlights Stories to Watch in Texas

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Does Johnny Sauter’s Texas dominance continue? It’s no secret that Johnny Sauter has pretty much made Texas Motor Speedway his personal playground in the last several years. He’s the active win leader at the mile-and-a-half oval with five victories (retired Todd Bodine has six), including three of the last five. Additionally, he set the track …

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Tracking The Trucks: Kyle Busch Continues Dominance At Martinsville

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In a Nutshell: Kyle Busch did what Kyle Busch does in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series and every other NASCAR national touring series — win. Busch led 174 of 250 laps to pick up his 54th Truck win and 201st NASCAR national win. The win was also Busch’s third Truck win of the season in as …

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Stewart Friesen ‘Really Firing’ in Quick Start to 2019

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Following three straight top-10 starts and a top-five finish entering Martinsville Speedway, Stewart Friesen kept the numbers climbing in Saturday’s TruNoth Global 250. Scoring the pole in his No. 52 Halmar Chevrolet, Friesen kept his truck clean to come home fifth. And from the start, Friesen stayed tough on the commonly feared outside lane, eventually …

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Stewart Friesen & Ben Rhodes Top Friday Afternoon Truck Practices in Atlanta

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The Gander Outdoor Truck Series held two practice sessions on Friday afternoon in preparation for Saturday evening’s Ultimate Tailgating 200 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, the second event of the 2019 season. Stewart Friesen was fastest during the first session with a speed of 177.204 mph.  Friesen is looking for his first career win in …

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Stewart Friesen Grows with Each Race at Halmar Friesen Racing

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Stewart Friesen’s 2018 season has been by far the best of his NASCAR career. Being recently eliminated from the Camping World Truck Series playoffs, the driver of the No. 52’s campaign has seen him challenge for wins week in and week out for the first time in his stock-car career. In 21 starts this season, …

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Kyle Larson Penalized for Damaged Vehicle Policy Violation

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On Wednesday (Oct. 17), NASCAR released the weekly penalty report.  This week, the sanctioning body came down on Kyle Larson.  On Sunday, Larson blew a left rear tire on the backstretch and spun on lap 104.  Repairs were made to the CreditOne Chevrolet and Larson continued, eventually finishing 11th. In post-race inspection, it was discovered that …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Las Vegas Brings NASCAR Heat, Wrecks and Tough Work For NBCSN

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The playoffs are now underway in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.  Admittedly, these ten races are my least favorite time of the year, TV-wise.  Most of the good things that have been tried during the season are typically dispatched in favor of a complete focus on the playoffs.  I believe this intense focus hurts …

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