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The Frontstretch 5: Non-Playoff Drivers Most Likely to Play the Spoiler

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With the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs underway, the rest of the field often gets overlooked.  Actually, that’s putting it mildly; they’re generally soundly ignored as the drivers in title contention battle it out each week. But there are drivers outside the playoffs with plenty to prove, and they’d love nothing more than to waltz in …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2020 Federated Auto Parts 400

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Who… should you be talking about after the Federated Auto Parts 400? Brad Keselowski predicted earlier in the week that he would win at Richmond Raceway. The 2012 Cup Series champion made good on his word Saturday night (Sept. 12). Keselowski led four times for a total of 192 laps in the Federated Auto Parts …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2020 Southern 500

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After quite a shakeup in the NASCAR Cup Series schedule due to COVID-19, we’ve returned to a somewhat normal timeline beginning with the sport’s playoff opener (as normal as normal can be under 2020 circumstances). So let’s get your NASCAR DraftKings lineups set for the Cook Out Southern 500 on Sunday, Sept. 6 at Darlington …

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Power Rankings: Here Come the Playoffs Edition

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It’s amazing how much has changed in all the many years since I started following NASCAR as a kid back in the late 1960s and ’70s. Thankfully, the racing is much safer. Can I hear a “Hallelujah” that we get live races every week? But one curious development is that back in the day, finishing …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2020 Coke Zero Sugar 400

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Who…should you be talking about after the race? William Byron began the race on the playoff bubble, and one way he could assure himself a spot was to win. And win he did, taking his first Cup Series victory in his 98th try. Byron held off teammate Chase Elliott and Daytona 500 champ Denny Hamlin for …

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Up to Speed: Kyle Busch Will Miss Having Playoff Points in 2020

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Kyle Busch experienced another frustrating finish to a promising race on Saturday night.  At Daytona International Speedway, in the last race of the regular season, Busch led for a total of 31 laps.  He was near the front of the pack late in the race and had a good shot at scoring a win.  But …

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Power Rankings: Dover Double Take Edition

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Can anyone explain the logic of holding a doubleheader at the Monster Mile with the second race going head-to-head with the Greatest Spectacle in Auto Racing, the Indianapolis 500? Anyone? Anyone? Buehler? Buehler? The good news is that NASCAR saw fit to give the NASCAR Cup Series guys more power and less downforce at Dover …

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5 Points to Ponder: All Hail the Regular Season Champion

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1. Does Being Regular Season Champion Mean Anything? It’s not too shabby when you can nab two trophies for one day’s work. Kevin Harvick did that Sunday at Dover — albeit after also putting in a full shift on Saturday in the first half of the Cup Series doubleheader — when he took the checkered …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Go Bowling 235 at Daytona Road Course

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What happened Chase Elliott won the Go Bowling 235 on Sunday (Aug. 16) in the inaugural NASCAR Cup Series race at the Daytona International Speedway road course. Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr., Jimmie Johnson and Chris Buescher rounded out the top-five finishers. Cue that si-reen! 📢 Retweet to congratulate @chaseelliott on a historic victory on …

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Power Rankings: Double the Fun Edition

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The week’s Power Rankings is almost guaranteed to get at least one “OK Boomer” comment, but I can’t help it that I have been around for so long. The Wrigley Chewing Gum company should sponsor Kevin Harvick, because he doubled his pleasure and doubled his fun last weekend at Michigan International Speedway. In the process, …

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