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The Frontstretch 5: Winless Drivers Most Likely to Win Before NASCAR Cup Playoffs

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1. Kyle Busch The younger Busch is the biggest surprise on the list, simply because it defies logic that he is on a list of winless drivers to begin with. Busch seems to be the driver most affected by the lack of practice on race weekends, and that is a concern going forward, as teams …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Richard Childress Racing Rises, Austin Dillon Reminisces Texas Win

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Subscribe: iTunes In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss Richard Childress Racing sweeping the top two spots at Texas Motor Speedway over the weekend, via pit strategy. Austin Dillon was victorious holding off RCR teammate Tyler Reddick. How big was this 1-2 finish for RCR as both teams make a push toward the …

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5 Points to Ponder: New Asphalt Is an Automatic NASCAR Nightmare. Why?

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1. New Pavement, Old Problems Texas Motor Speedway was a tale of two races Sunday (July 19). The final stage produced plenty of drama worth watching: frantic restarts, a fateful mistake by rookie Quin Houff and pit strategy that ultimately decided the outcome. Austin Dillon‘s surprise victory was the cherry on top that woke most …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2020 O’Reilly Auto Parts 500

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Sometimes it’s all about being in the right position. Austin Dillon took two tires on his final pit stop, setting him up in second on the first of three late restarts. The two tires were enough to get the jump on teammate Tyler Reddick, who had inherited …

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Texas 2-Step: Austin Dillon leads 1-2 finish for RCR in O’Reilly Auto Parts 500

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On a scorching hot Texas afternoon, Austin Dillon and Richard Childress Racing rode off into the sunset with a victory to savor in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500.  Following a caution with 28 laps to go, Dillon’s crew chief Justin Alexander opted for two tires and teammate Tyler Reddick took none. The two RCR teammates …

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Did You Notice?: That Summertime NASCAR Spark At Stewart-Haas Racing?

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Did You Notice? … How quickly Stewart-Haas Racing has gotten its act together this summer? While Kevin Harvick has been a title contender all season long in the NASCAR Cup Series, his trio of teammates spent the first half of 2020 mired in midpack. Here’s where all four drivers stood through the Martinsville Speedway race June …

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Power Rankings: 4-Wide for the Win Edition

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The folks at NASCAR got very lucky this weekend with an epic finish that was great enough to get the fans to forget that the first 390 miles were a snoozefest of clean air being king after restarts at Kentucky Speedway. The late, great Dan Gurney used to preach about the best racing coming with …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2020 Quaker State 400 at Kentucky

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The Headline(s): A relatively tame race ended in a chaotic final two laps, a four-wide battle for the lead and a Cup Series triumph for rookie Cole Custer, as NASCAR concluded its four-race stretch (five, including the ARCA Menards Series) over four days in the Bluegrass State. One of the wildest late-lap battles for the …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2020 Quaker State 400

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NASCAR Cup Series teams head from the prestigious Brickyard, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, to one of the newest tracks on the schedule: Kentucky Speedway. It’s time to set your NASCAR DraftKings lineup for Sunday’s (July 12) Quaker State 400. After a few weeks at 2.5-mile facilities, drivers return to a cookie-cutter 1.5-mile track in the Bluegrass …

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Fire on Fridays: Speaking Up Isn’t a Bad Thing

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I wish more drivers would speak up and not be afraid to do so. Not just on political or social issues, not only when it’s relevant or convenient, but in general. It stems from seeing rookie of the year contender Tyler Reddick speaking up in the face of President Donald Trump’s tweet directed at Bubba …

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