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5 Points To Ponder: For the Last 12 NASCAR Cup Races of 2019

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ONE: Joe Gibbs, Roger Penske or “Other” In 2018, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series had the Big Three. But two-thirds of the way into 2019, it’s more like the Big Two. Joe Gibbs Racing and Team Penske have taken turns beating up on the competition this season. Right now, JGR has the upper hand, …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Daniel Suarez Battling Teammate for Playoff Position

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss a fun weekend of short-track racing at Bristol Motor Speedway that saw Denny Hamlin edge out Matt DiBenedetto for the victory, though Matty D. won the hearts of many. With DiBenedetto announcing he won’t be returning to Leavine Family Racing in 2020, where are potential …

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Beside the Rising Ride: Man at the Top 2

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The Peter principle is a longtime cautionary career warning. It states that within a hierarchy, men or women will tend to rise to their level of incompetence. Thus, a hotshot entry level management new hire might do a bang-up job drawing notice and praise from his superiors. As such, he gets a promotion further up …

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Pace Laps: Matt DiBenedetto Crushed, While Tyler Reddick, Brett Moffitt Capitalize at Bristol

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Oh, What Might Have Been One slip-up. One simple mistake. When you’re racing with the big boys in NASCAR’s top division, that’s all it takes for a Cinderella slipper to smash into tiny little pieces. Matt DiBenedetto was on the verge of one of the sport’s great upset stories Saturday …

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Xfinity Breakdown: As Chaos Reigns at Bristol, Tyler Reddick Proves Both Lucky & Really Good

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When a common reaction to a race is something along the lines of “now I’ve seen it all,” that’s usually a good sign. The Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway did indeed have a little bit of everything, including an early wreck that took out a handful of favorites, an exploding tire, a stage …

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Watkins Glen Winner Austin Cindric Takes Xfinity Pole at Mid-Ohio

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Austin Cindric‘s prowess on the road courses continued as the Xfinity Series tackles it’s second road course of the month, with the Watkins Glen winner from last week scoring the pole at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Saturday (Aug. 10). It’s Cindric’s fifth pole of his career, and second consecutive front row start. Jack …

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Austin Cindric Outduels AJ Allmendinger to Win Watkins Glen

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In what was a back-and-forth affair in the final two laps, Austin Cindric beat AJ Allmendinger to win his first career NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Watkins Glen International on Saturday afternoon (Aug. 3). Cindric and Allmendinger battled vigorously, exchanging the lead multiple times in the final laps via bump and runs, with Cindric gaining …

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4 Burning Questions: Will Jimmie Johnson’s New Crew Chief be Successful?

NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson prepares to race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, 2019. Photo: NKP

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Will Jimmie Johnson improve his results following a crew chief change? After finishing 15th last weekend at the Pocono Raceway, Jimmie Johnson is in serious danger of missing the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs for the first time in his career. Johnson is currently 17th in the point standings, 12 points away from the two drivers …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Alex Bowman Discusses 2019 Season, Previews Playoffs, Dogs

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss an interesting weekend of racing at Pocono Raceway, which saw Denny Hamlin record his third victory of the season. What’s led to the recent hot streak of the No. 11 team? With three consecutive top-three finishes, is Erik Jones fighting for his ride? Did the …

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Tyler Reddick Rebounds for Top 5 in Iowa: ‘Really Sucked at My Job’

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Despite a top-five finish in Saturday’s U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, defending series champion Tyler Reddick wasn’t pleased with himself. “We really didn’t have any struggles,” he bluntly told Frontstretch post-race. “I just took myself out of the race. That’s all there is to it.” His No. 2 Richard Childress …

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