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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Just Another Manic Monday

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ 1000Bulbs.com 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, ironically for a race sponsored by a light bulb company, was mostly delayed from the original Sunday start due to a lack of lights (and a ton of rain). So the second and third stages were run Monday afternoon (Oct. 14), and all in …

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Ryan Blaney Wins Wreck-Strewn 1000Bulbs.com 500 in Photo Finish

Ryan Blaney Talladega

(Photo: Christian Koelle)

Ryan Blaney recovered from early trouble during Sunday’s portion of the race to beat Ryan Newman to the line by seven-thousandths of a second to win the 1000Bulbs.com 500 Monday (Oct. 14) in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The victory is Blaney’s third career Cup victory and his first of 2019.  The win comes …

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Alex Bowman’s Block Creates Big One at End of Stage Two

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Prior to the restart of the 1000Bulbs.com 500 Monday (Oct. 14), a lot of the discussion was based around the manufacturer agreements to work together and the all-too-familiar blocking. Blocking at the very front of the field resulted in a big crash on lap 107. Hendrick Motorsports’ Alex Bowman had just taken the lead, but …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Austin Dillon on 2019, Workout Videos & Talladega

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss a tame weekend of racing at the Monster Mile, which saw Kyle Larson snap a 75-race winless streak. Post-race, many drivers were none-too-pleased with Joey Logano, who was battling the race leaders hard while he was more than 20 laps down. Albino and Neff chat …

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Odds & Ends Around the Track: Hold Your Breath Edition

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Why did they build full-sized seats at Talladega Superspeedway? Nobody uses more than the edge of their seat all day. This is not a race – this is an experience. Many years ago, I had the pleasure of hosting a VIP experience for fans in the infield at Talladega. I am not sure I saw …

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The 12: NASCAR Power Rankings Drydene 400 Edition

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

For the first time in 75 events, Kyle Larson took home a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series checkered flag last weekend at Dover International Raceway. As the only MENCS competitor locked into the next round of the playoffs, Larson won’t have to worry about the impending chaos of Talladega Superspeedway. However, he did end up …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Dover Hard to Keep NASCAR on NBCSN From Dozing Off

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Dover International Speedway’s October races are some of the most exhausting on the calendar for NASCAR drivers. Cooler-than-normal Sunday temperatures (Oct. 6) at least made the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race slightly less taxing than it could have been. (Next year, with the race scheduled for August on what was the off week between …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 Drydene 400

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The Headline(s): Stop me if you’ve heard this before: you just can’t pass. Sure, Kyle Larson’s 75-race winless streak was snapped. Sure, he led over 150 laps, and another led over half the race. But once again, the prevailing sentiment from drivers leaving the Drydene 400 at Dover International Speedway was the lack of ability to …

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Distraction-Free Alex Bowman Powers to 3rd at Dover

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Alex Bowman was the center of attention in NASCAR for much of the past two weeks for incidents he has with Austin Dillon and Bubba Wallace. But he hasn’t been distracted at all and finished third at Dover International Speedway on Sunday afternoon (Oct. 6). The finish, combined with bad luck from playoff competitors Chase …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Tyler Reddick Chats Consistency at Richard Childress Racing

(Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss a frantic weekend of playoff racing at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL, which saw Chase Elliott come back to win after driving into the tire barrier earlier in the race. Besides debating if Elliott is the best active road racer, the duo chats about Alex …

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