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The Frontstretch 5: Title Contenders & Their Chances

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1. The Closer It’s really hard to deny that Kevin Harvick is the most deserving title candidate so far. He leads the Cup Series in wins (eight), top fives (21), top 10s (27), laps led (1859) and total playoff points (51). Take away the playoffs and he’d be currently be tied for the points lead …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Texas II

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The Closer finally closed the deal on Sunday in Fort Worth, Texas, picking up his eighth victory of 2018 by holding off Ryan Blaney in NASCAR overtime while also earning his spot in the Championship 4 at Homestead. While Kevin Harvick made a statement, Joey Logano added another name to his avoid list for Homestead …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBCSN Forced to Deal With Lack of NASCAR Texas Action

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Since Texas Motor Speedway was repaved prior to last year, races there have been rather tepid.  Sunday’s (Nov. 4) AAA Texas 500 was the third Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race out of four to have exactly 16 lead changes.  That total’s already low but a lot of those 16 changes also came by way …

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2018 Frontstretch Cup: AAA Texas 500

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Welcome to the 11th season of the Frontstretch Cup. It’s a year-long competition in which the Frontstretch staff and guests from around the NASCAR world attempt to predict the winner of each Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. This season, we are joined by driver Corey LaJoie. Think you can do better? Leave your picks in the comments …

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Aric Almirola, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Top Final Cup Practices in Texas.

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Aric Almirola topped the charts with a top speed of 193.854 mph over Kyle Busch in second. Clint Bowyer has a lot of points to make up in order to make it Miami without a win was third in Practice Two. Brad Keselowski had the fastest average speed in the session had the fourth fastest …

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Beside the Rising Tide: Rambling, Gambling Man

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I’ve never been much on gambling. Perhaps that’s because I’ve lived most of my adult life in the suburbs of Philly. Our professional sports teams are notorious for failing to live up to expectations.  Even with success seemingly imminent, those teams will find a way to wrest defeat out of the jaws of victory and …

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Kyle Busch Captures Pole at Martinsville

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Whenever Kyle Busch wins a pole, it could call danger for the rest of the field, and that’s exactly what he did for Sunday’s (Oct. 28) First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Busch turned a speed of 96.254 mph, edging out Clint Bowyer (96.122 mph) for the pole. It’s Busch’s second pole at the paperclip, …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: First Data 500

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The first race in the Round of 8 for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs resumes this Sunday (Oct. 28) with the First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway. The green flag on Sunday flies at 2:30 p.m. EST on NBCSN. Here are the rules for FanDuel’s new Daily Fantasy NASCAR game. FanDuel has put …

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2-Headed Monster: Is The Driver or The Car More Important?

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This week’s question is racing’s version of “the chicken or the egg” question: does the car matter more than the driver or does the driver make a bigger difference than the car? Motor Over Mojo There’s no doubt that both matter, but it’s clear that the machine makes a bigger contribution than the man (or …

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The 10: Cup Series Power Rankings After Kansas II

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Unlike the ROVAL in September, the elimination race for the Round of 12 at Kansas was missing the epic moments that have come to define critical races in the playoffs. The same four drivers who entered Kansas below the cutoff line were eliminated after Sunday’s race, as none of them were able to put themselves …

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