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Pace Laps: Rookies Impress at Las Vegas, Daniel Suarez’s Hot Start and Trans-Am Getting into Gear

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Sprint Cup Series: NASCAR’s Top Rookies Continue Promising 2016 Start – If Atlanta was the coming out party for the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rookie class, then Las Vegas showed their staying power. Both Ryan Blaney and Chase Elliott looked like legitimate contenders throughout a wild Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Elliott rose …

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Up To Speed: Team Penske Back On Top After Rough Start To Season

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Just a few short weeks ago, when people were making predictions on who would make the Chase, win the championship and win the most races, it wasn’t uncommon to see the Team Penske duo of Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano on top of most of those columns. After all, Logano won six races last season and …

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The Big Six: Questions Answered After the 2016 Kobalt 400

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? One race does not a championship threat make, and it’s a long way from Las Vegas to the Chase, but Austin Dillon looked strong on Sunday.  Dillon was strong in qualifying, starting fifth and finishing there as well.  There were moments that Dillon showed lingering immaturity, berating his …

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Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano Fastest in Opening Cup Vegas Practice

Team Penske officially started the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekend off sweeping Friday’s Cup practice. Brad Keselowski was the fastest with a speed of 195.327 mph, and Joey Logano was second with a speed of 195.263 mph. Sprint Cup teams focused primarily on qualifying trim during the session, with only Brian Scott (31st) staying out long …

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Entry List: Boyd Gaming 300

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Forty-two cars are entered for this weekend’s XFINITY Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, including the previous two race winners Austin Dillon and Brad Keselowski. Dillon and Keselowski highlight the list of five Sprint Cup drivers entered in the Boyd Gaming 300. Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott and Aric Almirola are also entered. Dillon will …

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The Big Six: Questions Answered after the 2016 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500

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Who…gets my shoutout of the race? We’ll give a call to the “new improved” Kyle Busch. Busch set the fast time in Friday’s qualifying only to have that time disallowed because of a rear toe setting being out of spec after his run. Thus Busch had to start Sunday’s race at the back of the …

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Kurt Busch on Pole in Atlanta, Kyle Busch Time Disallowed

UPDATE: Kyle Busch’s qualifying time was disallowed after he failed post-qualifying inspection for an issue with the rear end of the car, rewarding Kurt Busch the pole and moving everyone forward one position. The defending champion will start 40th on Sunday; no further penalties are expected. Kyle Busch captured his first career pole at the Atlanta …

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The Frontstretch 5: Unrestricted Plate Track Musings

1. Do we really need these restrictor plates? Define need. Do the cars need to be slowed down? Absolutely. A few years back, Rusty Wallace tested an unrestricted Cup car at Talladega and ran speeds of almost 240 mph. That’s too fast. But do they have to do it with plates? Technically, no. It could …

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Judging Jeff Gordon’s Broadcast Booth Debut

Welcome back, race fans. Today begins my eighth year of broadcast criticism here at Frontstretch. For this season, we will have a change or two to how this critique looks. Likely the most notable change that you will see is at the top of the page. We now have a separate tab for the weekly …

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