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2017 Frontstretch Podcast Powered by DraftKings – Episode 31: Talka-Dega

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Episode 31: Talka-Dega Frontstretch Podcast with Dustin Albino, Mike Neff and Zach Catanzareti In this week’s episode brought to you by DraftKings, Dustin, Mike and Zach recap the opening round of the Round of 12 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. With Mike and Zach at track, we discuss why the drivers were so darn hot and how exactly Kyle Busch …

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Entry List: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Alabama 500

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One race down, two to go in the Round of 12 for the NASCAR Playoffs. This weekend, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads from Charlotte Motor Speedway to the behemoth of Talladega Superspeedway for the 49th annual Alabama 500. There are 40 cars on the preliminary entry list, meaning the field will be at full …

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Drivers Have Mixed Feelings About Final Charlotte Oval Playoff Race

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Sunday’s Bank of America 500 will be the final use of the oval track in the playoffs at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the foreseeable future. What’s next for NASCAR home track? A roval, a combination of practically the entire 1.5-mile oval surface with the use of the infield road course inside. While it’s a fairly …

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Brendan Gaughan Misses XFINITY Playoff Advancement By One Point in Charlotte

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If Brendan Gaughan truly loves pressure, he was having a blast Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway. In the first elimination race of the 2017 XFINITY Series playoffs, four would go home while eight advance on. For Gaughan, the Richard Childress Racing driver entered the event outside playoff advancement by just two points behind Ryan …

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NASCAR 101: 5 Drivers Who Could Take Advantage of XFINITY’s Last Standalone Race of 2017

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Time’s sure flown by when it comes to the 2017 NASCAR season, and it’s possible that’s no more prevalent anywhere else than in the XFINITY Series, which runs its final standalone race of the year this weekend. The series travels to Kentucky Speedway for a night race Saturday, Sept. 23, its last event of 2017 …

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Brendan Gaughan Holds Onto Final Playoffs Spot After Whirlwind Day

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Brendan Gaughan came into Chicagoland Speedway just looking to maintain. He entered the 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series regular season finale 27 points ahead of Dakoda Armstrong for the 12th and final playoff spot. Take care of business, and they’d be in. Mess up, and they’d be out. “If you look at our average running position, it’s …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Brad Keselowski Charges Late for Victory

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On Friday afternoon when Kyle Busch won the pole for the Virginia529 College Savings 250 at Richmond Raceway, he became the the 0dds-on favorite for the race victory. Until lap 53, it looked like it was going to be the Kyle Busch show, when Bobby Dale Earnhardt blew a right front tire, which brought out the …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBC Provides Good Bristol, Struggles With Progression

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For many, many years, Bristol Motor Speedway in August was one of the crown jewels of NASCAR’s schedule.  The introduction of the Chase (now Playoffs) in 2004 has weakened the weekend slightly.  However, it is still a good time to catch some action. Before we get started, NASCAR announced last week that they will be …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Kyle Busch Cruises to Another Bristol Victory

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When Kyle Busch claimed his fifth career XFINITY Series pole Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway, he was the odds-on favorite to take the checkered flag. Busch dominated, leading 186 of 300 laps and winning the opening stage in commanding fashion after fighting off Justin Allgaier over the first 50 circuits. But when the No. 18 …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Kyle Busch Spins and Wins at Watkins Glen

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Starting from the outside of the front row, it didn’t take Kyle Busch long to get to the front at Watkins Glen International. In fact, he passed Joey Logano on the first corner en route to leading the opening 16 circuits of Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race. However, Busch’s day could have gone south after spinning …

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Kyle Busch Takes Second XFINITY Series Win of 2017 in Alsco 300 at Kentucky Speedway

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Kyle Busch won the rain-postponed XFINITY Series Alsco 300 at Kentucky Speedway Saturday afternoon. It was Busch’s 88th XFINITY Series win and his second of the season. Ryan Blaney, Erik Jones, Kevin Harvick, and Ty Dillon rounded out the top-five finishers. Erik Jones took the win in an eventful stage one. On the start, an accordion-style wreck …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After The 2017 Coke Zero 400

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Who… gets the shoutout of the race? Brendan Gaughan had another great showing at Daytona International Speedway for Beard Motorsports, backing up his 11th-place finish in February with a seventh on Saturday night. Gaughan had an up-and-down night, running in the top 10 at various points, but also having a single-car incident in Turn 2 on …

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