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Kevin Harvick Wins Ford 400 Pole While Best Chaser Runs Ninth

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Kevin Harvick may not be in the Championship 4 this year. Instead, he’s been busy embracing a new role: championship spoiler. Harvick won the pole for the Ford 400 Sunday in a qualifying session where none of the Chasers placed higher than ninth. His Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet paced the field with a speed of 177.637 mph, …

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3-Headed Monster: Which Championship Race Will Put on the Best Show?

11-12 November, 2016, Avondale, Arizona USA Kyle Busch, NOS Energy Drink Toyota Camry and Erik Jones, Hisense Toyota Camry ©2016, Lesley Ann Miller LAT Photo USA

Three races. Twelve drivers. Three championships up for grabs. Who will win? That’s the big question heading into the NASCAR finale weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway: Who will win? For the Sprint Cup Series, it’s a question that’s been asked the past two years as four drivers have come into the finale with a shot at …

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The 10: Phoenix Pandemonium

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade NKP)

With two laps to go, Matt Kenseth appeared due for the top spot in our power rankings. Amid a quiet but strong Chase, the 2003 champion had positioned himself to take an impressive victory at Phoenix International Raceway and surge into the Championship 4. Then, suddenly, the caution flag flew and everything changed. Minutes later, …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Desert/Dessert Edition

Photo: Zach Catanzareti

NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series made its final trip West for the 2016 season with a lot on the line. Six drivers sparred for just two remaining spots in Arizona to run for the championship this coming week at Homestead. Four of them were left feeling like they were stuck in the desert, where this Phoenix event just happened to be …

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5 Points to Ponder: First Steps and Inside NASCAR’s Championship 4

(Photo: Matthew T. Hacker NKP)

ONE: The Championship 4 After nine weeks of “playoff” competition we’re done to the final four drivers who will compete for the prize of being crowned the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup series champion — the final award handed out by Sprint after a decade plus of title sponsorship. And it’s a good quartet. You have the …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Joey Logano Steals Victory From the Jaws of Defeat at Phoenix

(Photo: Matthew Thacker / NKP)

Who’s in the headline – In the final elimination race of the season, Joey Logano looked like he was about to slip out of contention for a transfer position. Fortunately for him, a caution flag flew, which bunched the field up and afforded him a final shot to reclaim a spot in the final four. …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2016 Can-Am 500

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Who… gets my shoutout of the race? He’s not a rookie — he actually has two full Cup seasons under his belt — but Alex Bowman might as well be one in some respects.  He’s seen the tracks, but he’s never really raced against the top drivers in the series on a weekly basis for …

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NASCAR Penalizes Nearly Two Dozen Teams in Texas

(Photo: Rick Lunkenheimer)

On Wednesday, NASCAR released the weekly penalty report stemming from Texas.  Compared to recent weeks, this one was quite the doozy. In the Sprint Cup Series, Joey Logano‘s No. 22 Ford that finished second Sunday night was found to have one loose lugnut.  As a result, the No. 22 has been hit with a P2 …

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2-Headed Monster: Which Joe Gibbs Racing Driver Has the Best Shot at the Final Four?

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

It wasn’t quite the World Series finale between the Cubs and Indians, but last Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway had some Game 7 moments that would be familiar to Bill Murray and company. Team seemingly out of the title hunt heading in? Check. Rain delay? Check. Breaking a playoff drought? Check. Sort …

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2016 Frontstretch Podcast- Episode 25: Edwards’ Walk-Off, Respect for Repaves and a Perilous Points Battle

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In this week’s edition of the Fronstretch Podcast, Matt Stallknecht is joined by recurring guest Aaron Bearden to break down Carl Edwards’ shocking clutch victory in Texas, discuss the merits of repaves and debate which two remaining drivers have the best chance of advancing to NASCAR’s final four title race. So sit back, relax, and enjoy a hard-hitting and …

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