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Frontstretch Podcast: Martin Truex Jr. Breaks Through, Matt DiBenedetto Chats 2019

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss Martin Truex Jr. breaking through to win at a short track in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series — hist first, at Richmond Raceway. Other questions they debate: is how much longer did Joey Logano need to pass the No. 19 car to take …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Short Tracking Under the Lights

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Saturday night’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway wasn’t a thrill ride for most of the race, but the ending provided a lot of drama in the final 30 or so laps of the Toyota Owners 400, even though the answers mostly stayed the same. Would Joe Gibbs Racing’s Martin Truex Jr …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond

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The Headline(s): Martin Truex Jr. weathered two strong challenges in the closing 25 laps of Saturday’s Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway, holding off both Clint Bowyer and Joey Logano to score his first career Cup win on a short track, first Cup win of 2019, 20th career Cup win, and his 33rd career NASCAR …

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Pace Laps: Martin Truex Jr. Snaps Winless Streak, Alexander Rossi Dominates in Long Beach

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Martin Truex Jr. Snaps Short-Track Winless Streak There was no stopping Martin Truex Jr. on Saturday night at Richmond Raceway, as the driver of the No. 19 Toyota held off a fading Clint Bowyer and a hard charging Joey Logano to win his first short track event. Kyle Busch led …

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Martin Truex Jr. Earns First NASCAR Short Track Victory in 2019 Toyota Owners 400

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On his 81st short track start in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Martin Truex Jr. would not be denied. Truex held off three challengers beating on his rear bumper to score the victory Saturday (April 13) in the 2019 Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway. “The short track win, everyone kept asking me when …

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NASCAR 101: 5 Drivers Who Could Make the Transition to NASCAR Broadcasting

Clint Bowyer sits in the garage area at Kentucky Speedway in 2018. (Photo: NKP)

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If you haven’t figured out by now, longtime driver-turned-broadcaster Darrell Waltrip recently announced his retirement from TV later this season. For 19 years, Waltrip carried the torch as Fox Sports’ lead driver analyst, bringing expertise from the race track and a quirky wit along with him. Despite recent criticism for awkwardness and booth tension, Waltrip …

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Did You Notice?: The 2019 NASCAR Playoffs Are Already Coming Into Focus?

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Did You Notice? … The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff picture is taking shape? It’s hard to believe but we’re already eight races into 2019. If the regular season was just one big race, stage one would be wrapping up sometime during the middle of Saturday night’s showdown at Richmond Raceway. What do we know …

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The Frontstretch 5: Memorable Weather Events in NASCAR

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Spring has sprung, and with it comes the atmospheric instability that has wreaked havoc on NASCAR’s schedule since the sport’s inception. Rain, snow, wind, thunderstorms and even fog have spawned delays and allowed for some surprising race winners over the years, all courtesy of Mother Nature. 1. The 2001 Winston All-Star Race 2001 was already …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 Food City 500 at Bristol

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The Headline(s): Though far from a dominant performance, Kyle Busch stayed out on old tires, capitalized on a cluster of a restart and drove away from brother Kurt Busch to score the 2019 Food City 500 win. It was Busch’s third Cup victory of 2019, 54th of his career and 204th NASCAR national series win. …

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