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Up to Speed: What is William Byron’s NASCAR Ceiling?

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William Byron is back in familiar territory.  One year ago, 20 races into the regular season, he was 12th in overall points and fighting to solidify a spot in the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs.  Holding a 61-point advantage over the cutline leaving New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Byron continued his rebound from a rough start to …

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Power Rankings: Racing Gods Have Spoken Edition

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The Racing Gods sure have a wicked sense of timing. Last week, the racing community lost a great racing promoter in Bob Bahre. This week, NASCAR heads to the track that he was responsible for making happen. Mr. Bahre was so important to New England racing in general and to New Hampshire Motor Speedway in …

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Did You Notice?: 2020 NASCAR Midseason Awards

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When I was a NASCAR reporter for SI.com, I used to do a midseason segment called “The Bowlesy Awards” that evaluated the NASCAR Cup Series from time to time. We’re bringing them back here in 2020, with a little refresh, as NASCAR midseason awards while taking a closer look at where the sport stands five …

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NASCAR 101: Analyzing NASCAR’s First-Time Winner Count in 2020 So Far

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Last weekend was quite the weekend for first-timers, as the four NASCAR races at Kentucky Speedway saw two first-time winners in their respective series, while another driver won his first oval race in the sport (followed promptly by his second). It started Thursday night, when Austin Cindric, after wins on road courses in the Xfinity …

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Did You Notice?: That Summertime NASCAR Spark At Stewart-Haas Racing?

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Did You Notice? … How quickly Stewart-Haas Racing has gotten its act together this summer? While Kevin Harvick has been a title contender all season long in the NASCAR Cup Series, his trio of teammates spent the first half of 2020 mired in midpack. Here’s where all four drivers stood through the Martinsville Speedway race June …

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Power Rankings: 4-Wide for the Win Edition

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The folks at NASCAR got very lucky this weekend with an epic finish that was great enough to get the fans to forget that the first 390 miles were a snoozefest of clean air being king after restarts at Kentucky Speedway. The late, great Dan Gurney used to preach about the best racing coming with …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Lackluster Racing in Kentucky, Michael McDowell Chats Career Year

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Subscribe: iTunes In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss the lackluster racing at Kentucky Speedway across the top three national touring series, even though the Cup Series race had an incredible finish.  Cole Custer clinched a playoff spot by making a four-wide pass on Martin Truex Jr., Kevin Harvick and Ryan Blaney on …

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5 Points to Ponder: Cole Custer Shakes Up Rookie, Playoff Races

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1. Cole Custer Pulls a “Where Did He Come From?” in More Ways Than One As Quicksilver said in The Avengers in his one truly memorable line, “bet you didn’t see that coming.” By that, I mean Cole Custer making his thrilling late charge to win his first NASCAR Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway. …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Kentucky Action Substandard Until Lap 265

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Guess what? We made it through a NASCAR Cup Series race for the first time in a month without a weather delay. Makes me happy. However, what we ended up with was a very idiosyncratic race. The Quaker State 400 Sponsored By Walmart will likely always be remembered for the final two laps. Cole Custer …

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Stock Car Scoop: Cole Custer Wins Kentucky, Sheldon Creed Takes Truck Race

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There was a surprise rookie winner in the NASCAR Cup Series on Sunday (June 12) Who stole a win from his teammate at Kentucky? Find out in the latest Stock Car Scoop. Frontstretch‘s newest podcast focused on the motorsports news of the week also takes a look at another first-time winner, this time in the …

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