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NASCAR Mailbox: Daytona, Danica Patrick & the Rainbow Warriors?

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What a week it’s been during the first installment of 2015, Budweiser Speedweeks at The World Center of Racing. Great weather and good racing during the highly anticipated Sprint Unlimited on Saturday night, capped-off by a less-than perfect first attempt at Sprint Cup group qualifying, made for an eventful weekend. Not holding back were the likes …

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Friday Faceoff: 2015 NASCAR Season Preview

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Welcome to Friday Faceoff! What do you get when you take some hot-button NASCAR topics and hand them over to our dedicated and… er, opinionated staff? A little disagreement and a whole lot of thought-provoking insight! Check out this week’s edition to see what everyone is arguing… um, we mean, discussing this week! 1) Stewart-Haas Racing …

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Four Burning Questions at the Sprint Unlimited: Aero Package Excitement & Jeff Gordon’s Last Speedweeks

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We did it! We’re back! We made it through the offseason, and damn, this one seemed extra long, no? It did for me at least, but I’m also a racing-obsessed lunatic. No matter, as the Sprint Unlimited, the glitzy exhibition race at Daytona that kicks off every NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, is finally upon …

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The Frontstretch Five: Storylines to Watch in 2015

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Welcome to the Frontstretch Five! Each week, Amy Henderson takes a look at the racing, the drivers and the storylines that drive NASCAR, and produces a list of five people, places, things and ideas that define the current state of our sport. This week, Amy has some things to keep an eye on as the …

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Holding A Pretty Wheel: Stewart-Haas Racing Has Obstacles to Overcome In Repeat Title Bid

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It’s hard to argue the success of a race team which includes the reigning Sprint Cup champion. Indeed, Stewart-Haas Racing has a pair of titles in the last four seasons, with team co-owner Tony Stewart hoisting the Cup in 2011 and Kevin Harvick adding to the hardware in 2014. Harvick, who won five times en route …

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Stewart-Haas Racing Looking to Improve in 2015

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Earning a championship is at the top of the wish list for every team entering a fresh season. For Stewart-Haas Racing, the organization is set to repeat as champions with Kevin Harvick and the No. 4 team. However, with two teams missing the Chase, there is room for improvement throughout the four-car organization. With multiple adjustments …

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Going By the Numbers: NASCAR’s Newbie Cup Runneth Over in 2014

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The 2014 season is over, and NASCAR’s gained the highest degree of attention – positive or otherwise – it’s received in years. And yet, you’re not happy. That’s certainly the case for many fans and viewers of the sport, who look at the experiment that was the new Chase format with disdain, even outrage. The …

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Five Points to Ponder: Reflecting On NASCAR’s 2014 Journey

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ONE: Stewart-Haas Racing’s crazy path to a second title When Stewart-Haas Racing announced they would run four cars in 2014 with Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick, Tony Stewart and Danica Patrick behind the wheel, media and fans alike thought co-owners Stewart and Gene Haas were crazy. Three of the four are among the most outspoken drivers …

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Frontstretch Foto Funnies: From Your Secret Admirer…

"I had to wrestle Matt Kenseth AND Jeff Gordon and we STILL didn’t make the final four?" (Photo: CIA Stock Photography)

Welcome to the Frontstretch Foto Funnies! Ever see a photo that’s just begging for a caption? We see them all the time! Each week, we’ll pick a few, then let our staff give it their best shot. We’ll post the best ones for you! Want to get in on the fun?  Leave your best ideas …

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