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2019 NASCAR Top Storylines: One Last Time Around for Jimmie Johnson

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Time slides by as silently as winter and as quickly as a moment, and only after it has passed do we really take notice. As NASCAR enters 2020, just one full-time NASCAR Cup Series driver once raced against Dale Earnhardt. Those who have come onto the scene in the last couple of years never raced …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Offseason Update, Matt Lederer Discusses Xfinity Premier Sponsorship in Cup

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In a special offseason edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss a plethora of news stories that have transpired since the checkered flag at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Seven-time Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson will be retiring following the 2020 season. The duo discuss if Johnson is the greatest driver of all time, reflecting back on …

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A Rare Gut Feeling Tells Jimmie Johnson ‘It’s Time’ to Retire

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The feeling Jimmie Johnson had been waiting for to decide on his future as a full-time NASCAR Cup Series driver arrived as the calendar flipped from September to October 2019. And it was a feeling that he hadn’t experienced in many years. “It was such a profound moment that I really take it back to …

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2-Headed Monster: Is Hendrick Motorsports’ Future in Trouble After Worst Season?

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Hendrick Motorsports is the definition of a NASCAR team. Over its 35-year existence, the team has won 12 championships and over 250 races. Recently, the team has struggled badly, not placing a driver in the championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway since Jimmie Johnson‘s improbable and potentially final title win in 2016. The lack of presence …

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Did You Notice?: For Jimmie Johnson, 2020 Was the Right Time for NASCAR Retirement

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Did You Notice? … For Jimmie Johnson, 2020 is the right time to call it quits. The seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion announced Wednesday (Nov. 20) on Twitter next season will be his last. #Chasing8 one final time pic.twitter.com/ZoldabKy9M — Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) November 20, 2019 Speculation about Johnson’s retirement has run rampant since primary …

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Jimmie Johnson Retiring After 2020 NASCAR Season

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Seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson will retire following the 2020 season. Johnson made the announcement Wednesday morning (Nov. 20) with a video posted on his Twitter feed. #Chasing8 one final time pic.twitter.com/ZoldabKy9M — Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) November 20, 2019 “I’m so thankful for 18 incredible years of racing in NASCAR,” he …

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Holding A Pretty Wheel: NASCAR Evolution, Part II

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Whispers and wails of change in NASCAR are everywhere in the air. There’s no shelter from the winds of change to those within the sport, and truth be told, they have blown ceaselessly for a long time now. But what if the sport isn’t the only thing that has changed? Our world has changed, our …

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Up to Speed: Denny Hamlin Gets Another Chance

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This time, Denny Hamlin didn’t blink. Needing to close out a victory late in Sunday’s (Nov. 10) race at ISM Raceway, Hamlin prevailed on a restart with three laps to go, holding off fellow playoff drivers Kyle Busch and Ryan Blaney.  The win allows Hamlin to advance to the final round of the playoffs next …

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Did You Notice?: NASCAR Parity Producing a Tiresome Championship 4?

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Did You Notice? … The 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship 4 could be an exact replica of 2018? Two of last year’s drivers, Martin Truex Jr. and Kevin Harvick, have already qualified by winning in this year’s Round of 8. Kyle Busch and Joey Logano, meanwhile, hold at least a 20-point edge over their …

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The Frontstretch 5: Top Cup Drivers at ISM Raceway

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NASCAR heads to the desert in Phoenix and ISM Raceway this weekend, and with several drivers needing a win to stay alive in the playoffs and others looking to deny them, it’s sure to be an exciting event. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series has raced at ISM since 1988, and in that time, a …

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