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Jimmie Johnson Misses NASCAR Playoffs For First Time Ever

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The wrecked No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet driven by Jimmie Johnson is brought to the garage during the 2019 Big Machine Vodka 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Photo: Mark Kristl

The 15-year NASCAR playoff streak for Jimmie Johnson is over. Johnson’s run came to abrupt end during the final stage of Sunday’s (Sept. 8) Brickyard 400 for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Pinched on the inside during a restart, contact with William Byron sent the No. 48 team spinning in front of heavy traffic. …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard

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The stars of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series head to one of the most historic tracks in the world this weekend — Indianapolis Motor Speedway — for the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard. The race will air on NBC on Sunday, Sept. 8, at 2 p.m. ET. This 2.5-mile rectangular course has …

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Pondering the Postseason Field: Who Secures the Final Spots?

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It’s taken a few years and 25 races to get here, but there’s playoff drama to be found heading into this weekend’s Cup Series regular season finale at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  After years where the playoff field was largely decided in the weeks prior to the finale, a quartet of drivers have proven unable to …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Cole Custer Opens Up on Darlington, Beer Bash & Buckshot

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss throwback weekend at Darlington Raceway, which saw Erik Jones win his first race of the season. Is Jones’ No. 20 team a sneaky pick for Homestead-Miami Speedway? The playoff bubble intensified with a clash of battles between bubble drivers Clint Bowyer and Jimmie Johnson, as …

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Did You Notice?: NASCAR History Says Jimmie Johnson Needs a Miracle

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Did You Notice? … There’s a real battle to secure the final spot in the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. Just two points separate Daniel Suarez and Clint Bowyer at the cutoff line in the season standings (16th). Ryan Newman, sitting 15th, is only a dozen points ahead of Suarez. It’s the first time …

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5 Points To Ponder: For the Last 12 NASCAR Cup Races of 2019

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ONE: Joe Gibbs, Roger Penske or “Other” In 2018, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series had the Big Three. But two-thirds of the way into 2019, it’s more like the Big Two. Joe Gibbs Racing and Team Penske have taken turns beating up on the competition this season. Right now, JGR has the upper hand, …

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NASCAR Mailbox: How Aggressive is Too Aggressive?

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If you think about it, the most exciting racing occurs as a result of driver aggression, with drivers dive-bombing their cars into corners, not sure if they will make it out the other end. If drivers get after it, and are constantly aggressive and making daring moves throughout the event, this always makes the race …

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The Frontstretch 5: Big Pieces to the Silly Season Puzzle

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The first big piece to the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series silly season puzzle was dislodged last week with the announcement that Matt DiBenedetto would not return to the No. 95 at Leavine Family Racing despite a career year for both driver and team. And while it’s likely that Christopher Bell will fall into …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Denny Hamlin won the race the right way by tracking down the leader with fewer than 15 laps to go and passing him cleanly to take the lead and eventually the win. After starting the weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway by winning the pole, Hamlin was in …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2019 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race

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Are you ready for some short-track racing, where calamity lurks at every corner? It’s Bristol, baby! The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Bristol Motor Speedway for the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race on Saturday (Aug. 17) at 7:30 p.m. ET. The “sticky stuff” is back on the track, this time in the …

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