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4 Burning Questions: Which Team Will Reign Supreme in Daytona?

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What kind of Daytona 500 will this be? Over the past 10 years, it seems the vast majority of Daytona 500s have ended up in two distinct categories. On one end, there have been some memorable races. Either they were excellent to watch (2009, 2011, 2014) or just insane spectacles where things took a turn …

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Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch Collide in Duel Race

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For the second time during 2019 Daytona Speedweeks, Jimmie Johnson was the center of attention. This time, it was Kyle Busch on the wrong end of contact on the racetrack. On lap 27 in Thursday’s (Feb. 14) Gander Outdoors RV Duel, Johnson and Busch were side-by-side in the lead draft when catching lapped car Tyler Reddick. Coming …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Single-File Racing in Clash, Previewing Daytona 500 & Season

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In the first edition of the Frontstretch Podcast in 2019, Dustin Albino and  Mike Neff discuss a rather boring Advance Auto Parts Clash, one where drivers ran single-file and up against the wall for much of the event. Neff sounds off on why he believes Jimmie Johnson caused the crash with Paul Menard that involved 16 others, noting …

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2-Headed Monster: Should Drivers Be Penalized For Field-Killing Crashes?

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Jimmie Johnson’s win in The Clash on Sunday afternoon (Feb. 10) capped off an eventful afternoon for Hendrick Motorsports. The four-car powerhouse finished 1-2-3-4 in Daytona 500 qualifying prior to Johnson rolling into Gatorade Victory Lane for his first win with new sponsor Ally Financial. While winning is nothing new to the seven-time Monster Energy …

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Did You Notice?: NASCAR 2019, Don’t Knock It Until You Try It

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Did You Notice? … NASCAR enters 2019 with a slew of major changes? Among them: a new handling package designed to bring the cars closer together, the end of restrictor plates, disqualifying race winners that fail inspection. But, most importantly, there’s a new CEO (Jim France) and new President (Steve Phelps) compared to this time a …

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The Frontstretch 5: Big Questions As NASCAR Enters 2019

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1. What will the new aerodynamic package look like in real time? That’s the big question that everyone is asking, but don’t expect the answer to be immediate or definitive. The low horsepower, high downforce package will debut at Atlanta Motor Speedway in a week and a half, but don’t expect what you see there …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: A New Season Dawns

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With Daytona 500 qualifying out of the way, the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season has officially gotten underway. Jimmie Johnson claimed the victory in the Advance Auto Parts Clash, after passing Paul Menard on lap 55 of what ultimately became a 59-lap rain-shortened event. The good news for the No. 48 team was …

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5 Points to Ponder: The Daytona 500 Will Look Nothing Like the Clash

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One: The Clash Is Not The 500 This one may seem a bit obvious, but before we storm the NASCAR Bastille, take a minute to consider what was at stake on Sunday (Feb. 10). Yes, the Clash may have been a bit anticlimactic, but it is an exhibition race after all. It doesn’t make or …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Gradually Ramps Up in Cup, ARCA Confounds at Times

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Last weekend, FOX made their racing debut for 2019.  Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams were back on-track for both the Clash and Daytona 500 qualifying, while ARCA began their season with a new series name.  On paper, not really much has changed there.  Having the series called the ARCA Menards Series simply sounds better …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona

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The Headline(s): Seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson extended to seven his streak of Advanced Auto Parts Clash races at Daytona International Speedway being involved in a wreck, causing the Big One and scoring a victory for his trouble. How It Happened: NASCAR’s second-longest track might as well have been repaved last night, as the vast majority of Sunday’s …

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