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Bowles-Eye View: The Downside In Demonizing NASCAR Youth Leader Joey Logano

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NASCAR finds itself in a box this Tuesday A.M. (also known as After Martinsville). The past 48 hours have been nonstop jabbering about Matt Kenseth knocking Joey Logano to kingdom come. Some in the garage think Logano had it coming; others think Kenseth crossed a line. Whatever the opinion, that has led to captivating television, …

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Beside the Rising Tide: Accidents Will Happen

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Accidents will happen, We only hit and run, I don’t want to hear it, Because I know what I’ve done. -Elvis Costello- There’s nothing so wrong with the new NASCAR that an old racetrack can’t fix it. There’s only one track left on the schedule that was a part of NASCAR’s inaugural 1949 “Strictly Stock” …

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Jeff Gordon’s 93rd Win: Just What NASCAR Needed

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Editor’s Note: Are you receiving the FREE Frontstretch newsletter? If you’re not, you’re missing out on great, exclusive content like this one from S.D. Grady, Mark Howell, Phil Allaway and more! Click here to sign up and see what you’re missing! And the crowd went wild. You saw it. I saw it. Just about everybody who …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBCSN Pulls No Punches With NASCAR on Intentional Wrecking

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Martinsville Speedway. Home to tight racing, bumping and banging, and the occasional intentional crash. That’s what we had to deal with this past weekend at the paperclip. Before we start, we’ve reached a milestone. Today, we’re celebrating the fact that I’ve written 500 critiques for Frontstretch, either here on the website or in our Newsletter, …

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Pace Laps: Revenge, Free Agency, and Champions Crowned

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Sprint Cup Series: They’re at it again. Just as Joey Logano had visions a fourth consecutive win of 2015 and first at Martinsville Speedway, Matt Kenseth came back on track multiple laps down and all the eyes turned to the other yellow car of Kenseth. Heated from the Kansas spin off Logano’s bumper two weeks …

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Up To Speed: Matt Kenseth Took It Too Far… And He Didn’t Have To

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Depending on the circumstances in Homestead in a few weeks, Martinsville could turn out to be the most meaningful, impactful race of the season. Not only did Jeff Gordon advance to the championship race in his final season (after he hadn’t won a race all year), but championship favorite Joey Logano may very well miss …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2015 Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? So many drivers had strong finishes Sunday, but the real praise belongs to Martinsville Speedway. One of the last short tracks on the NASCAR schedule, it’s still the best of the best, and Sunday’s show had it all: drama, hard racing, underdogs, and a legend of the sport …

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Kickin’ the Tires: Accidents Happen, Maybe

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There are obviously several different ways for the Joey Logano – Matt Kenseth debacle to play out, but I can’t blame Kenseth for doing what he did, even if it was wrong – perhaps justifiable but wrong… unless the splitter really was dragging and he couldn’t steer going into turn 1. If that is the case, then …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville

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Who’s in the headline – Martinsville resurrected the emotions of both fans and competitors that it has not incited in a decade. In the end, while there is much buzz about retribution and championship ramifications, the most important story of the weekend is that Jeff Gordon will be one of the four competitors vying for the …

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Jeff Gordon Victorious in 2015 Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville

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You wouldn’t think the man hoisting the checkered flag had done it 92 prior times in the Sprint Cup Series. Jeff Gordon, in his final race at Martinsville Speedway in his final full-time season in the Sprint Cup Series, held off Jamie McMurray in a two-lap shootout to grab the victory in the Goody’s Headache …

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