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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 Pennzoil 400

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Defending Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Joey Logano made it two for two in intermediate track races for Team Penske this year. He followed up last week’s win by teammate Brad Keselowski, putting the No. 22 car in Victory Lane for the first time in 2019 …

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Kurt Busch Plays Strategy Right, Earns Top 5 at Las Vegas

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Las Vegas Motor Speedway, March 2019. (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Hometown cooking, a little bit of luck and a fast racecar was the recipe for Las Vegas native Kurt Busch to score his second consecutive top five finish to open up the 2019 season. The driver of the No. 1 Star Nursery/Monster Energy Chevrolet for Chip Ganassi Racing stayed out to begin the third and …

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Frontstretch Podcast: David Ragan Discusses New Aero Package at Atlanta

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In the latest edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino, Mike Neff and David Ragan discuss the partial new aerodynamic package that was displayed at Atlanta Motor Speedway last weekend, one which landed the No. 38 car of Ragan a 16th-place finish. Ragan states in the interview that the racing is closer together and restarts will be …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Kez Goes Jordan

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On June 11, 1997, the Chicago Bulls were in Salt Lake City facing the Karl Malone-John Stockton Utah Jazz in the NBA Finals, and Michael Jordan had the flu (or food poisoning). He couldn’t get out of bed until the bus left for the arena, but wound up scoring 38 points that night, sparking the …

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5 Points to Ponder: Rolling the Las Vegas Dice

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A Crucial Race There is an argument to be made that this Sunday’s 400-miler at Las Vegas Motor Speedway might just be one of the most important races in NASCAR’s recent history. With the 2019 package due to made its “full debut,” the drivers, teams and fans will all be itching to see just what …

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Kurt Busch Shows His Muscle, Gets 1st Top 5 With Ganassi

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When Kurt Busch announced he was leaving Stewart-Haas Racing for Chip Ganassi Racing, it was seen by many as a step back. There was no denying Busch’s talent, but SHR was the most dominant team of 2018, winning 12 of the 36 races. CGR, meanwhile, went winless last year. But Busch proved in Sunday’s (Feb. …

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Forget The Flu: Brad Keselowski Fights To Folds Of Honor 500 Victory

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Friday night (Feb. 22), Brad Keselowski got sick, bedridden with the flu. Two days later, it was the rest of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series field down for the count. The 2019 Folds of Honor 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway became an honorable drive for a champion who couldn’t even practice the day before. …

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Friday Faceoff: Should the Daytona 500 Remain the Season-Opening Race?

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The Advance Auto Parts Clash has taken some criticism over how difficult it was for drivers to pull out of line and make a pass. How do you see this playing out over the remaining Speedweeks events? Isolated issue or recurring problem? Clayton Caldwell: It’s an issue we’ll see throughout Speedweeks. This package has been …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Which Rule Change this Season will Have the Biggest Impact on the State of NASCAR?

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As NASCAR waves the green flag for the start of the 2019 season this weekend, there are so many aspects that are different about the sport. So many of them have to do with rules, the aero package and some big-name drivers in new rides. Which of these factors though will affect the state of …

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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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