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The Frontstretch 5: Best NASCAR Cup Seasons By Drivers Who Didn’t Win Championship

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1. 1985 Bill Elliott won plenty of races and money and even earned a couple really cool nicknames in 1985. But the big prize eluded the red-headed Georgia leadfoot that year. Elliott came into 1985 having won a total of four NASCAR Cup Series races during the previous two seasons, but proved to be almost …

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Turn Back the Clock: 1993 NASCAR Season

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While the 1992 NASCAR season is seen as the most pivotal year in the modern era of NASCAR, what followed in 1993 set the stage for the next two decades of competition, thrusting the sport from burgeoning regional underground sport to one of national prominence. Key events, new tracks, personalities and accomplishments help define the …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Joey Logano Wins Martinsville Battle, War Undecided

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Who’s in the headline Joey Logano knew he had a chance to go to Homestead and challenge for a championship. It was going to take some old school, short track racing but he wasn’t afraid to do it. In Turns 3 and 4, where the greats of the sport have moved competitors to win since …

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What Could’ve Been: Mark Martin and Rick Hendrick Almost Teamed Up in 1984

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For three men in the NASCAR world, the month of January has been among the best of their lives, as they were inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Jan. 20. Mark Martin and Rick Hendrick, who join Richard Childress, Raymond Parks and Benny Parsons in the Hall, are back together as inductees following …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not: Kentucky Edition

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The restrictor plate race at Daytona brought us the usual action. That mainly included a big wreck involving something like 206 cars (well actually 22, but you get the point), and the always tense finish with of course, a car sliding over the finish line, because you know that happens all the time. HOT The …

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Mark Martin Embracing Acknowledgment Following Hall of Fame Induction

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Since his last race at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Tony Stewart’s No. 14 Chevrolet in 2013, Mark Martin has not attended a Sprint Cup Series race since. However, that streak will come to an end in this Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, as Martin will sport his NASCAR Hall of Fame shirt after being …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 All-Time NASCAR Drivers

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The Sprint Cup Series had its final off weekend before the run to Homestead. So we thought it’d be fun to stir the pot a little and ask the question, “who are the top NASCAR drivers of all time?” This question has been debated for many years and the lists are quite different depending on who …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Ben Kennedy Creating a Legacy of his Own

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Being born into NASCAR’s first family has had it perks for Ben Kennedy. The great-grandson of William H.G. “Big Bill” France Sr., founder of NASCAR, is on a mission. It’s one that is unlike any other that the sport has seen, and it includes working with the core group of NASCAR executives outside of racing – his …

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NASCAR 101: Martin Truex Jr. Not the 1st to End a Lengthy Winless Streak

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Martin Truex Jr.’s win was well deserved. The Mayetta, N.J. driver had led the most laps in the three previous weeks, only to be shut out of victory lane. The 34-year-old driver was also in the midst of a 69-race winless-streak, stretching back to the 2013 Sonoma triumph with Michael Waltrip Racing that ironically set …

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Five Points to Ponder: Reflecting On NASCAR’s 2014 Journey

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ONE: Stewart-Haas Racing’s crazy path to a second title When Stewart-Haas Racing announced they would run four cars in 2014 with Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick, Tony Stewart and Danica Patrick behind the wheel, media and fans alike thought co-owners Stewart and Gene Haas were crazy. Three of the four are among the most outspoken drivers …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud – Homestead – Cup Championship – A Cup Full of Budweiser

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Key Moment – On the 11th caution flag of the night, Kevin Harvick’s crew chief Rodney Childers called for a four tire pit stop with 29 cars on the lead lap. When stops were completed Harvick was in 12th position. A quick caution afterwards allowed Harvick to restart in the sixth position. In a Nutshell …

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Going By the Numbers: NASCAR Bubble Drivers “Chasing”… What, Exactly?

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You’re well aware by now of the talk surrounding the Chase for the Sprint Cup – and, most particularly, the drivers who will make it into NASCAR’s version of a playoff system. Who’s in? Who’s out? Who’s out but could make their way in? Hold on. Is there really any reason to ask that last …

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