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5 Points to Ponder: Wild-Card Weekend, Mr. Consistency & Busch’s Waiver

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Wild Card Weekend Three words perhaps best sum up this weekend’s 500-mile race at Talladega Superspeedway: Anyone can win. The waning laps of the four restrictor-plate races are often among the most exciting of the season, as the snarling pack of drivers jockey for glory and the checkered flag on the high banks of the …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the Food City 500 at Bristol

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I’d like to take this opportunity to pass along my condolences to the entire Byrnes family. #ByrnesStrong It was almost a carbon-copy of the 2014 spring race at Bristol: delay after delay due to rain. However, thanks to lights, the entire race was able to be run… and then some. Matt Kenseth finally broke his …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: 2015 Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Edition

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Burnouts (Hot) The short tracks are one place where the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas have excelled this season. First, there was Denny Hamlin getting the win at Martinsville a couple of weeks ago. Then, in what turned out to be a Sunday night race,  Matt Kenseth scored his first win of the season (and first in …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2015 Food City 500 at Bristol

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Looking for the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How behind Sunday’s race? Amy Henderson has you covered each week with the answers to six race-day questions, covering all five Ws and even the H… the Big Six. Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Bristol isn’t an easy track to take home a top …

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NASCAR 101: 10 Driver Intro Songs at Bristol That Made Total Sense

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There’s a lot of great racing tradition at Bristol Motor Speedway, whether it’s the track’s penchant for providing all kinds of beating and banging across hundreds of miles of racing or the tempers that flare throughout – not to mention the coliseum-like atmosphere suggested by the seating arrangements. And then there’s the music. No, not the …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2015 Duck Commander 500 at Texas

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Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway might have foreshadowed the battle for the 2015 Sprint Cup championship between Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick. It was a riveting battle for the win in the final 15 laps. And if Harvick didn’t push his car a bit too far and scrape the wall, it might have been an …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: 2015 Food City 500 at Bristol Edition

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Burnouts (Hot) Just when you begin to wonder if the No. 48 team might just slightly be losing its edge, it bounces back to remind us that it can be better than ever. Jimmie Johnson’s second win of the Sprint Cup season Saturday night at Texas sent a not so subtle message that said, “Hey …

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Martin Truex Jr. Tops 1st 2015 Duck Commander 500 Practice Session at Texas

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The Sprint Cup Series took to Texas Motor Speedway for the first of two practices today. The 90-minute session saw Martin Truex Jr. top the leaderboard with his first lap and hold on as one of only two drivers to break the 190-mph mark with a 191.096-mph lap. Kasey Kahne came in second with a …

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Did You Notice? A Quick Look Inside the NASCAR Numbers

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Did You Notice? Six races into 2014, the difference between sixth and 20th in the Cup standings is just 35 points? However, the difference between first and sixth is 90 points, with Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr., Brad Keselowski and Kasey Kahne creating some distance between themselves and the rest of the field. It’s an …

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The Frontstretch 5: Feel-Good Stories Kicking Off 2015

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Welcome to the Frontstretch Five! Each week, Amy Henderson takes a look at the racing, the drivers and the storylines that drive NASCAR and produces a list of five people, places, things and ideas that define the current state of our sport. This week, Amy says there are some storylines that just make you smile. …

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