Race Weekend Central

Power Rankings: Daytona 500 Edition 

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I have been told I have the gift of snark, but I am still numb after this year’s Daytona 500. Does anyone really care who won the race? Does anyone really care which teams showed more strength than we expected? Does ANYONE care about anything except hearing better and better news about Ryan Newman? I …

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New and Improved Power Rankings: Busch Clash Edition

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Whenever money and pride is on the line without points in NASCAR, the outcome is sure to be chaotic and unpredictable. In this day and age of high tech race cars massaged within 1/1000th of an inch of tolerance to gain speed, the winning car look more like something you would find in the Street …

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Up to Speed: NASCAR Cup Drivers With Something to Prove in 2020

Matt DiBenedetto

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A new racing season means new opportunities and new challenges.  Over the winter, NASCAR’s Cup Series saw its usual flurry of changes among drivers, teams and crews.  As a result of these changes, many drivers, rookies and veterans alike will be feeling the pressure to perform in 2020.  Whether measuring their success against other competitors …

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2020 NASCAR Cup Series Preseason Power Rankings

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For the first time here at Frontstretch, our staff banded together to vote on who it thinks will be the top drivers of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season in a preseason power rankings format. Each participating staff member sent a 30-driver ranking before the beginning of the season, taking into account not only 2019 successes …

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Martin Truex Jr., SiriusXM Linking for 5 Races

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Martin Truex Jr. will feature sponsorship on his No. 19 car in the NASCAR Cup Series from SiriusXM again in 2020, this time for five races, the team announced Monday, Feb. 3. The No. 19 Toyota Camry will feature SiriusXM at the Busch Clash at Daytona International Speedway (Feb. 9), Martinsville Speedway (May 9), both …

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2019 NASCAR Driver Reviews: Martin Truex Jr.

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In regards to the last few seasons, the best driver paired with the best crew chief paired with the best team sounds like an extremely potent combination, right? In 2019, it certainly was. After several stellar seasons with Furniture Row Racing, Martin Truex Jr‘s future after 2018, for a time, was in serious jeopardy after …

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James Small Named Martin Truex Jr.’s Crew Chief for 2020

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Joe Gibbs Racing has chosen to promote from within to replace the recently departed Cole Pearn as the crew chief of the No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota Camry team. James Small will serve as the crew chief for the 2017 NASCAR Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. in 2020, the team announced Thursday, Dec. …

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2019 NASCAR Top Storylines: Kyle Busch 1st Driver With Multiple Titles in Elimination Format

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When Kyle Busch won the NASCAR Cup Series race and championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November, he became the first driver to win two championships under the elimination-style playoff system since NASCAR developed it in 2014 — something that is significant for numerous reasons. Prior to this year, a different driver had won every time …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Offseason Update, Matt Lederer Discusses Xfinity Premier Sponsorship in Cup

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In a special offseason edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss a plethora of news stories that have transpired since the checkered flag at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Seven-time Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson will be retiring following the 2020 season. The duo discuss if Johnson is the greatest driver of all time, reflecting back on …

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Massie’s Minute: Why the Empty Threats in Cup Playoffs?

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Kyle Busch was cruising to the victory and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship. He had a large lead in the closing laps at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday evening (Nov. 17) when he approached what was supposed to be the biggest threat to his title hopes: Aric Almirola. Busch and Almirola had collided with …

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