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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 Bluegreen Vacations 500

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Back Denny Hamlin into a corner, and he’ll roll right over. Before now, that was a common assessment of the veteran driver and not entirely unfounded. In 2010, Hamlin finished a career-high second in points, but he entered the last race of that year with the point lead. …

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Joe Gibbs Racing Puts 3 Cars In Championship 4

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The 2019 season: the year of the package … and Joe Gibbs Racing. By virtue of Denny Hamlin‘s victory on Sunday (Nov. 10) at ISM Raceway, the organization will have three of its four cars in the championship finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the first time in the history of this format. As for the …

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Denny Hamlin Dominates in Phoenix, Earns Spot in NASCAR Championship 4

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Denny Hamlin entered the Bluegreen Vacations 500 at ISM Raceway 20 points away from making the Championship 4. Conventional wisdom was he needed a win in Phoenix to advance to Homestead. Hamlin left nothing to chance. The driver of the No. 11 Toyota outright dominated Sunday (Nov. 10), taking the lead during the final stage …

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Friday Faceoff: Should NASCAR Penalize Drivers for Causing Yellow Flags?

Kyle Larson was adamant that Bubba Wallace’s spin in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway was intentional. How prevalent do you think such occurrences are, and what, if anything, needs to be done? Adam Cheek: They aren’t massively common, but something should be done when it’s pretty clearly intentional. Maybe a …

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Did You Notice?: NASCAR Parity Producing a Tiresome Championship 4?

Kevin Harvick while being interviewed at Championship 4 Media Day at The Miami Beach EDITION on Thursday, November 15, 2018. (Photo/Davey Segal)

Did You Notice? … The 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship 4 could be an exact replica of 2018? Two of last year’s drivers, Martin Truex Jr. and Kevin Harvick, have already qualified by winning in this year’s Round of 8. Kyle Busch and Joey Logano, meanwhile, hold at least a 20-point edge over their …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Texas Tedium

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Sunday’s (Nov. 3) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway had to deal with two main complications right off the bat: the Formula One United States Grand Prix about three hours away at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, and NFL football (though the Cowboys were off, playing on …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Bubba Wallace Breaks Down Recent Success at Richard Petty Motorsports, Fighting in Martinsville

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss the lack of action for the lead at Martinsville Speedway, which saw Martin Truex Jr. lock himself into Homestead-Miami Speedway by leading 464 of 500 laps en route to his seventh triumph of 2019. The duo discusses the 2019 aerodynamic package at short tracks and …

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The Frontstretch 5: Ranking the Cup Title Favorites

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For maybe the first time in 2019, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title picture is beginning to come into focus. Several drivers had hot streaks throughout the season, but with just three races remaining, the best have slowly but surely emerged. Of the eight drivers left, who’s the most likely to win the title? …

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The 12: NASCAR Power Rankings First Data 500 Edition

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Martin Truex Jr. sure knows how to dominate a race. At Martinsville Speedway, Truex led 464 out of 500 contested laps to earn his seventh victory of the season and a spot in the Championship Four. With a one out of four shot at claiming his second championship, is Truex the title favorite? Denny Hamlin …

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5 Points to Ponder: 2019 NASCAR Playoffs All Chalk

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ONE: NASCAR Playoffs All Chalk Martinsville Speedway marked the start of the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Round of 8. Just two more races remaining until we have our Championship 4 lineup for Homestead-Miami Speedway. So far, Cinderella has yet to find a glass slipper. The theory going into the playoffs this season is …

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