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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2017 Texas Roadhouse 200

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? While Noah Gragson was winning the Texas Roadhouse 200 at Martinsville Speedway, two part-time rookie teammates were handling themselves like old pros.  Harrison Burton, making just his sixth Truck Series start of 2017 and the seventh of his career and Todd Gilliland in his fifth career start, finished …

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Matt Crafton Disappointed by 2nd-Place Finish at Martinsville

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

The Texas Roadhouse 200 at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday afternoon (Oct. 28) was Matt Crafton‘s race to lose… and well, he lost it. The two-time Camping World Truck Series champion dominated the race, leading 102 laps and winning Stage 1, but he lost the lead with 10 laps to go on a final restart to …

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Noah Gragson Perfects Restart for 1st Truck Series Win at Martinsville

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Last time out, Martinsville Speedway gave rookie Noah Gragson his first top-five finish in the Camping World Truck Series. This time, it’s his first win. After perfecting the outside lane on the final restart of Saturday’s Texas Roadhouse 200, Gragson passed Matt Crafton, leading the final 10 laps and winning his first race in the series. …

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Stewart Friesen, Matt Crafton Fastest in Martinsville Truck Practices

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Friday afternoon, Martinsville Speedway was an all-truck zone as 34 Camping World Truck Series teams descended on the paperclip for two practice sessions.  Halmar Friesen Racing’s Stewart Friesen was fastest overall with a lap of 19.993 seconds (94.713 mph). Practice No. 1 In the early afternoon session, ThorSport Racing’s Matt Crafton was fastest with …

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2017 Frontstretch Podcast Powered by DraftKings – Episode 33: Clockin’ Out

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Episode 33: Clockin’ Out Frontstretch Podcast with Dustin Albino, Phil Allaway and Zach Catanzareti In this week’s episode brought to you by DraftKings, Dustin, Phil and Zach wrap up the chaos at Kansas Speedway, offering our thoughts on the penalties handed to Matt Kenseth and the feast-and-famine round for Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Larson. We also preview the …

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4 Burning Questions: Who Will Surprise Us All at Talladega?

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Who Could Be a Surprise Cup Winner on Sunday? NASCAR’s Talladega week is where it gets fun for us writers. We get to publish our outlandish, bold winners who we predict may make us look like geniuses for once in our nine-month season. In this week’s Frontstretch Podcast powered by DraftKings, we added a little …

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NASCAR Hands Big Penalty to No. 21 XFINITY Series Team

Daniel Hemric (Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

NASCAR revealed on Wednesday the penalties handed down for the races this past weekend in Las Vegas and Dover. A total of six penalties in the three top tier series were issued. One of those penalties was given to the No. 21 XFINITY Series team of Daniel Hemric, resulting in a large and impactful penalty especially …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: 8 Drivers, 3 Rounds, 1 Championship

(Photo: Barry Cantrell / NKP)

Last weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, the Camping World Truck Series set its playoff field, and for the final seven races on the schedule, all eyes will focus on the championship battle. One thing that’s different this year, though, is the number of playoff points accumulated each week by winning stages and races. Those bonus points …

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Matt Crafton Wins LTi Printing 200 Pole

(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

On Saturday morning, ThorSport Racing’s Matt Crafton claimed the pole for the Camping World Truck Series’ LTi Printing 200 at Michigan International Speedway.  Crafton’s second round lap of 39.076 seconds (184.256 mph) was six-hundredths of a second faster than GMS Racing’s Johnny Sauter. Afterwards, Crafton noted just how important the pole really is at Michigan. …

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Tracking the Trucks: Matt Crafton Slays Dirt Racing at Eldora

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

In a Nutshell: Matt Crafton snapped a 27-race winless streak with a 1.960-second victory over Stewart Friesen in Wednesday night’s (July 19) Eldora Dirt Derby. Crafton took advantage of a late-race restart to pass a dominant Friesen for the lead and held on to the top spot for the remaining 17 circuits en route to …

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