Race Weekend Central

4 Burning Questions: Anyone Forget About Ross Chastain’s Future?

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Who is the new driver for Wood Brothers Racing? After a roller coaster of a month where Matt DiBenedetto was told he was out of a job, almost won at Bristol Motor Speedway and had a solid run at Darlington Raceway, Wood Brothers Racing has announced his hiring for 2020 in the Monster Energy NASCAR …

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2-Headed Monster: Was Signing Matt DiBenedetto the Right Move for the Wood Brothers?

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Perhaps the biggest news of the NASCAR silly season came Tuesday (Sept. 10) when Wood Brothers Racing announced Paul Menard would be retiring from full-time competition after the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. Replacing him in the No. 21 Ford in 2020 is Matt DiBenedetto. Many were happy for DiBenedetto, but was it …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Kyle Larson Gears Up for Postseason

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss a frantic weekend of racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Kevin Harvick dominated the Brickyard 400 en route to his third win of 2019. But the bigger story was the playoff battle, which saw Clint Bowyer and Ryan Newman race their way into the postseason, while …

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Odds & Ends Around the Track: Viva Las Vegas Edition

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Do the NASCAR playoffs do anything for you? Maybe I am too old-fashioned, but having a one-race, winner-take-all race just doesn’t do it for me. The concept to have more “Game 7 moments” in the sport was to generate more interest. But television ratings are only big for big races, not for the playoffs. It …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Is it Possible for a Winless Driver to Win a Championship

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Since the beginning of the playoffs back in 2004, we have seen a handful of drivers outside of the top 10, 12 and then 16 win a race or two in the final 10. However, since there have been 16 drivers in the playoffs, it seems to be rarer that a driver outside of that …

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The Frontstretch 5: Storylines to Watch With 10 to Go

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As pumpkin spice takes over everything, another NASCAR season is nearly over, with more than two-thirds of the races already on the books. But there’s still some racing left to be done, and there’s plenty to talk about. Some storylines are just now writing their opening sentences, but they’re going to be worth watching as …

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Did You Notice?: Paul Menard’s NASCAR Longevity the Definition of Average?

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Did You Notice?… Paul Menard is one of the longest-tenured active drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series? I looked at every Cup driver who’s run at least five races this season and added up their career totals. MOST CAREER STARTS – ACTIVE CUP SERIES DRIVERS Kurt Busch 674 Kevin Harvick 672 Ryan Newman 646 …

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Paul Menard Retiring from Full-Time Competition After 2019, Matt DiBenedetto to Drive No. 21 in 2020

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Matt DiBenedetto‘s unemployed status for 2020 didn’t last long, and it’s thanks in large part to Paul Menard. Wood Brothers Racing announced Tuesday (Sept. 10) that Menard is retiring from full-time competition at the end of 2019, with DiBenedetto taking over the No. 21 in the 2020 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The move comes …

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The Underdog House: Kiss My Bricks

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Top of the Class Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. hasn’t had too much to get excited about lately. In fact, it’s been over 18 months since his last top-10 finish in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Questions about his ability and job security have swirled like a Midwestern twister, but he and team owner Richard …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard

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Can you believe it’s finally here? At last, a weekend I’ve been anxiously waiting all season. No, I’m not talking about the start of American football. Instead, it’s the week before the playoffs in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Drivers and teams are headed from one iconic racetrack to another, jumping from Darlington Raceway’s …

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