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Frontstretch Podcast: Todd Gilliland Talks Runner-Up Finish at Gateway, Lackluster Sonoma

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss a lackluster road course race at Sonoma Raceway, which saw Martin Truex Jr. win in dominating fashion. At the end of the race, it was a two-car battle with Truex and Kyle Busch. Both now have 21 and 20 wins, respectively, over the past three-and-a-half-years. …

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2-Headed Monster: Should Matt DiBenedetto Get A 2nd Year In The No. 95?

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This past Sunday (June 23) was a milestone day for Matt DiBenedetto when he finished fourth at Sonoma Raceway — his first career top five in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Despite the result, Leavine Family Racing’s No. 95 holds a worse average finish than each of the past two seasons when it didn’t …

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Odds & Ends Around the Track: NASCAR Fans Love Crashes Edition

Thank you FOX Sports for such touching tributes to Darrell Waltrip. After last week’s article, I know I am in the minority who already misses DW. Whether you love or hate the man, there are not many opinions in the middle on old DW. If you weren’t moved by Stevie Waltrip’s “Letter to DW” segment, …

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Did You Notice?: NASCAR’s Playoff Parity Limited To A Select Few

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Did You Notice? … How the sport’s upper class has thinned out over the course of the past two seasons in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series? This year, the Big Three has become the Big Two ownership groups as Team Penske and Joe Gibbs Racing have combined to win 15 out of 16 Cup …

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The Frontstretch 5: Ways to Improve a Driver’s Performance

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1. Team Personnel Changes Sometimes all it takes is a new perspective for the team to help improve on areas they’ve been missing. A new (or reunited) crew chief can aid the driver by making adjustments on his car and strategizing a different way to win races. Take Michael Annett, for example. While he wasn’t …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Sports Bids Farewell to Darrell Waltrip

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For FOX Sports, last weekend was the swan song for Darrell Waltrip on television. Beyond Sunday (June 23), Waltrip’s future is unclear. All we know is that he’s going to back to Franklin, Tenn. with his wife Stevie (“the Redhead”) and relaxing for now. Naturally, the focus for Sunday’s broadcast was on Waltrip’s final broadcast …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Seasons Change

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It’s the end of a chapter in the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, and also the end of an era, as the Fox/Fox Sports 1 coverage shifts to NBC and the NBC Sports Network for the latter half of the season (except for the Gander Outdoors Truck Series). It’s also the end of …

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The Underdog House: The Carousel Of Progress

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Top of The Class Matt DiBenedetto may not be a name that comes to mind when you think of talented road racers, but the 27-year-old from Grass Valley, CA is doing his best to change that. DiBenedetto earned his first career top-five finish at Sonoma Raceway on Sunday (June 23), coming home in the fourth …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 Toyota/SaveMart 350

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Martin Truex Jr. certainly has Sonoma Raceway figured out. With his third win in the last seven races at the California road course, Truex is now the winningest active driver and — thanks to a change in track layout — the only current driver to win …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 Toyota/Save Mart 350k at Sonoma

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The Headline(s): Toyota absolutely dominated their namesake race, with Martin Truex, Jr. leading 58 of 90 laps to score a comfortable win over teammate Kyle Busch, his fourth victory of 2019, his 23rd in Cup and his 36th career NASCAR national series triumph.  Now THAT’s the way a @ToyotaRacing #Camry is supposed to look! Nice …

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