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5 Points to Ponder: Green Green Green

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We’re back! I can’t quite believe that NASCAR is going green, green, green, racing this Sunday afternoon (May 17) at Darlington Raceway. After a terrible couple of months, the simple pleasure of an actual, real live NASCAR race will feel like the proverbial manna from heaven. That we’re returning to on-track action at one of …

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Up to Speed: Which Drivers Are Likely to Tame Darlington in its 2020 NASCAR Return?

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The 2020 NASCAR season, paused for about two months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is less than a week away from resuming.  The first two races will be held at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina, about a two-hour drive from race shops in the Charlotte area.  They include a 400-mile event on Sunday, May 17 …

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NASCAR Contradictions on Full Display With May 17 Return Looming

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Be it in Brasstown, N.C. Thursday night (April 30) or Lancaster, S.C. on Friday (May 1), live racing trickled back this weekend to locations throughout the southeast. For me, where Virginia is still under a stay-at-home order through June 10, there’s not much for a motorsports writer here to do but long for racing to …

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2-Headed Monster: Did Chip Ganassi Racing make the right decision hiring Matt Kenseth?

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In the wake of firing Kyle Larson due to his use of a racial slur, NASCAR Cup Series team owner Chip Ganassi had an important decision to make. Who should drive his No. 42 Chevrolet? In a surprise to many, Ganassi hired Matt Kenseth. Furthermore, NASCAR granted Kenseth a waiver so he is eligible to …

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Matt Kenseth & Ryan Newman Return, Brett Moffitt Updates Progress on Broken Femurs

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss Ryan Newman returning to NASCAR after many feared the worst post-Daytona 500. Chip Ganassi Racing gave Matt Kenseth the nod for the No. 42 car, bypassing Ross Chastain. Now that NASCAR has granted Kenseth a waiver to be playoff eligible, Albino and Neff discuss what …

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Ryan Newman, Matt Kenseth Granted Cup Playoff Waivers

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NASCAR Cup Series drivers Ryan Newman and Matt Kenseth have been granted playoff waivers for the 2020 season, according to announcements Tuesday (April 28) afternoon. Newman missed three races this season after suffering a violent crash at Daytona International Speedway but was cleared to race this week once NASCAR returns. Kenseth did not race in …

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One Last NASCAR Comeback: Can Matt Kenseth Defy the Odds at Age 48?

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Matt Kenseth dropped a NASCAR bombshell Monday (April 27) by announcing another comeback. He’ll drive Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 42 in place of the banished Kyle Larson and run full-time once again at age 48. NASCAR typically doesn’t grant playoff waivers for drivers who voluntarily missed the season’s first four races, but chances are they’ll let Kenseth become championship-eligible.

Matt Kenseth Replacing Kyle Larson in Cup No. 42

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Matt Kenseth will return to the NASCAR Cup Series once the sport returns from its hiatus due to the coronavirus outbreak, replacing Kyle Larson in Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 42, CGR announced today, April 27. Kenseth replaces Larson after the former driver of the No. 42 was released for saying a racial slur on an …

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Massie’s Minute: NASCAR Owners, Stop Giving Rides to 20-Year-Olds

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After Joe Gibbs affirmed that he has long term plans in place for both Christopher Bell and Erik Jones, there’s been widespread talk about which Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver at Joe Gibbs Racing Bell will replace. If it’s not going to be Jones on the way out, then who would it be? There’s …

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NASCAR 101: Final Goodbyes

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The end of a season always brings change. When the year comes to a close, several relationships, careers and streaks end as well. This weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway will be no different. We will say goodbye to a countless number of drivers, crew chiefs, teams and sponsors. Some of them, we may never see again, …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2018 Can-Am 500

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Let’s make it a pair this week. Shy of a win at Homestead (and even with one), you won’t hear much about a couple of drivers who will very likely drive quietly into the sunset after the checkers next week.  You didn’t hear much about them this week, …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kyle Busch Wins Phoenix, Kevin Harvick & Martin Truex Jr. Complete the Expected

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Who’s in the headline Heading into Phoenix, everybody and their brother was positive Kevin Harvick was going to stomp the competition into submission and make a statement about his position as the unquestioned favorite heading into Homestead. Someone forgot to tell Kyle Busch as the Joe Gibbs Racing driver took advantage of mistakes by nearly …

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