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Up to Speed: Pointing Toward the NASCAR Playoffs

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

The second half of July has shaken up the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff field.  Going into New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the 16-driver grid consisted of 10 postseason-eligible winners.  That left six spots open for drivers to get in on points. Two of those racers, Chase Elliott and Jamie McMurray, stood 89 and 74 points …

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2017 Frontstretch Podcast Powered by DraftKings – Episode 20: Mid-Season Chaos

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Episode 20: Mid-Season Chaos Frontstretch Podcast with Dustin Albino, Joseph Wolkin and Zach Catanzareti. In this week’s episode brought to you by DraftKings, Dustin, Joe, and Zach sit down to preview this weekend’s race at Pocono, analyze NASCAR Silly Season drama, speculate on William Byron’s future and more. This week’s episode was brought to you by DraftKings, the No. …

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NASCAR 101: 10 Longest Winless Streaks Among Full-Time Cup Drivers

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Few things are more gratifying than breaking a negative streak. Bear that in mind if you wondered why Kasey Kahne‘s victory in the Brickyard 400 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series last weekend found the driver and his team so elated in Victory Lane. Sure, it’s Indianapolis Motor Speedway, so a victory at the …

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Friday Faceoff: What’s the Biggest Move of NASCAR Silly Season 2017?

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

The Cup race at Indianapolis featured some exciting moments, but also a lot of crashes, while the XFINITY Series tried a race package that included restrictor plates and air ducts in the front of the cars. Did the lower series put on the better show, and should Cup consider using the same package next year?  …

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Paul Menard Joins Wood Brothers Racing for 2018

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Paul Menard will drive the No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, replacing Ryan Blaney, the team announced Wednesday (July 26), as part of Blaney’s departure to Team Penske and its No. 12 for 2018 that was announced the same day. Menard has made 383 starts in …

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Did You Notice?: NASCAR Silly Season Turns Toward The Sophisticated Business Of NASCAR Charters

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(Photo: Russell Labounty/NKP)

Did You Notice? …. That Brad Keselowski’s signing narrows down the list of Silly Season question marks? Keselowski’s extension, announced Tuesday, keeps him in the Team Penske No. 2 Ford with sponsorship from Miller Lite. The move came paired with a new contract for crew chief Paul Wolfe as well; the duo will continue their successful …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR Forecast Powered By DraftKings: Brickyard 400 Preview

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 this Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Your latest daily fantasy NASCAR showdown sees cars hit the track on Saturday at 9 a.m. for first practice, and then at 6:15 p.m. for Coors Light Pole Qualifying. Here are …

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Lilly Diabetes 250 Entry List

The NASCAR XFINITY Series heads to the famed Brickyard this weekend as Indianapolis Motor Speedway will host the sixth annual Lilly Diabetes 250 on Saturday afternoon. There are 40 cars on the preliminary entry list for the event around the 2.5-mile facility, meaning the field will be full and zero teams will be sent home packing when …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Denny Hamlin Overcomes Crustacean Fear for First Win of 2017 at Loudon

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Who’s in the headline – Joe Gibbs Racing went past the halfway point of the season without a victory. That changed in the first race of the second half as Denny Hamlin took advantage of some strategy calls and track conditions at New Hampshire Motor Speedway to score his first win of the season. Hamlin …

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Up to Speed: What Daytona Performance Reveals for Playoff Hopefuls

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It is not unusual to see underdogs perform well in restrictor plate races.  However, Saturday’s Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway produced a few more surprises than usual. Winner Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was the only driver to start and finish inside the top 10.  Additionally, no driver who entered the race in the top …

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