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Cup Qualifying Heat Lineups Set for Bristol Dirt

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When the NASCAR Cup Series begin its qualifying heats at the Bristol Motor Speedway dirt track, Quin Houff, Brad Keselowski, Alex Bowman and Corey LaJoie will lead their respective groups to green. The lineups were formed using a random draw, setting Houff ahead in heat one, Keselowski in heat two, Bowman in heat three and …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2021 Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas

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Kyle Larson celebrates Las Vegas victory (Nigel Kinrade Photography)

What happened? Kyle Larson won the Pennzoil 400 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday (March 7) after leading a race-high 103 laps in just his fourth start for Hendrick Motorsports (fastest in team history). Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Ryan Blaney rounded out the top-five finishers. Burning it down on the …

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Quin Houff Reflects on Lessons Learned Entering 2nd Full-Time NASCAR Season

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Quin Houff is still finding his footing in the NASCAR Cup Series. After finishing his first full-time season 33rd in points, the driver of StarCom Racing’s No. 00 Chevrolet believes he’s poised to improve as he and his young team return to tracks together for a second and third time. That track time will be …

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Quin Houff Sinks 8 Ball Whiskey Sponsorship For 11 Races

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StarCom Racing has announced today (Feb. 23) that they have picked 8 Ball Premium Chocolate Whiskey for 11 races this season. Quin Houff will debut the scheme this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway with the other 10 races sprinkled throughout the season. .@P1_Houff & StarCom Racing Stir it Up with 8-Ball Premium Chocolate Whiskey. With an …

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2020 NASCAR Team Reviews: StarCom Racing

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Prior to the start of the season, 2020 looked to have been a year of change, progression and optimism for the fledging StarCom Racing in the NASCAR Cup Series. Instead, it was filled with controversy, disappointment and poor decisions. The single-car organization cleaned house at the end of 2019, parting ways with veteran driver Landon …

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Did You Notice?: NASCAR Diversity Takes Giant Leap Forward During COVID-19 Pandemic

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Did You Notice? … How far NASCAR diversity has come in just a few short months? Flash back to April 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic was in full swing, and the viability of single-car teams (think: Richard Petty Motorsports / Bubba Wallace and Gaunt Brothers Racing / Daniel Suarez) was in doubt. Kyle Larson had just been …

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The Underdog House: Ty Dillon Best in Class as Underdogs Run Wild at Talladega

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Top Dog As usual, a NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway resulted in a “Big One.” No, not just a big crash, though there were plenty of those. I’m referring to a big group of underdog teams scattered throughout the top half of the finishing order. Leading the line both literally and figuratively was …

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Fire on Fridays: The Unwritten Rules of Racing

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This week, San Diego Padres star Fernando Tatis Jr. swung on a 3-0 pitch while up seven runs and smashed a grand slam over the outfield wall. The game was out of hand, and there wasn’t really a need to add insult to injury. But he did. Tatis saw a pitch to hit and capitalized …

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Friday Faceoff: Is Noah Gragson’s Xfinity Ride in Jeopardy?

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Should NASCAR implement more stringent standards for drivers to participate in the NASCAR Cup Series? Alex Gallacher: Yes. Some of the Cup drivers do not deserve to be there. What makes William Byron, Tyler Reddick and Chase Elliott different is that they all won championships at the lower levels before coming to Cup. The broadcast team …

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4 Burning Questions: Can Ryan Preece Overcome His Slow Start?

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#37: Ryan Preece, JTG Daugherty Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Cottonelle

What’s going on with Ryan Preece this season? Not many other drivers have had the kind of bad luck Ryan Preece has had this season. The sophomore NASCAR Cup Series driver sits at a dismal 30th in points, following a low-light of three straight last-place finishes. This is after starting 2020 off with not being …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Richard Childress Racing Rises, Austin Dillon Reminisces Texas Win

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Subscribe: iTunes In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss Richard Childress Racing sweeping the top two spots at Texas Motor Speedway over the weekend, via pit strategy. Austin Dillon was victorious holding off RCR teammate Tyler Reddick. How big was this 1-2 finish for RCR as both teams make a push toward the …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBC Brings New Innovations, Decent Coverage to Texas

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Last weekend was ridiculous. Too much action at one time. For instance, I originally planned to have a recap of Sunday’s 4 Hours of Le Castellet, the season opener for the European Le Mans Series, here on Frontstretch. I still haven’t seen that race yet. The schedule was just crushing with Cup, Xfinity, the Trucks, …

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