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Frontstretch Podcast: Best of 2019 & 2010s

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In a fun offseason Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss the best of 2019 and the 2010s. Kyle Busch ended the year with the big trophy, but was he the best driver of the 2019 season? Denny Hamlin had a rebound season, Neff believes the honor goes to the driver of the No. 11 car. …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: A Tale of 2 Tracks

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The Gander Outdoors Truck Series and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series took on the Tricky Triangle, all 2.5 flat miles of Pocono Raceway, while the Xfinity Series returned just east of Des Moines at the 7/8-mile Iowa Speedway. Ross Chastain won easily Saturday afternoon, and not even an overtime finish on Sunday could enliven the …

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Regan Smith Returning To JR Motorsports For Road Courses

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Regan Smith is returning to the NASCAR Xfinity Series and JR Motorsports, the team announced via a Twitter video late Wednesday afternoon (June 19). Smith will pilot the No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro for two races: the B&L Transport 170 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Aug. 10 and the CTECH Manufacturing 180 at Road …

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Fire On Fridays: What is Furniture Row Racing’s Legacy?

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No regrets. Just love. Barney Visser started from the bottom and now he’s here. OK, maybe he started on the top since the Rocky Mountains are pretty high up. But the Furniture Row Racing owner literally started from the bottom. He didn’t have a single outside primary sponsor from 2005 until Kurt Busch played the …

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The Underdog House: Exposing the NASCAR Competition Gap at Texas

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Think Small Martinsville Speedway sure feels like a long time ago for the underdogs of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Following what was an uplifting weekend for some at the half-mile, the back half of the series came to Texas Motor Speedway. The 1.5-miler gave us the best non-plate race for the underdogs all …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: A (Possible) Farewell To The Last Original Truck Team

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In 1995, the inaugural season of the Camping World Truck Series, then known as the NASCAR SuperTruck Series, 59 teams competed in at least one race — that is not 59 trucks, but rather 59 teams fielded trucks. Now, 23 years later, there are only two left from that original season: NEMCO Motorsports and MB …

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Did You Notice?: Big Three Taking a Back Seat During NASCAR Playoffs… So Far

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Did You Notice? … The Big Three have yet to dominate in the playoffs the way they did during NASCAR’s regular season? On paper, the points look good for Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. They’ll each advance to the Round of 8 at Kansas Speedway unless there’s some major catastrophe. But this trio has combined …

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4 Burning Questions: Is This Not It for Regan Smith?

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How will Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus fare in their new endeavors next season? The final Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race of the season these last few years at Homestead-Miami Speedway has become a bit of a gala event on the calendar. Not only is it the day four teams have been building toward since …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Deja Vu in Multiple Senses

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Hendrick Motorsports’ Chase Elliott locked himself into the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff semifinals by winning Sunday’s Gander Outdoors 400 at Dover International Speedway on Sunday. It was the second Gander Outdoors 400 of the season, and just like the first at Pocono Raceway, it was an uninspiring event that went to overtime …

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The Underdog House: Monster-ous Difficulties For NASCAR’s Small Teams at the Monster Mile

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Think Small With 60 laps to go in Sunday’s (Oct. 7) Gander Outdoors 400, people were asking: “Could it happen?” After two caution-free stages and a third green-flag run of nearly 100 laps, Dover International Raceway was near completion without a straight caution flag for danger or incident. In other words, a non-stage yellow. But …

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