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Beside the Rising Tide: Short Takes & Short Tracks 

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Typically this time of year, things are quiet on the NASCAR news front as the sport and the country slowly begin emerging from the summer doldrums. As the long hot August summer afternoons give way to the earlier sunsets of September, leaves changing color and occasional morning chills punctuated by noisy flocks of Canadian geese …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Breaking Down 200 Victories for Kyle Busch & Richard Petty, Chris Buescher Chats Hot Start

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff break down the difference in the 200 race victories for Kyle Busch and Richard Petty with a pile of statistics, after Busch joined the 200 club last weekend at Auto Club Speedway. Without necessarily comparing the two, we dig into what makes the feat incredible. How …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Joey Logano Emerges as 2018 Cup Champion

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Who’s in the headline It took 10 years to fulfill the predictions but Joey Logano is your 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion. Logano took advantage of a quick, short-run car and passed Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. on a late race restart to take command of the race and run off into …

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NASCAR 101: Most Dominating Coca-Cola 600 Performances

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Photo Credit: Amy Henderson, Frontstretch

This weekend marks the 56th running of the Coca-Cola 600, or, for longtime fans of the sport, the World 600. The premise of the race when it first began was simple: pit man against machine. What would tire first: an overworked engine or a weary driver? 400 laps of exhausting wrestling of the steering wheel …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After NASCAR Acceleration 2013

Leave it to Bristol Motor Speedway to capitalize on its rough-and-tumble reputation in what was perhaps the most creative game of the day in terms of the actual racing at that track. Everyone has seen the carnival games where someone has to launch a beanbag or a ball through a deceptively small hole to win a prize. But for Bristol, could there be a more appropriate version of this one than a helmet toss, paying homage to, among other incidents, Tony Stewart’s display of anger toward Matt Kenseth last summer? Apparently not, because in order to win Bristol’s prizes, fans had to fire a miniature helmet smack through the driver’s side windshield of a cardboard racecar. Sometimes things are simply right, and this game was one of those times.

MPM2Nite: The Next 5 Hall of Famers

The hullabaloo surrounding the opening of the new NASCAR Hall of Fame has reached a crescendo, or at least the highest level of noise the marketing types in Charlotte and Daytona Beach have been able to achieve. Let’s just say that said opening is a few notches beneath the general public’s radar screen, and it’s …

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Dialing It In: NASCAR Legends In Love With What Hall Can Give Fans

On Tuesday, a day many had marked on their calendars for years finally became a reality. Before a gathered crowd of racing legends, politicians, dignitaries, and fans, executive director Winston Kelley declared the NASCAR Hall of Fame open to the public. After years of planning, construction and anticipation, the nearly $195 million facility welcomed its …

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Driven to the Past: A Little History, Here…

We’re driving back more than 40 years this week. One of my favorite sayings is attributed to Harry S. Truman – “The only thing you don’t know is the history you haven’t read yet.” Whether the late President said that or not, it’s pretty profound. This was brought to mind by all the comments about Jimmie Johnson‘s “domination” …

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What’s Vexing Vito: Doing What’s Right & Doing What Matters – What NASCAR Can Use More & Less Of

With the Martinsville race pushed back to Monday, it shelved Voice of Vito for this week. I know, all of you are crushed… I don’t blame you, since not only am I single and devastatingly handsome, but I can also wield a keyboard like Bill Jordan could a Model 19 Smith & Wesson. All kidding …

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Weekend Lowdown: Austin Dillon, AJ Allmendinger Debut Legendary Numbers at Daytona

They say the hardest thing to do in sports is to replace a legend. But in NASCAR, a sport in which fans most commonly associate their favorite drivers with their car numbers, two numbers have a legacy that will long last the legendary drivers that made them famous: the No. 3 and No. 43. Austin …

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Mirror Driving: Making History, Penalizing Fairly & Winning NASCAR Fans Back in 2010

Jimmie Johnson won his fourth consecutive title last weekend, the first driver to win four in a row and fourth to win four or more titles in the history of the sport. But should an asterisk go into the record books because Johnson won under the Chase system?

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