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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2020 Busch Clash at Daytona

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The Headline(s): A crash-filled Busch Clash had six cars competing for the win Sunday (Feb. 9) by the end of several green-white-checkered finishes. The one that stuck saw Erik Jones score the victory in a junked Toyota Camry, his first-ever win in this 75-lap NASCAR exhibition. Jones rode a steam-engine push from teammate Denny Hamlin …

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Earns Pole Position For 2020 Daytona 500

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New team for Ricky Stenhouse Jr.? No problem. The former restrictor plate ace continued his strength Sunday (Feb. 9) at Daytona and Talladega while putting his car on the pole for the 2020 Daytona 500. Stenhouse spent much of the session as much as a half-second faster than the rest of the field before some …

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2020 NASCAR Cup Series Preseason Power Rankings

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For the first time here at Frontstretch, our staff banded together to vote on who it thinks will be the top drivers of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season in a preseason power rankings format. Each participating staff member sent a 30-driver ranking before the beginning of the season, taking into account not only 2019 successes …

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2019 NASCAR Driver Reviews: Ricky Stenhouse Jr

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The 2019 season is one Ricky Stenhouse Jr will never forget. It’s a season that resulted in bad luck, disappointment and, in the end, came with the biggest surprise of his career, one that ended a 12-year relationship. Stenhouse entered his seventh full-time Cup Series season in 2019. The team was looking to bounce back …

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Ryan Preece Switching to No. 37, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Driving No. 47 in 2020

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JTG Daugherty Racing has slightly shaken up its driver lineup for the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will pilot the No. 47 Chevrolet, while Ryan Preece moves over to the No. 37 vacated by Chris Buescher. Stenhouse’s crew chief from the past three seasons at Roush Fenway Racing, Brian Pattie, will join …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Texas Tedium

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Sunday’s (Nov. 3) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway had to deal with two main complications right off the bat: the Formula One United States Grand Prix about three hours away at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, and NFL football (though the Cowboys were off, playing on …

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2-Headed Monster: Who Will Have the Better 2020 Campaign? Ricky Stenhouse Jr. or Chris Buescher?

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What an interesting situation that will take place in the 2020 season. Two drivers will literally swap rides. We’ve seen it a few times. Back in the 1990s, Jeremy Mayfield and John Andretti literally swapped rides and they were always compared to each other the year after it happened. The same will be done with …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Corey LaJoie Talks Lessons Learned in NASCAR, Tyler Reddick Reflects on Xfinity Champions Day at Universal Studio

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss a weekend of entertaining racing at Kansas Speedway in which Denny Hamlin survived a few late-race restarts to win his fifth race of 2019. The bigger story, however, was Brad Keselowski losing 27 points upright to Chase Elliott and missing the Round of 8. What …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Debris in the Wind

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Kansas isn’t exactly known as a state full of scenic beauty, unlike its neighbors Colorado, Nebraska and Missouri. (Oklahoma has its fair share of scenery as well.) Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, the Hollywood Casino 400, at Kansas Speedway (located on the Sunflower State side of Kansas City) felt like a typical stormy …

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Brian Pattie Leaving Roush Fenway Racing After 2019

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Longtime Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series crew chief Brian Pattie will not return to Roush Fenway Racing in 2020, the team announced Thursday, Oct. 17. Pattie, who currently serves as the crew chief on Ricky Stenhouse Jr.‘s No. 17 Ford, joined RFR in 2016 as the crew chief for Greg Biffle, before being paired with …

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