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William Byron, Cole Custer, Matt DiBenedetto, Ryan Blaney Eliminated From Playoffs

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The Round of 16 is over, and four drivers have been eliminated from the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. William Byron, Cole Custer, Matt DiBenedetto and Ryan Blaney all finished beneath the playoff cut line after the Bass Pro Shops Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday night (Sept. 19), missing the 12-driver cut …

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4 Burning Questions: Who Advances in the Playoffs at Bristol?

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Who advances in the playoffs at Bristol Motor Speedway? The Bristol Motor Speedway night race will be cutoff race for the first round of the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. While there are three drivers completely safe from elimination, the top eight-or-so in points should be safe as long as they don’t run into early trouble. …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Tyler Ankrum Previews Truck Playoffs, Long Green Flag Runs in Richmond

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Subscribe: iTunes In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss all the long green flag racing at Richmond Raceway across the three national touring series. Some hated it, while Albino and Neff enjoyed it. Brad Keselowski won the NASCAR Cup Series race in dominant fashion. Albino and Neff break down his chances of making …

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Power Rankings: No Longer the Action Track Edition

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They used to call Richmond Raceway the “Action Track,” but after racing 400 laps without a non-manufactured caution flag, they might need to forget that nickname ever existed. This isn’t the fault of the track. This isn’t the fault of the drivers. This is the fault of a rules package that makes a gentle rub …

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5 Points to Ponder: Can Ryan Blaney Come Up Big in Must-Win Bristol Cutoff Race?

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1. Blaney Winning at Bristol Would Be As Clutch As It Gets Believe it or not, Ryan Blaney has not been mathematically eliminated from advancing to the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs Round of 12 on points. Yes, being 27 points out with just the Bristol Night Race less is suboptimal, to say the least. But …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond

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What happened?  Brad Keselowski won the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway on Saturday night (Sept. 12) after leading a race-high 192 laps.  Martin Truex Jr., Joey Logano, Austin Dillon and Chase Elliott rounded out the top five. Statement. Made. Retweet to congratulate @keselowski on an impressive showing tonight at @RichmondRaceway. #NASCARPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/Hv4c2ohajT — …

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Friday Faceoff: Is Ryan Blaney Already Too Far Behind?

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Ryan Blaney was the biggest title contender to have a bad weekend at Darlington. Richmond is one of his worst tracks on the circuit. Has he lost his shot at advancing to the Round of 12? Luken Glover: I wouldn’t rule him out just yet. He has found more speed at some tracks he’s struggled at …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Matt DiBenedetto Talks Making Postseason, Difference in Packages at Darlington

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Subscribe: iTunes In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss the difference in aerodynamic packages being on display at Darlington Raceway, leading to a mediocre Southern 500 and one of the best NASCAR races of the season with the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Kevin Harvick took advantage of an incident involving Martin Truex Jr. and …

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Power Rankings: 1 Down, 9 to Go Edition

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All season, Kevin Harvick has been very good. Heading into the Southern 500, he had won seven times already this year and had more top-five and top-10 finishes than anyone else. But one thing he has not been until Sunday (Sept. 6) was being lucky! In one of the crown jewels of stock car racing, …

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5 Points to Ponder: A Glass Case of (Playoff) Emotion

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Ryan Blaney Is in a Hole It’s fair to say that Ryan Blaney began the playoffs at Darlington Raceway in the worst of all possible manners. Improperly mounted ballast saw Blaney lose both his crew chief for the race and 10 of his 13 hard-earned playoff points, not to mention having to start at the …

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