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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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Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney & Brad Keselowski Swapping Crew Chiefs for 2020

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Team Penske’s crew chief lineup will look quite different for 2020. Paul Wolfe will move to become the crew chief for the No. 22 team with Joey Logano, Todd Gordon will move to Ryan Blaney and the No. 12 team and Jeremy Bullins will be atop the No. 2 pit box with Brad Keselowski, the …

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2019 NASCAR Driver Reviews: Ryan Blaney

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Almost everyone has a different definition of success, but it’s easy to believe that Ryan Blaney fits most of them. He’s already surpassed his sprint car legend dad by winning in all three of NASCAR’s top national series. At the NASCAR Cup Series level, Blaney has already driven for the iconic Wood Brothers Racing organization …

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2019 NASCAR Top Storylines: Young Guns Remain Shut Out of Championship Finale

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Competing for championships at the top level of NASCAR remains almost exclusively a pursuit for the more experienced drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series garage. That was obvious again this year at Homestead-Miami Speedway, when Kyle Busch claimed victory for relative youth at age 34 over Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr. — …

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Advance Auto Parts Sponsoring Ryan Blaney in 2020

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Ryan Blaney will carry new colors in the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series. National auto parts retailer Advance Auto Parts will sponsor Blaney and his No. 12 Team Penske Ford Mustang in select races throughout the 2020 season, Blaney announced Thursday, Nov. 21. Advance Auto Parts currently serves as the title sponsor of the Advance Auto …

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The 12: NASCAR Power Rankings Bluegreen Vacations 500 Edition

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It was do-or-die for Denny Hamlin at ISM Raceway last Sunday (Nov. 10), but the 38-year-old survived to claim a coveted spot in the Championship 4. Nearly a decade after his promising 2010 championship run and subsequent postseason collapse, can Hamlin finally find the keys to the championship trophy? Can Martin Truex Jr claim his …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 Bluegreen Vacations 500

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Back Denny Hamlin into a corner, and he’ll roll right over. Before now, that was a common assessment of the veteran driver and not entirely unfounded. In 2010, Hamlin finished a career-high second in points, but he entered the last race of that year with the point lead. …

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Denny Hamlin Dominates in Phoenix, Earns Spot in NASCAR Championship 4

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Denny Hamlin entered the Bluegreen Vacations 500 at ISM Raceway 20 points away from making the Championship 4. Conventional wisdom was he needed a win in Phoenix to advance to Homestead. Hamlin left nothing to chance. The driver of the No. 11 Toyota outright dominated Sunday (Nov. 10), taking the lead during the final stage …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 AAA Texas 500

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The Headline(s): Capitalizing on a “trimmed out” car that Stewart-Haas Racing has been storing since the spring, Kevin Harvick turned a pole-winning run into a race-winning performance at Texas Motor Speedway. He led 119 laps en route to scoring his fourth win of 2019, 49th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series triumph and 110th career …

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Odds & Ends Around the Track: Everything’s Bigger in Texas Edition

Rodney Childers and Kevin Harvick look on in 2019 Cup Michigan race. Photo: NKP

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Everything is bigger in Texas, and nobody finds more ways to entertain NASCAR fans than Eddie Gossage at Texas Motor Speedway. In the NFL, they talk about coaches being from either the Bill Belichick or the Sean McVay coaching trees. In racetrack promotion, they talk about the Humpy Wheeler promotion tree. Mr. Gossage has been …

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