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2019 Truck Series Review, Pt. 1: Playoff Drivers

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Another year with the tough trucks of NASCAR has come and gone. With a familiar face hoisting the championship trophy, seven drivers were left wanting more as the checkered flag fell on 2019. 8. Tyler Ankrum In a season that saw him miss the first three events (age restriction), this teenager, coming off a ARCA …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Offseason Update, Matt Lederer Discusses Xfinity Premier Sponsorship in Cup

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In a special offseason edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss a plethora of news stories that have transpired since the checkered flag at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Seven-time Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson will be retiring following the 2020 season. The duo discuss if Johnson is the greatest driver of all time, reflecting back on …

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Stewart Friesen Remaining in Truck Series, Moving to Toyota in 2020

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Halmar Friesen Racing will remain in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Series in 2020, though the team will have a slightly different look. The No. 52 will move from Chevrolet to Toyota in 2020, the team announced Tuesday, Dec. 3. Stewart Friesen remains the driver of the No. 52 full time, and Tripp Bruce …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: The Storylines of 2019

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The 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series season is complete. Matt Crafton won the championship, his third career title, tying him for second-most championships. With 23 races in the history books, what were the prevailing storylines of this Truck Series season? Ross Chastain’s Breakout Year 2019 was the year of Ross Chastain. The 26-year-old from …

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Tracking The Trucks: Inside Winless Wonder Matt Crafton’s Championship Season

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In a Nutshell: Austin Hill placed the perfect bookend on his 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series season by cruising to victory in the Homestead-Miami Speedway season finale. His Ford 200 trophy earned Friday night (Nov. 15) matched up perfectly with a victory in the season opener at Daytona International Speedway. Unfortunately for Hill, though, …

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Stewart Friesen Comes Up Short at Homestead: ‘We Just Didn’t Have A Chance’

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Coming in with momentum from his first career asphalt victory at ISM Raceway, Stewart Friesen was a trendy pick to win the 2019 Gander Outdoors Truck Series championship. Unfortunately, the No. 52 truck handled ill all evening long and wound up coming home with an 11th-place finish, a far cry from his Championship 4 competitors. …

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Ford EcoBoost 200 Qualifying Canceled, Stewart Friesen to Start From Pole

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Heavy rains and lightning in the vicinity of Homestead-Miami Speedway forced NASCAR to cancel qualifying for Friday night’s Ford EcoBoost 200. As a result, NASCAR will set the field via owner’s points and practice speeds. Stewart Friesen, by virtue of his win last weekend at ISM Raceway, will start on the pole for the 200-mile …

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Grant Enfinger, Stewart Friesen Lead Homestead Truck Series Practices

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Grant Enfinger and Stewart Friesen turned the fastest laps in their respective practices on Friday (Nov. 15) at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the Ford EcoBoost 200. Following first practice, Enfinger topped the charts, clocking in at 168.010 mph. Brett Moffitt was second with a speed of 167.639 mph and Austin Hill was third at 167.162 mph. …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Championship Weekend in Homestead

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss a lackluster race weekend at ISM Raceway that saw Denny Hamlin, Justin Allgaier and Stewart Friesen win their way to Homestead in the top three series. Hamlin had to hold off a handful of playoff drivers with a late-race restart in Phoenix, en route to …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Who’s the Championship Favorite?

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The NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series will crown its champion at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday (Nov. 15). The best finishing Championship 4 driver – Ross Chastain, Matt Crafton, Stewart Friesen or Brett Moffitt – will win the championship. However, that does not mean the championship winner will have to win the 2019 Ford EcoBoost 200. …

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