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2-Headed Monster: Will Sonoma Be Tony Stewart’s Final Victory?

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Rare is it for a driver to break a huge winless streak, and even rarer is it for the streak to be broken by a driver over 40. You see, as drivers age their production tends to decrease and by the time they retire, they are running as a ghost of their past self, putting …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Predicting the Future

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

With a new aerodynamic package added to the mix in 2016, many things have remained the same. The same core of organizations are winning races, ultimately dominating the sport. Could there be a change in the near future? Familiar foes are near the Chase cutoff, and it’s something that those drivers and teams are accustomed to, …

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Did You Notice? … The Gambles Of Ryan Blaney… & NASCAR Debris Cautions?

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(Photo: Brett Moist / NKP)

Did You Notice? … Ryan Blaney could have failed to qualify for a Chase race? That’s certainly a loophole NASCAR was looking to shore up by its decision this week to ensure every team that qualifies for the Chase is guaranteed a spot over the final 10 events. Officials looped this adjustment in the rules …

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The 10: Smoke Show in Sonoma

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

How about that. He actually did it. Tony Stewart held off Martin Truex, Jr., and used a well-time body slam to get the best of Denny Hamlin, capturing a win for the third time in his 17-year career at Sonoma Raceway. Things got interesting behind Smoke, too. Hamlin, typically an afterthought on road courses, came …

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2016 Frontstretch Podcast – Episode 13: 2016 Toyota/Save-Mart 350

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(Photo: John Harrelson/NKP)

On this week’s podcast, frequent guest Aaron Bearden joins Matt Stallknecht on the show to recap Tony Stewart’s electric win at Sonoma and much more, including… Analyzing the impact of Stewart’s win on the sport Discussing Stewart’s comeback and his potential for a Chase run Denny Hamlin’s strong run at Sonoma, and what it says about …

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How Tony Stewart Bested Petty, Waltrip, Wallace in One Fell Swoop

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(Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch)

The word retirement for athletes, uttered by Tony Stewart this season, often comes associated with two dreaded “R” words: regression and regret. Unlike the American dream, a job where you work 50 years toward a peak salary retirement for athletic superstars almost always occurs before age 50. The best peak at their profession, set seemingly unbeatable records and then watch inexplicably …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Daytona Edition

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

As has become the trend lately with road courses, last weekend’s race at Sonoma played more like a short track, complete with some last-lap bumping and banging. However, Sonoma wasn’t the only track that saw contact. The Truck Series was in Gateway over the weekend and had some contact of its own – though this …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Goes All-in for Stewart

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(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

Last weekend saw NASCAR’s National Series put on two very different races.  Sonoma on Sunday was very clean, possibly the cleanest Cup race ever run at Sonoma Raceway.  Yes, there were four cautions, but they were for either stalled cars or debris.  No one spun out all day.  Don’t recall that ever happening.  Meanwhile, there …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Inside Tony Stewart’s Stunning Sonoma Victory

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(Photo: John Harrelson/NKP)

Who’s in the headline – Friday, Tony Stewart said, “driving a Sprint Cup car does not make me happy right now.” Wonder how he feels after a trip to Victory Lane? Based on that winning look on his face my guess is “ecstatic” after a last-lap, last-turn re-pass of Denny Hamlin earned Smoke his first victory since Dover in June 2013. …

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The Chase to the Chase: Smoke’s In. Who’s Out?

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Smoke has risen, this much we all know. Tony Stewart‘s electrifying drive to Victory Lane at Sonoma Raceway will likely clinch the three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion into this year’s Chase. No, it isn’t certain – Stewart still sits 31st in points, nine points out of the top 30 – but assuming the 49-time …

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