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The Frontstretch 5: NASCAR Teams Who Need a Turnaround in 2018

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Hendrick Motorsports Just a few weeks ago, it was easy to explain the organization’s struggles: it was too early to tell; Chevrolet is behind the curve – which may still be the case; the team has two new drivers. And the thing is, all of that is completely true. But looking at the big picture, …

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Frontstretch Podcast: The Champ Is Here

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In the latest episode of the 2018 Frontstretch Podcast, we breakdown this past weekend’s events at Auto Club Speedway with Dustin Albino, Mike Neff and Zach Catanzareti, while also previewing the weekend ahead at Martinsville Speedway. Defending Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. swept all three stages on Sunday en route to his first victory of the …

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Did You Notice?: NASCAR’s Blowout Problem

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Did You Notice? … NASCAR winners aren’t just squeaking into Victory Lane — they’re rolling over their competition. Three of five races in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season have been won by 2.5 seconds or more. Martin Truex Jr. coasted to the win at Auto Club Speedway by nearly 12 seconds Sunday; only 10 …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Gold Mining or Bust

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Around 1849, gold was discovered in California, and about twenty years after that silver was discovered in the area, too. That led to, among other things, the writing of Mark Twain. In his nonfiction work Roughing It, there is a lengthy discussion of the chaos surrounding mining communities, as miners either struck it rich or went broke …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kevin Harvick Beats the Field into Submission at Atlanta

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Who’s in the headline? While Mother Nature tried hard, she failed to win on Sunday. The race started late, but once it got rolling, it went the distance. Shocking absolutely no one, Kevin Harvick took the lead early in the race and dominated the first stage. Harvick rebounded from a pit lane malfunction to lead …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2018 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500

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If your Daytona daily fantasy experience was anything like mine, you couldn’t wait for it to be over. We saw multiple favorites exit the race far too early. As a result, lineups flew out the window as top contenders left the 500 with their cars looking more like trash. But now, NASCAR heads to Atlanta …

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Trevor Bayne Searching for Success with Roush Fenway Racing

Might Trevor Bayne's six become nine? (Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Since winning the 2011 Daytona 500, Trevor Bayne has had a roller coaster of a career, fluctuating between the Monster Energy Cup Series, XFINITY Series and at times not having a full-time gig. Bayne, 26, is coming off a season in which the No. 6 car had a pair of top-five finishes and six top …

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2017 NASCAR Cup Team Review: Roush Fenway Racing

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Different verse, almost the same as the last. 2017 was another year of disappointment for Roush Fenway Racing for the vast majority of the year. Were it not for the first two wins of his career for Ricky Stenhouse Jr., it would have been a third winless season for the once-dominant team. The long-in-the-tooth organization …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kyle Busch Gets a Treat at Martinsville

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Who’s in the headline – After three other drivers looked like they were headed to the victory, it was Kyle Busch getting his picture taken with the Martinsville Grandfather Clock on Sunday night. The first race to finish under the lights at Martinsville Speedway was a rather uneventful affair until the final 20 laps. Through …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Brad Keselowski Spoils Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Farewell Party at Talladega

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Who’s in the headline – In a true survival of the fittest, it was Brad Keselowski who was the first driver under the checkered flag on Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. Keselowski was able to make a pass on Ryan Newman on the last lap to power to the victory as two handfuls of cars were left …

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