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Matt Kenseth Docked 15 Points Following Loudon Win

The race-winning team from Loudon was penalized following post-race inspection. Matt Kenseth’s No. 20 team was docked 15 points and crew chief Jason Ratcliff was fined $25,000 for failing laser inspection following the New Hampshire 301. Multiple teams were warned for failing pre-qualifying inspection. The No. 1 of Jamie McMurray, No. 3 of Austin Dillon, …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NASCAR TV Creates Dale Jr. Sub Narrative

Sometimes, you have to sit back and think about things.  Today’s critique marks the 600th combined TV critique for Frontstretch between Couch Potato Tuesday (and its former title, Talking NASCAR TV) and The Critic’s Annex.  Where does the time go?  Crikey. New Hampshire Motor Speedway hosted a Joe Gibbs Racing benefit last week.  It says …

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Pace Laps: Weighing Martin Truex, Jr.’s Positives and Ty Dillon, Alex Bowman Duel at Loudon

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Sprint Cup: Positives over Negatives for Truex, Jr. The end of the day at New Hampshire Motor Speedway saw yet another disappointed what-could-have-been result for Martin Truex, Jr. The driver who has become known for missing out on race wins in his career – even with some of the fastest equipment in the field – …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Kyle Busch Crushes the Field Again

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Kyle Busch’s Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway was all about the numbers.  He started at the front of the field in position number one.  He led 190 of 200 laps, and even cleared 17,000 laps led in his XFINITY career.  A series of pit stops for two tires kept him at the top of …

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Alex Bowman Not Worried About Ty Dillon Controversy

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On Lap 77 of the XFINITY Series race, Alex Bowman lost control of his racecar exiting turn 2, coming down the track and spinning Ty Dillon into the outside fence, ultimately sending the No. 3 car to the garage. In Dillon’s TV interview, he exposed his displeasure of racing against Bowman, who is filling in for …

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The Underdog House: Tracking NASCAR’s Small Teams from Kentucky to New Hampshire

(Photo: Tony Lumbis Sr.)

So… what makes a small team? Yep, I addressed this last week, but again, we’ll give it one more time for those race fans who missed the last edition. I’m frequently asked how I categorize NASCAR’s teams, and I’m sure lots of people have a different definition, but I look at a couple of things …

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Hidden Talent: Chase Format Highlights XFINITY Series Woes

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For the 14th time in 2016, the NASCAR XFINITY Series paddock roared to life for a race on Sunday at Iowa Speedway. For the 10th time, that race ended without a series regular in Victory Lane. Sure, Iowa was a little different tale than the usual – Sam Hornish, Jr. earned a redemptive victory in …

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Erik Jones Leads, Groundhog Steals the Show in Opening NXS Practice

(Photo: Russel LaBounty/NKP)

Typically, when drivers lose track time during a practice session it’s due to rain or a crash. However, in Friday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series practice at Michigan International Speedway, Erik Jones topped a session cut short by a rogue groundhog. Jones’ 192.092-mph circuit early in the session held as the top time in practice for Saturday’s Menards …

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Kyle Larson’s Crew Chief Suspended for Lug Nut Violation

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Another lug nut penalty was issued this week following the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono. Chad Johnston, who crew chiefs the No. 42 car of Kyle Larson, was hit with a P3 penalty for failing to have all lug nuts properly installed on the car following the race. He was suspended for the …

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