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Power Rankings: No Longer the Action Track Edition

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They used to call Richmond Raceway the “Action Track,” but after racing 400 laps without a non-manufactured caution flag, they might need to forget that nickname ever existed. This isn’t the fault of the track. This isn’t the fault of the drivers. This is the fault of a rules package that makes a gentle rub …

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Up to Speed: Is Austin Dillon’s Playoff Run for Real?

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For the first time in his NASCAR Cup Series career, Austin Dillon has scored back-to-back top-five finishes.  Last week at Darlington Raceway, Dillon pulled off a surprising second-place result.  He followed that performance up with an even stronger run at Richmond Raceway Saturday night (Sept. 12).  Although Dillon finished fourth, he led 55 laps and …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond

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What happened?  Brad Keselowski won the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway on Saturday night (Sept. 12) after leading a race-high 192 laps.  Martin Truex Jr., Joey Logano, Austin Dillon and Chase Elliott rounded out the top five. Statement. Made. Retweet to congratulate @keselowski on an impressive showing tonight at @RichmondRaceway. #NASCARPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/Hv4c2ohajT — …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Matt DiBenedetto Talks Making Postseason, Difference in Packages at Darlington

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Subscribe: iTunes In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss the difference in aerodynamic packages being on display at Darlington Raceway, leading to a mediocre Southern 500 and one of the best NASCAR races of the season with the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Kevin Harvick took advantage of an incident involving Martin Truex Jr. and …

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Power Rankings: 1 Down, 9 to Go Edition

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All season, Kevin Harvick has been very good. Heading into the Southern 500, he had won seven times already this year and had more top-five and top-10 finishes than anyone else. But one thing he has not been until Sunday (Sept. 6) was being lucky! In one of the crown jewels of stock car racing, …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2020 Cook Out Southern 500

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Who… should you be talking about after the Cook Out Southern 500? Winning at Darlington Raceway isn’t always about beating the competition. Kevin Harvick won his second Darlington race of 2020 by racing the Lady in Black herself, while ahead of him, two drivers forgot that cardinal rule and raced each other instead. Martin Truex …

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4 Burning Questions: Is BMW Joining NASCAR?

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So is BMW coming to NASCAR? For years now, one of NASCAR’s stated goals with the next generation racecar (to be fully implemented in 2022) has been to attract new car manufacturers to the sport. This week, that desire finally seemed to be reciprocated. Better with BMW. — BMW USA (@BMWUSA) September 3, 2020 This …

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Fire on Fridays: Following Daytona Win, Can William Byron Break Out?

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It took him 97 races, but William Byron finally wound up in NASCAR Cup Series victory lane last weekend at Daytona International Speedway. On the surface, it’s a bit of a question mark as to why a driver who won in his fourth-ever NASCAR national series start, who went on to win six more times in …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Intensity in Daytona, Justin Haley Reflects on Xfinity Win

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Subscribe: iTunes In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss an intensity-filled weekend of racing at Daytona International Speedway, while debating if the race should remain the regular-season finale for the NASCAR Cup Series (spoiler: one says yes, the other didn’t enjoy the race). William Byron solidified his spot into the playoffs by winning …

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Stock Car Scoop: William Byron, Aric Almirola Sign Contract Extensions

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Two NASCAR playoff drivers signed contract extensions with their current teams. Which two drivers are they? Find out in this edition of Stock Car Scoop. Frontstretch‘s newest podcast focused on the motorsports news of the week also has news on which race Kyle Busch will run for his final Xfinity race of the year, as …

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