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

In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch PodcastDustin 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 his first career race, while Matt DiBenedetto edged out Jimmie Johnson by six points for the final playoff spot. The duo reflect back on many missed opportunities for the No. 48 team this season and if NASCAR should alter its COVID-19 procedure for drivers having to miss a race(s).

The duo also make round-by-round predictions for the playoffs, as one of them has a surprising champion based on the 2020 season.

In the NASCAR Xfinity Series race, Kaulig Racing teammates AJ Allmendinger and Ross Chastain tangled on the final lap, allowing Justin Haley to get by for his second triumph of the season. Did either driver do anything wrong, or was it a racing incident?

Finally, Haley joins the show to discuss his Daytona victory, where the No. 11 team stacks up in Xfinity and not having a ride nailed down for 2021.

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About the author

Dustin joined the Frontstretch team at the beginning of the 2016 season. 2020 marks his sixth full-time season covering the sport that he grew up loving. His dream was to one day be a NASCAR journalist, thus why he attended Ithaca College (Class of 2018) to earn a journalism degree. Since the ripe age of four, he knew he wanted to be a storyteller.

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