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Aaron Bearden

Aaron Bearden
A graduate of Ball State, Aaron rejoins Frontstretch for his second season in 2016 following a successful year that included covering seven races and starting the popular "Two-Headed Monster" column in 2015. Now in his third year of covering motorsports, Aaron serves as an Assistant Editor for Frontstretch while also contributing to other popular sites including Speed51 and The Apex. He encourages you to come say hi when you see him at the track.

The 10: Plot Twist at Talladega Superspeedway

(Photo: Barry Cantrell / NKP)

Sunday’s Hellmann’s 500 proved to be one of the Chase’s biggest wild cards, much like fans and critics expected. However, the way it became a wild card was much different than anticipated. The Big One? Nope. Chasers crashing out? Not a one. Instead, it was two blown motors and a spirited battle …

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The 10: Closing in Kansas

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It was bound to happen, right? With two straight finishes outside of the top 30, Kevin Harvick entered Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 dropping in both the Chase Grid and our rankings. So, naturally, as Harvick has done for each of the past three seasons, he quickly returned to Victory Lane …

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Cool Down: Who Can Burst the Bubble?

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With the first two races of the Round of 12 complete, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series field is gearing up for the Chase’s wild-card track: Talladega Superspeedway. In typical Chase fashion, some drivers are more desperate than others. Two of the 12 playoff contenders can rest easy. Jimmie Johnson’s triumphant …

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Sebastien Bourdais Confirmed at Dale Coyne Racing for 2017

While Coletti has struggled, teammate Sebastien Bourdais is in the midst of his best IndyCar season to date. (Photo: Joe Skibinski)

Sebastien Bourdais‘ rumored return to Dale Coyne Racing was officially announced on Wednesday, giving the organization their first confirmed driver for 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series ahead of a Thursday test. A four-time Champ Car champion, Bourdais first drove for DCR in 2011 after a brief stint in F1 and sports …

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Josef Newgarden Moves to Team Penske for 2017

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After two successful years with Ed Carpenter Racing, Josef Newgarden is set to step up to the Verizon IndyCar Series’ (VICS) top team in 2017. Team Penske announced today that the Tennessean will join the championship-winning organization next season, driving the team’s No. 2 Team Penske Chevrolet. Newgarden, who earned …

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Tony Stewart’s 2016 Season Still Successful Despite Early Chase Exit

(Photo: Brett Moist
NKP)

Tony Stewart’s elimination from the Chase after the Sunday’s Citizen Soldier 400 at Dover International Speedway confirmed that the veteran’s incredible 2011 title run will be his last. But yet, after the way Stewart’s last few seasons have gone, 2016 should still be looked upon fondly once the checkered flag …

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Josef Newgarden Confirmed Out at Ed Carpenter Racing

(Photo: Chris Jones/IndyCar)

Verizon IndyCar Series (VICS) fans aren’t quite sure where Josef Newgarden will drive come 2017, but we now know one thing for certain: It won’t be with Ed Carpenter Racing (ECR). ECR released a statement on Thursday confirming that Newgarden, 25, won’t be returning to the organization in 2017. No replacement driver …

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