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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race

2019 Daytona I CUP Jimmie Johnson helmet NKP

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Denny Hamlin won the race the right way by tracking down the leader with fewer than 15 laps to go and passing him cleanly to take the lead and eventually the win. After starting the weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway by winning the pole, Hamlin was in …

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The Frontstretch 5: Things Nobody Should Say About NASCAR

2016 NSCS - Cup Field Chicagoland Brett Moist NKP

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Racing and speculation go hand in hand. From Silly Season to history lessons, part of what’s fun about NASCAR (and life, for that matter), is thinking about the “what ifs” and the “well, but what abouts.”  Debate keeps fans engaged in the sport in ways that reach beyond the track. But there are some debates …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 Consumers Energy 400

2019 Phoenix I CUP Chris Buescher NKP

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Once again, Kevin Harvick showed why he’s called The Closer, getting it done when it counted to win the Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway for the second year in a row in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. This time, Harvick had enough speed …

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The Frontstretch 5: Winless Drivers Who Could Squeeze One In Before the Playoffs

2019 Daytona I CUP Erik Jones NKP

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Summer in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series has been a diverse one in terms of winners. The last nine races have featured nine different faces in victory lane, which is great for the sport, sponsors and fans. But there are plenty of drivers without wins so far this season (and for some, ever). With …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 GoBowling at the Glen

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? If you were suffering from déjà vu during the final laps at Watkins Glen International on Sunday, you probably aren’t alone. One year ago, Chase Elliott battled Martin Truex Jr. to the checkers for his first career win and Sunday, they did it all over again in …

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The Frontstretch 5: Unlikely NASCAR Storylines Unfolding in 2019

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If fans’ main gripe with NASCAR in recent years is that it’s too predictable, this year is providing some relief. There are some unexpected storylines floating around out there that weren’t predicted prior to the start of the season. With the year just past the halfway mark, the stories are still unfolding, and what could …

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The Frontstretch 5: Largest NASCAR Cup Victory Margins of 2019 To Date

2019 Loudon MENCS Martin Truex, Jr Face Nigel Kinrade Photography

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

What makes a good race? That question was posed last week in this column, and one thing our staff agreed on was that a close finish is one thing that makes a race memorable. Everyone remembers the 2003 Southern 500 because the finish was the closest in the Cup Series to date. And as we …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 Foxwoods Resort Casino 301

2019 Loudon MENCS Matt DiBenedetto Car Nigel Kinrade Photography

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who…should you be talking about after the race? Kevin Harvick won at New Hampshire Motor Speedway a year ago, making it his sixth victory of 2018.  He’d go on to win twice more, at Michigan and Texas. But he hadn’t seen the winner’s circle since. That changed on Sunday, when he repeated last year’s feat, outdueling …

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Holding A Pretty Wheel: Could A Step Back Move NASCAR Forward?

2019 Michigan I CUP Kyle BUsch pack racing NKP

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NASCAR returns to my home track in New Hampshire this weekend. The stands won’t be packed full, sold out with a waiting list, but I remember when they were. NASCAR was swelling, and maybe even then riding for a fall. What happened in between is well-documented: the fad ended, and in an attempt to keep …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 Quaker State 400

2019 Daytona I CUP Chris Buescher NKP

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Kurt Busch flat outdrove his brother to take the win in the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Motor Speedway on Saturday night. Kyle Busch ran up on him to stop his momentum and gave the No. 1 a wicked tire rub, but the 2004 Monster Energy NASCAR …

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The Frontstretch 5: Improbable Cup Finishes

2016 Pocono II CUP Chris Buescher champagne Logan Whitton NKP

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1. Chris Buescher, 2016 Pennsylvania 400 In August 2016, weather also played a role and forced an early ending. But the track wasn’t wet, and there wasn’t lightning in play. So what was? Fog. It looks like something out of a movie. Fog so heavy that drivers couldn’t see the track and spotters couldn’t see …

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