Driver vs. Driver Classic Matchups: Richard Petty vs. Dale Earnhardt

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Seven Cup titles. When Richard Petty won his seventh and final championship in 1979, it was easily a feat for the record books. No other driver had more than three. Dale Earnhardt was a rookie driver in 1979, brash and hungry but as yet unproven. In Driver vs. Driver, we take a look into the careers of …

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The Frontstretch 5: Things Still Uncertain as NASCAR Returns

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1. How Long the Season Will Last Even as the season restarts this Sunday (May 17), there are still questions as to how long it can really last. The shadow of COVID-19 still looms over the sport, and an outbreak in the garage could bring things grinding to a halt. There’s a lot at stake, …

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2-Headed Monster: Should NASCAR Shut Down if One Person Gets COVID-19?

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The COVID-19 pandemic is unlike anything we’ve seen in this lifetime. It has brought most businesses and the entire sports world to a complete halt. Eventually some sport was going to have to take the risk and be the first one to come back. While things will be very different when NASCAR returns on May …

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NASCAR 101: The Facts On A NASCAR 2020 Return From COVID-19

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It’s official: the NASCAR 2020 season is ending its two-month hiatus. The sport announced Thursday (April 30) they’ll lift their on-track suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic and get back to racing in all three of its top divisions by the end of May. Here’s all the details you need to know before the green …

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Turn Back the Clock: 2006 NASCAR Season, Part 1 of 7

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Casey Mears was going to decide the 2006 Daytona 500, that much was clear. On the white flag lap of a green-white-checkered finish to the Great American Race, Mears was running third, behind leader Jimmie Johnson and Ryan Newman as the pack broke up to race each other behind the front three. In front of …

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Kyle Larson Suspended Without Pay by Chip Ganassi Racing, NASCAR Following Racial Incident on iRacing

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Update (5 p.m. ET): NASCAR has indefinitely suspended Kyle Larson. “NASCAR has made diversity and inclusion a priority and will not tolerate the type of language used by Kyle Larson during Sundays iRacing event,” a NASCAR statement read. “Our member conduct guidelines are clear in this regard, and we will enforce these guidelines to maintain …

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The Frontstretch 5: Most Deserving of Inclusion in the NASCAR Hall of Fame

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The NASCAR Hall of Fame announced its list of nominees on Tuesday (April 7), and as usual, there was quite a list. This year’s group is headlined, perhaps, by Dale Earnhardt Jr., but who’s really most worthy of induction this time around? With new rules for election in place, two people from the modern era ballot …

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The Frontstretch 5: Good Reasons to Give eRacing a 2nd Look

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With racing of all kinds temporarily suspended, race fans find themselves with limited options. There are plenty of old races online, but the outcome is already a known entity. And then there’s eRacing. NASCAR has sanctioned multiple series since last year, and they already had a healthy audience. But the sport has enjoyed a bump …

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The Frontstretch 5: Things to Do Until Racing Comes Back

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Thanks to the fast-spreading COVID-19 virus, racing is on hold for a while. The fast cars will be back, but it’s a difficult and strange time for fans, trying to navigate a new world of grocery shortages and job uncertainty to go along with the health scare. The best thing we can all do right …

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The Frontstretch 5: Longest-Tenured NASCAR Cup Series Drivers

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It’s hard to survive in NASCAR’s top series. It’s success that usually breeds longevity, and the NASCAR Cup Series is rife with successful veteran drivers. Who’s been around the longest? Here are the five full-time Cup drivers whose careers began the longest ago. Due to the structure of the rules for rookies at the time, …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2020 Fan Shield 500

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Joey Logano’s heart probably sank lower with each late restart. He had the best car in the late going, but he had Phoenix master Kevin Harvick to contend with on the final restarts, and Harvick’s car was fast on short runs. Logano is one of the …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: NASCAR’s P-Word

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Parity. Is it a dirty word, or isn’t it? You certainly hear it a lot, tossed around in conversation, sometimes like a shining example of what racing should strive for, but sometimes more like a bug to be squashed before it gets too big. The truth is probably, as it so often really is, somewhere …

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