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Holding A Pretty Wheel: Nothing but Gratitude and Hope for Brighter Days… and Racing

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We’ve come a long, long way in NASCAR in terms of safety. But on the last lap of the Daytona 500 (and those words already have a loaded meaning, don’t they?) on Monday night (Feb. 17), the racing world witnessed a horrific reminder of both how far we’ve come and how not a day can …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2020 Daytona 500

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Who … should you be talking about after the race? Denny Hamlin cemented his place as NASCAR’s top dog on superspeedways with his third career.Daytona 500 win and second in a row. He edged Ryan Blaney by just .014 seconds to take the checkered flag. But there was little time for Hamlin to celebrate. By …

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The Frontstretch 5: Storylines to Watch in NASCAR 2020

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1. What will we see from the seventh generation race car? That’s going to be the question hanging over the season, no matter what kind of racing we see, because it has the potential to change everything. We’ve had a couple of brief glimpses so far, and each was a bit different than the others …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2020 Busch Clash

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? With just six cars still running at the end of the 2020 Busch Crash — er, Clash — at Daytona International Speedway, it was Erik Jones getting by Ryan Newman with a little help from his friend Denny Hamlin to take the win and the bragging rights …

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2019 NASCAR Top Storylines: One Last Time Around for Jimmie Johnson

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Time slides by as silently as winter and as quickly as a moment, and only after it has passed do we really take notice. As NASCAR enters 2020, just one full-time NASCAR Cup Series driver once raced against Dale Earnhardt. Those who have come onto the scene in the last couple of years never raced …

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2019 NASCAR Top Storylines: The Pay-to-Play Trend

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Money buys a lot of things in NASCAR. It buys speed, or at least the parts and pieces to make speed happen. It buys alliances between teams that can also lead to more speed. It buys advertising time that gets sponsors and drivers exposure. Money also buys rides. It’s a trend that has been on …

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Holding A Pretty Wheel: Evolution, Part III

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Whispers and wails of change in NASCAR are everywhere in the air. There’s no shelter from the winds of change to those within the sport, and truth be told, they have blown ceaselessly for a long time now. But what if the sport isn’t the only thing that has changed? Our world has changed, our …

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Holding A Pretty Wheel: NASCAR Evolution, Part II

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Whispers and wails of change in NASCAR are everywhere in the air. There’s no shelter from the winds of change to those within the sport, and truth be told, they have blown ceaselessly for a long time now. But what if the sport isn’t the only thing that has changed? Our world has changed, our …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: Evolution, Part I

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Whispers and wails of change in NASCAR are everywhere in the air. There’s no shelter from the winds of change to those within the sport, and truth be told, they have blown ceaselessly for a long time now. But what if the sport isn’t the only thing that has changed? Our world has changed, our …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 Ford EcoBoost 400

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Who…should you be talking about after the race? Kyle Busch is a two-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion, winning the Ford EcoBoost 400 easily ahead of Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Martin Truex Jr. with a margin of victory of over four seconds. Truex had a better car, but Busch took the night, and the …

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The Frontstretch 5: Point Systems NASCAR Has Tried … & One It Should

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1. Show me the money Early on, it was all about prize money. Simply put, the more a race paid, the more points it was worth. The exact way points were awarded varied slightly, but for the first 20 years, winning the biggest races was worth the most points. At one point, finishing 25th in a …

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