The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 Bojangles Southern 500

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Erik Jones didn’t see the lead for the first time until there were under 100 laps to go, something that bodes well in a race where track conditions change. But to take the win, Jones had to battle Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson for the top …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: Only a Test for NASCAR?

#20: Erik Jones, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry Dewalt And #36: Matt Tifft, Front Row Motorsports, Ford Mustang Out West Express Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

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With a new racecar on the horizon for NASCAR, there has been plenty of talk and speculation about whether, and how, it will make the racing better for fans. That’s a great conversation to have, but first, there has to be a conversation about what went south in the first place. Why isn’t the racing …

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The Frontstretch 5: Big Pieces to the Silly Season Puzzle

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The first big piece to the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series silly season puzzle was dislodged last week with the announcement that Matt DiBenedetto would not return to the No. 95 at Leavine Family Racing despite a career year for both driver and team. And while it’s likely that Christopher Bell will fall into …

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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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