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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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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 Coke Zero Sugar 400

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? NASCAR giveth and NASCAR taketh away.  A year ago, a questionable boundary line call cost Justin Haley his first career NASCAR Xfinity Series win when he was disqualified at Daytona International Speedway. This time, the call went the other way, with Haley being declared the race winner …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 Toyota/SaveMart 350

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Martin Truex Jr. certainly has Sonoma Raceway figured out. With his third win in the last seven races at the California road course, Truex is now the winningest active driver and — thanks to a change in track layout — the only current driver to win …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: Your Cheatin’ Heart

2017 Phoenix Ii Cup Pack Racing Matthew T Thacker Nkp

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When NASCAR announced that teams who failed postrace inspection would face disqualification, forfeiting even a race win, it was well-received among race fans.  Many have called for years for stiffer penalties for bending the rules, and rightfully so.  Fans deserve to know that the winner of a race did so in a legal car. So, …

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The Frontstrech 5: Questions to Ask as NASCAR Summer Heats Up

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1. Can anyone break the Joe Gibbs Racing-Team Penske stranglehold on the Cup Series? Last year it was Stewart-Haas Racing, JGR and its satellite Furniture Row Racing stealing the show. Fast forward a year and it’s the same story, team as Penske has taken over the top of the Ford mountain from SHR for the …

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The Frontstretch 5: Drivers Due for a Win in 2019

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Through 15 races in the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, we have seen many different drivers break through, fade away, or routinely come close without being able to seal the deal. If you’ve watched racing for any amount of time, you know that once a driver starts routinely running and finishing in the …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 Pocono 400

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Who…should you be talking about after the race? Kyle Busch made it look a lot easier than it was, and at times the driver of the No. 18 gambled with the track position that’s so precious at Pocono, but in the end, it was the same ending to a different story as Busch won his fourth …

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The Frontstretch 5: Closest NASCAR Cup Finishes in 2019

#2: Brad Keselowski, Team Penske, Ford Mustang Wurth Wins The Digital Ally 400 Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

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1. Daytona 500: margin of victory 0.138 seconds When looking at the closest finishes of any season, it’s no surprise that a superspeedway race, with its tight pack racing, tops the list. Talladega ended under caution, so it does not show up here. Denny Hamlin beat teammate Kyle Busch to the line by about a …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 Coca-Cola 600

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Martin Truex Jr. dominated the Coca-Cola 600 in 2016, leading 392 of 400 laps en route to the win. The sailing wasn’t as smooth this time around, and it included a brush with the wall after a tire issue early. Plus, there were several battles for …

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Justin Allgaier is Looking Forward to a Summer Battle

Justin Allgaier prepares to run a NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Charlotte Motor Speedway, May 2019. Photo: NKP

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Justin Allgaier is off to a comparatively slow start in 2019 coming off a career year in 2018 in which he won five times and led more than 700 laps. The driver of the JR Motorsports No. 7 Hellman’s Mayonnaise Chevrolet has yet to win this season but posted a season-best second-place result on Saturday …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: Choosing NASCAR’s Chosen

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After the hundreds of men and women who have flowed through NASCAR like so much water over the decades, it all comes down to five. After considering the 25 nominees, each year, the NASCAR Hall of Fame selection panel chooses just five to represent the sport inside those hallowed walls each year. Drivers, crew chiefs, …

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