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Holding a Pretty Wheel: Choosing NASCAR’s Chosen

2017 Kansas I Cup Tony Stewart Barry Cantrell Nkp

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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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The Frontstretch 5: Ways to Win a NASCAR Race

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

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1. Complete domination There are many ways to win in NASCAR, and not every race produces the one everyone wants to see. Take a race like Martin Truex Jr. had three years ago this coming weekend, in the 2016 Coca-Cola 600. Truex led 392 of 400 laps.  There were actually nine lead changes in that race, …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 Monster Energy All-Star Race

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Kyle Larson had more track time than any other driver on Saturday night, winning the third and final stage of the Open to make the All-Star event. From there, Larson raced smart, biding his time but racing aggressively enough that he was able to take advantage of a …

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The Frontstretch 5: Tracks That Should Host the NASCAR All-Star Race

2016 Martinsville I Matt Kenseth Pack Racing Matthew T Thacker Nkp

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1. Martinsville Just two hours from the teams’ home base, the closest option outside of Charlotte Motor Speedway, NASCAR’s oldest track invites the type of racing fans want to see from a race where there is nothing but pride on the line. It’s a track where drivers can root and shove and use the bumper …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 Digital Ally 400

#14: Clint Bowyer, Stewart Haas Racing, Ford Mustang Haas Automation Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Brad Keselowski only led twice for a total of 12 laps Saturday night at Kansas Speedway, but he made the second time count, beating a determined Alex Bowman to the checkered flag by a mere .203 seconds. Keselowski took the lead for the final time with a …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 GEICO 500

#9: Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Mountain Dew / Little Caesar’s, Celebrates After Winning At Talladega Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Chase Elliott led the most laps (44) on Sunday, but more importantly, he led the one that counted. It wasn’t necessarily a dominant performance. In fact, 15 different drivers led at some point, and Elliott accumulated his laps led in four separate stints. What Elliott did exactly …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: Getting to the Point(s) with NASCAR

Nascar Champions Portraits

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Earlier this week, I wrote that one thing NASCAR needs as the sport enters a new television contract is a more meaningful championship. The current format has left a lot of fans frustrated, because the championship feels somehow less than it used to, especially in the last few years, when it comes down to one …

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The Frontstretch 5: Meaningful Changes that Could Turn the Tide for NASCAR

2019 Phoenix I Cup Jimmie Johnson Pack Racing Nkp

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1. Allow innovation Sometimes, less is more, and when it comes to NASCAR’s extensive rule book, there are areas where that’s definitely the case. No, NASCAR doesn’t need to go to a “run what you brung” free-for-all, but opening up some areas, like suspensions and gears, would allow teams to find things that work for …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After NASCAR’s First 9 Races of 2019

2019 Las Vegas I Cup Kyle Busch Nkp

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Who… should you be talking about so far? Kyle Busch is certainly making himself the early title favorite for 2019. With a series-leading three wins so far, Busch has a solid 20-point buffer over second place in points and an eye-popping average finish of 3.9.  Busch and teammate Denny Hamlin are the only drivers to finish …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 Toyota Owners 400

2019 Atlanta Cup Ryan Newman Nkp

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Martin Truex Jr. scored his first 2019 win, but more surprising is that it was also his first ever Cup win on a track less than one mile. That’s right, in 80 short-track tries, he came up empty.  The 81st time was the charm for Truex, who …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 Food City 500

2019 Bristol Zach Catanzareti Cup Kurt Busch

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Defending race winner and active Bristol Motor Speedway win leader Kyle Busch suffered damage in a chain-reaction crash on the initial start of the race after starting 17th. Busch suffered damage to his car’s rear bumper after Ricky Stenhouse Jr. ran into him from behind.  Fortunately for …

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