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Matt Crafton and Dalton Sergeant Top CWTS Practices at Charlotte

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Noah Gragson may be of the hottest young drivers in NASCAR right now, but he spent the first Camping World Truck Series practice session at Charlotte Motor Speedway chasing series veterans.  Two-time CWTS champion Matt Crafton led the way with a top speed of 181.129.MPH.  The 2016 Champ Johnny Sauter was second with a fast lap …

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The Frontstretch 5: Changes That Could Make NASCAR’s All-Star Race More Relevant

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1. The venue The All-Star Race has been held at Charlotte Motor Speedway for many years, and quite a few fans feel that it’s time for a change. Is it? From the fans’ point of view, sure. Charlotte doesn’t produce a lot of door-to-door racing anymore, and moving the race around would give more fans …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2018 KC Masterpiece 400

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? For a small team, finishing in the top 10 at Talladega Superspeedway is a great showing, but such performance is a lot more likely at a restrictor-plate track than at an intermediate, where aerodynamics rule the day and speed comes with a premium price tag. For a struggling …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: An Open Letter to Whomever Ends Up Owning NASCAR

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To NASCAR’s future purchaser: Congratulations on your acquisition.  You have an exciting time in store for you, and I wish you the best of luck in your new endeavor. Your position is somewhat unenviable; our sport has come to a crossroads in recent years.  It’s grown exponentially, changed immensely and fallen on hard times.  But …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2018 AAA 400 Drive for Autism

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Kyle Busch’s drivetrain failed in dramatic fashion.  Erik Jones never found his mojo.  Denny Hamlin was fast, finishing seventh, but he wasn’t the fastest Joe Gibbs Racing driver Sunday.  That driver was Daniel Suarez, who quietly put together a career-best third-place finish, his first top 5 on an …

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The Frontstretch 5: Winless Drivers in 2018 Who Can Turn It Around at Dover

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1. Kyle Larson While Larson has yet to score a Cup win at Dover International Speedway, he has led 463 laps at the 1-mile oval.  That’s good for sixth among all active drivers, and Larson has done it in just eight races—that’s between eight and 26 fewer races than anyone else in the top 10 …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2018 GEICO 500

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? While David Ragan was putting on a restrictor-plate driving clinic, he’s strong enough that it’s almost expected that he’ll run well. He finished sixth for a Front Row Motorsports team which rarely cracks the top 20. Less expected was the strong run of another driver, who, while his …

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The Frontstretch 5: Thoughts on Kenseth, Bayne, and a Few Other Things

1. How much magic will there be? Once upon a time, Matt Kenseth and Roush Fenway Racing made a lot of magic together. 24 of Kenseth’s 39 Cup wins came in a Roush Ford, along with his 2003 title, which is often (unfairly) maligned as the title run that forced the playoff system on the …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2018 Toyota Owners 400

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Daytona 500 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fl Usa Sunday 11 February 2018 Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, Napa Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro And Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports, Lowe's For Pros Chevrolet Camaro World Copyright: Nigel Kinrade Nkp

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? The knock on Jimmie Johnson has long been that his cars were better than the driver was. This year, he’s proving the opposite to be true. Johnson finished sixth after being mired in the 20s in the first half of the race.  It wasn’t the result that commanded …

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The Frontstretch 5: Hard NASCAR Questions

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1. What happened to loyalty? It seems like loyalty in NASCAR is becoming a thing of the past as a changing business model takes effect. At least to the naked eye, drivers seem to be the most loyal of the driver-team-sponsor triumvirate. You don’t see drivers walking out all that often in comparison to teams …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2018 Food City 500

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Who…gets my shoutout of the race? Still don’t think Darrell Wallace Jr. is the real deal?  Were you watching Monday? Wallace’s 16th-place finish is absolutely not indicative of the day he had, at one point powering his No. 43 past the likes of Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski. That put him up front where he …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: NASCAR All-Star Format Falls Flat

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So, this All-Star Race. NASCAR released the format for its All-Star event next month, and well, color me a bit underwhelmed. Two things went down: a change to the rules package for the cars and another to the format of the race itself. Let’s talk about the cars first.  NASCAR is adding a significantly taller …

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