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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2018 Daytona 500

2018 Daytona Cup Daytona 500 Zach Catanzareti Denny Hamlin Darrell Wallace Jr.

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Before a multi-car pileup with a lap remaining, there were a couple of cars in the top 10, sometimes the top five, that fans don’t see there very often.  Matt DiBenedetto, driving for tiny Go FAS Racing, and Brendan Gaughan, driving for part-time owner Mark Beard, were looking …

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The Frontstretch 5: Big Questions as NASCAR Opens 2018

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1. Will the Camaro put Chevrolet back in the game? As a whole, Chevrolet teams struggled in 2017.  Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott carried the banner for the manufacturer, but this make wasn’t represented in the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.  The Camaro, which replaces the discontinued SS in the Cup Series this year, put …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2018 Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Daytona 500 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fl Usa Sunday 11 February 2018 Austin Dillon, Richard Childress Racing, Dow Chevrolet Camaro World Copyright: Nigel Kinrade Nkp

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Austin Dillon started on the pole and ran a competitive race.  He might have had a late run for the victory, in fact, had it not been derailed by a crash on track. Still, Dillon was able to finish a strong fifth.  He ran a smart, solid race, and …

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Holding A Pretty Wheel: The Myth of Winning Too Much

2017 Kansas Ii Cup Kyle Busch Jimmie Johnson John K Harrelson Nkp

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“I like Martin Truex Jr. and all, but I hope he doesn’t dominate like he did last year.  He won too much; it was boring.” This topic came up in a conversation during the offseason, where the racing talk turns to deeper discussion debating the finer points of the sport. As a philosophy, “winning too …

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NASCAR Top 10 Storylines 2017: Jimmie Johnson’s Fall from the Mountaintop

2017 Fontana Cup Jimmie Johnson Helmet Ruaty Jarrett Nkp

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There is one thing that no NASCAR driver, no matter how great, can avoid.  Astronomical talent, great equipment, the best people in the garage, jaw-dropping good luck all give way eventually to the one thing not even the best crew chef can engineer away. Time. No driver is immune to the advancing of years, the …

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The Frontstretch 5: Ways to Say Goodbye

Cup 2017 Homestead Zach Catanzareti Dale Earnhardt Jr. Matt Kenseth

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1. Dale Earnhardt Jr. More than 15 years after being thrust into NASCAR’s brightest spotlight after the untimely death of his father, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has grown up and come into his own. He connected with fans in a way that’s become increasingly rare in sports: as a genuine, relatable person.  His Southern drawl and …

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Friday Faceoff: Who Gets It Done at Homestead?

2016 Kansas I Cup Martin Truex Jr Dale Earnhardt Jr Brett Moist Nkp

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After the dust cleared at Phoenix, it will be Martin Truex, Jr., Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski duking it out for the championship at Homestead.  Who takes home the trophy? Amy Henderson: Truex is ready to close it out and has the car to do it.  And if anyone else does win it, …

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The Frontstretch 5: Thoughts at the White Flag

2017 Kansas Ii Cup Dale Earnhardt Jr Helmet Russell Labounty Nkp

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1. One more time around It doesn’t seem so terribly long ago that we were a few days out from Daytona, with a whole year of promise ahead. In the grand scheme of things, it wasn’t terribly far in the past, but suddenly, irreversibly, the days have grown cold as autumn blends into winter with …

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The Underdog House: Small NASCAR Teams Still Fighting Hard

2017 Kansas I Cup Aric Almirola Russell Labounty Nkp

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Think Small With just one race to go in 2017, it’s been a mixed bag of a season for the sport’s smaller teams.  Furniture Row Racing has set the gold standard for them. It’s taken a one-car, outsider organization to the top echelon of NASCAR’s elite teams within five years. That’s a model others can …

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The Frontstretch 5: Things NASCAR Fans Deserve

Cup Action Kyle Busch Leading Way

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1. Authentic racing Why did the recent race at Martinsville Speedway have people talking?  Because it was uncontrived. Say what you want about stages; if they change the way you ultimately watch a race, you might be looking for something that’s really not there. Even with the stages, what went down was created completely by …

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The Frontstretch 5: Ingredients to a Real NASCAR Rivalry

2017 Kansas Ii Cup Denny Hamlin Barry Cantrell Nkp

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1. Differences Since the dawn of NASCAR, the sport has thrived on rivalries. Donnie Allison and Cale Yarborough; Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt; David Pearson and Richard Petty. Many say these types of exciting rivalries been missing in recent years. But a rivalry doesn’t just start overnight, or with one incident, and it doesn’t end …

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The Underdog House: Small NASCAR Teams Thrive At Short Tracks

2017 Nascar Monster Energy Cup Series, New Hampshire

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Cup Series racing at Martinsville is about survival and persistence. The on-track action always ruffles some feathers, best evidenced by the late-race incident between alpha dogs Denny Hamlin and Chase Elliott. What was happening between Kevin Harvick and Ryan Blaney served as the consolation sideshow. PETERS: What Happens Now For Hamlin & Elliott? But at Underdog …

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