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NASCAR Mailbox: Who Has Impressed, Disappointed Thus Far in 2017?

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The 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season has seen it’s fair share of winners and losers thus far. 10 races into the 36-race season, there have been a handful of surprises as well as disappointments. One of those surprises found victory lane this past weekend at Talladega Superspeedway in Ricky Stenhouse Jr. as well …

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The Big 6: Questions After 2017 GEICO 500

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Who… gets the shoutout of the race? Jamie McMurray. He’s been known throughout his career as a guy who has a knack for winning the big races and excels on restrictor plate tracks. A Daytona 500 win in 2010 and a July victory at the World Center of Racing in 2007, plus two Talladega Superspeedway wins …

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2-Headed Monster: Does it Matter that Travis Pastrana is Back?

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This week’s Fronstretch debate question: Travis Pastrana will return to NASCAR competition later this season, as he will run the No. 45 Chevrolet Silverado for Niece Motorsports in the Camping World Truck Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on September 30. Will Pastrana’s comeback be good for the sport, or will it ultimately have a negative/no …

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Christopher Bell to Run Partial XFINITY Series Schedule For Joe Gibbs Racing

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Joe Gibbs Racing announced Monday afternoon that 22-year-old Christopher Bell will dip his toes into the XFINITY Series, running seven races on a part-time basis for JGR this season. The three-time winner and current NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points leader will make his season debut later this month in the No. 18 Toyota Camry on …

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2-Headed Monster: When to Retire?

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

This week’s Fronstretch debate question: Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced he will retire at the conclusion of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. He also once said he planned on talking with team owner Rick Hendrick about a contract extension past 2017, but told Mr. Hendrick of his decision on March 29. Should drivers ultimately …

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2-Headed Monster: Alonso’s Indy 500 Decision

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This week’s Fronstretch debate question: McLaren driver and Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso recently announced he would forgo competing in the Monaco Grand Prix on Memorial Day weekend and compete in the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 instead. This will be his first career start in the IndyCar Series. Is Fernando Alonso making the right …

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