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Friday Faceoff: Which Track Will Go Down As Jimmie Johnson’s Best?


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The Next Gen car in the NASCAR Cup Series will feature a single lug nut to be removed during pit stops. Is this a positive move, and what impact will it have? Adam Cheek: I’m very in the middle. It’s positive in that there’s less of a chance for loose wheels to be an issue, since …

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Friday Faceoff: Is the Bounty on Kyle Busch a Good Thing?

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Denny Hamlin’s NASCAR Cup Series win at Daytona International Speedway is the only finish better than 15th for Toyota after two races. Is it too early to hit the panic button? Adam Cheek: Yes, way too early. A couple races in — one a superspeedway race with a few massive crashes and Las Vegas Motor Speedway, …

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Friday Faceoff: Is Denny Hamlin One of the All-Time Greats?

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Given the situation, who is the right choice to fill in the No. 6 car in the NASCAR Cup Series while Ryan Newman is recovering? Amy Henderson: I like the driver RFR went with, Ross Chastain. He’s shown that with good equipment, he can be racy and he can finish well for the team this weekend. …

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Pace Laps: Rain Delays Daytona 500, Noah Gragson Makes Statement in Xfinity Series

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NASCAR Cup Series: Mother Nature Postpones Daytona 500 Before the green flag even had a chance to fly, a small rain shower delayed the start of the 62nd annual Daytona 500 Sunday afternoon (Feb. 16) briefly. Once the track was dry, drivers took the green flag but only ran 20 laps before more rain stopped …

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Friday Faceoff: Who Needs to Win the Daytona 500 the Most?

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#2: Brad Keselowski, Team Penske, Ford Mustang Discount Tire

The NASCAR Cup Series’ Busch Clash ended with more cars sitting damaged in the garage than racing on the track. Is there a need to change anything about the event? Amy Henderson: I’m not sure the event is necessary at all, but if the teams want to keep it, that’s OK. At least most of the …

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Pace Laps: Who Needs to Race into 2020 Daytona 500

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NASCAR Cup Series: Justin Haley, Brendan Gaughan Lock Into Daytona 500; Daniel Suarez Must Race In Two drivers can breathe a huge sigh of relief while five others will have sleepless nights leading into Thursday. Justin Haley and Brendan Gaughan will compete in the Daytona 500 next Sunday. The two drivers turned the fastest laps, …

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2020 NASCAR Cup Series Preseason Power Rankings


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For the first time here at Frontstretch, our staff banded together to vote on who it thinks will be the top drivers of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season in a preseason power rankings format. Each participating staff member sent a 30-driver ranking before the beginning of the season, taking into account not only 2019 successes …

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‘Lewis Hamilton’s the Best Racer That’s Ever Been:’ Eddie Irvine Speaks Out

Lewis Hamilton at the USGP

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Editor’s Note: This article is posted in collaboration with Betway, an outside sponsorship client. The opinions and information contained within do not necessarily represent Frontstretch and its staff. 54-year-old Eddie Irvine has seen it all in Formula One, piling up four wins and 26 podium finishes during a career that spanned over a decade. A …

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Friday Faceoff: Did Kyle Busch Have a Championship-Caliber Season?


Did Kyle Busch have a championship-caliber Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season? Matt McLaughlin: Yes; his second title was more legitimate than the first one. I’m still a fan of a champion being crowned for a full season’s worth of points, but that’s not how the rulebook reads anymore. Kyle Busch‘s second half of the season …

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Pace Laps: Kyle Busch Seals Legacy, Tyler Reddick & Matt Crafton Take Home Championships

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Kyle Busch’s Second Title Changes His Legacy Denny Hamlin had Michael Jordan in his corner. Kevin Harvick had every resource at Stewart-Haas Racing. Martin Truex Jr. had the most time to prepare and the most wins on the Cup circuit this season (seven). Kyle Busch had a 21-race winless streak …

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Friday Faceoff: Is ISM Raceway a Better Finale Venue Than Homestead?


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Is moving the NASCAR championship races from Homestead-Miami Speedway to ISM Raceway beginning in 2020 an improvement, downgrade or lateral move? Adam Cheek: Lateral move. I preferred the championship being at a track the series only visits once per year, but I enjoy ISM and think it’s a decent venue for the season finale. There are …

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Weekend Racing Roundup: Denny Hamlin, Justin Allgaier & Stewart Friesen Conquer ISM Raceway

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Denny Hamlin Conquers His Demons Denny Hamlin has built a career living off emotion. The highs have been incredible: two Daytona 500s, two Southern 500s and an eight-win season in 2010. His 37 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victories are the most of any active driver without a championship. But …

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