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Friday Faceoff: Are Drivers Too Quick to Use the Bumper These Days?

Darlington Cup 2017 Jimmie Johnson Throwback Mike Neff

(Photo: Mike Neff)

Many racetracks have unique traditions for the winner. For example, the race winner at New Hampshire Motor Speedway holds up a live lobster in Victory Lane. What is your favorite Victory Lane tradition, prop or recurring celebration in racing? Bryan Gable: It’s not specific to one track, but I enjoy the Polish victory lap.  Alan …

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2 Headed Monster: Should NASCAR Intervene In Driver Feuds?

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

After Ricky Stenhouse Jr and Kyle Busch had a difference of opinion regarding their crash a couple of weeks ago in Daytona, it became apparent from both that the feud may not be over just yet. NBC analyst and former driver Kyle Petty stated that he felt NASCAR should step in to end the conflict …

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Pace Laps: Close But No Cigar In Toppling NASCAR’s Big 3

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Close But No Cigar I’m sure you’re sick of hearing the words Big Three unless you’re a Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch or Martin Truex Jr. fan. This trio, along with Clint Bowyer has won every points race this year outside of Daytona and Talladega. But Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, …

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2018 Frontstretch Cup: Foxwoods Resort Casino 301

2017 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series, New Hampshire

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Welcome to the 11th season of the Frontstretch Cup, a year-long competition in which the Frontstretch staff and guests from around the NASCAR world attempt to predict the winner of each Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. This season, we are joined by driver Corey LaJoie. Think you can do better? Leave your picks in the comments. How …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Jesse Little Reviews Cup Series Debut at Kentucky

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In the latest episode of the 2018 Frontstretch Podcast, we review a full weekend racing in the Bluegrass State with Dustin Albino, Mike Neff, Zach Catanzareti and Jesse Little, who made his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut at Kentucky Speedway. Martin Truex Jr. put on a clinic, leading a race-high 174 laps en route to his fourth victory of …

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2-Headed Monster: Should Practice Not Be Televised?

#21: Paul Menard, Wood Brothers Racing, Ford Fusion Menards / Sylvania Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Paul Menard pulling out of the garage (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

For years, NASCAR has televised almost all of its practice sessions, giving fans access to the entire weekend of festivities. But is this really necessary, and could the television networks use their resources to provide better race coverage without airing practice? That leads to this week’s question: Should television networks continue to televise the practices? …

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The Frontstretch 5: What Makes A Good Race

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(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

1. Real Rivalries A good race needs to combine close competition with a balanced field. Dominating performances are only fun for those who are fans of the dominant driver/team, so having a majority of cars capable of running well and challenging for the win (or at least a top five) seems ideal. The funny thing …

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Pace Laps: Martin Truex Jr.’s Dominance & An XFINITY Championship Preview

#20: Christopher Bell, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry Rheem, winner, victory NASCAR Xfinity Series

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Truex Trounces The Field Kentucky Speedway was simply the Martin Truex Jr. show. Leading 174 of 267 laps, his No. 78 Toyota was on cruise control most of Saturday night (July 14) in the Quaker State 400. Two-tire pit strategies, like on most repaves produced short-term boosts for drivers like …

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Frontstretch Podcast: JJ Yeley on What Makes an Underdog

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In the latest episode of the 2018 Frontstretch Podcast, we review the weekend of demolition derby style of racing at Daytona International Speedway with Dustin Albino, Mike Neff, Zach Catanzareti and JJ Yeley, who had a pair of top-20 finishes in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series races. Erik Jones picked up his first Cup Series …

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Pace Laps: Destruction & Heartbreak in Daytona

#2: Brad Keselowski, Team Penske, Ford Fusion Stars, Stripes, and Lites #22: Joey Logano, Team Penske, Ford Fusion Shell Pennzoil Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Team Penske’s Poor Performance Daytona’s Coke Zero Sugar 400 didn’t move the needle on restrictor plate racing. But for those who love it? The race got your heart pumping for the better part of four hours. There was a first-time winner, Erik Jones, who made a thrilling green-white-checkered pass on …

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2-Headed Monster: Should NASCAR Schedule Midweek Races?

2018 Las Vegas I CUP Denny Hamlin Rusty Jarrett NKP

(Photo: Rusty Jarrett/NKP)

Last week on the Dale Jr. Download, Denny Hamlin said that there have been discussions behind the scenes with NASCAR about adding midweek races to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule. That brings about this weekʻs question: should NASCAR add some races in the middle of the week, or should racing be exclusive to weekends? …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Corey LaJoie Talks Frantic Finish at Chicagoland

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In the latest episode of the 2018 Frontstretch Podcast, we review an action-packed weekend of racing at Chicagoland Speedway with Dustin Albino, Mike Neff, Zach Catanzareti and Corey LaJoie, driver of the No. 72 TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet. Kyle Busch took home his fifth checkered flag of the season on Sunday in the Windy City, but had to work for it in …

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