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The Frontstretch 5: NASCAR Moments Never Forgotten

NASCAR Xfinity Series action at Pocono Raceway, 2017 Photo: NKP

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1. A fitting tribute In July 1993 I was about to take a week’s vacation that centered around that weekend’s Pocono Cup race. In fact, on the way home I stopped at the corner Texaco to fill up my truck and dirt bikes for the trip and while there picked up a newly released diecast …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Brendan Gaughan Breaks Down Talladega

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In the latest episode of the 2018 Frontstretch Podcast, we review a wild weekend of restrictor plate racing at Talladega Superspeedway with Dustin Albino, Mike Neff, Zach Catanzareti and driver of the No. 62 Beard Motorsports Chevrolet, Brendan Gaughan. Joey Logano led a race-high 70 laps in Sunday’s Geico 500 at Talladega en route to his first victory in 36 races. …

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2-Headed Monster: Is It Time For A New Restrictor-Plate Rules Package?

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If it is broke, fix it. Talladega Superspeedway has a reputation as a wild, unpredictable place where anything can, and usually does, happen. This reputation comes from years of photo finishes and four-wide dashes to the finish line. The grandstands were adequately full on Sunday, and I bet those folks were expecting another classic to …

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Pace Laps: Busy But Sad Week for Racing

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Joey Logano Finds Way Back to Victory Lane – It’s hard to believe that it took Joey Logano over one calendar year to earn another win … yet here we are. Caught in the middle between the young guns and veterans categories used to label drivers, especially this season, Logano …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Matt DiBenedetto Talks Racing at Richmond

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In the latest episode of the 2018 Frontstretch Podcast, we review a good, hard weekend of racing at Richmond Raceway with Dustin Albino, Mike Neff, Zach Catanzareti and driver of the No. 32 Go FAS Racing Ford Matt DiBenedetto. We also introduce a new sponsor, FanDuel, and a Frontstretch exclusive contest where you can win $300 and a $200 gift card from …

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2-Headed Monster: Should NASCAR Further Limit Cup Drivers In Its Lower Series?

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Names should be made here NASCAR touts its XFINITY  and Camping World Truck Series tours as places where the next group of stars comes from. The current drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series all participated in one — or in most cases, both —  prior to landing a seat at the top level. …

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2-Headed Monster: Who Fared Better, Kyle Busch or Hendrick Motorsports?

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How Did Hendrick Do in Comparison to Kyle Busch? (Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

It has been ten years since Hendrick Motorsports released Kyle Busch and signed Dale Earnhardt Jr. to replace him. Both HMS and Busch have seen a lot of success since the move, but who got the better of it? Rowdy Unleashed Busch is by far the winner of that deal. He made out like a …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Takeaways from Bristol

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

In the latest episode of the 2018 Frontstretch Podcast, we review a rather wet, yet intense weekend of action at Bristol Motor Speedway with Dustin Albino, Mike Neff and Zach Catanzareti. Kyle Busch used the ‘ole golden chrome to nudge Kyle Larson out of the way with six laps to go en route to his second consecutive victory. While the …

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Pace Laps: Rain Ratchets Up NASCAR Competition At Bristol

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Rain, Rain, Please Stay? The fact NASCAR wrested 204 laps out of Sunday’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway was a minor miracle. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event was faced with a 90 percent chance of precipitation during the day; the race itself went green nearly half an hour …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Big Money Day for Ryan Preece at Bristol

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Ryan Preece continues to cash in on betting on himself. The former Whelen Modified Tour champion won the Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday afternoon (April 14). It was Preece’s second victory since joining Joe Gibbs Racing for a part-time schedule last year. Preece also won the NASCAR XFINITY Series’ Dash …

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2018 Frontstretch Cup: Food City 500 Predictions

21-22 August, 2015, Bristol, Tennessee USA Kyle Busch, Skittles Toyota Camry Denny Hamlin, FedEx Ground Toyota Camry ©2015, Matthew T. Thacker NKP

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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 Cup race. This season, we are joined by Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Corey LaJoie. Think you can do better? Leave your picks in …

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2-Headed Monster: Should Cup Races Be Shorter?

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This week’s question that’s up for debate is one that’s hung around the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series for awhile now. Should 500-mile Cup races be shortened? Less Is More The number 500 has always held a special place in auto racing ever since automobiles started circling 2.5 miles of bricks in Indianapolis. Once NASCAR …

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