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Pace Laps: Brad Keselowski’s Great Escape, Kevin Harvick Turns On Heat & “Magic”

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Sprint Cup Series: Keselowski’s Great Escape – Brad Keselowski up to this point has been the forgotten man in the Team Penske duo these days. With Joey Logano victorious in February’s Daytona 500, Keselowski has had a decent season by comparison but still seemed a step behind. He had zero top-five finishes entering Sunday in comparison to his teammate’s …

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Friday Faceoff: Ratings, Relevance & NASCAR Surprises

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1) NASCAR’s TV ratings suffered a year-to-year decline for the first time last week. Just a month ago, they were up significantly over 2014. Is this a sign the new rules package has failed to deliver, the sport’s recent momentum is declining or is it really nothing to worry about? Phil Allaway, Editor: I definitely …

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Pace Laps: The Crazy Crash Edition

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Xfinity Series: Cup Series Dominance Continues – Nothing could stop Joey Logano from winning at Phoenix on Saturday. Nothing. The unstoppable Team Penske No. 22 car has been in the top five for each race this year, and it has three straight finishes of first or second. But what is so remarkable about Logano’s feat in the …

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Friday Faceoff: Dissecting Stewart, A Path Forward For Kurt And Chase Waivers

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1) We’ve seen multiple instances this season of NASCAR granting “Chase waivers” for drivers who have missed races for both medical and off-track reasons. But where should the line on those waivers be drawn? How many races should a driver be allowed to miss before they’re permanently considered Chase ineligible? Matt McLaughlin, Senior Writer: Keep it …

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Pace Laps: Closers, Childress, And Generation Next

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Cup: Harvick Closing The Deal – So far this season, Hendrick engines and chassis have been out front with NASCAR’s new rules changes. Jeff Gordon won the most laps at Daytona, Jimmie Johnson won Atlanta and for a time it was Johnson, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Kasey Kahne running 1-2-3 in Las Vegas. For whatever reason, Stewart-Haas Racing has not experienced the same …

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2015 Frontstretch Cup: Staff Predictions for Las Vegas

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Welcome to our eighth year of staff predictions! Each week, our experts attempt to tell you who the winner of each Cup race will be. Take a look to see who your favorite writers think will win it all (or at least score some points) this week! Think you can out-prognosticate our staff? Leave your …

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Friday Faceoff: New Rules, Qualifying Crisis and Roush’s Rough Start

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1) Those involved in the sport had mixed reviews about the new rules, including the driver track bar adjustment in the first weekend of unrestricted racing. Do you think the competition we saw at a 1.5-mile oval was better, worse, or about the same as we saw in 2014? Why? Tom Bowles, Editor-In-Chief: I thought the …

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Pace Laps: Harvick’s XFINITY Awesomeness, Crafton’s Continuation, and More

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XFINITY: Harvick continues Atlanta Dominance; Young Guns Shine – Three straight wins seems rather wild, but Kevin Harvick has been on an unbelievable tear over the past two and a half years. Harvick won his third straight race at Atlanta, and did so in dominating fashion once again. Though Joey Logano seemingly had the strongest car throughout …

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2015 Frontstretch Cup: Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Staff Predictions

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Welcome to our eighth year of staff predictions! Each week, our experts attempt to tell you who the winner of each Cup race will be. Take a look to see who your favorite writers think will win it all (or at least score some points) this week! Think you can out-prognosticate our staff? Leave your …

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Friday Faceoff: Super Subs, Turnarounds & Lasting Impressions

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1. After Kyle Busch’s injury last week at Daytona, David Ragan was named the interim driver of the No. 18 until Busch is able to return.  Was Ragan the right choice for the role? Mark Howell, Senior Writer:  I believe David Ragan was a good choice to sub for Kyle Busch. The guy’s been in …

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Friday Faceoff: The Kurt Busch Decision, Danica vs. Denny, and Welcome XFINITY

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1) In light of this week’s protective order involving Kurt Busch, one in which a Kent County Commissioner ruled Busch committed an act of domestic violence… should he be allowed to race on Sunday? Why or why not?  Tom Bowles, Editor-In-Chief: NASCAR’s hand was forced. For months, they’ve seemingly tried to ignore making a decision …

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Friday Faceoff: 2015 NASCAR Season Preview

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Welcome to Friday Faceoff! What do you get when you take some hot-button NASCAR topics and hand them over to our dedicated and… er, opinionated staff? A little disagreement and a whole lot of thought-provoking insight! Check out this week’s edition to see what everyone is arguing… um, we mean, discussing this week! 1) Stewart-Haas Racing …

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