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Chase Elliott Comes From Behind to Win in Wild Gander Outdoors 400 Finish

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One year after learning how to lose at the Monster Mile, Chase Elliott found a way to win. Sunday’s (Oct. 7) Gander Outdoors 400 gave him that second chance. Elliott stayed out during a late-race caution for Clint Bowyer’s wreck and then hung on through two tense final restarts to win at Dover International Speedway. …

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Did You Notice?: New, 2019 NASCAR Rules Package Sign of Serious Shakeup Ahead

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Did You Notice? … Stock car racing threw a grenade into the garage with its redesigned 2019 NASCAR rules package? Between the ROVAL on Sunday (Sept. 30) and a laundry list of changes announced Tuesday, this sport feels like it’s suddenly reinventing itself. Most importantly, the new package removes the words restrictor plate from the Monster …

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Dear Frontstretch (and NASCAR) faithful, For 20 years, Frontstretch has thrived as an independent website focused on racing journalism. We pride ourselves on never allowing our sponsors to dictate our opinions or the topics we cover on a weekly basis. But like many media sites these days, we also need your help. In order to survive and compete in …

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Did You Notice?: Kyle Busch Is On Pace To Make More NASCAR History?

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Did You Notice? … Kyle Busch has hit 50 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victories? That number ties him for 11th all-time at just 33 years of age. So much has been made of Busch challenging Richard Petty’s record of 200 career wins when you compile his totals in all three major NASCAR series. He’s …

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Did You Notice?: Stage Points, Playoff Points Protect NASCAR Title Contenders

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Did You Notice? … How stage points, even on a driver’s worst day, can minimize the damage during the NASCAR playoffs? Brad Keselowski may have won the battle Sunday (Sept. 16) at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but it’s the Big Three whose efforts keep winning the war. It was a difficult day behind Keselowski for the trio …

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5 Points To Ponder: In The 2018 NASCAR Playoffs

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ONE: Should We Fast-Track The Big Three Straight To Homestead? Never in the five-year history of NASCAR’s 16-driver playoff format have we seen three wheelmen so far ahead of the pack. Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. start the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff as overwhelming favorites. They won 17 of …

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Did You Notice?: NASCAR’s Newest 4-Alarm Fire, Furniture Row

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Did You Notice? … The sport’s reigning NASCAR championship team won’t even exist in 2019? Tuesday’s announcement (Sept. 4) Furniture Row Racing will shut down this November should send chills down the spine of every racing owner. A sport that for years dealt with mounting financial wounds through indifference or simply covering them up suddenly had …

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Did You Notice?: BK Racing NASCAR Sale Underwhelming Compared To Other Sports

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Did You Notice? … How little a NASCAR sale of a charter is worth? After months of bids, a North Carolina court revealed the winning bid for BK Racing in bankruptcy court was $2.08 million. Front Row Motorsports will take over the charter and most other assets; two other teams purchased other, small portions to raise …

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Did You Notice?: The Odd NASCAR Career Of Jamie McMurray?

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Did You Notice? … Jamie McMurray’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career could be entering its final stages? Rumors broke this past weekend Kurt Busch could replace him in Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 1 car next season. Both drivers refused to comment extensively, but it’s been revealed McMurray is in the last year of his current deal. …

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Did You Notice?: NASCAR’s Eerie New Sound — Silence — Post-Brian France

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Did You Notice? … The eerie silence surrounding NASCAR’s executive offices right now? 36 hours after NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France announced a leave of absence, there’s nothing official to digest other than a tersely worded, two-line statement installing Jim France as the sport’s interim CEO. Driving under the influence and possession of a controlled …

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Did You Notice?: A Historic Level Of NASCAR Dominance By A Select Few

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Did You Notice? … The degree to which the Big Three have dominated the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series? Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. have now won a whopping 16 of 21 races thus far. That’s 76 percent of the total and the trio shows no sign of slowing down. Just how rare is …

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5 Points to Ponder: Scary Darrell Wallace Wreck Nothing New for Pocono

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ONE: Pocono Raceway’s Hard Wrecks NASCAR nation breathed a sigh of relief when Darrell Wallace Jr. emerged unscathed from a scary Pocono wreck Sunday (July 29). But those gasps? They’re nothing new at a triangular-shaped track known for hard crashes. In a different era, this race ended Bobby Allison’s career when the Hall-of-Famer blew a tire …

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