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Denny Hamlin Won the Battle in Daytona, Now Can He Win the War?

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It’s been a good week to be Denny Hamlin. The Virginian has spent the past few days soaking the glitz and glamour of a Daytona 500 victory. Hamlin added to his legacy with a second appearance on the Harley J. Earl trophy last Sunday, bolstering his NASCAR Hall of Fame bid in the process. His …

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2016 NASCAR Rewind: Matt Kenseth

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The 2016 season for Matt Kenseth was serviceable, if a slight step back from his five-win 2015 campaign. But despite that solid effort, Kenseth’s lasting memories will be his collapses on the sport’s biggest stages. Entering his fourth season with Joe Gibbs Racing, Kenseth appeared poised to deliver Coach Joe Gibbs one of racing’s ultimate …

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The 10: History at Homestead

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The Championship 4 entered Homestead-Miami Speedway filled with talent and hope, but in the end, only one driver could hoist the Sprint Cup Series trophy. That someone, for the seventh time in the last 11 seasons, was Jimmie Johnson. Johnson got the best of Kyle Larson and Joey Logano on the final restart of Sunday’s …

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Carl Edwards Shows Class of a Champion Amid Heartbreaking Loss

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Jimmie Johnson may have hoisted up his seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship trophy at the end of Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400, but he wasn’t the only one who looked like a champion at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Carl Edwards made sure of that. Somehow, some way, Edwards’ bitter championship loss on Sunday managed to look even …

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4 Burning Questions: Which 3 Will Get the Best of 4?

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Who Caps Off 2016 with the Sprint Cup Title? One thing’s for sure: This year’s Championship 4 certainly isn’t lacking storylines. First, there’s Jimmie Johnson, a six-time champion eyeing his seventh and a chance to tie legends Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt in the record books. Next? Kyle Busch, 2015’s Cinderella story who’s trying to match …

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2016 Frontstretch Podcast – Episode 27: NASCAR’s Season Finale

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In the final episode of the 2016 Fronstretch Podcast, Matt Stallknecht is joined by Tom Bowles and Aaron Bearden to preview the NASCAR season finale in Homestead, discuss their final thoughts on the 2016 season, evaluate the state of the sport, and look ahead to what is to come in 2017.

The 10: Phoenix Pandemonium

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With two laps to go, Matt Kenseth appeared due for the top spot in our power rankings. Amid a quiet but strong Chase, the 2003 champion had positioned himself to take an impressive victory at Phoenix International Raceway and surge into the Championship 4. Then, suddenly, the caution flag flew and everything changed. Minutes later, …

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Phoenix Semifinal Lives Up to the Hype to Set Up a Dramatic Championship 4

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Fans upset by an apparent lack of drama through the opening eight races of the 2016 Chase for the Sprint Cup need to look no further than Phoenix International Raceway to get their fill of chaos and emotion. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series entered the year’s penultimate race amid a relatively quiet Chase, at least …

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Cool Down: Drama, Intensity Set to Rise After Carl Edwards’ Rain-Shortened Texas Triumph

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After a relatively quiet opening six races, you could finally feel it in the air at Texas Motor Speedway. No, I’m not talking about moisture. Drama. Intensity. Desperation. All were present in NASCAR’s return to No Limits, Texas, even in a race that was ran a full six hours later than intended. The drama began …

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2016 Frontstretch Podcast- Episode 24: Johnson’s Legacy and a Texas Two-Step

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In this week’s edition of the Fronstretch Podcast, Matt Stallknecht is joined by recurring guest Aaron Bearden to break down the legacy of Jimmie Johnson in the wake of a potential 7th championship, preview this weekend’s key playoff race in Texas, and offer Silly Season predictions for the 2017 offseason. So sit back, relax, and enjoy a hard-hitting …

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2-Headed Monster: Are 2017’s Minor League Eligibility Rules a Good Move for NASCAR?

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NASCAR fans complaining about Sprint Cup Series regulars dipping down and dominating the XFINITY and Camping World Truck series finales got the news they wanted, or at least a step toward it. For the first time in the sport’s history, Cup drivers will be limited, if not stopped, from competing in NASCAR’s minor leagues. A press release from …

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