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2016 Frontstretch Podcast- Episode 19: Throwback Success and Larson’s Redemption

On this week’s podcast, Matt Stallknecht is joined by weekly guest Aaron Bearden to discuss a number of topics heading into the Southern 500, including an analysis of the business success of the Southern 500 throwback campaign as well as a recap of Kyle Larson’s scintillating win in Michigan. So sit back, relax, and enjoy a hard-hitting and …

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2-Headed Monster: Should the Lower-Low Downforce Package Run Full-Time in 2017?

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 was more than just a dream come true for Kyle Larson, it was also the final test run for the Sprint Cup Series in the proposed 2017 rules package. Coming off of previous years at Michigan International Speedway that saw drivers running nearly flat-out around the two-mile oval, the lessened downforce …

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James Hinchcliffe, SPM Hit With Post-Texas Penalty

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(Photo: Chris Jones/INDYCAR)

It’s been a quiet year for penalties in the Verizon IndyCar Series, but the series was forced to take action after the restarted Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway. Runner-up finisher James Hinchcliffe and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports have been issued a 25-point penalty in both the drivers and owners championships and have been fined $20,000 …

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The 10: Young Guns, High Speed and a Shootout in Pure Michigan

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(Photo: John Harrelson/NKP)

After weeks – no, years – spent waiting for a new young driver to score a legitimate breakthrough in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, fans of the series saw not one, but two future stars shine in the Irish Hills of Michigan. In the end, it was Kyle Larson that got the best of Chase …

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NASCAR’s Youth Finally Break Through in the Irish Hills

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/ NKP)

For much of 2016 — and 2015, 2014 and 2013 for some drivers — fans, teams and critics alike have waited for one of NASCAR’s upcoming stars to soar above the field for a breakthrough win. While we were all treated to one with Chris Buescher’s weather-shortened win at Pocono Raceway, the wait continued for one …

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Restart Issues Again Cost Chase Elliott a Breakthrough Victory in Michigan

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(Photo: Matthew Thacker/NKP)

If it weren’t for restarts, Chase Elliott would likely be a two-time winner at Michigan International Speedway. Instead, the rookie phenom found himself shrugging off another close loss, this time to Kyle Larson, in Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400. Elliott was leading late in the 200-lap event when a lap-188 caution for debris allowed the field …

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Chris Buescher Salvages 35th-Place Run to Stay Chase Eligible After Michigan

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(Photo: John Harrelson / NKP)

Chris Buescher‘s path to the Chase got a little closer and dramatic after a 35th-place run at Michigan International Raceway. However, as hard as it is to believe, it could’ve been worse. Buescher was riding around during the opening stint of Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 when he began to slow, reporting that his engine sounded …

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Finally: Kyle Larson Tops Chase Elliott for Michigan Win

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(John Harrelson / NKP)

After nearly three full seasons of close calls and deflected questions about when his first win would come, Kyle Larson finally found a winning move in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on a late-race restart in the Irish Hills. Larson powered his way around rookie Chase Elliott with a push from Brad Keselowski on a …

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Graham Rahal Tops James Hinchcliffe by .0080 Seconds in Texas Photo Finish

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(Photo: Dana Garrett/IndyCar

For a moment, it appeared that Graham Rahal had celebrated too soon. After making a daring move under James Hinchcliffe going into turn 3, Rahal found himself alone in the lead coming to the checkered flag at Texas Motor Speedway. Seeing what appeared to be a guaranteed win, Rahal pumped his fist into the air …

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Cole Custer Out of the Chase Grid, but Uninjured After Late Michigan Crash

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(Photo: John Harrelson / NKP)

Cole Custer‘s late gamble for a win and a Chase berth fell apart in a big way after a heavy crash late in Saturday’s Careers for Veterans 200 at Michigan International Speedway. Shortly after leading the field to green on a lap-85 restart, Custer was being pushed by eventual winner Brett Moffitt when Moffitt – seeing …

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Brett Moffitt Goes Three-Wide to Steal Michigan Truck Victory

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(Photo: John Harrelson / NKP)

For 99 laps Brett Moffitt trailed the leaders, looking for an opening to get to the front. Then, on the 100th lap, that opening finally came. Moffitt used a bold three-wide move on the outside line to pass teammate Timothy Peters and William Byron and win the Careers for Veterans 200, his first-career NASCAR Camping World Truck …

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Christopher Bell, Spencer Gallagher Unhurt in Vicious Michigan Crash

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(Photo: John Harrelson / NKP)

Two months ago at Gateway Motorsports Park, Spencer Gallagher climbed out of his No. 23 Chevrolet ahead of a confrontation that ultimately led to a fight with John Wes Townley. However, when Gallagher made his way out of his No. 23 and ran towards Christopher Bell’s crashed truck at Michigan International Speedway, it was out of concern, …

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