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2016 NASCAR Rewind: Landon Cassill

2016 Cup Charlotte Landon Cassill Zach Catanzareti

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Throughout a season, NASCAR teams will experience — like clockwork — the ups and downs of a racing season, and Landon Cassill’s 2016 season consisted of exactly that. Cassill and Front Row Motorsports showed both flashes of brilliance and rough days at the racetrack. However, the season also consisted of Cassill and his team showing their …

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Friday Faceoff: Enough of a Sendoff for Smoke?

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The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is now a year into the caution clock rule.  Did it work as advertised, and should NASCAR consider it in the XFINITY and Cup series? Jeff Wolfe, Senior Writer: I’m not sure if it’s the best idea for the XFINITY or Cup series, but I have liked the way …

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Friday Faceoff: Does NASCAR Need a New Tire War?

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The question of whether or not Chase races should be rain-shortened arose once again this week after rain cut the AAA Texas 500 41 laps short.  Is there anything NASCAR could have done differently to get the race in, or is the outcome acceptable as is? Jeff Wolfe, Senior Writer: I don’t think there is …

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2-Headed Monster: Which Joe Gibbs Racing Driver Has the Best Shot at the Final Four?

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It wasn’t quite the World Series finale between the Cubs and Indians, but last Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway had some Game 7 moments that would be familiar to Bill Murray and company. Team seemingly out of the title hunt heading in? Check. Rain delay? Check. Breaking a playoff drought? Check. Sort …

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Friday Faceoff: Are Jimmie Johnson’s Titles Equal to Earnhardt’s and Petty’s?

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After his win at Martinsville Speedway, Jimmie Johnson will have the chance at a record-tying seventh title, but if he wins, will fans view seven Chase-era titles as equal to those of Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty?  Should they? Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: I don’t think fans will view Jimmie Johnson’s titles on the same …

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The Frontstretch 5: Memorable Championship Battles

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1. NASCAR Sprint Cup (Winston Cup) Series, 1979 My favorite championship battle is 1979. If I could go back in time, I would go in a minute, and I would have it take me back to 1979. That was the year where a youngster named Darrell Waltrip and the King of NASCAR Richard Petty battled …

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Double Take: Jeffrey Earnhardt Not Only One Carrying on Legacy Sunday

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For a few months it looked like one of the most iconic names at Talladega Superspeedway would be absent from this weekend’s festivities. The Earnhardt name has a long and rich history at the facility, one that has won over 20 races in several different series over the past three decades. However, Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s concussion …

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2-Headed Monster: Which Inaugural Chase Will Be More Intriguing, Trucks or XFINITY?

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When NASCAR announced it was expanding its Chase playoff system to the XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series earlier this year, fans weren’t sure how to react. On one hand, the Chase awards a championship based on the performance of seven races, and many wonder whether that cheapens the championship. On the other hand, …

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Friday Faceoff: How Far Is Too Far?

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After last weekend’s race at Richmond International Raceway, one thing on everyone’s mind was the on-track spat between Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman that continued in verbal sparring afterward.  Did either driver go too far with their actions or words? Clayton Caldwell, Contributor: I respect the passion from both drivers and I understand why Ryan Newman …

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Friday Faceoff: Is NASCAR’s New Downforce Package Ready For 2017?

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(Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch)

Last Sunday’s race at Michigan was the third and final in-race test of what will presumably be the 2017 Sprint Cup rules package. Is it enough to improve the racing to a satisfactory level for fans? Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: I think it will make for much better racing at the intermediates, but I’d like …

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The Underdog House: Tracking NASCAR’s Small Teams Through Watkins Glen

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Tommy Baldwin Racing Regan Smith, No. 7 Advanced Patient Care Chevrolet Looking back: It was a tough weekend on the twists and turns of Watkins Glen International for Regan Smith and his No. 7 Tommy Baldwin Racing team. They qualified a mediocre 29th and then found trouble early as troubles with the suspension put the …

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Friday Faceoff: Is NASCAR at Indianapolis Motor Speedway In Trouble?

Kevin Harvick leads a pack of cars in the Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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The 100th edition of the Indianapolis 500 sold out, but the Brickyard 400 this Sunday might get 20 percent of the fan base. How low will attendance need to go for either Indianapolis Motor Speedway or NASCAR to ever consider pulling this race? Do you see stock cars racing at Indy in five years? Sean Fesko, …

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