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2022 NASCAR Preseason Power Rankings: Nos. 10-1

2021 Kansas II Cup Alex Bowman Martin Truex Jr pack racing NKP

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It’s the final day of Frontstretch‘s 2022 NASCAR Preseason Power Rankings, where we’re counting down the top 30 NASCAR Cup Series drivers before the cars hit Daytona International Speedway this month, as voted on by the Frontstretch staff. Who made our top 10? Read on to find out. And if you missed parts one and two, catch up …

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Podcast: Chris Buescher on The Clash, Next Gen Car & New Ownership

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New season, same podcast! Davey Segal returns to kick off 2022 with RFK Racing’s Chris Buescher. The two discuss his offseason, the minimal downtime during it, preparations with the Next Gen car, Brad Keselowski coming in as a new owner/teammate, how he’ll approach The Busch Light Clash at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and more. …

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2022 NASCAR Preseason Power Rankings: Nos. 30-21

2021 Talladega II Cup Bubba Wallace Matt DiBenedetto pack racing NKP

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It’s February, which means the NASCAR Cup Series takes to the track to start the 2022 season this month at Daytona International Speedway. With a wide array of driver and team changes from Silly Season alongside more minor personnel tweaks — or even a few lineups that stayed exactly the same — there’s a lot …

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2021 NASCAR Top Storylines: Kevin Harvick’s Monumental Drop-Off

Kevin Harvick at Darlington fall 2021 NASCAR Cup race, NKP

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What a difference a year makes. Kevin Harvick‘s 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season was one for the ages. Nine victories and arguably his best statistical season in his 20-plus-year career. Fast forward one year and he failed to visit victory lane once. Heck, he didn’t even earn a single playoff point on track over the …

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Podcast: Todd Gilliland on Making Jump to Cup With FRM

Todd Gilliland joins Davey Segal to discuss his 2022 Nascar plans

Graphic: Jared Haas

Front Row Motorsports has set its lineup for 2022, and Todd Gilliland has gotten the call to the NASCAR Cup Series. After a few seasons in the Camping World Truck Series, why was now the right time for Gilliland to move up? He shares his thoughts on the latest Frontstretch Podcast. Plus, Gilliland discusses how …

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Podcast: Cliff Daniels on Becoming Cup Champion, Working With GOATS and Not Sleeping

Cliff Daniels joins Davey Segal on the Frontstretch Podcast

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In the season finale of the podcast, Davey chats with NASCAR Cup Series champion crew chief Cliff Daniels on the whirlwind that was Phoenix and the days following, the reality of being a Cup champion, working with Jimmie Johnson compared to Kyle Larson, why he felt compelled to learn dirt racing to work with Larson, …

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Podcast: Xfinity Series Champion Daniel Hemric on Winning, Backflips & Realizing His Dream

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The champ is here! 2021 Xfinity Series champion Daniel Hemric joins Davey Segal to discuss how it feels to finally win a race, not have to answer the question of when he’ll grace Victory Lane, the winning move on Austin Cindric in turn 4 at Phoenix Raceway on Saturday night (Nov. 6) and if he …

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Denny Hamlin Falls Short of Elusive Title In 3rd Straight Championship 4

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PHOENIX – For a few moments on Sunday (Nov. 7) at Phoenix Raceway, it looked like Denny Hamlin was finally going to do it. In his 17th full-time season, Hamlin found himself with the quickest car at multiple points in the event. And despite not leading a single lap (the only Championship 4 driver to not …

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Best Seat at the Track: Zach Sturniolo and Davey Segal Join From Phoenix

Best Seat At The Track: Zach Sturniolo and Davey Segal (Photo: Jared Haas)

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For the best seat at the track, Jared Haas is joined by two Frontstretch reporters, Zach Sturniolo and Davey Segal, for the season finale at Phoenix Raceway (Nov. 7) in the NASCAR Cup Series. With four drivers contending for the championship, Haas, Sturniolo and Segal give their picks on who will take home the hardware …

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Noah Gragson Falls Short at Phoenix: ‘We just missed it as a whole’

2021 Xfinity Phoenix Noah Gragson, No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet (Credit: NKP)

Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

Noah Gragson didn’t have the speed to contend for the NASCAR Xfinity Series race win and championship on Saturday (Nov. 6) at Phoenix Raceway, but he wound up having a shot at the end, restarting inside the top five.

That’s when the No. 9 slid up and smacked the outside wall in turns 1 and 2. Miraculously, he stayed out and was able to salvage a 12th-place finish, falling short of the championship and finishing third in the overall standings.

Matt Crafton, Junior Joiner Fall Short Of 4th Championship as Decade-Long Partnership Ends

Matt Crafton and crew chief Junior Joiner talk on pit road at Pocono Raceway. (Photo: NKP)

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Two years ago, Matt Crafton won a championship without winning a race.

Friday night (Nov. 5) at Phoenix Raceway, they had the chance to do it again, but fought handling all evening and wound up with a 12th-place finish in his No. 88 Menards Toyota Tundra.

Podcast: Matt DiBenedetto on Personal Growth & 2022 Plans; Championship 4 Breakdown from Phoenix

Matt DiBenedetto joins Davey Segal to talk about the NASCAR Cup Series on the Frontstretch Podcast

Graphic: Jared Haas

Matt DiBenedetto is still searching for a 2022 seat, but he is also trying to enjoy his final weekend driving the No. 21 Ford for Wood Brothers Racing. He joins Davey Segal this week to discuss his mindset heading into another offseason unemployed, but why he’s keeping an open mind. They get deep and discuss …

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