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2-Headed Monster: The Length of NASCAR’s Schedule?

2017 Charlotte All Star Cup Kyle Larson Pack Racing Lesley Miller Nkp

(Photo: Lesley Miller NKP)

This week, NASCAR announced the 2018 schedule across all three national series, including a revamped 10-race playoff, featuring races at Las Vegas, Richmond and a Charlotte road-course. The schedule remains at 36 points races and the season will still stretch from February-November. Is the length of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup season too long, too short, or just right? Less is More …

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Slugger Labbe Departs Richard Childress Racing, Austin Dillon Gets New Crew Chief

2017 Martinsville Cup Zach Catanzareti Austin Dillon

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Richard Childress Racing hasn’t had the start it wanted to the 2016 season, so the organization decided it was time for a change. Longtime crew chief Richard “Slugger” Labbe, who has been calling the shots for Austin Dillon and the No. 3 team since the midpoint of the 2015 season and has been with the organization since …

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Red Horse Racing Shuts Down

2017 Daytona I Cwts Timothy Peters Brett Moffitt Racing Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

One of the most recognizable teams in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is on its way out of the garage altogether. After 13 years, Red Horse Racing has opted to suspend all operations, effective immediately. The move comes due to a major lack of funding for their two full-time truck teams, piloted by veteran Timothy …

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2-Headed Monster: Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the Playoffs?

2017 Kansas I Cup Dale Earnhardt Jr Helmet Russell Labounty Nkp

(Photo: Russell Labounty/NKP)

This week’s Fronstretch debate question: Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s 2017 season has gotten off to a slow start. This being his last full-time NASCAR season, he’d love nothing more to earn a playoff spot and have a shot to win a championship, but as of now, the No. 88’s playoff chances are a bit up in …

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NASCAR Adds Fourth Stage to Coca-Cola 600

2016 Charlotte I Cup Martin Truex Jr Jimmie Johnson Nascar Via Getty Images

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

NASCAR announced the longest race of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, the Coca-Cola 600, will be broken up into four 100-lap stages rather than three. The race will award playoff points at the conclusion of each stage, just like any other MENCS race. Drivers who finish in the top 10 in each of the …

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2-Headed Monster: Is NASCAR Downsizing the Way to Go for Success?

2016 Texas I Cup Trevor Bayne Racing John Harrelson Nkp

This week’s Frontstretch debate question: a number of race teams have been downsizing their organizations in terms of teams in the past few years. Most recently, Roush Fenway Racing wound up in Victory Lane with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. this past weekend after downsizing from three full-time teams in 2016 to two full-time teams in 2017. Does NASCAR downsizing have …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Who Has Impressed, Disappointed Thus Far in 2017?

2017 Talladega I Cup Ryan Blaney Pack Racing Matthew T Thacker Nkp

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

The 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season has seen it’s fair share of winners and losers thus far. 10 races into the 36-race season, there have been a handful of surprises as well as disappointments. One of those surprises found victory lane this past weekend at Talladega Superspeedway in Ricky Stenhouse Jr. as well …

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The Big 6: Questions After 2017 GEICO 500

2017 Talladega I Cup Ricky Stenhouse Jr Woohoo John K Harrelson Nkp

(Photo: John Harrelson / NKP)

Who… gets the shoutout of the race? Jamie McMurray. He’s been known throughout his career as a guy who has a knack for winning the big races and excels on restrictor plate tracks. A Daytona 500 win in 2010 and a July victory at the World Center of Racing in 2007, plus two Talladega Superspeedway wins …

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2-Headed Monster: Does it Matter that Travis Pastrana is Back?

2016 Nascar Camping World Truck Series, Phoenix

11 November, 2016, Avondale, Arizona USA Johnny Sauter and Cameron Hayley © 2016, Nigel Kinrade NKP

This week’s Fronstretch debate question: Travis Pastrana will return to NASCAR competition later this season, as he will run the No. 45 Chevrolet Silverado for Niece Motorsports in the Camping World Truck Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on September 30. Will Pastrana’s comeback be good for the sport, or will it ultimately have a negative/no …

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Christopher Bell to Run Partial XFINITY Series Schedule For Joe Gibbs Racing

Christopher Bell

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Joe Gibbs Racing announced Monday afternoon that 22-year-old Christopher Bell will dip his toes into the XFINITY Series, running seven races on a part-time basis for JGR this season. The three-time winner and current NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points leader will make his season debut later this month in the No. 18 Toyota Camry on …

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