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Frontstretch Podcast: Biggest Upset in NASCAR History?

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss a wild and entertaining weekend of racing at Daytona International Speedway, which saw Justin Haley pick up his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory in stunning fashion. Is it the biggest upset in NASCAR history? Probably. But by running 27th and missing the melee …

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Eyes on Xfinity: John Hunter Nemechek’s Special Bond with Grandmother Routing Him to Success

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Growing up, almost every single child leans on their grandmother for some sort of life advice. Fortunately for John Hunter Nemechek, his grandmother, Martha, is obsessed with racing. Nemechek, 22, is in the midst of his first full-time season in the NASCAR Xfinity Series with GMS Racing. But it’s well-known that the North Carolina native …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Bob Leavine Hopes to Run Second Car ‘One of These Days’

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In a special edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino chats with Bob Leavine, owner of Leavine Family Racing about the state of his team. Leavine says his driver Matt DiBenedetto has been bitten by bad luck this season, but the No. 95 has shown improvement in speed since joining Toyota. He says the alliance with …

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Pace Laps: Daytona Provides Pair of Surprise Winners

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Upset Winner Leaves NASCAR Fans Irate Last July, Justin Haley left Daytona International Speedway feeling like the track might have owed him one. His thrilling last-lap pass of Kyle Larson in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race was disallowed when officials determined he dipped below the yellow line. A potential win …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Josh Williams Trusting the Process At DGM, Believes He Can Win Daytona

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss an awesome weekend of racing at Chicagoland Speedway, where Alex Bowman won his first race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in a late-race battle with Kyle Larson. Hendrick Motorsports showed at Chicago, with both Jimmie Johnson and William Byron also being in contention …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Comcast Stepping Up Its Military Salute Program

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No other professional sport salutes the military like NASCAR, with a number of specific programs aimed at honoring our nation’s soldiers. This season, Comcast NBCUniversal, which owns Xfinity, has become one of the sport’s top sponsors and supporters of NASCAR’s mission to support our armed forces. This aspect has been a steady increase, beginning three …

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Pace Laps: Big Moments For NASCAR’s Up-And-Coming Talents In Alex Bowman, Cole Custer

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Alex Bowman’s Big Moment He was the quiet, unassuming replacement for Dale Earnhardt Jr. that spent years toiling in underfunded rides. Alex Bowman has spent the last year-plus racing under the shadows of his flashy, more marketable 20-something teammates: Chase Elliott and William Byron. He’s seven titles short of Jimmie …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Todd Gilliland Talks Runner-Up Finish at Gateway, Lackluster Sonoma

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss a lackluster road course race at Sonoma Raceway, which saw Martin Truex Jr. win in dominating fashion. At the end of the race, it was a two-car battle with Truex and Kyle Busch. Both now have 21 and 20 wins, respectively, over the past three-and-a-half-years. …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Chad Finchum, Brian Keselowski Learning Together at MBM Motorsports

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The driver/crew chief dynamic is one of the key components of being successful in NASCAR. This weekend at Chicagoland Speedway marks the one-year anniversary of Brian Keselowski calling the shots for MBM Motorsports driver Chad Finchum. Keselowski, 37, older brother to Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski, has 67 NASCAR national touring starts. …

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Reed Sorenson: ‘Still Getting to Drive Racecars for a Living’

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In the mid-2000s, Reed Sorenson was an up-and-coming driver, hoping to make a splash in NASCAR. Since then, it’s been a battle to even remain in the sport. Sorenson, 33, got his first full-time opportunity in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at age 20 in 2006, driving the No. 41 for Chip Ganassi Racing. …

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Pace Laps: A Sonoma Snoozer, While Ross Chastain Takes NASCAR by Storm

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: New Track, Same Sonoma Story Sonoma Raceway added its famed Carousel for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. But the new 2.52-mile course led to an unexpected challenge, not for the drivers but the fans. A caution-free race, except for stage breaks, became dominated by Kyle Busch and Martin Truex …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Harrison Burton Believes He’s Xfinity Ready

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Harrison Burton‘s career has moved like a hot knife through butter over the past handful of seasons. Now, the 18-year-old and recent high school graduate believes he’s ready for the NASCAR Xfinity Series. The second-generation driver (his father is retired driver and current NBC analyst Jeff Burton) began racing at five years old. He became …

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