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David Ragan, Michael McDowell Fill Front Row Motorsports 2018 Driver Lineup

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David Ragan will be returning for his fifth season at Front Row Motorsports in 2018, while Michael McDowell will replace Landon Cassill as the team’s second driver. McDowell, 32, joins FRM after spending the last four seasons with Leavine Family Racing, finishing a career-high 26th in the championship standings in 2017. In 2013, McDowell finished …

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Kurt Busch Signs 1-Year Extension with Stewart-Haas Racing

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Kurt Busch confirmed on Tuesday that he would be driving the No. 41 Ford for Stewart-Haas Racing during the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. On Monday, reports circulated (first reported by Motorsport.com) that the defending Daytona 500 champion would be returning for his fifth season at SHR. And after months of speculation and SHR …

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Matt Borland Named Crew Chief for Ty Dillon in 2018

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Germain Racing named veteran crew chief Matt Borland as Ty Dillon‘s crew chief for the 2018 season on Monday. Borland will take over the role that Robert “Bootie” Barker had nailed down for the past eight seasons with the organization leading drivers Max Papis, Casey Mears and Dillon. According to the team’s press release, Borland …

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Danica Patrick’s Impact on NASCAR Much Greater than Results

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Danica Patrick announced on Friday, Nov. 17 she was stepping away from full-time racing competition following the season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The No. 10 car finished 37th after blowing a tire, ending her tenure at Stewart-Haas Racing in flames. It may have come to a surprise that Patrick is stepping away after rumors were running …

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Ray Black Jr. Joining Rick Ware Racing Full-Time for 2018 Cup Series Schedule

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Ray Black Jr. is making the next jump of his racing career in 2018, as he will compete full-time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with Rick Ware Racing. Both Rick Ware, owner of RWR and Black confirmed to Frontstretch at Homestead-Miami Speedway that the plan is to run the entire 36-race schedule and challenge for Rookie …

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2017 Frontstretch Podcast: Martin Truex Jr. Caps off Magical Season

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Frontstretch Podcast about the Championship 4 race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, that featured Martin Truex Jr. score his first title with Tom Bowles, Dustin Albino, Zach Catanzareti and Joseph Wolkin. In Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400, Truex capped off an incredible season by scoring his series-high eighth victory en route to the championship. The No. 78 car led 78 laps on the evening, …

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Pace Laps: First-Timers Shine in Homestead Finale In NASCAR’s Top-3 Divisions

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Proper End to 2017 Championship – The favorites entering the playoffs were the ones battling nose-to-nose for the championship in the final laps Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The way it should have. From the beginning of the season, Kyle Busch (2015 champion) and Martin Truex Jr. (among the quickest cars …

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Rick Hendrick Like a Father Figure to Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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It was obvious that Dale Earnhardt Jr. was going to be emotional heading into Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. However, the most emotional was when the 18-year Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series veteran was greeted by team owner Rick Hendrick right before he climbed into the No. 88 machine. Earnhardt spent the final …

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Kyle Busch Frustrated at Runner-Up Championship Finish

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With just over 40 laps to go, Kyle Busch looked like he was in control of the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. His No. 18 Toyota was gaining nearly a second on the leaders, fresh tires and a late-race pit strategy giving Busch the edge. But then, the caution flew. A blown left rear tire …

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2017 Frontstretch Podcast: William Byron Breaks Through

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Listen to the latest Frontstretch Podcast about William Byron‘s XFINITY Series championship with Tom Bowles, Dustin Albino, Zach Catanzareti, and Joseph Wolkin. In a special edition of the Frontstretch Podcast live from Homestead-Miami Speedway, a handful of our writers (Dustin, Zach, Joe and Tom) break down Saturday’s XFINITY Series championship race. William Byron earned his first NASCAR title, sneaking by Elliott Sadler in …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Cole Custer Earns 1st Victory, William Byron Captures Title

2017 Nascar Xfinity Series, Homestead

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Saturday’s Ford EcoBoost 300 was the Cole Custer show — everyone else was second-class. The driver of the No. 00 grabbed the lead for the first time shortly after lap 10 and put on a quite the battle with Tyler Reddick for the race lead until lap 60. Right after the beginning of the second …

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Brendan Gaughan Done Racing NASCAR Full-Time

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Leading up to the green flag of Saturday’s Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, there was much speculation regarding Brendan Gaughan‘s NASCAR future. Following a 13th-place effort, the 21-year veteran confirmed he was finished as a full-time driver in this sport. “It’s never my last race, but it will probably be my last full-time race,” …

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