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2017 Frontstretch Podcast: Danica Patrick Steps Away

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Frontstretch Podcast about Danica Patrick retirement with Tom Bowles, Phil Allaway, Dustin Albino, Zach Catanzareti and Joseph Wolkin. ALBINO: Danica Patrick Steps Away From Racing In a special edition of the Frontstretch Podcast live from Homestead-Miami Speedway, a handful of our writers (Dustin, Zach, Joe, Tom and Phil) break down Friday’s breaking news. Danica Patrick’s retirement took center stage on …

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Denny Hamlin Tops Morning Practice at Homestead

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

After being the first driver to take time in Saturday’s 55-minute morning practice session, Denny Hamlin topped the chart at 171.130 mph. The No. 11 car stayed atop the scoring pylon for the duration of the session. On Friday, Hamlin won the pole for Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400. In this session, the No. 11 proved …

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Successful Season for Johnny Sauter Despite Runner-Up Championship Finish

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Prior to the Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Johnny Sauter had momentum. Winning the last two races heading into the championship, the No. 21 team of GMS Racing appeared poised for back-to-back titles in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. But a second straight championship just wasn’t in the cards. Friday night, the No. …

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Richard Childress Racing Scaling Back to Three XFINITY Series Teams in 2018

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Entering the 2017 season, Richard Childress Racing chose to run five full-time XFINITY Series teams. It was an ambitious move for the organization while plotting their future in the sport’s lower divisions. Come 2018, that experiment is getting rolled back. At Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday, team owner Richard Childress told Frontstretch the organization is cutting 40 percent …

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2017 is Danica Patrick’s Final Full-Time Season as Driver, Running Daytona 500 and Indy 500 in 2018

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

On Friday afternoon at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Danica Patrick announced that 2017 will be her final full-time season as a racecar driver, but will compete in the 60th annual Daytona 500 and end her career at the 102nd Indianapolis 500 in 2018. Patrick admitted that coming into the 2017 season, she faced something she never had …

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Brad Keselowski Trying to Validate Career by Winning Second Championship

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2017 is a trying year for Brad Keselowski and Team Penske. On Sunday, the 2012 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion has the opportunity to be the 16th driver in history to win multiple titles at the top level of auto racing. Keselowski has three victories entering the championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the last …

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Justin Allgaier: ‘This Has Been the Best Season of My Career’

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Justin Allgaier heads to Homestead-Miami Speedway with an opportunity to capture his first NASCAR championship. It’s the second straight year he’s had the chance. But while 2016 ended in disappointment, 2017 has a much different feel for the JR Motorsports veteran. “This has been the best season of my career, regardless of laps led or …

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Winning Back-to-Back Titles Would Be the Ultimate for Johnny Sauter

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Last season, Johnny Sauter was the Camping World Truck Series title favorite. He won a pair of races in the playoffs heading into the championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Fast forward a year later and the NASCAR veteran appears primed to do it again. Earning back-to-back victories, at Texas and Phoenix, Sauter enters the season finale …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Previewing the Championship

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William Byron celebrating at Phoenix (photo: Logan Whitton / NKP)

Now that 32 races are in the books, and thousands of miles have run, the Championship 4 for the XFINITY Series championship is set following last weekend’s race at Phoenix International Raceway. That means that by the end of the week, there will be at least one new champion in NASCAR. The trio of JR …

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Digging into the Charter System: Has it Been Good for NASCAR?

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Prior to the 2016 season, NASCAR implemented a charter system for its Cup Series. The concept was a way to stabilize a wobbly financial outlook for teams after a series of layoffs and closures. Designed to cut costs, this system guaranteed that the top organizations in the sport would be a part of the field …

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Pace Laps: Brad Keselowski Advances to Homestead, William Byron Scores Another Victory

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Brad Keselowski Sneaks into Championship 4 – When they bumped, banged, passed and wrecked in the distance, the view became clear for Brad Keselowski: milk it home and you’re going to Homestead-Miami Speedway. From the drop of the green flag in the Can-Am 500, a position in the Championship 4 …

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