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The Frontstretch 5: Memorable Weather Events in NASCAR

2016 Pocono Cup Chris Buescher Zach Catanzareti

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Spring has sprung, and with it comes the atmospheric instability that has wreaked havoc on NASCAR’s schedule since the sport’s inception. Rain, snow, wind, thunderstorms and even fog have spawned delays and allowed for some surprising race winners over the years, all courtesy of Mother Nature. 1. The 2001 Winston All-Star Race 2001 was already …

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The Frontstretch 5: Recent Xfinity Champs & How Cup is Treating Them

Nascar Xfinity Series Lilly Diabetes 250 Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis, In Usa Saturday 22 July 2017 William Byron, Liberty University Chevrolet Camaro Wins World Copyright: Rusty Jarrett Nkp

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1. William Byron (2017) Years in Cup: Second year in 2019 Current Team: Hendrick Motorsports Races: 43 Wins: 0 Top 5s: 0 Top 10s: 5 Average Finish: 21.3 Best Points finish: 23rd (2018, first full season) Byron is the hardest in this group to judge because he’s the least experienced in Cup by at least …

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The Frontstretch 5: Things Fans Should Hope to See on the Gen-7 NASCAR Racecar

2019 Phoenix I Cup Alex Bowman Pack Racing Nkp

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1. Mechanical grip… and a different approach 2019 might not be remembered as the year with the most exciting racing, but it might go down as something else: the year NASCAR became dedicated to real, meaningful change in the sport. One of those changes that’s on the way in two short seasons is the seventh-generation …

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The Frontstretch 5: ISM Numbers to Watch & Why They’re Important

#4: Kevin Harvick, Stewart Haas Racing, Ford Mustang Jimmy John's Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

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1. It’s been Kevin Harvick’s personal playground, but… Harvick has a whopping nine wins in Phoenix. Wins are, of course, the name of the game, so they’re important. He’s is the all-time win leader at ISM Raceway; next on the list is Jimmie Johnson with four, less than half of Harvick’s total. You can look …

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The Frontstretch 5: Drivers With Something to Prove in 2019

2019 Atlanta Cup Ryan Newman Nkp

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1. Denny Hamlin Yes, that Denny Hamlin. He just won the biggest race of the year in Daytona, but Hamlin’s got some unfinished business. The Daytona win puts him in the Playoffs and gives him plenty of time to prepare, but the one thing missing from Hamlin’s resume is a Cup title.  He’s come agonizingly …

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The Frontstretch 5: Races to Pay Close Attention To in the First Half of 2019

2017 Kentucky Cup Kyle Larson Pack Racing Barry Cantrell Nkp

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Atlanta Motor Speedway All eyes are, of course, on this weekend’s race in Atlanta, the first full-length event for the new aerodynamic package. The low-downforce package is out, replaced by a high-drag, low-horsepower model.  NASCAR scrapped a high-downforce high power package a few years ago, hoping that slower speeds would enable more passing. It didn’t. …

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The Frontstretch 5: Big Questions As NASCAR Enters 2019

2019 Daytona Clash Cup Paul Menard Pack Racing Nkp

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1. What will the new aerodynamic package look like in real time? That’s the big question that everyone is asking, but don’t expect the answer to be immediate or definitive. The low horsepower, high downforce package will debut at Atlanta Motor Speedway in a week and a half, but don’t expect what you see there …

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The Frontstretch 5: Title Contenders & Their Chances

2017 Las Vegas CUP Joey Logano Nigel Kinrade NKP

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1. The Closer It’s really hard to deny that Kevin Harvick is the most deserving title candidate so far. He leads the Cup Series in wins (eight), top fives (21), top 10s (27), laps led (1859) and total playoff points (51). Take away the playoffs and he’d be currently be tied for the points lead …

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The Frontstretch 5: Closest Finishes Ever

2018 Xfinity Dover Zach Catanzareti Matt Tifft Ross Chastain

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1. NASCAR Cup Series: 2003 Carolina Dodge Dealers 400; 0.002 seconds With five laps to go at Darlington Raceway, Darrell Waltrip said that if Ricky Craven could catch leader Kurt Busch, it would be “really, really exciting.” Truer words have never been spoken. The finish in this race was nothing short of spectacular. Craven and …

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The Frontstretch 5: Big Changes That Seemed Like a Great Idea … Until They Weren’t

2018 Chicago Cup Pack Racing Nkp

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1. The money When NASCAR’s popularity hit its high point around 2000, business was booming. And like any boom time, the sport had the luxury of making a lot of changes very fast. It wasn’t unlike the California gold rush. Everyone wanted a piece of the sport and the sport was more than happy to …

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