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The Frontstretch 5: Memorable NASCAR Playoff Moments

2015 Nascar Martinsville

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1. Joey, Wall. Wall, Joey. Who can forget Matt Kenseth intentionally wrecking Joey Logano at Martinsville Speedway in 2015? This favorite moment of mine was all set because Logano, who was right in the thick of the championship hunt, drew the irk of Kenseth from a previous incident at Kansas Speedway, which took out the …

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The Frontstretch 5: Playoff Eliminations, Round of 16

Nascar Cup Series

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1. Austin Dillon Austin Dillon and Richard Childress Racing teammate Tyler Reddick dueled for the win at Texas Motor Speedway in mid-July, with the No. 3 car coming out on top to secure a playoff spot. The pair were on the playoff bubble at the time, Dillon in 16th and barely in the playoffs. In …

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The Frontstretch 5: Current NASCAR Cup Bubble Drivers & Their Playoff Chances

Nascar Cup Series

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NASCAR’s regular season ends this Saturday night, Aug. 29, and while Kevin Harvick has already locked down the trophy — and 15 playoff points — for leading the points at that juncture, there’s still plenty on the line. And this year, instead of a tame intermediate track or even the racy Richmond Raceway, the race …

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The Frontstretch 5: (Other) Drivers Who Could Make a Run At the 2020 NASCAR Cup Title

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If you listen to the talk, most people are certain this year’s title will come down to either Kevin Harvick or Denny Hamlin. Frankly, it should come down to them, and it well might. Provided they both make the finale at Phoenix Raceway, they’re both strong there, and they’ve finished one-two more than once already …

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The Frontstretch 5: Big Michigan Stats & the Drivers Who Own Them

Nascar Cup Series

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There are a lot of ways to break down a race weekend afterward. Traditional statistics, loop data and subjective analysis all come into play. But those are also things that are important to look at entering a race weekend. It gives fans an idea of who might perform well when you couple the numbers with …

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The Frontstretch 5: Forgotten Fantastic Finishes

Todd Bodine

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“It’s going to be a drag race. They touch, they touch…” NASCAR fans can all remember that finish on March 16, 2003, as one of the most memorable finishes. The finish between Ricky Craven and Kurt Busch was the closest in NASCAR Cup Series history until Clint Bowyer and Jimmie Johnson tied it at Talladega …

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The Frontstretch 5: Winless Drivers Most Likely to Win Before NASCAR Cup Playoffs

Nascar Cup Series

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1. Kyle Busch The younger Busch is the biggest surprise on the list, simply because it defies logic that he is on a list of winless drivers to begin with. Busch seems to be the driver most affected by the lack of practice on race weekends, and that is a concern going forward, as teams …

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Frontstretch 5: Unbreakable, But Not Impossible NASCAR Records

2009 Nascar Sprint Cup Series, New Hampshire

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What makes a record unbreakable? An unbreakable record should mean a record that is possible, but won’t ever be logically broken. It would be easy to sit here and write about how nobody will ever break Lee Petty’s mark of 42 dirt track wins in the NASCAR Cup Series. At the same time, however, that’s …

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The Frontstretch 5: Drivers Who Might Make a Splash in Top Equipment

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Silly Season 2020 hasn’t really heated up yet. (You could argue that everything about 2020 is Silly Season, but that’s not what we’re talking about here.) It’s a given that at least one top ride will be up for grabs, as Jimmie Johnson said last week he has informed Hendrick Motorsports that he will not …

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The Frontstretch 5: Closest NASCAR Finishes at Indianapolis

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway has produced some great finishes over its more than 100-year history. NASCAR’s history at the track is much shorter, beginning in 1994 when Indiana transplant Jeff Gordon won the inaugural event. Since that race, the finish of a NASCAR race at the track has only been less than half a second five …

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The Frontstretch 5: Positive Changes NASCAR Could Make for 2021 and Beyond

Nascar Cup Series

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1. No practice, no qualifying? No problem? Until NASCAR was forced to rethink race weekends, nobody thought much about practice and qualifying. They’d been done forever, and nothing about either seemed to be broken. And about 99% of the time, NASCAR should leave things that aren’t broken alone. That’s how we got the playoffs, after …

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