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The Frontstretch 5: Closest NASCAR Cup Series Finishes at Auto Club Speedway

2019 Auto Club Cup Race Start

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Auto Club Speedway hasn’t exactly gained the reputation of a fan-favorite track during its tenure on the NASCAR Cup Series circuit. And it’s certainly produced some clunkers, with margins of victory sometimes in double-digit seconds. But the finishes have not been all bad. Several races have had a margin of victory under half a second, …

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The Frontstretch 5: Storylines to Watch in NASCAR 2020

2020 Daytona Ncs Jimmie Johnson Car Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

1. What will we see from the seventh generation race car? That’s going to be the question hanging over the season, no matter what kind of racing we see, because it has the potential to change everything. We’ve had a couple of brief glimpses so far, and each was a bit different than the others …

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The Frontstretch 5: Point Systems NASCAR Has Tried … & One It Should

Nascar Champions Portraits

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1. Show me the money Early on, it was all about prize money. Simply put, the more a race paid, the more points it was worth. The exact way points were awarded varied slightly, but for the first 20 years, winning the biggest races was worth the most points. At one point, finishing 25th in a …

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The Frontstretch 5: Top Cup Drivers at ISM Raceway

2019 Daytona I Cup Kevin Harvick Face Nkp

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NASCAR heads to the desert in Phoenix and ISM Raceway this weekend, and with several drivers needing a win to stay alive in the playoffs and others looking to deny them, it’s sure to be an exciting event. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series has raced at ISM since 1988, and in that time, a …

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The Frontstretch 5: Ranking the Cup Title Favorites

2019 Martinsville Mencs Martin Truex, Jr. Face Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

For maybe the first time in 2019, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title picture is beginning to come into focus. Several drivers had hot streaks throughout the season, but with just three races remaining, the best have slowly but surely emerged. Of the eight drivers left, who’s the most likely to win the title? …

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The Frontstretch 5: Facts to Know About Martinsville Speedway

NASCAR lights at Martinsville

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti, Frontstretch)

1. It’s got some impressive superlatives to its name Martinsville is NASCAR’s oldest track. It’s been in NASCAR as long as the sport has been around, hosting its first sanctioned race in 1948. The track actually predates the sanctioning body by a year. But the Martinsville Speedway we know and love today as a (mostly) …

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The Frontstretch 5: Changes We Want to See in Superspeedway Racing

2019 Daytona Mencs Three Wide Car Christian Koelle

(Photo: Christian Koelle)

1. Break it up NASCAR needs to find some way to break up the big packs. No, we don’t need the field strung out like it’s a mile-and-a-half track, but smaller groups of five or six cars that can move and close on each other. That was once common fare on the superspeedways, and it …

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The Frontstretch 5: Playoff Storylines to Watch in the Round of 12

2019 Loudon Mencs Martin Truex, Jr Face Nigel Kinrade Photography

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

1. Is Martin Truex Jr. the title favorite? Under the current playoff system, it’s hard to pick a favorite, because one mistake by any driver at Homestead-Miami Speedway can end it for even the most dominant championship contender. But as of this minute, it’s hard to say the road to the title doesn’t go through …

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The Frontstretch 5: Memorable Monster Mile Moments

2019 Dover Cup Zach Catanzareti Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

There have been many memorable moments in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ 50 years at Dover International Speedway. Since Richard Petty’s 1969 victory, 66 different drivers have conquered the course. Below are just a few of those who won in unforgettable fashion. 1. Rusty Wallace Survives Dover’s Chaos The 1993 SplitFire Spark Plug 500 …

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The Frontstretch 5: Must-Know Driver Road Course Statistics

2018 Cup Charlotte Roval Zach Catanzareti

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Charlotte’s ROVAL this weekend for the second time. It’s the last race in the Round of 16 in the playoffs with a lot on the line. It’s also a bit of a wild card race because there are some unknowns with this track, mainly a reconfigured section …

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The Frontstretch 5: Different Strategies You’ll See in the Playoffs

2019 Loudon Mencs Kurt Busch Face Nigel Kinrade Photography

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

During NASCAR’s regular season, most teams are on more or less the same strategy of winning races and accumulating points in an attempt to qualify for the playoffs.  Those strategies vary from week to week, of course, depending on the track, how good the cars are off the truck or whether they’ve already got the …

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The Frontstretch 5: Storylines to Watch With 10 to Go

2019 Pocono Mencs Matt Dibenedetto Face Nigel Kinrade Photography

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

As pumpkin spice takes over everything, another NASCAR season is nearly over, with more than two-thirds of the races already on the books. But there’s still some racing left to be done, and there’s plenty to talk about. Some storylines are just now writing their opening sentences, but they’re going to be worth watching as …

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