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Friday Faceoff: Penalties, Crew Chief Swaps & Manufacturers

2014 Richmond Ii Cup Jimmie Johnson Helmet Cia

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Welcome to Friday Faceoff, our weekly NASCAR roundtable where the Frontstretch experts give their take on major storylines surrounding the sport. Here’s a few major questions we’re trying to answer heading into Pocono this weekend. 1) Jimmie Johnson‘s written warning P1 penalty was rescinded by a NASCAR Appeals Panel this week. Major debate has ensued. …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Jeremy Clements Making The Most Out Of Family-Owned Opportunity

2014 Daytona Ii Nns Jeremy Clements Car Cia

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When you walk around the NASCAR Xfinity Series garage, you can’t miss it. It’s small and white, with clear vertical drapes instead of a set of doors soaked with Fortune 500 logos on it. As you step foot into the hauler, its short track look brings back memories of what it is like at quarter-mile race …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Austin Dillon on Improving, Pulling Double-Duty & Learning

2015 Dover I Cup Austin Dillon Cia

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The cowboy hat and the famous No. 3 on the track speaks for itself. Richard Childress’s grandson Austin Dillon has been racing since he was a child, and has flourished into a NASCAR Xfinity Series champion. Driving for Richard Childress Racing, Dillon took over the car number that hadn’t been used since Dale Earnhardt‘s death in Feb. 2001. …

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Martin Truex Jr.’s Popular Victory at Pocono Key to Championship Run

Martin Truex, Jr. in Victory Lane at Pocono Raceway after winning the Axalta 400

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Finally. It has been a while, almost two years in fact since Martin Truex Jr. won a race. In between that last one, at Sonoma in June 2013 and Sunday’s trip to Victory Lane at Pocono life has been filled with tough moments – both for he and his family. After being forced out of …

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Brian France: ‘It Doesn’t Matter How the Exact Form of Communications Happens’

2014 Daytona Sprint Cup Brian France Press Conference Credit Phil Allaway

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Following a rather formal drivers council at Dover International Speedway, NASCAR Chairman Brian France agrees that it will enable all sides to have a larger voice. Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Kyle Larson, Kevin Harvick, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano were included in the council with NASCAR officials on Saturday evening prior to …

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Martin Truex Jr. Breaks 69-Race Winless Streak with Victory in 2015 Axalta 400 at Pocono

Martin Truex, Jr. in Victory Lane at Pocono Raceway after winning the Axalta 400

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The wait is over and the furniture has been delivered. It has been a while since Martin Truex Jr. drove to Victory Lane. It’s been 69 races to be exact, dating back to Sonoma in 2013. Coming into the 2015 season with some kind of vengeance, the New Jersey native has been no worse than fifth in …

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Pace Laps: Finally, Milestones, Big Home Track Wins & Rainy Days

2015 Pocono I Cup Dale Earnhardt Jr Austin Dillon Pack Racing Cia

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Sprint Cup Series: Fourth Time’s The Charm – Finally. Martin Truex Jr. took his next step toward title contention this season by doing what race winners do: close the deal. Three straight times, Truex had led the most laps in a Cup Series race only to come up short. At Kansas, it was pit strategy and a …

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Trevor Bayne Makes Attempt To Improve with 2015 Pocono 200 ARCA Victory

Trevor Bayne Pocono Win

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Desperate times call for desperate measures. That has been the story of Trevor Bayne thus far in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The 2011 Daytona 500 champion, in his first full-time season sits 31st in the championship standings entering Pocono Raceway. With a best finish of 18th (twice, Martinsville and Texas) Bayne has underperformed compared …

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Joey Logano Maintaining Momentum Months After Daytona 500 Win

2015 Pocono I Cup Joey Logano Todd Gordon Cia

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Expectations were high for Team Penske entering the 2015 season. Coming off a year when both their drivers made the Chase, coming tantalizingly close to the top tier organization is aggressively seeking its second title in four years. Winning a career-high five races last season (more than his previous five full-time seasons combined) Joey Logano nearly won …

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Tunnel Turn Troubles Lead To Anxious Drivers At Pocono

2014 Pocono Ii Cup Pack Racing Cia

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The Northeastern portion of America suffered through a horrendous winter. Pocono Raceway, smack in the middle of it all got its fair share of record cold and snow. Frost, hanging around for months forced bumps and cracks on to the surface of one of motorsports’ toughest challenges: the Tunnel Turn. It’s a rough patch of …

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Attempting to Maintain Flame After Steve Letarte’s Departure

2015 Charlotte I Cup Dale Earnhardt Jr Vertical Credit Amy Henderson

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Change has come for NASCAR’s most popular driver, and so far that change has gone well for Dale Earnhardt Jr., who is in the midst of his eighth season driving for Hendrick Motorsports. A crew chief change over the off-season switched things up with the No. 88 team, as Steve Letarte moved to broadcasting with NBC. With Greg …

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Kurt Busch Earns Pole for 2015 Axalta ‘We Paint Winners’ 400 at Pocono

2015 Pocono I Cup Kurt Busch Austin Dillon Racing Cia

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For the third time this season, Kurt Busch will lead the field to the green flag. The No. 41 car set the fastest time in qualifying at 50.676 seconds (177.599 mph) at Pocono Raceway for the Axalta ‘We Paint Winners 400.’ Edging out Coca-Cola 600 winner Carl Edwards, Busch is looking for his first win since …

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