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Thinkin’ Out Loud: It’s Been a Stewart Haas Racing Year So Far

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Who’s in the headline  The first six weeks of the season are in the books and the headlines have been predominantly filled with one organization: Stewart Haas Racing. If it weren’t for a crash one-third of a lap from the finish line of the Daytona 500, the organization would have won five of the first …

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Tech Talk: Trent Owens on New Camaros, Early Season Disappointments

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series survived Snowmaggedon 2018 at Martinsville Speedway and is now on Easter vacation — and with the season six races old, we’re taking a little different look at the season through the eyes of a crew chief. In this edition, Chris Buescher’s crew chief Trent Owens looks back at the …

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Friday Faceoff: Did NASCAR Handle Its Snow-Out Correctly?

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(Photo: Mike Neff)

Snow postponed the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event at Martinsville Speedway from Sunday to Monday for the first time since 1993. How do you think NASCAR handled the situation? Matt McLaughlin: They were in a difficult position, but in the end, postponement was the only valid option. I’d have liked to see them bite the bullet and announce the …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Clint Bowyer is Back

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Clint Bowyer snapped a long winless streak at the paper-clip shaped Martinsville Speedway (Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

In the latest episode of the 2018 Frontstretch Podcast, we break down this past weekend’s events at Martinsville Speedway with Dustin Albino, Mike Neff, and Zach Catanzareti, while addressing the significance of Clint Bowyer‘s victory. Though Bowyer was dominant and there were only four cautions at the short track, three of which were announced prior to the race, from …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Clint Bowyer Surprises Everyone But Himself With Martinsville Win

Clint Bowyer Martinsville Cup Mike Neff 2018

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Who’s in the headline It wasn’t 20 years of trying and 20 years of frustration, it just felt like that. After 190 races, Clint Bowyer finally pulled back into Victory Lane at a Cup race. Bowyer was in the top five at the end of the first two stages and led 215 of the final …

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John Hunter Nemechek Lights Up Martinsville for Alpha Energy Solutions 250 Win

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

It took two days and 250 laps, but the NASCAR Camping World Trucks Series finally saw the checkered flag on Monday afternoon, March 26. John Hunter Nemechek held off Kyle Benjamin to score his sixth career victory in the Truck Series, marking the the fourth consecutive year in which Nemechek has grabbed a victory in …

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Tech Talk: Justin Alexander on Air Pressures, Brake Cooling & Face Tattoos

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(Photo: Mike Neff)

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads this weekend to the only track on the current schedule that was on the original Cup schedule, Martinsville Speedway. After winning the Daytona 500, the No. 3 of Austin Dillon has been struggling to be a factor on the downforce racetracks of the last four races. Things, however, …

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Frontstretch Podcast: The Champ Is Here

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In the latest episode of the 2018 Frontstretch Podcast, we breakdown this past weekend’s events at Auto Club Speedway with Dustin Albino, Mike Neff and Zach Catanzareti, while also previewing the weekend ahead at Martinsville Speedway. Defending Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. swept all three stages on Sunday en route to his first victory of the …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Martin Truex Jr. Clubs the Competition at Auto Club

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Who’s in the headline For the first time in 14 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races, Martin Truex Jr. won a stage other than the final one. He started on the pole at Auto Club Speedway, won both stages and the race for a clean sweep of the weekend. Truex won by more than 11 …

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Friday Faceoff: Can Harvick Four-Peat?

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Kevin Harvick has now won three races in a row, becoming the third driver over 40 years old to accomplish the feat. He’s going for four in a row this upcoming weekend in Fontana. Can he do it? Mark Howell: Harvick has won at Auto Club Speedway before (in 2011), so we know he’s capable of …

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Tech Talk: Early Season Domination, Common Splitters, Pit Guns & Big Fish with Tony Gibson

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This year is going to be a little different with Tony Gibson in Tech Talk. He is not on top of a pit box for 2018, and will instead be an integral part of the preparation of all of the Stewart-Haas Racing entries in NASCAR. If the first four races of the season are any …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Happy Times for Happy Harvick

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In the latest episode of the 2018 Frontstretch Podcast, we review the Kevin Harvick Invitational at ISM Raceway, with Dustin Albino, Mike Neff and Joseph Wolkin, while also previewing the weekend ahead at Auto Club Speedway. The trio discuss the hot start that Harvick and Stewart-Haas Racing have jumped out to, putting all four cars in the top 10 for the …

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