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Professor of Speed: You Can Run, but You Can’t Hybrid

2018 Auto Club Justin Allgaier, Jr Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Hellmann's And Joey Logano, Team Penske, Ford Mustang Discount Tire

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Still not receiving the Frontstretch Newsletter? Click here for your chance to sign up for a FREE subscription that gives you exclusive Monday through Friday content. Here’s a preview of what you’re missing with one of our weekly Newsletter writers, Mark Howell. Given that spring has finally sprung, it’s time to think about traveling. But …

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Professor of Speed: NASCAR’s Bet on The Banquet

2015 Las Vegas Cup Kevin Harvick Wins Race Credit Nascar Via Getty Images

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

So… here we are. The 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Banquet has come and gone. It was a week of championship-caliber excitement complete with racing stars, racing cars, celebrities, and hangers-on galore. It all came to you via radio, television, and a variety of social media, as it has been annually since 2009 from beautiful …

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Professor of Speed: NASCAR’s Future is Now

It’s a brave new world. The announcement this week that Microsoft is beginning a long-term relationship with both NASCAR and Hendrick Motorsports came as excitingly-ominous news. Maybe the “good ol’ days” of tobacco, beer and motor oil sponsorships are shorter lived than we think? Technology has always enjoyed an intimate relationship with motorsports. Computers and …

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Professor of Speed: A Memorial Day to Remember for NASCAR

Last Sunday was one memorable day of racing. If we move beyond the self-serving particulars of who won, who lost, and other such personally-driven details as those, we can treat this past weekend’s slate of events as a simple matter of earnest motorsports competition. It was a Sunday as simple as one, two and three. …

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Professor of Speed: Just Breathe, NASCAR

NASCAR’s policies can be seen as a double-edged sword, of sorts. It all has to do with the idea of “clean” air. One aspect of this stems from the sanctioning body’s green initiative. Automobile racing in general has been pilloried by the environmental community for its wanton consumption of natural resources. This criticism dates back …

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Professor of Speed: NASCAR’s All About the Kids

It’s all about the kids. Last weekend’s Sprint Cup race at Kansas was a refreshing approach to racing, and not merely because of the rain-soaked outcome after more than three hours of a red flag stoppage; the Johnson-Harvick-usual-suspects-atop-the-leaderboard finish was little more than another reshuffling of mega teams in the series. What made Kansas so …

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Professor of Speed: On This Day in NASCAR History

Today marks the 25th anniversary of Brett Bodine’s first – and only – NASCAR Sprint Cup victory. Bodine, who now drives the pace car in Cup events, won the First Union 400 on a sunny afternoon at North Wilkesboro Speedway, the famed .625-mile oval that hosted NASCAR races from 1949 to 1996. Brett’s win was …

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