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Power Rankings: No Longer the Action Track Edition

Nascar Cup Series

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They used to call Richmond Raceway the “Action Track,” but after racing 400 laps without a non-manufactured caution flag, they might need to forget that nickname ever existed. This isn’t the fault of the track. This isn’t the fault of the drivers. This is the fault of a rules package that makes a gentle rub …

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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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Power Rankings: 1 Down, 9 to Go Edition

Nascar Cup Series

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All season, Kevin Harvick has been very good. Heading into the Southern 500, he had won seven times already this year and had more top-five and top-10 finishes than anyone else. But one thing he has not been until Sunday (Sept. 6) was being lucky! In one of the crown jewels of stock car racing, …

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Friday Faceoff: Which Cup Driver Is the Best Available Free Agent?

Nascar Cup Series

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While there is little debate about which open NASCAR Cup Series ride is the best, which free agent driver do you think is the best long-term prospect? Luken Glover: There are a solid list of guys, such as Erik Jones, Corey LaJoie and Bubba Wallace. While Jones is a very desirable talent, LaJoie is someone to keep …

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Power Rankings: Here Come the Playoffs Edition

2020 Daytona Ncs Kevin Harvick Regular Season Champion Nascar Media

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It’s amazing how much has changed in all the many years since I started following NASCAR as a kid back in the late 1960s and ’70s. Thankfully, the racing is much safer. Can I hear a “Hallelujah” that we get live races every week? But one curious development is that back in the day, finishing …

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Up to Speed: Kyle Busch Will Miss Having Playoff Points in 2020

Nascar Cup Series

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Kyle Busch experienced another frustrating finish to a promising race on Saturday night.  At Daytona International Speedway, in the last race of the regular season, Busch led for a total of 31 laps.  He was near the front of the pack late in the race and had a good shot at scoring a win.  But …

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Reel Racing: NASCAR Schemes Go Hollywood

2012 Nascar Michigan

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In June, amid quarantine and with more time on my hands, I decided to undertake a project that just might be the magnum opus of this “Reel Racing” column series. Over the course of several weeks, I researched every single movie-themed NASCAR paint scheme that ever hit the track, regardless of if it actually raced …

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Power Rankings: Dover Double Take Edition

Nascar Cup Series

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Can anyone explain the logic of holding a doubleheader at the Monster Mile with the second race going head-to-head with the Greatest Spectacle in Auto Racing, the Indianapolis 500? Anyone? Anyone? Buehler? Buehler? The good news is that NASCAR saw fit to give the NASCAR Cup Series guys more power and less downforce at Dover …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: NASCAR Dover Doubleheader Weekend

Nascar Cup Series

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What happened? Denny Hamlin won the Drydene 311 at Dover on Saturday (Aug. 22) and Kevin Harvick won the Drydene 311 at Dover on Sunday (Aug. 23). Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. were the only drivers to finish in the top five in both races. ?????? RETWEET to congratulate @dennyhamlin on win No. 6 of …

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Fire on Fridays: The Unwritten Rules of Racing

2019 Daytona Cup Zach Catanzareti Team Penske Ryan Blaney Joey Logano Brad Keselowski

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This week, San Diego Padres star Fernando Tatis Jr. swung on a 3-0 pitch while up seven runs and smashed a grand slam over the outfield wall. The game was out of hand, and there wasn’t really a need to add insult to injury. But he did. Tatis saw a pitch to hit and capitalized …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Go Bowling 235 at Daytona Road Course

Nascar Cup Series

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What happened Chase Elliott won the Go Bowling 235 on Sunday (Aug. 16) in the inaugural NASCAR Cup Series race at the Daytona International Speedway road course. Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr., Jimmie Johnson and Chris Buescher rounded out the top-five finishers. Cue that si-reen! ? Retweet to congratulate @chaseelliott on a historic victory on …

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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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