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Up to Speed: A Full Season Show by Kyle Busch

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In the end, reports of Kyle Busch’s demise turned out to be greatly exaggerated.  It may have been a shaky run through the playoffs at times for the Las Vegas native. But once the dust had settled at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday night, Busch had claimed his second championship in NASCAR’s top division. Busch’s second …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Championship Weekend in Homestead

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss a lackluster race weekend at ISM Raceway that saw Denny Hamlin, Justin Allgaier and Stewart Friesen win their way to Homestead in the top three series. Hamlin had to hold off a handful of playoff drivers with a late-race restart in Phoenix, en route to …

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The 12: NASCAR Power Rankings Bluegreen Vacations 500 Edition

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It was do-or-die for Denny Hamlin at ISM Raceway last Sunday (Nov. 10), but the 38-year-old survived to claim a coveted spot in the Championship 4. Nearly a decade after his promising 2010 championship run and subsequent postseason collapse, can Hamlin finally find the keys to the championship trophy? Can Martin Truex Jr claim his …

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5 Points to Ponder: The Fantastic Four

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ONE: The Championship Four All week long, conventional wisdom suggested that Kyle Busch (+22 points up on fifth place) and Joey Logano (+20 on fifth) would secure their berths alongside Martin Truex Jr. and Kevin Harvick in the final four for the second straight season. While each of the four drivers below the cut line …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 Bluegreen Vacations 500

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Back Denny Hamlin into a corner, and he’ll roll right over. Before now, that was a common assessment of the veteran driver and not entirely unfounded. In 2010, Hamlin finished a career-high second in points, but he entered the last race of that year with the point lead. …

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Up to Speed: Denny Hamlin Gets Another Chance

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This time, Denny Hamlin didn’t blink. Needing to close out a victory late in Sunday’s (Nov. 10) race at ISM Raceway, Hamlin prevailed on a restart with three laps to go, holding off fellow playoff drivers Kyle Busch and Ryan Blaney.  The win allows Hamlin to advance to the final round of the playoffs next …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 BlueGreen Vacations 500 at Phoenix

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The Headline(s): Denny Hamlin shook off years of shortcomings in playoff races, dominating Sunday’s (Nov. 10) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event and capitalizing on a two-tire stop to maintain track position after a late-race yellow to win the 500-kilometer parade in Avondale, Ariz. ? stage divin' out the nosebleeds ?@dennyhamlin | #Championship4 pic.twitter.com/KC9BWz7xBV — …

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Denny Hamlin Dominates in Phoenix, Earns Spot in NASCAR Championship 4

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Denny Hamlin entered the Bluegreen Vacations 500 at ISM Raceway 20 points away from making the Championship 4. Conventional wisdom was he needed a win in Phoenix to advance to Homestead. Hamlin left nothing to chance. The driver of the No. 11 Toyota outright dominated Sunday (Nov. 10), taking the lead during the final stage …

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4 Burning Questions: The State of NASCAR

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Who will advance to the final round of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs? When it comes to the Cup race this weekend at ISM Raceway, it’s really a question of who among Kyle Busch, Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin will not make the championship round. Ryan Blaney and Kyle Larson may point their way into …

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Did You Notice?: NASCAR Parity Producing a Tiresome Championship 4?

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Did You Notice? … The 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship 4 could be an exact replica of 2018? Two of last year’s drivers, Martin Truex Jr. and Kevin Harvick, have already qualified by winning in this year’s Round of 8. Kyle Busch and Joey Logano, meanwhile, hold at least a 20-point edge over their …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Texas Tedium

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Sunday’s (Nov. 3) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway had to deal with two main complications right off the bat: the Formula One United States Grand Prix about three hours away at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, and NFL football (though the Cowboys were off, playing on …

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