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NASCAR Mailbox: Better Racing Leading to Higher Fan Engagement

2016 Pocono I CUP Pack Racing Turn 3 Anthony Lumbis Sr.

(Photo: Anthony Lumbis, Sr.)

One race past the halfway mark of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, the overall reception of competition has been quite positive. With closer competition and fewer negatives about the quality of the product, fans have been quite impressed with the majority of races in 2016. While the on-track product is still not where drivers …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NASCAR TV Creates Dale Jr. Sub Narrative

Sometimes, you have to sit back and think about things.  Today’s critique marks the 600th combined TV critique for Frontstretch between Couch Potato Tuesday (and its former title, Talking NASCAR TV) and The Critic’s Annex.  Where does the time go?  Crikey. New Hampshire Motor Speedway hosted a Joe Gibbs Racing benefit last week.  It says …

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Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Dealing with Balance Issues and Nausea Amidst Concussion Tests

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

After missing the New Hampshire 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway due to concussion-like symptoms, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. made his first public comments after announcing he would miss the race last Wednesday. Earnhardt, 41, spoke on Dirty Mo Radio, providing an update on his health within his podcast, “The Dale Jr. Download.” Providing comments for the …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Matt Kenseth New Hampshire Win Tainted By Failed Inspection?

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Who’s in the headline: The old adage of only having to lead one lap seems to be the way Matt Kenseth does business. It rang true again this weekend as Kenseth started 18th and took over 250 laps to get to the point. Once there, he endured three restarts over the final 31 circuits and strolled to victory in a …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2016 New Hampshire 301

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? The first excuse for Tony Stewart’s renewed strength was NASCAR manipulation. The next excuse was, “Oh, it was just because of fuel mileage.” Now, for the third time in four weeks, this 45-year-old finished inside the top 5 and there are no excuses left. Is Smoke the driver he was 10 years …

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Pace Laps: Weighing Martin Truex, Jr.’s Positives and Ty Dillon, Alex Bowman Duel at Loudon

2016 New Hampshire Motor Speedway Martin Truex Jr. photo credit NASCAR via Getty Images

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

Sprint Cup: Positives over Negatives for Truex, Jr. The end of the day at New Hampshire Motor Speedway saw yet another disappointed what-could-have-been result for Martin Truex, Jr. The driver who has become known for missing out on race wins in his career – even with some of the fastest equipment in the field – …

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Five Things to Watch For During New Hampshire 301

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Sunday’s New Hampshire 301 is a crucial race with only eight events remaining until the Chase field is set. In recent years, Team Penske and Joe Gibbs Racing have dominated the Granite State, sweeping each of the past two seasons. In a news-filled week, this race has the potential to being a “wild card” in …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Kyle Busch Crushes the Field Again

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(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker / NKP)

Kyle Busch’s Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway was all about the numbers.  He started at the front of the field in position number one.  He led 190 of 200 laps, and even cleared 17,000 laps led in his XFINITY career.  A series of pit stops for two tires kept him at the top of …

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Alex Bowman Not Worried About Ty Dillon Controversy

2016 Kentucky CUP Ty Dillon Helmet Logan Whitton NKP

(Photo: Logan Whitton/NKP)

On Lap 77 of the XFINITY Series race, Alex Bowman lost control of his racecar exiting turn 2, coming down the track and spinning Ty Dillon into the outside fence, ultimately sending the No. 3 car to the garage. In Dillon’s TV interview, he exposed his displeasure of racing against Bowman, who is filling in for …

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Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Made The Right Decision

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(Photo: Logan Whitton/NKP)

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. may be out with a head injury, but one thing was clear after a busy Friday at New Hampshire: he’s still using his head. The driver’s decision to sit out, however long was embraced by his team at Hendrick Motorsports and showcased a healthy choice to protect this athlete’s body long-term from further harm. These days, …

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Toyotas Fast In Opening New Hampshire 301 Practice

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(Credit: Logan Whitton/NKP)

Toyota started the Sprint Cup weekend off with three of their cars posting the fastest three laps in the lone practice session at New Hampshire on Friday. Martin Truex, Jr. was the fastest at 28.517 seconds (133.562 mph). The hot lap came in the final couple of minutes in the practice session during a mock …

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Jeff Gordon to Replace Dale Earnhardt, Jr. at Indianapolis if Needed

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(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

Hendrick Motorsports General Manager Doug Duchardt announced Jeff Gordon could return to NASCAR if called upon by the team next week at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, subbing for an injured Dale Earnhardt, Jr. “I’m not going to speculate on what-ifs and all that stuff,” Duchardt said of Earnhardt’s situation during a Friday morning press conference at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “As …

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