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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2015 STP 500 at Martinsville

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It seems, for the time being, that Joe Gibbs Racing is back. JGR cars took three of the top-five finishing positions at Martinsville including David Ragan (fifth), Matt Kenseth (fourth) and winner Denny Hamlin. Carl Edwards finished in 17th position. Hamlin did not lead the most laps, but he led the one that mattered most, …

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Tweet ‘N’ Greet: Aric Almirola, Clint Bowyer, Plus More!

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Frontstretch will scour Twitter weekly looking for some of the best social media posts from your favorite drivers, crews and NASCAR personalities. These were some of our favorite tweets from the previous week and we hope you enjoy them as well! As I was walking out the door for DC trip today I heard ole …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Martinsville Serves as Showcase for FOX Sports 1

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Last weekend saw the Sprint Cup Series compete in the first of what will be seven point races (plus the Sprint Showdown and Sprint All-Star Race) on FOX Sports 1. It’s a pretty big deal. Last week, I noted that I would cover the Verizon IndyCar Series opener here in Couch Potato Tuesday as well. …

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MPM2Nite: The Easter Bunny, Hot Dogs, Villainous James Hamlin & Other Musings

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The debate continues unabated; does NASCAR throw caution flags for debris that either doesn’t exist or if it does is of little to no potential harm to spice up races when the field gets too strung out? How hot a debate topic has the issue become? It’s caused widespread dissension amongst the normally amicable staff …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: 2015 STP 500 at Martinsville Edition

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This version of the column is a little different this week, as I was fortunate enough to attend Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Martinsville as a fan. So here goes. Burnouts (On Fire) Yes, for once, let’s give the winner of Sunday’s race, Denny Hamlin, some kudos for his post-race burnout. Sure, you can watch …

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Denny Hamlin Wins 2015 STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway

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Joe Gibbs Racing is having a great year, but Toyota needs two successful teams to compete with Chevrolet and Ford. (Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

It had been over a year since Toyota won on a non-restrictor plate track but on Sunday Denny Hamlin and his No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing team ended that drought when he won the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway. It’s Hamlin’s first win of the season and the 25th of his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series …

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Tweet ‘N’ Greet: Elliott Sadler, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. & More

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Every week Frontstretch will scour Twitter looking for some of the best tweets from your favorite NASCAR drivers, media members and other personalities involved in the sport. These are some of our favorite posts from the previous week and we hope you enjoy them, too! A little golf and green beer today. It's very nice! …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2015 Auto Club 400 at Fontana

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Kevin Harvick came awfully close to sweeping the west coast swing but had to battle his Stewart-Haas teammate Kurt Busch to do so. What they didn’t see was Brad Keselowski and his four fresh tires (Harvick and Busch only took two) who passed them both on the second green-white-checkered finish to score his first win …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not In NASCAR: 2015 STP 500 at Martinsville Edition

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Burnouts (Hot) Timing can be everything in life, so when Brad Keselowski charged to the front on the final lap Sunday afternoon at Fontana, he put himself on the hot list. Keselowski has been pretty good this year, but not quite good enough to make it to victory lane. It appeared that was going to …

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Number Crunching Fantasy Forecast: 2015 Auto Club 400 at Fontana

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We were on track to have a pretty good team last week but Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s bad luck spelled doom for us. We are going to have bad weeks from time to time, so this week, it’s time to dust ourselves off and get back to work. The drivers didn’t run too many laps in …

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The Frontstretch 5: Items on NASCAR’s Needs List

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Welcome to the Frontstretch Five! Each week, Amy Henderson takes a look at the racing, the drivers and the storylines that drive NASCAR and produces a list of five people, places, things and ideas that define the current state of our sport. This week, Amy has five things that should be at the top of …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2015 CampingWorld.com 500 at Phoenix

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The Sprint Cup Series hasn’t seen this kind of domination in decades. Including 2014, Kevin Harvick collected his seventh straight top-two finish and second-straight victory of the season. Sunday’s win was also Harvick’s fourth straight at Phoenix. The top 10 in the Power Rankings after Las Vegas kept the momentum going for the second round of …

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