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NASCAR Mailbox: A Tribute to Steve Byrnes, Driver vs. Crew Chief & Bristol

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The definition of respect is “a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements,” and this is exactly the feeling that I have for Steve Byrnes. Always the consummate professional covering the sport we all love, Byrnes was not just well-respected by NASCAR media, but by drivers, and …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Waltrip Double Trouble in Texas

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Oh boy, we’ve got a double dose of Waltrip this week in Couch Potato Tuesday. That’s never a great sign. Duck Commander 500 Even with the Robertsons hanging around Texas Motor Speedway last weekend, and everything that comes with them hanging around, the Waltrips once again stole the show in Texas. That’s not necessarily a …

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Friday Faceoff: Concerns Surrounding NASCAR Health & Tires

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1) Kyle Larson. Should we be concerned? Are you? Or should we chalk it up as a bizarre health incident? Vito Pugliese, Senior Writer: Number of times I have passed out without alcohol involved: zero. It is not normal to pass out in the middle of the day, even after scribbling your name a few …

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Happiness Is… Off Weeks, Texas, Tony & More

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So the early off-week in the motorsports calendar has now passed and it’s time to get ready and energized for racing to resume. This weekend is another one that’s fun-filled and action-packed, or at least that’s how it’s supposed to be. But to play the game that Tom Bowles does every week, let’s hit upon …

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Did You Notice? A Quick Look Inside the NASCAR Numbers

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Did You Notice? Six races into 2014, the difference between sixth and 20th in the Cup standings is just 35 points? However, the difference between first and sixth is 90 points, with Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr., Brad Keselowski and Kasey Kahne creating some distance between themselves and the rest of the field. It’s an …

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Tweet ‘N’ Greet: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s Blue, Kevin Harvick’s Parenting & More!

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Every week Frontstrech will scour Twitter looking for some of the best tweets from your favorite drivers, NASCAR executives and media members. The tweets below are our picks from the previous week and we hope you enjoy them! We're off this weekend. They could have pink-slipped these wack officials and borrowed our pit-road cameras. #nascar …

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The Frontstretch 5: Feel-Good Stories Kicking Off 2015

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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 says there are some storylines that just make you smile. …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: 2015 Duck Commander 500 at Texas Edition

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Burnouts (Hot) Since the Sprint Cup series was off this past weekend due to the holidays, it’s just a little more difficult to tell who is hot and who is not. Maybe it should be who hasn’t cooled off after Martinsville. One driver that will continue to be on the favorites list each week is …

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

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(Photo: Amy Henderson, Frontstretch)

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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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 STP 500 at Martinsville

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Who’s in the headline – Denny Hamlin and his Joe Gibbs Racing teammates have struggled for over a year to get its cars back into Victory Lane. The cure for what ails a team can be heading to a place where the driver feels extra comfortable. With four Ridgeway clocks already in his home, Martinsville Speedway …

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