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Did You Notice?: Jimmie Johnson’s Other Big Milestone

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Did You Notice? … The other milestones Jimmie Johnson could be chasing soon? Sure, the eighth championship stands out above all others. But Johnson’s 81st victory a little over a week ago came as a reminder he’s entering exclusive territory. That Texas triumph marked the 16th straight year Johnson has earned at least one Cup Series …

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5 Points to Ponder: NASCAR Seven Races Into 2017

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ONE: Toyota’s Tough Start Toyota, coming off its first NASCAR Cup manufacturer’s title, has tumbled out of the gate in 2017. Just two drivers – Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch – sit inside the top 10 in points, and only Truex has earned a victory thus far this season. Joe Gibbs Racing in particular has …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Darrell Waltrip Violates Scout Law at Martinsville

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Martinsville Speedway, oldest track in NASCAR and the one of the slowest.  This weekend, we got a different type of action at Martinsville.  Goodyear, with some help from warmer temperatures, finally came up with something that would lay down rubber on the concrete for what seems like the first time in ever.  As a result, …

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Up to Speed: Everything is Great at Martinsville

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In the still young 2017 season, NASCAR is trying to find reasons for fans to get excited.  First, there was the implementation of the new stage format.  Pre-determined cautions with points awarded to the top 10 drivers mid-race made for some initial curiosity at Daytona International Speedway. However, stage racing has mostly led to more aggressive …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Ryan Newman Stretches Tires to Douse Winless Drought in Phoenix

Who’s in the headline – Ryan Newman won the 2013 Brickyard 400 before he was released by Stewart-Haas Racing. He has managed several third-place finishes, but only one runner-up since. In typical Newman fashion, he stayed out on a late-race caution with old tires and managed to hold off Kyle Larson to steal the victory. …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not In NASCAR: Sunday Night Is Alright For Fighting

It took a while, but Sunday’s NASCAR race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway gave us the kind of finish we hoped for in what was mostly a calm day at the 1.5-mile track. Things got a little interesting at the end of each of the first two stages when Joey Logano, near the end of …

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2-Headed Monster: Can Danica Patrick Improve?

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This week’s Frontstretch NASCAR debate question: Danica Patrick had a strong performance during Speedweeks, finishing top 10 in both stages and contending until one of the big wrecks knocked her out. She followed it up with a 17th-place, lead-lap finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Is that a sign of things to come this season for NASCAR’s …

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Up to Speed: Better Finishes Ahead for Stewart-Haas Racing

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On a cloudy afternoon at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Stewart-Haas Racing came up empty handed when the checkered flag flew. But those clouds were not without a silver lining for the four-car organization. Just over one week ago, Kurt Busch and the No. 41 team were in the spotlight, with the 2004 series champion won the …

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2-Headed Monster: Can Danica Patrick Improve?

2016 Indianapolis Cup Danica Patrick Brett Moist Nkp

(Photo: Brett Moist/NKP)

The question this week: Danica Patrick had a strong performance during Speedweeks, finishing top 10 in both stages and contending until one of the big wrecks knocked her out. Is that a sign of things to come this season for NASCAR’s lone full-time female Cup driver or has the ship sailed on Danica improving at this …

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Second Big Wreck Collects Daytona 500 Contenders Johnson, Harvick

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The final segment to Sunday’s 59th Daytona 500 started off with a bang. It just wasn’t the dynamite several major contenders were looking for. A second major wreck, this one involving 17 cars eliminated seven-time Cup champ Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, and Danica Patrick, among others while changing the complexion of a race that had been …

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Danica Patrick Confident for Daytona 500

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Coming into 2017, Danica Patrick‘s best-career finish in any Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event was sixth in 2014 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Two races into the season, one of them being an exhibition event and she has notched a fourth-place effort in the Clash and a seventh in Thursday nights Can-Am Duels in preparation …

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Did You Notice? … Whether Change Can Keep NASCAR Afloat?

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Did You Notice? … Just a NASCAR change or two has descended upon us since we last came together? Since November, the sport has taken on a new title sponsor in Monster Energy, adopted a flurry of new rules designed to spice up competition, and split with tradition by chopping even the Daytona 500 into …

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