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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBCSN App Missing NASCAR’s Speed

2016 Pocono Ii Cup Chris Buescher Pack Racing Logan Whitton Nkp

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Rain delays are brutal in NASCAR for a bunch of reasons.  It kills exposure for the race, for one.  For us at Frontstretch, it messes up our article schedule for days on end.  But for all the frustration she causes some good can always come out of Mother Nature’s wrath.  For example, certain drivers that might …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Erik Jones & Daniel Suarez Taking Opposite Paths to the Chase

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(Photo: Russel LaBounty/NKP)

Halfway through the 2016 XFINITY Series season, there are two drivers who stand out as the biggest championship contenders.  Those drivers are the Joe Gibbs Racing duo of Erik Jones and Daniel Suarez.  Both are among the lucky few regulars who have won a race this year.  Jones has won twice, at Bristol and Dover.  Suarez, …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Kyle Busch Crushes the Field Again

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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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Kyle Busch Slays Field for 2nd Kentucky Win

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By how fast Kyle Busch drove in Friday’s Alsco 300, it’s quite the surprise that it’s his first victory at Kentucky Speedway in 12 years. Leading 185 of 201 laps, Busch – outside of a constant threat by teammate Erik Jones – had the field covered en route to his 81st XFINITY Series win and …

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Tracking the Trucks: William Byron Scores 4th Career Win at Kentucky Speedway

2016 Nascar Camping World Truck Series, Kentucky

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In a Nutshell: William Byron scored his third win in the last four races and his fourth overall when he took the checkered flag 0.190 seconds ahead of John Hunter Nemechek in thursday night’s Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 at Kentucky Speedway. Byron held off a hard-charging Nemechek and Daniel Hemric in the final …

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Daniel Suarez Claims Truck Series Pole at Kentucky Speedway

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(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

Searching to give Kyle Busch Motorsports a series best 51st win, Daniel Suarez will lead the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series field to the green flag at Kentucky Speedway. Suarez’s 29.511-second lap served as the quickest in Thursday’s Keystone Light Pole Qualifying for the Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 at the 1.5-mile Kentucky oval. …

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Daniel Suarez Talks Breaking Through in NASCAR, Championship Hopes

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(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

Competing for wins and a championship is difficult in any series. Trying to do the same when you’re teammates with the greatest driver in series history and one of the few drivers that proved they can beat him? That sounds borderline impossible. Yet such is the situation Daniel Suarez finds himself in during the 2016 …

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Hidden Talent: Chase Format Highlights XFINITY Series Woes

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For the 14th time in 2016, the NASCAR XFINITY Series paddock roared to life for a race on Sunday at Iowa Speedway. For the 10th time, that race ended without a series regular in Victory Lane. Sure, Iowa was a little different tale than the usual – Sam Hornish, Jr. earned a redemptive victory in …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Sam Hornish, Jr. Wins One for the Family at Iowa

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In less than one week, Sam Hornish, Jr. went from standing on NASCAR’s sidelines to celebrating in Victory Lane. Making his first start of 2016, he jumped into Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 18 car as a replacement for rookie Matt Tifft, who sat out this weekend’s race at Iowa Speedway with a back injury. Hornish qualified …

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Sam Hornish, Jr. Takes Iowa Victory in 2016 Debut

2016 Iowa Speedway Nxs Sam Hornish Jr. Burnout Photo Credit Nascar Via Getty Images

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Without a NASCAR start since Nov. 2015, Sam Hornish, Jr. received a call to take the seat of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota for Sunday’s XFINITY Series race at Iowa Speedway, filling in for an injured Matt Tifft. On Sunday, Hornish gave the calls, leading 183 of 250 laps en route to winning the American Ethanol E15 …

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Happiness Is…The Brad Keselowski, Jeff Gordon Feud

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This column has pointed out some of the silliness surrounding how drivers can make the Chase in the first weekend of racing and then be able to cruise or test for a good portion of the season. That’s not to say that drivers don’t want to win on a weekly basis, but holding the big …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: Post-Michigan Edition

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The racing weekend at Michigan and Texas gave fans plenty of variety. Youth showed us their talents, restarts were crazy, at least two of the finishes were well worth waiting for and then there was a special groundhog appearance. Just your normal racing weekend. HOT Sooner or later Joey Logano was going to win a …

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