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Turn Back the Clock: 2006 NASCAR Season, Part 1 of 7

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Casey Mears was going to decide the 2006 Daytona 500, that much was clear. On the white flag lap of a green-white-checkered finish to the Great American Race, Mears was running third, behind leader Jimmie Johnson and Ryan Newman as the pack broke up to race each other behind the front three. In front of …

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Turn Back the Clock NASCAR 2004: A New Era Begins With the Chase

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As we think about the last 20-25 years in NASCAR, there are several special seasons that jump out at us. One of those, and maybe the most crucial one, was NASCAR 2004. Why? The reasons are plentiful. NASCAR 2004 featured the introduction of the Chase, the sport’s introduction to a playoff system. The first edition …

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Stock Car Scoop: NASCAR iRacing Update Through Easter, Plus… Jimmie Johnson Opens Door For 2021?

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The stars of stock car racing took to the track in their simulators this week as NBC hosted the latest form of NASCAR iRacing, their Short Track Challenge. Who came out on top? Find out in the April 10, 2020 edition of Stock Car Scoop on Frontstretch with Bryan Nolen. Frontstretch will also tell you …

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Frontstretch Podcast: iRacing Shenanigans, Tyler Reddick Talks Rookie Season

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss Sunday’s iRacing Pro Invitational Series at virtual Bristol Motor Speedway, which saw veteran iRacer William Byron get the win. The biggest news coming out of the Bristol race was Blue-Emu deciding to drop its sponsorship from Bubba Wallace after he “rage quit” following an incident …

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IndyCar iRacing Challenge: What We Learned From Barber

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The IndyCar iRacing Challenge rolled on this weekend with the Virtual Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, the second race of the six-race series. Taking place the day before the 2020 Indy Grand Prix of Alabama was scheduled to run, the event did its best to replicate what racing at Barber Motorsports Park would have …

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The Frontstretch 5: Good Reasons to Give eRacing a 2nd Look

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With racing of all kinds temporarily suspended, race fans find themselves with limited options. There are plenty of old races online, but the outcome is already a known entity. And then there’s eRacing. NASCAR has sanctioned multiple series since last year, and they already had a healthy audience. But the sport has enjoyed a bump …

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Fire on Fridays: Brad Keselowski Should Stay at Team Penske

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The NASCAR Cup Series will see plenty of change in 2021, from the cars to the schedule. But the biggest change may be the driver lineups at each team, as nearly a quarter of the Cup drivers are set to be free agents at the end of 2020. Arguably the biggest name of all those …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Is Toyota Up to Par With the Other Manufacturers So Far?

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It is no secret that the Toyota teams have not been as strong as they would like to be to begin this season in the NASCAR Cup Series. Even though Denny Hamlin captured his third Daytona 500 victory, the other teams have seemed to lack speed throughout the first four weeks. We are used to …

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The Frontstretch 5: Longest-Tenured NASCAR Cup Series Drivers

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It’s hard to survive in NASCAR’s top series. It’s success that usually breeds longevity, and the NASCAR Cup Series is rife with successful veteran drivers. Who’s been around the longest? Here are the five full-time Cup drivers whose careers began the longest ago. Due to the structure of the rules for rookies at the time, …

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Friday Faceoff: Which Track Will Go Down As Jimmie Johnson’s Best?

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The Next Gen car in the NASCAR Cup Series will feature a single lug nut to be removed during pit stops. Is this a positive move, and what impact will it have? Adam Cheek: I’m very in the middle. It’s positive in that there’s less of a chance for loose wheels to be an issue, since …

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Power Rankings: Fontana Edition

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Two races on downforce tracks in a row have given us a better look at which teams have improved for the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season. There is no doubt that Hendrick Motorsports is better and that isn’t just because Bowman the Showman ended up in victory lane this past Sunday (March 1) at Auto …

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Did You Notice? There’s No I in Team, But There Is in Driver

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Did You Notice? How the Next Gen car’s change to single lug nuts for its wheels is just the latest example of how stock car racing is deviating further and further away from being a “team” sport?  Let’s just ignore for a second that going to a single lug nut removes one of the very …

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