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Frontstretch Podcast: Aric Almirola Talks New Aero Package, Group Qualifying, Chaotic Restarts

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino, Mike Neff and Aric Almirola discuss the new aerodynamic package that was displayed at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and how it led to wild restarts and a peculiar qualifying session last Friday (March 1). Almirola states the race was exciting, and that’s what he enjoys as a …

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Odds & Ends: TicketGuardian 500

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The biggest debate among NASCAR fans and media was typical: Was Las Vegas a good race? Over the years, one thing is for sure, whenever that question arises, we are not likely to see the race we just saw featured on a NASCAR Classics presentation down the road. The Pennzoil 400 wasn’t a horrible race …

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The 12: NASCAR Power Rankings Pennzoil 400 Edition

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Defending champion Joey Logano held off his Team Penske teammate Brad Keselowski to claim the win in the Pennzoil 400. Is the duo of Logano and Keselowski the ones to beat as NASCAR transitions to the new aero package era? After another spectacular weekend which included the capture of two checkered flags, is Kyle Busch …

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The Frontstretch 5: ISM Numbers to Watch & Why They’re Important

#4: Kevin Harvick, Stewart Haas Racing, Ford Mustang Jimmy John's Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

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1. It’s been Kevin Harvick’s personal playground, but… Harvick has a whopping nine wins in Phoenix. Wins are, of course, the name of the game, so they’re important. He’s is the all-time win leader at ISM Raceway; next on the list is Jimmie Johnson with four, less than half of Harvick’s total. You can look …

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5 Points to Ponder: Penske Acing NASCAR’s Season-Long Experiment

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Everything is Different, But Not in the Same Way Remember back to your high school science class (or college courses, if you majored in something science-related in college)? You undoubtedly learned about the scientific method, and how the best way to figure out if a change in one variable led to a desired outcome was …

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Beside The Rising Tide: NASCAR’s Great Expectations

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Joey Logano had a reason to feel good about the 2019 aero package (credit: Nigel Kinraid)

Some weeks a topic for my weekly column is self-evident and screams for attention. Some weeks (Hell, most weeks) I hear more of a whisper….or the sounds of silence. Thus this week I present some random notes based on topics I scribbled down in my notebook over the course of the weekend. In Summation: The …

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Up to Speed: New Aero Package Produces Old Results

#20: Erik Jones, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry Sportclips, #19: Martin Truex Jr., Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry Bass Pro Shops, #18: Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry M&m's Chocolate Bar And #11: Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry Fedex Office Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

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If Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is any indication, what is new is old again.  After an offseason of making plans, running tests and speculating what the future might hold, NASCAR used the full version of its new Cup Series aero package for the Pennzoil 400. The cars …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 Pennzoil 400

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Defending Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Joey Logano made it two for two in intermediate track races for Team Penske this year. He followed up last week’s win by teammate Brad Keselowski, putting the No. 22 car in Victory Lane for the first time in 2019 …

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Pace Laps: Penske’s Power & The Kyle Busch Show In Las Vegas

#51: Kyle Busch, Kyle Busch Motorsports, Toyota Tundra Cessna Celebrates His Win

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Penske Powerhouse Las Vegas Motor Speedway showed us NASCAR still has kinks to work out with its new handling package. Cars struggled to pass each other on long runs, the field spread out considerably and slower speeds resulted in a caution free race aside from stage breaks. The racing up …

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Joey Logano Holds Off Teammate for Las Vegas Win

#22: Joey Logano, Team Penske, Ford Mustang Pennzoil

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Brad Keselowski was the hunter and Joey Logano was the hunted Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. And in this hunt, it was Logano who survived the fight to score victory in Sunday’s (Mar. 3) Pennzoil 400. The Team Penske teammates jumped to the top two positions and held them for a 40-lap run to …

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Odds & Ends: Las Vegas

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Jon Bon Jovi and Jennifer Nettles were wrong — sometimes you can come home! Mister Peabody and his boy Sherman will take you on a magical journey in their way-back machine to the year 2000, when NASCAR wise guy writers Butch Bellah, Ren Jonsin and Dennis Michelsen launched Frontstretch. The site has grown a lot …

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The 12: NASCAR Power Rankings Folds of Honor Quik Trip 500 Edition

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Brad Keselowski found some Atlanta magic as he was able to use the new highly anticipated aero package to his advantage. While there are still many unknowns to figure out with the new package, does Keselowski’s victory suggest he is the favorite with the new rules? After earning his first pole in six years, is …

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