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The Frontstretch 5: Big Questions As NASCAR Enters 2019

2019 Daytona Clash Cup Paul Menard Pack Racing Nkp

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1. What will the new aerodynamic package look like in real time? That’s the big question that everyone is asking, but don’t expect the answer to be immediate or definitive. The low horsepower, high downforce package will debut at Atlanta Motor Speedway in a week and a half, but don’t expect what you see there …

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Up to Speed: From the Big 3 to the 4 Horsemen

2019 Daytona Cup Zach Catanzareti Joey Logano

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One year ago, rising stars and young guns were the talk of the NASCAR world.  However, a small group of veteran racers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series quickly took those newcomers to school.  Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. combined to win 11 of the season’s first 14 races.  Observers regularly referred …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 Advance Auto Parts Clash

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Obviously, everyone is talking about Jimmie Johnson.  His detractors are talking about the multi-car wreck he may or may not have triggered in what ultimately set up the win. His fans are just happy he won, even if it is a non-points event, because, well, it’s …

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Joey Logano, Ford Win Crash-Marred Advance Auto Parts Clash Practice at Daytona

Joey Logano 2018 Ford Ecoboost 400 Practice

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Joey Logano proved it’s good to be the champ, posting the fastest speed in an eventful Advance Auto Parts Clash practice Saturday (Feb. 9) at Daytona International Speedway. Logano led another strong performance by Ford, which saw its cars take five of the top 10 positions on the speed chart. The new Mustang, whose manufacturer …

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2019 NASCAR TV Preview: It’s Time to Get Ready for NASCAR On FOX

Nascar Hall Of Fame Voting Day

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Welcome back to yet another full season of TV opinion, my 11th year of critiquing NASCAR broadcasts.  Jeepers. We’re on the verge of the first major race weekend of the season.  The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series has Daytona 500 qualifying and the Advance Auto Parts Clash on tap.  Meanwhile, the ARCA Racing Series presented …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Best of 2018

2018 Homestead Cup Zach Catanzareti Joey Logano

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In a special offseason episode of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino, Mike Neff and Zach Catanzareti discuss the best of 2018. The gang kicks it off by discussing their favorite paint scheme of the year, excluding the Darlington throwback paint schemes. Next, we talk about our favorite quotes and finishes of 2018, some of which go hand-in-hand (Chicagoland Speedway and Kyle …

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2018 NASCAR Driver Reviews: Joey Logano

2018 Joey Logano Talladega Cup

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It’s perhaps poetic that Joey Logano won his first Cup title in 2018, as his Ford 400 win came on the same Sunday that Matt Kenseth’s career came to a close. After all, had it not been for a run-in with Kenseth at Martinsville in the fall of 2015, Logano may well have had a …

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2018 Top NASCAR Storylines: Martinsville Changed Everything

2018 Martinsville Finish Zach Catanzareti Cup Joey Logano

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Coming into the 2018 NASCAR Playoffs, the talk of the town was about three drivers. “The Big Three” drivers in the sport: Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. Raise your hand if you had Joey Logano beating them all in the winner-take-all season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway to earn his first career Cup …

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2018 Top NASCAR Storylines: Ford Shocks the NASCAR World

#14: Clint Bowyer, Stewart Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Cummins/rush Truck Centers #41: Kurt Busch, Stewart Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Monster Energy / Haas Automation #4: Kevin Harvick, Stewart Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Jimmy John's #10: Aric Almirola, Stewart Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Smithfield Bacon For Life

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The dominance of the Blue Oval is back in NASCAR. For the first time since 2002, Ford took home the manufacturer’s title, finally grabbing it back from Toyota and Chevrolet. In a year that saw struggles unlike any other season for the Bow Tie group, the Ford squad made sure to take advantage. With Roush …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: A Look Back at NASCAR 2018 and a Glimpse Ahead

Joey Logano & Team Penske 2018 Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Champions

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Who’s in the headline When it was all said and done at Homestead-Miami Speedway, it was Joey Logano holding up the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship trophy. Logano was the least decorated of the four finalists but was running as well as anyone when the final four races of the season took place. Unlike …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Wrapping Up Homestead

Joey Logano 2018 Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Champion

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It’s a fun Frontstretch Podcast this week, as the trio of Dustin Albino, Mike Neff and Zach Catanzareti discuss championship weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Joey Logano claimed the race win and the championship on Sunday, clinching his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title. We break down how the No. 22 team elevated throughout the playoffs, how it won in South Beach and could …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Homestead

Joey Logano 2018 Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Champion

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Entering Homestead, the Championship 4 was labeled as one of the best fields of four we have ever seen. Sunday’s race was proof that the label wasn’t false as all four championship contenders had a chance. The feud between Joey Logano and Martin Truex Jr. was rekindled at the end and ended the same way it did …

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