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Frontstretch Podcast: Previewing NASCAR Championship Weekend

Homestead Cup Racing

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It’s a fun Frontstretch Podcast this week, as the trio of Dustin Albino, Mike Neff and Zach Catanzareti break down all things Phoenix while previewing Championship Weekend in Homestead. With wins last weekend at ISM Raceway, Kyle Busch, Christopher Bell and Brett Moffitt punched their tickets to battle for a championship in the Cup, XFINITY and Truck series, respectively. Collectively, we break down the Cup …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After ISM Raceway II

2018 Cup Phoenix Ism Zach Catanzareti Kyle Busch

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New layout, a packed house and an exciting 312 laps took place on Sunday (Nov. 11) at ISM Raceway. Seven drivers entered the weekend chasing three spots for this weekend’s Championship 4 race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. One of those drivers didn’t have to win, but he did anyway. Kyle Busch was able to take his …

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5 Points to Ponder: Time to Crown a Champ, Plus Elliott Sadler’s Last Hurrah

Elliott Sadler

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ONE: Championship Weekend So, this is it, then. One more race for all the marbles. 267 laps and 400 miles on the progressive banking of the mile-and-a-half Homestead-Miami Speedway to determine the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion. Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch have made the Championship 4 four times out of a possible …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2018 Can-Am 500

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Let’s make it a pair this week. Shy of a win at Homestead (and even with one), you won’t hear much about a couple of drivers who will very likely drive quietly into the sunset after the checkers next week.  You didn’t hear much about them this week, …

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Up to Speed: Kevin Harvick Must Look Forward

2018 Cup Phoenix Ism Zach Catanzareti Kevin Harvick

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One week ago, Kevin Harvick looked like the odds-on favorite to win a second championship in NASCAR’s top division.  In fact, he rolled to a convincing victory at Texas Motor Speedway, winning both stages in the process.  Kyle Busch, likely Harvick’s biggest title threat, was a little bit off all day.  He finished an uninspiring …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kyle Busch Wins Phoenix, Kevin Harvick & Martin Truex Jr. Complete the Expected

2018 Cup Phoenix Ism Zach Catanzareti Kyle Busch

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Who’s in the headline Heading into Phoenix, everybody and their brother was positive Kevin Harvick was going to stomp the competition into submission and make a statement about his position as the unquestioned favorite heading into Homestead. Someone forgot to tell Kyle Busch as the Joe Gibbs Racing driver took advantage of mistakes by nearly …

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Fire on Friday: Racers Race — Deal With It

2018 Daytona Xfinity Zach Catanzareti Aric Almirola

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Why is everybody so mad? Oh, midterms. Right… But that’s not what made Martin Truex Jr. PO’d after Martinsville Speedway. Or Aric Almirola PO’d after Texas Motor Speedway last weekend. Or Kurt Busch PO’d after his teammate (don’t worry, we’ll circle back to that) passed him for a stage victory. The list goes on and on …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Justin Allgaier Talks Tricky Texas, Confidence Heading to Phoenix

Nascar Xfinity Series

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In this week’s Frontstretch Podcast Justin Allgaier calls in to help Dustin Albino and Mike Neff break down a crazy weekend of racing at Texas Motor Speedway. Allgaier discusses what it’s like racing for a win while having to save fuel near the end of a NASCAR XFINITY Series race. Despite believing crew chief Jason Burdett made the right call bringing …

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2-Headed Monster: Does Joey Logano Deserve The Hate?

2018 Cup Zach Catanzareti Martinsville Joey Logano

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Since entering the NASCAR world, Joey Logano has been a driver who many fans love to hate. The announcing of his name at driver introductions is nearly always met with boos, and that goes the same for some of his wins. On top of that, many of his fellow drivers have scoffed at some of …

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The Frontstretch 5: Title Contenders & Their Chances

2017 Las Vegas CUP Joey Logano Nigel Kinrade NKP

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1. The Closer It’s really hard to deny that Kevin Harvick is the most deserving title candidate so far. He leads the Cup Series in wins (eight), top fives (21), top 10s (27), laps led (1859) and total playoff points (51). Take away the playoffs and he’d be currently be tied for the points lead …

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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Texas II

#4: Kevin Harvick, Stewart Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Mobil 1

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The Closer finally closed the deal on Sunday in Fort Worth, Texas, picking up his eighth victory of 2018 by holding off Ryan Blaney in NASCAR overtime while also earning his spot in the Championship 4 at Homestead. While Kevin Harvick made a statement, Joey Logano added another name to his avoid list for Homestead …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBCSN Forced to Deal With Lack of NASCAR Texas Action

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Aaa Texas 500 Texas Motor Speedway Fort Worth, Tx Usa Friday 3 November 2017 Kurt Busch, Stewart Haas Racing, Haas Automation/monster Energy Ford Fusion World Copyright: John K Harrelson Nkp

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Since Texas Motor Speedway was repaved prior to last year, races there have been rather tepid.  Sunday’s (Nov. 4) AAA Texas 500 was the third Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race out of four to have exactly 16 lead changes.  That total’s already low but a lot of those 16 changes also came by way …

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