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Todd Parrott Out as Leavine Family Racing Crew Chief

2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Michigan

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The driver of the No. 95 for Leaving Family Racing isn’t the only thing that’s changing next season. Todd Parrott, crew chief of the No. 95 Chevrolet piloted by Michael McDowell this season, has been relieved of his duties with the team, effective immediately. The team broke the news with a tweet early Monday morning. …

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4 Burning Questions: Who Will Surprise Us All at Talladega?

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Apache Warrior 400 Dover International Speedway, Dover, DE USA Friday 29 September 2017 David Ragan, Front Row Motorsports, TheHouse.Com Ford Fusion World Copyright: Logan Whitton NKP

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Who Could Be a Surprise Cup Winner on Sunday? NASCAR’s Talladega week is where it gets fun for us writers. We get to publish our outlandish, bold winners who we predict may make us look like geniuses for once in our nine-month season. In this week’s Frontstretch Podcast powered by DraftKings, we added a little …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBC Benefits from Rule, Pounds Playoff Theme

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bank of America 500 Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, NC Sunday 8 October 2017 Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing, Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry and Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing, Jimmy John's Ford Fusion World Copyright: Russell LaBounty NKP

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Last weekend’s action in Charlotte was quite difficult, and not because of anything NASCAR did.  The weather simply wreaked havoc on everything. Before we even get started, we must talk about the timeslot change for Sunday’s Bank of America 500.  That was only possible thanks to two factors.  One was an agreeable TV partner in …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Charlotte Edition

Chase Elliot Charlotte Cup Fall 2017 Yvonne Leonard

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The rain may have stayed away from Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday afternoon, but Martin Truex Jr. couldn’t stay away from Victory Lane. Truex just reinforced the idea of what most in NASCAR already know: He is a virtual lock to be one of the Championship 4 in the final race at Homestead. That’s not to say …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not: The Late Edition

2017 Loudon Cup Erik Jones Car Phil Allaway

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Sometimes circumstances happen that are completely out of your control that prevents you from doing something you enjoy. That’s the case with the late version of this week’s column and that was the case with a few drivers during Sunday’s race at Hampshire, who would’ve much rather finished up front rather than in the back. …

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Michael McDowell: ‘I’m Not Done Yet’

MIchael McDowell New Hampshire

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Michael McDowell is searching for options after Leavine Family Racing announced it will have Kasey Kahne on board for the 2018 season. Soon after Kahne won July’s Brickyard 400, he became one of the hottest free agents on the market, and his talents are being taken to LFR. While the team would like to have two cars down the road, they’ve …

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5 Points to Ponder: A Sluggish Start to the NASCAR Playoffs — Why?

2017 Michigan II CUP Jimmie Johnson helmet Nigel Kinrade NKP

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ONE: Sluggish Start to NASCAR’s 10-Race Playoff It’s fair to say for NASCAR that it hasn’t been the compelling start to the 2017 playoffs the powers that be at Daytona Beach, Fla.,  would have wanted. We’ve had two poor races with limited-to-no excitement. There hasn’t been a great deal of passing, not really any it seems …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kyle Busch Sneaks by With New Hampshire Win


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Who’s In The Headline After events conspired against him at Chicagoland Speedway, the stars aligned for Kyle Busch in Loudon to allow him to win his 41st career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. He was in second place at the mid-point of the race when Kevin Harvick spun and ended up sideways in the middle …

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2017 Frontstretch Podcast Powered by DraftKings – Episode 28: Playoffs, Please

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Overton’s 301 New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, NH USA Sunday 16 July 2017 Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing, Busch Beer Ford Fusion and Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing, FedEx Office Toyota Camry World Copyright: Rusty Jarrett NKP

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Episode 28: Playoffs, Please Frontstretch Podcast with Dustin Albino, Davey Segal and Zach Catanzareti In this week’s episode brought to you by DraftKings, Dustin, Davey and Zach recap the opening round of the playoffs from Chicagoland, discussing pit road problems and possible trouble afoot for some top contenders. We also debate Kasey Kahne’s move to Leavine Family Racing for 2018 and compare …

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2-Headed Monster: Will Leavine Family Racing Resurrect Kasey Kahne’s Career?

2017 Kansas I CUP Kasey Kahne Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

On Tuesday afternoon, Leavine Family Racing announced Kasey Kahne will join the organization next season, replacing Michael McDowell. Hendrick Motorsports will release Kahne at the end of the 2017 season, and he was without a ride for a handful of weeks. McDowell now joins the circus of remaining free agents for the upcoming 2018 season. …

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Did You Notice?: The Legend Of Allstate Kasey Kahne Lives On

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Did You Notice? … The powerful resume of Kasey Kahne? This year’s Brickyard 400 victory, combined with years of wooing major sponsorship, tipped the scales for single-car Leavine Family Racing. Despite a major leap forward with Michael McDowell this season, on-track potential wasn’t enough to keep the ride. “We look at this as an opportunity for …

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Kasey Kahne Signs with Leavine Family Racing for 2018

2017 Fontana CUP Kasey Kahne Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Kasey Kahne, winner of 18 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races over 14 years, including this year’s Brickyard 400, will be joining Leavine Family Racing starting with the 2018 season. Owned by Bob Leavine, LFR is a small team that is in the middle of its second full-time season in MENCS competition after five part-time seasons. …

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