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5 Points To Ponder: 2018, The Year Of Your All New NASCAR

ONE: The New Guys When you write a weekly NASCAR column, even the shortest offseason in professional sports ends up feeling long without the constant drumbeat of minute-by-minute racing news. Sure, there’s a few weeks when you’re happy you don’t have to write a column or think about cars going fast and turning left. But, …

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Ryan Blaney, Kyle Busch, William Byron Fastest In 3 Daytona Practices

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Saturday was the official start of the 2018 NASCAR season. There was one morning practice and two afternoon practice sessions, all for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Work for the Advanced Auto Parts Clash was paired with the opening on-track time for next Sunday’s Daytona 500. In the morning Clash session, the Fords of …

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Beside the Rising Tide: All the Young Dudes

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The season hasn’t even gotten started yet and already, Kyle Busch is feeling aggrieved and voicing his displeasure (doesn’t he know doing so is the sole province of the media?) As usual, the NASCAR Media Tour itself was largely lost in an avalanche of words and predictions concerning the upcoming Super Bowl. Living here in the …

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NASCAR Top 10 Storylines 2017: Young Guns

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For many years, NASCAR had a logjam when it came to new talent in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Companies didn’t want to leave established stars for new drivers, especially with an economy as weak as it was. There have been two rookies from the 2008 to 2012 classes (Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski) …

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2017 NASCAR Cup Team Review: Hendrick Motorsports

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Hendrick Motorsports entered the 2017 season with momentum. Jimmie Johnson came into the season as the defending Cup Series champion, earning their seventh title in ten years and their first under the new format. After what appeared to be a lost regular season for the organization in 2016, Johnson’s push to the top gave the …

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Pace Laps: First-Timers Shine in Homestead Finale In NASCAR’s Top-3 Divisions

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Proper End to 2017 Championship – The favorites entering the playoffs were the ones battling nose-to-nose for the championship in the final laps Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The way it should have. From the beginning of the season, Kyle Busch (2015 champion) and Martin Truex Jr. (among the quickest cars …

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2017 Frontstretch Podcast: William Byron Breaks Through

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Listen to the latest Frontstretch Podcast about William Byron‘s XFINITY Series championship with Tom Bowles, Dustin Albino, Zach Catanzareti, and Joseph Wolkin. In a special edition of the Frontstretch Podcast live from Homestead-Miami Speedway, a handful of our writers (Dustin, Zach, Joe and Tom) break down Saturday’s XFINITY Series championship race. William Byron earned his first NASCAR title, sneaking by Elliott Sadler in …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Cole Custer Earns 1st Victory, William Byron Captures Title

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Saturday’s Ford EcoBoost 300 was the Cole Custer show — everyone else was second-class. The driver of the No. 00 grabbed the lead for the first time shortly after lap 10 and put on a quite the battle with Tyler Reddick for the race lead until lap 60. Right after the beginning of the second …

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Cole Custer Wins 1st Race, William Byron Takes XFINITY Title in Homestead

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The NASCAR XFINITY Series championship came down to an epic battle between teammates. In the end, the youngster edged out the veteran as William Byron won the series title at age 19. “This is an incredible feeling,” Byron said. “I’m just very thankful for everyone who made it happen.” But it all happened behind Cole …

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William Byron Fastest in Ford EcoBoost 300 Final Practice

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JR Motorsports’ William Byron appears to be in a very good position to have a great run on Saturday.  The XFINITY Series rookie and championship contender was fastest overall with a lap of 32.513 seconds (166.087 mph), the fastest XFINITY lap of the day. Byron’s quick time was eight-hundredths of a second faster than Richard …

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William Byron Expecting Clean Race for XFINITY Championship in Homestead

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For William Byron, he couldn’t have handpicked his three competitors for the NASCAR XFINITY Series championship any better. Two are teammates and one is a longtime competitor/friend. For Saturday’s Ford EcoBoost 300 from Homestead-Miami Speedway, JR Motorsports rookie Byron will have teammates Elliott Sadler and Justin Allgaier alongside in the Championship 4. Former Legend Car …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Previewing the Championship

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William Byron celebrating at Phoenix (photo: Logan Whitton / NKP)

Now that 32 races are in the books, and thousands of miles have run, the Championship 4 for the XFINITY Series championship is set following last weekend’s race at Phoenix International Raceway. That means that by the end of the week, there will be at least one new champion in NASCAR. The trio of JR …

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