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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2020 South Point 400

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Kurt Busch’s out-of-nowhere hometown win came as he used every advantage presented to him by a caution that fell at just the right time. He snagged the South Point 400’s checkered flag for his first win of the year and secured a berth in the next …

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Kurt Busch Gets Lucky in Las Vegas, Wins the South Point 400

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In his last trip to Las Vegas Motor Speedway before a NASCAR Cup Series retirement and transition to INDYCAR, Jimmie Johnson hoped for a solid run in the 2020 South Point 400 to close it out. Little did he know, the seven-time NASCAR champion would become the pivotal crux that determined the outcome of Sunday’s …

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Power Rankings: Dirty Dozen Edition

Kevin Harvick racing with Kyle Busch in 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Bristol Night race, NKP

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Bristol Motor Speedway is considering importing dirt? If this isn’t an indictment of the current template for NASCAR as it applies to short track racing, I am not sure what else it would be. Since Speedway Motorsports Inc., has decided to add traction compound at the bottom of this track, the racing has gotten much …

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Power Rankings: No Longer the Action Track Edition

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They used to call Richmond Raceway the “Action Track,” but after racing 400 laps without a non-manufactured caution flag, they might need to forget that nickname ever existed. This isn’t the fault of the track. This isn’t the fault of the drivers. This is the fault of a rules package that makes a gentle rub …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Matt DiBenedetto Talks Making Postseason, Difference in Packages at Darlington

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Subscribe: iTunes In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss the difference in aerodynamic packages being on display at Darlington Raceway, leading to a mediocre Southern 500 and one of the best NASCAR races of the season with the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Kevin Harvick took advantage of an incident involving Martin Truex Jr. and …

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Power Rankings: 1 Down, 9 to Go Edition

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All season, Kevin Harvick has been very good. Heading into the Southern 500, he had won seven times already this year and had more top-five and top-10 finishes than anyone else. But one thing he has not been until Sunday (Sept. 6) was being lucky! In one of the crown jewels of stock car racing, …

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Stock Car Scoop: NASCAR Playoff Drivers at Media Day

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It was media day for the NASCAR playoff drivers and unlike normal circumstances, it was done virtually. Kevin Harvick was asked about if it as hard to stay up at the front of the point standings than it was during the 1990s. What was his answer? Find out in this edition of Stock Car Scoop. …

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Friday Faceoff: Which Cup Driver Is the Best Available Free Agent?

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While there is little debate about which open NASCAR Cup Series ride is the best, which free agent driver do you think is the best long-term prospect? Luken Glover: There are a solid list of guys, such as Erik Jones, Corey LaJoie and Bubba Wallace. While Jones is a very desirable talent, LaJoie is someone to keep …

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4 Burning Questions: Is BMW Joining NASCAR?

2018 IWSC BMW M8 GTE Car BMW-Motorsport

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So is BMW coming to NASCAR? For years now, one of NASCAR’s stated goals with the next generation racecar (to be fully implemented in 2022) has been to attract new car manufacturers to the sport. This week, that desire finally seemed to be reciprocated. Better with BMW. — BMW USA (@BMWUSA) September 3, 2020 This …

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Alex Bowman Believes Team Is ‘Pointed in the Right Direction’ for Playoffs

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At the start of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season, Alex Bowman and the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports team came out of the gates guns blazing. But as the season progressed, Bowman was often nowhere to be found, rarely running inside the top 10. Prior to NASCAR shutting down its season for 10 weeks due …

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Power Rankings: Here Come the Playoffs Edition

2020 Daytona NCS Kevin Harvick Regular Season Champion NASCAR Media

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It’s amazing how much has changed in all the many years since I started following NASCAR as a kid back in the late 1960s and ’70s. Thankfully, the racing is much safer. Can I hear a “Hallelujah” that we get live races every week? But one curious development is that back in the day, finishing …

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NASCAR Mailbox: What Effect Does Jimmie Johnson’s Success Have on Rest of Hendrick Motorsports?

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Jimmie Johnson has been the core of Hendrick Motorsports for so many years, at least since Jeff Gordon’s departure. But even before that, he could be considered better than Gordon was. Throughout his struggles over the last few seasons, Hendrick Motorsports as a whole has not had a stellar run. But the last two weeks, …

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