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Fantasy Insider: The Short and Long of It All at Bristol

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I had the pleasure of being in the Charlotte area this week and spent one of those days doing something that I had wanted to do for quite some time. That was take a tour (of sorts) of several NASCAR team buildings and shops. These weren’t scheduled, it was just sort of a random thing …

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Mirror Driving: System Failure, Strategy vs. Speed, and Future Stars

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Welcome to Mirror Driving. Every week, your favorite columnists sit down and give their opinion about the latest NASCAR news, rumors and controversy. Love us or hate us, make a comment below and tell us how you feel about what we’ve said! This Week’s Participants: Amy Henderson (Mondays / The Big Six & Wednesdays / …

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Fantasy Insider: Road Course Ringer Equals Marcos or ‘Dinger

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When it came to making fantasy auto racing picks for road courses, for years it seemed like a safe bet to look at the so-called road ringers and try to pick up a top 10 finish with a cheap or rarely used driver. But taking a look back at the last three road course races, …

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Did You Notice? … NASCAR Talent: Then And Now

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Did You Notice? … How hard it is to gain a foothold in this sport? More than ever, talented drivers find themselves inside a shrinking window of opportunity. The number of available rides has shrunk, combined with the funding now necessary to pair them within a top-tier organization. Having cash on hand and helping bridge …

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The Frontstretch Five: Memorable Modern-Era Rookie Campaigns

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Welcome to the Frontstretch Five, a brand-new column for 2014! Each week, Amy Henderson takes a look at the racing, the drivers, and the storylines that drive NASCAR and produces a list of five people, places, things, and ideas that define the current state of our sport. This week, Amy has five rookie campaigns that …

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Pocono

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Dale Earnhardt, Jr. made another statement as to why he’s a top contender to win the 2014 Sprint Cup Championship Sunday, sweeping both races at Pocono and scoring his third win of the season. To put this year’s performance into perspective, Junior won only one race in the past five seasons. It was an up …

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Austin Dillon to Drive Spraker Racing Car in NASCAR K&N Series Race at Watkins Glen International

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Spraker Racing Enterprises Inc. announced that NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Austin Dillon will drive the team’s No. 37 Chevrolet in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, Bully Hill Vineyards 125 at Watkins Glen International on August 8th. Dillon, a regular in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series where he pilots the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing …

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Tracking The Trucks: Dillon Takes Pocono Mountains 150

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In a Nutshell: Austin Dillon took control at Pocono when Kyle Larson’s engine went south, then survived a flurry of late restart battles with Clint Bowyer to win his first Truck Series race since Eldora last July. Dillon, who hadn’t won in any of NASCAR’s top three series since then, prevailed in an event that …

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Fantasy Insider: NASCAR Flat Track Fortunes

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Can Dale Earnhardt, Jr. complete the Pocono sweep this weekend at Pocono?

This is generally considered the hottest time of the year in most parts of the nation and when you’re looking for good fantasy picks for your team, you’re looking for who the hottest drivers will be. One driver in the past capable of running off a rare winning streak in NASCAR was Jeff Gordon. He …

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NASCAR Mailbox: The Sport from an Outsider’s Perspective

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The cool thing about having a fairly large staff of writers here at Frontstretch means, though we’re tied together by a passion for auto racing, we come from multiple walks of life. I’ve been a NASCAR fan longer than probably anything else except really good burritos, but the thing about my chosen industry — the music …

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Chasing the Chase Will Influence How Teams Hit the Bricks

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The Sprint Cup Series returns to action at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Sunday after its final week off of the season. The question now with the Chase spots being on the line,  will they be racing the same way by being worried about nothing but wins, or concerned about points? Clearly, there are going to …

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