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Tech Talk: Trent Owens Speaks to Vertical Loads & Brakes for Bristol

Trent Owens Cup Charlotte 2017 Fall Mike Neff

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to the high-banked, concrete half-mile in the Smoky Mountains that is Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. Teams are faced with many different challenges getting the cars ready for the race — and completely different circumstances once the race begins. One thing is for sure: it is never boring …

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Frontstretch Podcast: The Kevin and Kyle Show & Silly Season Anticipation

#4: Kevin Harvick, Stewart Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Busch Light / Mobil 1 Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The latest episode of the 2018 Frontstretch Podcast features the Frontstretch duo of Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discussing the positives and negatives of a crucial week in NASCAR this season. Kevin Harvick won his series-high seventh victory at Michigan International Speedway, though it was Austin Dillon that shined — recording his first top-five finish since winning the Daytona 500. The …

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The Frontstretch 5: Pieces in NASCAR’s Silly Season Puzzle & Where They Could Fit

2017 Atlanta Cup Kurt Busch Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

1. Kurt Busch 2004 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Busch won’t return to powerhouse Stewart-Haas Racing next year. Each driver move creates two pieces to the puzzle, as the ride he vacates will need to be filled. In this case, it’s pretty likely that Cole Custer will take over the No. 41, so Busch …

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The Underdog House: A Slow Descend Down the Irish Hills of Michigan

#37: Chris Buescher, Jtg Daugherty Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Slim Jim, #47: A.j. Allmendinger, Jtg Daugherty Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Kroger Clicklist, And #43: Darrell Wallace Jr., Richard Petty Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Medallion Bank / Petty's Garage Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Think Small Perhaps Michigan International Speedway is the only place you can graze 200 mph and be considered “off the pace” from the front-runners. That’s right. This weekend, if you weren’t hitting 200 mph average around the 2-mile track in qualifying, you were barely in the top 20. Darrell Wallace Jr. was the top Monster …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kevin Harvick Sweeps Lucky Number 7

#4: Kevin Harvick, Stewart Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Busch Light / Mobil 1 Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who’s in the headline Kevin Harvick has done it again. For the third time in his seven victories this year, he swept all three stages of the race. Harvick led 108 laps, won every stage and beat the competition into submission. He became the second driver in 20 years to have seven wins through 23 …

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The Underdog House: Small Teams Star in Chaotic Coke Zero Sugar 400

#34: Michael Mcdowell, Front Row Motorsports, Ford Fusion K Love Radio Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Think Small Unlike any other race this year, if you weren’t up front Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway, you were on your way to a great night. So, naturally, the Coke Zero Sugar 400 was a race where the underdogs starred. Once many of the fast cars crashed out, most of whom in the …

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The Underdog House: Clean-And-Green Bites Hard at Small Teams

#51: Chris Cook, Rick Ware Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Shockwave Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Think Small Sonoma Raceway offered a few new twists to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series this weekend. And for the underdogs, it was the first of only three times all year where their road course pros can especially come in handy. From Chris Cook, Tomy Drissi and Justin Marks, the smallest of the small …

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The Frontstretch 5: Great Things About NASCAR’s Lower Divisions, Areas of Opportunity

Field Enters Turn Three After Final Restart of Iowa 250 pres. by Enogen

(Photo: Christian Koelle)

1. Standalone races Races like the XFINITY/Truck show at Iowa last weekend used to be much more common, but the ones that are still on the schedule often end up being among the best races of the season in any series. Some of that has to do with the venues, but it’s also because the …

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

2018 Las Vegas I Cup Kasey Kahne John K Harrelson Nkp

(Photo: John K. Harrelson / NKP)

Martin Truex Jr. defeated Kyle Larson, Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick on Sunday (June 3) to take the checkered flag in the Pocono 400, this week’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. In other news, the sky is still blue and the Golden State Warriors are still unstoppable. Strong qualifiers Ryan Blaney, Kurt Busch and …

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Tech Talk: Splitter Clearance & Pit Stop Choreography With Trent Owens

Trent Owens Martinsville Cup 2018 Mike Neff

The Monster Energy Open was the first laps in anger with the restrictor plate aero package at Charlotte Motor Speedway. AJ Allmendinger won the final stage, while his JTG Daugherty Racing teammate Chris Buescher came home in fifth. Trent Owens, crew chief for Buescher, wasn’t able to take much away from the experience for the …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kevin Harvick Slathers Competition in Kansas

#4: Kevin Harvick, Stewart Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Busch Light Celebrates His Win Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who’s in the headline Kevin Harvick continues to confirm the belief that Ford is the manufacturer to beat in 2018 in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. For the fifth time in 12 races, Harvick was in Victory Lane. He started the year with three wins in a row after the Daytona 500 and has now …

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William Byron Triggers Fiery Crash, Red Flag Late at Kansas

2018 Cup Kansas Willim Byron Wrecker Rick Lunkenheimer

(Photo: Rick Lunkenheimer)

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series KC Masterpiece 400 was relatively uneventful most of the night. But after 237 laps with no unplanned cautions, the final 30 laps gave us three. The most serious came on lap 249, when William Byron triggered a vicious crash that resulted in a 13-minute, 13-second red flag. The driver of …

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