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Frontstretch Podcast: Recapping the Opening 6 Weekends

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In the latest episode of the 2018 Frontstretch Podcast, we review the opening six weekends of the NASCAR season with Dustin Albino, Mike Neff, and Zach Catanzareti, Austin Dillon kicked off the season returning the No. 3 car to Victory Lane at Daytona, before Kevin Harvick notched three more victories into the record book. The reigning Monster Energy NASCAR …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Martinsville Double Provides Different Broadcasts

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As you’re surely aware by now, Easter weekend is literally the quietest race weekend of the year for race fans.  In some areas, the local racing season got underway.  One example of that was Southern Virginia, where Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway held their season opener on Saturday night (streamed live on FansChoice). Here in …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: It’s Been a Stewart Haas Racing Year So Far

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Ticketguardian 500 Ism Raceway, Phoenix, Az Usa Sunday 11 March 2018 Kevin Harvick, Stewart Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Jimmy John's Celebrates His Win World Copyright: Russell Labounty Nkp

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Who’s in the headline  The first six weeks of the season are in the books and the headlines have been predominantly filled with one organization: Stewart Haas Racing. If it weren’t for a crash one-third of a lap from the finish line of the Daytona 500, the organization would have won five of the first …

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Voice of Vito: NASCAR Ups & Downs in the Off-Week

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Heading into the Easter weekend break, there are a number of notable items that are ripe for discussion at this point in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season: who’s hot, who’s not, the usual state of the sport hand-wringing that has become en vogue the past few (well, several) seasons, and what we can …

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NASCAR 101: 10 Longest Streaks Between Cup Wins

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Clint Bowyer‘s 190-race winless streak was nothing to shake a stick at. At the time, it was the second-longest losing run in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series among active drivers who had won previously, bested (or, uh, whatever the negative-connotation version of that word is) by Paul Menard, whose streak out of Victory Lane …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Clint Bowyer is Back

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Clint Bowyer snapped a long winless streak at the paper-clip shaped Martinsville Speedway (Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

In the latest episode of the 2018 Frontstretch Podcast, we break down this past weekend’s events at Martinsville Speedway with Dustin Albino, Mike Neff, and Zach Catanzareti, while addressing the significance of Clint Bowyer‘s victory. Though Bowyer was dominant and there were only four cautions at the short track, three of which were announced prior to the race, from …

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Happiness Is: Manners, McLaren & Bowyer

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This past weekend brought an unusual circumstance to NASCAR as it played chicken with the weather forecast and seemingly lost.  While the 2-Headed Monster column may address how the governing body should handle dealing with the weather, this column will point out a golden opportunity that was missed. When the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series …

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NASCAR Mailbox: What Makes Clint Bowyer’s Martinsville Win A Big Deal?

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It had been quite some time since we last saw Clint Bowyer in Victory Lane. But finally, after clicking his fireproof shoes together three times and saying, “there’s no place like home,” he indeed found his way “home” to the Winner’s Circle. Bowyer’s popular victory put an end to his 190-race winless streak. It means the …

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The Frontstretch 5: Things That Have Happened Between Clint Bowyer’s Most Recent Wins

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1. More than half the field from the 2012 Bank of America 500 is no longer racing in the Cup Series Take a look at the field for the 2012 Bank of America 500. One thing fans will be sure to notice is the number of drivers who have exited the Cup ranks since that …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2018 STP 500

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Daytona 500 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fl Usa Sunday 11 February 2018 Clint Bowyer, Stewart Haas Racing, Rush Truck Centers/mobil 1 Ford World Copyright: Nigel Kinrade Nkp

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Who…gets my shoutout of the race? Most of Monday’s top 10 finishers raced in that pack for most of the day.  Seven scored points in both of the first two stages.  And then there was Alex Bowman. Bowman, who started 16th, lurked in the top 15 for much of the day, and it generally looked …

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Clint Bowyer Estatic in Return to Victory Lane at Martinsville

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In one of the strongest races of his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career, Clint Bowyer finally scored a victory Monday (March 26) at Martinsville Speedway. Leading 215 of 500 laps, Bowyer leaped to his ninth career Cup win, first at Martinsville and first overall since 2012. He can finally exhale. “I wanted that damn …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2018 STP 500

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Daytona 500 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fl Usa Sunday 11 February 2018 Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, Napa Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro And Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports, Lowe's For Pros Chevrolet Camaro World Copyright: Nigel Kinrade Nkp

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NASCAR heads to Martinsville Speedway this weekend for Sunday’s STP 500. The half-mile paperclip-shaped track is one of the toughest on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule. The factors that go into building a winning fantasy team at a short track are much different than those at an intermediate or superspeedway. First off, it …

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