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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2017 Can-Am Duels at Daytona

Denny Hamlin Checkered Flag Daytona Cup 2017 Mike Neff

Who’s in the headline – With all but two positions filled for the Daytona 500, the Can-Am Duels are more about who races their way in rather than who wins. Chase Elliott and Denny Hamlin won the Duels, but the story was Corey LaJoie and DJ Kennington racing their way into the Great American Race. …

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NASCAR 101: Your Cheat Sheet to Cup Series’ Team & Driver Changes

Clint Bowyer 2017 Daytona

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Good lord, is it really that time of year again? Despite an offseason that frankly felt like a four-week break, it is indeed true: NASCAR racing is back, and even though you just now figured out who Kaulig Racing is and finally learned how to spell half the new Camping World Truck Series drivers’ names, too bad, …

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Reed Sorenson’s Heart Breaks as Corey LaJoie Wrecks Him for Daytona 500 Spot

Reed Sorenson Post Duel

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Reed Sorenson felt he had a solid shot at making the Daytona 500. Following a two-tire stop, his No. 55 Premium Motorsports car surged inside the top 10. He kept it there for the latter stages in the first of two Can-Am Duels at Daytona International Speedway Thursday evening. But with 12 laps remaining in the …

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Chase Elliott Wins First Daytona Can-Am Duel

Chase Elliott And Alan Gustafson 2017 Daytona 500

2017 NASCAR Cup - Daytona 500 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL USA Sunday 19 February 2017 Chase Elliott World Copyright: {Nigel Kinrade}/NKP

Pole-sitter Chase Elliott ended the first Duel the same way: with the rest of the field chasing him. After starting up front in the opening Can-Am Duel 150-mile race Thursday evening, Elliott wound up in Victory Lane, scoring 10 regular season points. It’s the first time NASCAR’s Daytona qualifiers have counted toward the standings since 1971. …

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The Frontstretch 5: Underrated NASCAR Drivers

1. Landon Cassill, nice. Landon Cassill by far. The kid deserves a chance with a larger team. Time and time again, he impresses with his ability to not only compete in a clean fashion, but is able to get the most out of mediocre equipment. If his time with JD Motorsports in the XFINITY Series doesn’t …

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Entry List: Tifft Headlines XFINITY Series O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge

2016 Chicago Cwts Matt Tifft Brett Moist Nkp

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The NASCAR XFINITY Series returns this weekend to Texas Motor Speedway for the second race in its Chase Round of 8 following two off weeks. Just two more races remain before the field will be cut to the Championship 4 who will compete for an XFINITY title at Homestead. As of Monday, there are 40 cars entered for …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NASCAR TV Creates Dale Jr. Sub Narrative

Sometimes, you have to sit back and think about things.  Today’s critique marks the 600th combined TV critique for Frontstretch between Couch Potato Tuesday (and its former title, Talking NASCAR TV) and The Critic’s Annex.  Where does the time go?  Crikey. New Hampshire Motor Speedway hosted a Joe Gibbs Racing benefit last week.  It says …

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NASCAR 101: Who Didn’t Come Back to NASCAR This Year?

2014 Texas Ii Cup Marcos Ambrose Helmet Cia

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Here’s an interesting thought: How many drivers who raced in one of NASCAR’s national series in 2014 didn’t in 2015? It’s certainly intriguing to think about. Each year, hundreds of drivers make their way through the top three series, whether it’s as a full-time competitor, a one-off racer or somewhere in between. Of those, most …

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Going By the Numbers: NASCAR’s Newbie Cup Runneth Over in 2014

2014 Michigan Ii Cup Austin Dillon Car Cia

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The 2014 season is over, and NASCAR’s gained the highest degree of attention – positive or otherwise – it’s received in years. And yet, you’re not happy. That’s certainly the case for many fans and viewers of the sport, who look at the experiment that was the new Chase format with disdain, even outrage. The …

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Going By the Numbers: Was Sam Hornish, Jr. A No-Brainer Choice for Petty?

2014 Mid Ohio Nns Sam Hornish Jr Pole Cia

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You gotta give it up for Silly Season; it’s never a dull moment. Well, maybe a little dull in this case, but certainly not uninteresting. Sam Hornish, Jr. has been confirmed as the driver of the No. 9 Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports starting in 2015. The Ohio native replaces Marcos Ambrose, who’s heading back …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: The Need For NASCAR TV To Delve Deeper

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So, big news: Kansas Speedway’s NASCAR races were nowhere near as irritating TV-wise as Dover was. It feels great to not want to rip your hair out, doesn’t it? Of course, everyone can see my headshot to the right of the article. I don’t have that much to rip out. However, just because I stated …

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Corey LaJoie to Run Four Nationwide Series Races for Biagi-DenBenste Racing

2014 Kentucky I Nns Corey Lajoie Car Cia

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On Tuesday Sept. 30, Richard Petty Motorsports announced a partnership with Biagi-DenBenste Racing that will have Corey LaJoie driving for BDR in four of the last five NASCAR Nationwide Series races. LaJoie, a current RPM development driver, will race this weekend at Kansas Speedway, before running Charlotte Motor Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway. “I …

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