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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: 2015 STP 500 at Martinsville Edition

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This version of the column is a little different this week, as I was fortunate enough to attend Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Martinsville as a fan. So here goes. Burnouts (On Fire) Yes, for once, let’s give the winner of Sunday’s race, Denny Hamlin, some kudos for his post-race burnout. Sure, you can watch …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 STP 500 at Martinsville

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Who’s in the headline – Denny Hamlin and his Joe Gibbs Racing teammates have struggled for over a year to get its cars back into Victory Lane. The cure for what ails a team can be heading to a place where the driver feels extra comfortable. With four Ridgeway clocks already in his home, Martinsville Speedway …

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Kickin’ the Tires: 1 Good Race Does Not A Season Make

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In a lot of ways, racing at Martinsville should be considered a wild card event. There are so many circumstances that could affect the outcome and give teams a false sense of security. For example, a pit road speeding penalty played a major role in keeping Jeff Gordon out of Victory Lane. That was a …

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Kurt Busch Fastest in Final 2015 STP 500 Practice at Martinsville

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Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kurt Busch was fastest in the final 50-minute practice session for the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Busch, the defending winner of the race, ended the session with a fast time of 19.502 seconds. Runner up in this race one year ago, Jimmie Johnson was second in practice with a 19.560-second lap time. …

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Tweet ‘N’ Greet: Elliott Sadler, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. & More

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Every week Frontstretch will scour Twitter looking for some of the best tweets from your favorite NASCAR drivers, media members and other personalities involved in the sport. These are some of our favorite posts from the previous week and we hope you enjoy them, too! A little golf and green beer today. It's very nice! …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Dominance, Disappointments & Distractions

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Who’s happier than Happy Harvick right now? He, crew chief Rodney Childers and the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 team are firing on all cylinders as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads into the third leg of the Cup series’ west coast swing. A trip to Victory Lane at Las Vegas, followed by sitting on the pole and …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not In Sprint Cup: Phoenix Edition

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Burnouts (Hot) So just how hot are Kevin Harvick and the No. 4 team right now? To quote an old song from a performer named RedCloud, “It’s hot, real hot. How hot? 102, the devil wouldn’t want to stand next you.” And right now in the NASCAR Sprint Cup world, everyone is standing in line …

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Did You Notice? … The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

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Did You Notice? … Two races into 2014, Kevin Harvick is the only Stewart-Haas Racing car with either a top-5 or top-10 finish? SHR’s struggle has been notable as Tony Stewart was off the pace at Atlanta, uncompetitive long before getting caught up in a mid-race accident. Regan Smith has run admirably, keeping the No. 41 …

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Tweet N Greet: Tony Stewart, Denny Hamlin & More

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Every week, Frontstretch will scour Twitter looking for the best tweets from the drivers, NASCAR media, fans and even NASCAR personnel. We hope you enjoy these tweets from the previous week!   In case those of you don't know what Chad "Pedro" Johnston looks like….. I present Pedro pic.twitter.com/8kcjvg07HI — Tony Stewart (@TonyStewart) March 2, …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX’s Daytona 500 Weekend Coverage A Mixed Bag

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Doesn’t it feel wonderful to have actual racing to talk about? I know some of you were outright forced to watch the Oscars Sunday night as some kind of penance by significant others due to the action on Sunday. As far as Sunday is concerned, I’m happy no one got hurt and a decreased amount …

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Danica, Denny And Desperation

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Only one word describes Danica Patrick during a Daytona Speedweeks that’s been borderline disastrous: stressed. Two years removed from the 500 pole, she’s gone from media darling to having to give the same less-than-darling answers to the media 20 times a day. “Yes, I’m in the final year of my contract.” “Yes, I feel confident I’ll …

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Jimmie Johnson Takes Budweiser Duel No. 2; Danica Patrick, Denny Hamlin Feud

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In a wild Budweiser Duel, Jimmie Johnson found the best way possible to keep away from the madness. Stay out in front of it. Leading 40 of 62 laps, Johnson survived a green-white-checkered finish and completed a Hendrick Motorsports sweep of Thursday’s Budweiser Duels. Already qualified on the outside of the front row, Johnson will be …

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