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Frontstretch Podcast: What’s New is Old

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In the latest episode of the 2018 Frontstretch Podcast, we do a full Daytona 500 review with Dustin Albino, Mike Neff and Zach Catanzareti, while also previewing the weekend ahead at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The trio gives an in-depth look at how Austin Dillon claimed the Great American Race, while also discussing the significance of Darrell Wallace Jr. running well …

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Did You Notice?: The New Dale Earnhardt, Debunking NASCAR’s Decline

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Did You Notice? … The way fans reacted to Austin Dillon’s last-lap punt of Aric Almirola to win the Daytona 500? I ran a poll after the race on Twitter and 67 percent of fans surveyed thought Dillon was over the line. It didn’t matter what Almirola said after the fact (he doesn’t blame Dillon at …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Will Darrell Wallace Jr. Start to Get More Sponsorship?

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Darrell Wallace Jr. took the NASCAR world by storm this past Sunday. The Alabama native followed up his impressive run in last week’s Can-Am Duel to earn a runner-up finish in the Daytona 500, setting off plenty of mixed emotions for him and his family. After the race, team co-owner and seven-time NASCAR champion Richard …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Daytona Serves as a FOX Showcase

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Last weekend in Daytona was quite ridiculous.  Lots of on-track action and lots of wrecking.  That said, my guess is that a lot of my readers were up and down on the broadcasts themselves. Daytona 500 We can’t start off the column without talking about the overnight ratings for the race.  Quite simply, they stink.  …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2018 Daytona 500

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Who’s in the headline The clash on Sunday last week had the world abuzz with how uneventful the racing would be at Daytona for the 500. Apparently, someone forgot to tell the drivers. 24 lead changes, seven caution flags for on-track incidents, 14 leaders and the three winningest car numbers in the sport on the …

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Up to Speed: Wild & Young Racers Steal the Show at Daytona

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If the Daytona 500 is any indication, the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup season could be one of the wildest in years. Granted, making any predictions about an entire season based only on the first race is a dangerous game.  The Daytona 500 is unlike any other race on the NASCAR schedule, and restrictor plate …

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Darrell Wallace Jr. And Family Emotional After Runner-Up Finish in Daytona 500

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At first, Darrell Wallace Jr. was all smiles, entering the Daytona International Speedway media center joking around. But a few seconds later, his mom ran up to him, crying out of joy for her son. “I waited so long for this, baby,” Desiree Wallace, his mom, shouted in his arms.” “It feels like I won,” …

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Darrell Wallace Jr. Tops Daytona 500 Final Practice

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Coming off a third-place finish in Thursday night’s Can-Am Duel, Darrell Wallace Jr. soared to the top of the leaderboard in final practice for Sunday’s Daytona 500 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Wallace turned a lap of 196.954 mph, .099 seconds ahead of Daniel Suarez (196.528 mph). The No. 19 Toyota led both …

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Are the Can-Am Duels Still Necessary?

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The stars of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series duked it out on Thursday night (Feb. 15) in the Can-Am Duels to determine Sunday’s starting lineup for the Daytona 500. Only 40 cars entered the Great American Race this year, so for the first time in a long time, no one was sent home. In the …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2018 Can-Am Duels at Daytona

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Who’s in the headline –   The Can-Am Duels at Daytona didn’t have the frenetic activity and tension as the laps wound down but there was still plenty of drama as the races unfolded. When it was all said and done, Ryan Blaney and Chase Elliott took the checkered flags first in the Duels and they …

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Darrell Wallace Jr. Pushes Ryan Blaney to Win the First Cam-Am Duel

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Alex Bowman started the first Can-Am Duel at Daytona International Speedway on the pole, but was quickly shuffled out on the first lap. The three Team Penske cars maneuvered to the top of the field and claimed the top-three spots, with Brad Keselowski initially leading before Joey Logano took over. Two-time Daytona 500 champion Jimmie …

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