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The Frontstretch 5: Things That Make You Go… Huh?

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Welcome to the Frontstretch Five! Each week, Amy Henderson takes a look at the racing, the drivers and the storylines that drive NASCAR and produces a list of five people, places, things and ideas that define the current state of our sport. This week, Amy is scratching her head about some of this year’s events. …

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It’s Official: David Ragan to Michael Waltrip Racing for Remainder of 2015

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Last week, it was reported that David Ragan will move to Michael Waltrip Racing beginning next weekend at Kansas Speedway to make room for Erik Jones at Joe Gibbs Racing. This morning, MWR made it official, announcing Ragan will pilot the No. 55 Toyota for the remainder of the 2015 season. “The only way I …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond

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Who’s in the headline – Kurt Busch started off the year watching the Daytona 500 from his couch thanks to a NASCAR suspension. After getting back in the car at Phoenix, he was fast from the drop of the green flag. He had a win stolen by a questionable caution at Fontana but now has …

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Number Crunching: 2015 Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond NASCAR Fantasy Forecast

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It’s a new week, but it’s still a short track. Last week was nothing short of chaos for us fantasy NASCAR players. Brad Keselowski’s mistake took out teammate Joey Logano in the first 20 laps, Kevin Harvick wreck, Kurt Busch was caught up in Carl Edwards‘s mistake and Jimmie Johnson came from the back with …

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David Ragan Ready to Move to Michael Waltrip Racing Soon

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The injury-plagued NASCAR season continues, and Joe Gibbs Racing is at the center of it all. David Ragan has substituted for Kyle Busch since the second race of the year, where the driver of the No. 18 car injured both of his legs. Prior to a 41st-place finish at Bristol, Ragan sat 10th in points …

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Evaluating the Cup Subs: Who’s Made the Most of Their Opportunity?

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After just 22 laps of Sunday’s Food City 500, Erik Jones replaced Denny Hamlin in the No. 11. It wasn’t the debut of the Joe Gibbs Racing prodigy everyone has been expecting. No, most had been pointing to next month’s race at Kansas as the potential first time we get to see the wunderkind behind …

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Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson Involved in Multi-Car Crash at Bristol

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When the lights turn on, the sparks start flying. Especially in the later stages at Bristol Motor Speedway. While attempting a pass on the lapped car of Jeb Burton, Jimmie Johnson made contact with Burton’s left rear, sparking a multi-car collision into the first turn during Sunday’s Food City 500 in Support of Steve Byrnes. …

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Number Crunching: 2015 Food City 500 at Bristol NASCAR Fantasy Forecast

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Back to Bristol this week, a place where the Joe Gibbs guys can flex some muscle. This could be the week that Carl Edwards becomes a big factor in the Chase. To get there Edwards is going to have to go through his teammate Matt Kenseth, who put it on the pole, and the Stewart-Haas …

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Friday Faceoff: Bristol Bumps, Rivalries & Erik Jones’s Future

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Bristol was long known as a track with beating and banging for 500 laps, but in recent years its reception has grown tepid, though it’s still considered part of the upper echelon of NASCAR tracks on the schedule. Should it still be? Has the racing improved? Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: The racing at Bristol is …

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4 Burning Questions at Bristol: Repetitive Rain and Shining Underdogs

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Bristol Motor Speedway. The very utterance of the name elicits countless images of watershed moments of the sport’s history that have taken place at the track over the years. It is a historic track, and the Food City 500 is a historic race. The best of the Sprint Cup Series will do battle on Bristol’s …

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Number Crunching: 2015 Duck Commander 500 at Texas NASCAR Fantasy Forecast

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The guys and gals of NASCAR took a week off but now, we’re back on track at Texas. The week off didn’t seem to change the status quo much as it appears the Hendrick, Stewart-Haas, and Penske boys are fast once again. Jimmie Johnson was fast in practice and has been one of the best …

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Kurt Busch Wins 2nd Pole of 2015 for Duck Commander 500 at Texas

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For the second time in three races, Kurt Busch will lead a Stewart-Haas Racing front row to the green flag for Saturday night’s Duck Commander 500. With a lap of 193.847 mph, the driver of the No. 41 Chevrolet scored his second pole in four races since he returned the the track. The pole is …

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