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NASCAR Mailbox: Would All-Star Package Lead To More Early Retirements?

Kasey Kahne 2018 Mencs Cup Series, Sonoma

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Last week was a very busy news week for NASCAR, headlined by the announcement by both Kasey Kahne and Elliott Sadler that they would retire at season’s end. There have been several drivers who have hung up the helmet at the top of their game the past few seasons. However, there is suspicion that NASCAR …

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5 Points to Ponder: Bristol is Back, Baby!

21 22 August, 2015, Bristol, Tennessee Usa Kyle Busch, Skittles Toyota Camry Denny Hamlin, Fedex Ground Toyota Camry ©2015, Matthew T. Thacker Nkp

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ONE: Bristol is Back That’s right, I said it. Beginning with driver intros that were actually televised so fans could see the song choices and competitors had a rare opportunity to introduce themselves, the hype began. Obviously, some intros were more amusing than others as a handful of drivers brought their children along to do …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Just Like Old Times, Kurt Busch Wins Bristol

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

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Who’s in the headline Kurt Busch owned Bristol at one point in time. He won five races there from 2002 through 2006, including three straight in 2003 and 2004. Since his fifth win in 2006, he didn’t have a single runner-up finish. Busch ran in the top 10 the majority of the night and made …

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4 Burning Questions: Who Retired This Week?

2017 Texas Nxs Elliott Sadler Russell Labounty Nkp

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Who will drive the No. 95 next season? On Thursday (Aug. 16), Kasey Kahne announced his retirement from competing full-time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at season’s end. pic.twitter.com/0V0keaggcL — Kasey Kahne (@kaseykahne) August 16, 2018 Kahne, who will turn 39 next April, is the latest big name driver to retire in the …

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Frontstretch Podcast: The Kevin and Kyle Show & Silly Season Anticipation

#4: Kevin Harvick, Stewart Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Busch Light / Mobil 1 Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

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The latest episode of the 2018 Frontstretch Podcast features the Frontstretch duo of Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discussing the positives and negatives of a crucial week in NASCAR this season. Kevin Harvick won his series-high seventh victory at Michigan International Speedway, though it was Austin Dillon that shined — recording his first top-five finish since winning the Daytona 500. The …

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Elliott Sadler to Retire From Racing Full-Time At End of 2018

2018 Xfinity New Hampshire Zach Catanzareti Elliott Sadler

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Elliott Sadler is calling it a career after 2018, the longtime driver announced on Wednesday. Sadler, who drives for JR Motorsports in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, will step away from racing full-time to focus on his family, he said in a statement released on his website. “After much consideration and many conversations with my family, …

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Elliott Sadler, Casey Roderick Lead XFINITY Practices at Iowa

2018 Xfinity New Hampshire Zach Catanzareti Elliott Sadler

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While the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and Camping World Truck Series compete at Pocono this weekend, the XFINITY Series has an introverted weekend with a return visit to Iowa Speedway for Saturday’s U.S. Cellular 250 presented by the Rasmussen Group (5 p.m. ET, NBCSN). Elliott Sadler and Casey Roderick led the pair of 50-minute …

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Pace Laps: Destruction & Heartbreak in Daytona

#2: Brad Keselowski, Team Penske, Ford Fusion Stars, Stripes, And Lites #22: Joey Logano, Team Penske, Ford Fusion Shell Pennzoil Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Team Penske’s Poor Performance Daytona’s Coke Zero Sugar 400 didn’t move the needle on restrictor plate racing. But for those who love it? The race got your heart pumping for the better part of four hours. There was a first-time winner, Erik Jones, who made a thrilling green-white-checkered pass on …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Kyle Larson Sweeps Stages at Daytona, Heartbreak for Others

Nascar Xfinity Series

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Whenever Kyle Larson has strapped up for an XFINITY Series race in 2018, he’s been the clear-cut favorite. Friday’s (July 6) Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway was no different. Larson started the race from seventh position after qualifying got rained out, but it didn’t take long for him to surge the No. 42 car …

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Elliott Sadler Losing OneMain Financial as Primary Sponsor for 2019

Elliott Sadler 2018 Iowa 250 Pres. By Enogen

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It looks like Elliott Sadler may be sponsor hunting for 2019. The Emporia, Virginia revealed sponsor OneMain Financial will not return as a full-time sponsor in the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2019. The sponsorship has been one of the longest-running in the series, dating back to 2005 as CitiFinancial. Along with Sadler, OneMain has also sponsored Dale Jarrett, …

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The Frontstretch 5: Great Things About NASCAR’s Lower Divisions, Areas of Opportunity

Field Enters Turn Three After Final Restart of Iowa 250 pres. by Enogen

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1. Standalone races Races like the XFINITY/Truck show at Iowa last weekend used to be much more common, but the ones that are still on the schedule often end up being among the best races of the season in any series. Some of that has to do with the venues, but it’s also because the …

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Austin Cindric Secures First Career XFINITY Series Pole at Iowa

Austin Cindric Iowa Speedway 2018

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Austin Cindric turned a fast lap during the third round of qualifying at Iowa Speedway, netting him his first career XFINITY Series pole. A 131.409-mph lap put Cindric on the pole while Daniel Hemric, last weekends runner-up, qualified second. Hemric’s lap was .421 mph slower than Cindric’s lap. Brandon Jones, who has been on an …

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