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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2020 BlueGreen Vacations Duels at Daytona

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The Headline(s): While the battles for the final spots in the Daytona 500 field proved underwhelming, the racing throughout the pack was hot and heavy. Winning races that were highly contested and featured no Big Ones, Joey Logano and William Byron scored well-earned victories Thursday night (Feb. 13). Both Daniel Suarez and JJ Yeley suffered …

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Jimmie Johnson Feeling Good Heading into Daytona 500

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Jimmie Johnson has one last shot to add to his Daytona 500 trophy collection, and he’s feeling confident about heading it following Thursday’s (Feb. 13) Bluegreen Vacations Duel at Daytona. After starting on the front row, Johnson quickly faded back as his Hendrick Motorsports teammate William Byron got a bad restart from the second row. …

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The Frontstretch 5: Storylines to Watch in NASCAR 2020

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1. What will we see from the seventh generation race car? That’s going to be the question hanging over the season, no matter what kind of racing we see, because it has the potential to change everything. We’ve had a couple of brief glimpses so far, and each was a bit different than the others …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX’s Season Debut a Dress Rehearsal at Best

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Here we are. Speedweeks once again. Good to get the blood going with some racing after a long offseason. That said, Sunday saw probably one of the biggest wreckfests in recent memory. Not swell. For many NASCAR fans, Sunday was their first taste of the two-man booth and what FOX Sports will offer for NASCAR …

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5 Points to Ponder: A Year of Genuine Change, A Year Early

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A Brand New Year For so long we talked about 2021 as the year of true change in NASCAR, with a (possibly) radical new schedule and a better next-generation car. And while both those things may still ultimately be true, we’ve got plenty of change in 2020 alone. We’ll start with the title sponsor or …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2020 Busch Clash

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? With just six cars still running at the end of the 2020 Busch Crash — er, Clash — at Daytona International Speedway, it was Erik Jones getting by Ryan Newman with a little help from his friend Denny Hamlin to take the win and the bragging rights …

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Up to Speed: NASCAR Cup Drivers With Something to Prove in 2020

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A new racing season means new opportunities and new challenges.  Over the winter, NASCAR’s Cup Series saw its usual flurry of changes among drivers, teams and crews.  As a result of these changes, many drivers, rookies and veterans alike will be feeling the pressure to perform in 2020.  Whether measuring their success against other competitors …

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2020 NASCAR Cup Series Preseason Power Rankings

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For the first time here at Frontstretch, our staff banded together to vote on who it thinks will be the top drivers of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season in a preseason power rankings format. Each participating staff member sent a 30-driver ranking before the beginning of the season, taking into account not only 2019 successes …

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Beside the Rising Tide: Ready, Set, 2020…

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I fear calling this time of year “late winter” might be overly optimistic when it comes to continued cold snaps and snow, but I have it on expert what remains of winter will be brief. If you can’t trust a groundhog, who can you trust? Let’s just say we’re in that brief period of time …

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2019 NASCAR Driver Reviews: Jimmie Johnson

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Jimmie Johnson needed a change of pace.  In 2018, he experienced the first winless season of his full-time career in the NASCAR Cup Series.  Johnson also matched or surpassed career lows in top fives and top 10s for a single year. To get the No. 48 team back on track, Hendrick Motorsports decided to split …

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2019 NASCAR Top Storylines: One Last Time Around for Jimmie Johnson

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Time slides by as silently as winter and as quickly as a moment, and only after it has passed do we really take notice. As NASCAR enters 2020, just one full-time NASCAR Cup Series driver once raced against Dale Earnhardt. Those who have come onto the scene in the last couple of years never raced …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Offseason Update, Matt Lederer Discusses Xfinity Premier Sponsorship in Cup

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In a special offseason edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss a plethora of news stories that have transpired since the checkered flag at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Seven-time Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson will be retiring following the 2020 season. The duo discuss if Johnson is the greatest driver of all time, reflecting back on …

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