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Up to Speed: Road Course Racing on the Rise

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NASCAR often seems to be in a constant state of change. Many of those changes have been hotly debated among fans, especially when it comes to the future of the sport.  But there is one change in the last decade that often gets overlooked and may well impact NASCAR’s direction into the 2020s.  Road course …

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Strong Days By Ryan Blaney and Jimmie Johnson Overshadowed by Run-in

Jimmie Johnson

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Ryan Blaney and Jimmie Johnson both had the solid days they needed at Watkins Glen International on Sunday afternoon (August 4). But neither left the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race in a happy mood. Blaney finished the race fifth and scored two points in stage two, further securing his points lead over the playoff …

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Chase Elliott Fends Off Martin Truex Jr. To Defend Watkins Glen Victory

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For a second straight year, Chase Elliott had Martin Truex Jr. breathing down his neck for the win at Watkins Glen International. But this time, Elliott didn’t need an empty fuel tank to maintain his advantage. Elliott dominated the vast majority of Sunday’s (August 4) Go Bowling at the Glen, leading 80 of 90 laps …

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4 Burning Questions: Will Jimmie Johnson’s New Crew Chief be Successful?

NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson prepares to race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, 2019. Photo: NKP

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Will Jimmie Johnson improve his results following a crew chief change? After finishing 15th last weekend at the Pocono Raceway, Jimmie Johnson is in serious danger of missing the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs for the first time in his career. Johnson is currently 17th in the point standings, 12 points away from the two drivers …

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Friday Faceoff: Should Drivers Go Toe To Toe On Social Media?

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For the second time in less than a year, Jimmie Johnson will have a new crew chief. Was the move necessary and will it help their results? Mark Kristl: The move felt like a Hail Mary from Hendrick Motorsports. In his first year with Ally as his sponsor, Johnson has underperformed. Chase Elliott and Alex Bowman …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Alex Bowman Discusses 2019 Season, Previews Playoffs, Dogs

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss an interesting weekend of racing at Pocono Raceway, which saw Denny Hamlin record his third victory of the season. What’s led to the recent hot streak of the No. 11 team? With three consecutive top-three finishes, is Erik Jones fighting for his ride? Did the …

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The Frontstretch 5: Unlikely NASCAR Storylines Unfolding in 2019

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If fans’ main gripe with NASCAR in recent years is that it’s too predictable, this year is providing some relief. There are some unexpected storylines floating around out there that weren’t predicted prior to the start of the season. With the year just past the halfway mark, the stories are still unfolding, and what could …

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5 Points to Ponder: Denny Hamlin Alive at Homestead Not So Crazy Now

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ONE: Denny Hamlin Can Definitely Contend for a Championship Considering that he has finished in the top four of the season-ending standings just once in the last eight seasons and went winless in 2018, Denny Hamlin entered the 2019 campaign as a driver not too many pundits would have picked to be racing for a …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: A Tale of 2 Tracks

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The Gander Outdoors Truck Series and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series took on the Tricky Triangle, all 2.5 flat miles of Pocono Raceway, while the Xfinity Series returned just east of Des Moines at the 7/8-mile Iowa Speedway. Ross Chastain won easily Saturday afternoon, and not even an overtime finish on Sunday could enliven the …

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Cliff Daniels Is Jimmie Johnson’s New Crew Chief

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Cliff Daniels has a new role in NASCAR: seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson‘s crew chief. Hendrick Motorsports announced Monday (July 29) that Daniels will take over the play-calling duties for Johnson effective immediately. Daniels replaces Kevin Meendering, who was in his first year with Johnson after replacing long-time crew chief Chad Knuas. …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 Gander RV 400

Denny Hamlin takes the checkered flag at Pocono Raceway, July 2020.

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? With most of the field saving fuel during the final stage, Denny Hamlin passed Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Erik Jones on lap 142 and hung on to win the Gander RV 400. Hamlin had to survive a surprise overtime finish after Kurt Busch, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. …

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Friday Faceoff: How Late Is Too Late to Finish a Race?

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Ryan Newman moved into a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff spot based on his finish last week, bumping Jimmie Johnson. Who is more likely to make the postseason? Frank Velat: Neither deserves to be in at this point, but that’s a whole other story. Ryan Newman has the immeasurable advantage known as momentum. He’s …

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