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Did You Notice?: NASCAR’s Sophomore Slump Affecting Youth Movement?

2018 Cup Richmond Ty Dillon Zach Catanzareti

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Did You Notice? … The dreaded sophomore slump has reared its ugly head again? The top three rookies from the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series last season are all underperforming nine races into 2018. Erik Jones is the best of the bunch, sitting 12th in points. But as the driver he replaced, Matt Kenseth, returns to …

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The Frontstretch 5: Thoughts on Kenseth, Bayne, and a Few Other Things

1. How much magic will there be? Once upon a time, Matt Kenseth and Roush Fenway Racing made a lot of magic together. 24 of Kenseth’s 39 Cup wins came in a Roush Ford, along with his 2003 title, which is often (unfairly) maligned as the title run that forced the playoff system on the …

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NASCAR Mailbox: What Does Matt Kenseth’s Return to Roush Fenway Racing Mean?

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It isn’t often that a major NASCAR bombshell randomly falls in April. Oh, and the guy who is causing everyone in the NASCAR realm to freak out this week is known for being one of the most laid back people in the sport. Yeah, Matt Kenseth is coming back, according to a report by SB …

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5 Points to Ponder: Matt Kenseth Crashes NASCAR 2018 Party

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ONE: Matt Kenseth Returns. To Roush. Say What? Five months after being pushed out of NASCAR, Matt Kenseth is back in the driver’s seat. A Monday night report from SB Nation’s Jordan Bianchi revealed Kenseth is heading back to the organization where he won his 2003 Cup Series championship: Roush Fenway Racing. He’ll share the …

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Report: Matt Kenseth Rejoining Roush Fenway Racing For Select 2018 Races

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Five months after leaving the sport, Matt Kenseth is back driving in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Monday night, SB Nation’s Jordan Bianchi reported Kenseth has been signed by old employer Roush Fenway Racing. He’ll team up with Trevor Bayne to share the No. 6 Ford for the rest of the 2018 Monster Energy …

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2017 NASCAR Cup Series Team Review: Joe Gibbs Racing

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Aaa 400 Drive For Autism Dover International Speedway, Dover, De Usa Sunday 4 June 2017 Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing, Pedigree Petcare Toyota Camry Martin Truex Jr, Furniture Row Racing, Furniture Row/denver Mattress Toyota Camry Daniel Suarez, Joe Gibbs Racing, Stanley Toyota Camry Matt Kenseth, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyotacare Toyota Camry World Copyright: Matthew T. Thacker Nkp

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Joe Gibbs Racing has been near the top of the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series garage for the last 15-20 years and has generally been recognized as the top Toyota team since switching manufacturers in 2008. As expected, it was a powerhouse again in 2017, with its four-car stable racking up a total of eight …

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NASCAR Top 10 Storylines 2017: A Changing Of the Guard as NASCAR Greats Retire

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There is a massive generational shift occurring in NASCAR. Eventually, it had to happen. Few sports offer the opportunity to compete at a top level for over a decade. But NASCAR is different, as those reading this topic have likely figured out. Everything from the structure of how NASCAR is operated to how events happen …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Who Is NASCAR’s Next Female Star?

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The echo from the microphone during Danica Patrick’s retirement press conference on Friday at Homestead-Miami Speedway said it all. Unlike most NASCAR press conferences, there was no murmuring in the room. Instead, no one’s lips moved as Patrick cried her eyes out, spilling a raw emotion so rare in NASCAR that no one knew how …

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The Frontstretch 5: Ways to Say Goodbye

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1. Dale Earnhardt Jr. More than 15 years after being thrust into NASCAR’s brightest spotlight after the untimely death of his father, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has grown up and come into his own. He connected with fans in a way that’s become increasingly rare in sports: as a genuine, relatable person.  His Southern drawl and …

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Beside The Rising Tide: Is It Still Over? Are We Still Through?

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If you live in the northeast, you know the sound, especially if you live beneath a tin roof like I do in my humble abode. At first, it just sounds like rain drops, but there’s a peculiar metallic ting sound that can only mean one thing… ice pellets. A close look out the window reveals …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not In NASCAR: Championship Edition

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As often happens in all levels of different sports, the team (and in this case the driver) that was the best for the whole season ended up winning the title. Martin Truex, Jr. capped off a truly storybook season on the track with his eighth victory of the season Sunday at Miami-Homestead. He was a …

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Matt Kenseth Humbled By Support From NASCAR Family

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When Matt Kenseth found out Amy Earnhardt, the wife of Dale Earnhardt Jr., was pregnant, he immediately texted the man he competed against for the 2000 Rookie of the Year trophy. “I should’ve gotten a text,” Kenseth said to Earnhardt. “I shouldn’t have read that on social media.” “You’re right,” Earnhardt said in response. These …

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