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Tech Talk: Jason Ratcliff on Optimum Air Pressures, Short-Run Speed & Late-Race Adjustments

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Victory always tastes sweet but it is exceptionally sweet when it arrives in the final races of a driver’s career with an organization. Jason Ratcliff guided the No. 20 team and driver Matt Kenseth to the win at Phoenix. A fast car all weekend, combined with some excellent adjustments for the long run made his …

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Happiness Is: Matt Kenseth, Tears & Championships

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There are a number of storylines that emerged from the Cup race at Phoenix – pardon me, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix.  The one that seemed to garner the most attention, rather than Matt Kenseth’s win, looked to be the on-track equivalent of a slap-fight between Chase Elliott and Denny Hamlin. …

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Did You Notice?: An Entire Generation Of NASCAR Bids Farewell

2017 Nascar Monster Energy Cup Series, Daytona

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Did You Notice? … How quickly NASCAR has undergone a changing of the guard? Two more of the sport’s full-time drivers, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Matt Kenseth, bid farewell to the sport this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. They’ll be the cherries on top of what has been a mountainous shift towards NASCAR’s youth movement. Here’s a …

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The Frontstretch 5: Thoughts at the White Flag

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1. One more time around It doesn’t seem so terribly long ago that we were a few days out from Daytona, with a whole year of promise ahead. In the grand scheme of things, it wasn’t terribly far in the past, but suddenly, irreversibly, the days have grown cold as autumn blends into winter with …

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5 Points to Ponder: Martin Truex Jr.’s Moment of Truth

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ONE: Martin Truex Jr.’s Moment of Truth All year long Martin Truex, Jr. has been the car to beat. Now, with just one race and 400 miles to go the question becomes can he finish it out and take the big prize his form has suggested all season long? By the numbers, the driver of …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Homestead-Miami Edition

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Who’s hot in NASCAR this week? How about NASCAR itself. As the final laps wound down in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix late Sunday afternoon, the drama heated up. There were all kinds of scenarios in play to determine just which driver would be the last to race for the title …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBC Pulls No Punches With NASCAR Rivalries

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Phoenix Raceway is a unique venue for NASCAR, one that is only going to become more unusual once ongoing renovations are complete.  Honestly, for the kind of money ISC is spending, I wish they came up with a setup where every seat had a cover over it.  With the sport traveling to Homestead-Miami Speedway this …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2017 Can-Am 500

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Who… gets my shout-out of the race? With Matt Kenseth’s final NASCAR Cup Series start potentially coming next week, his win Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway puts the exclamation point on an outstanding career. Kenseth’s late surge snatched victory from the hands of title contender Chase Elliott, a consolation prize after last year’s wreck in …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Matt Kenseth Wins One More While Brad Keselowski Survives and Advances

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Who’s in the headline – The cutoff race before Homestead-Miami Speedway was bitter for Matt Kenseth last year. This season, it is extra sweet for him, as he scored his 39th victory in what could be the penultimate NASCAR race of his career. Kenseth ran down Chase Elliott with 10 laps to go to position …

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Up to Speed: One More Win for Matty Ice

2017 Nascar Monster Energy Cup Series, Martinsville

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In a racing career that has spanned more than 20 years, Matt Kenseth has accrued his fair share of nicknames. While racing on the short tracks of the Midwest as a teenager, he became known as “Matt the Brat” by defeating his older competition.  NASCAR fans dubbed him “The Robot” after watching several years of …

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Matt Kenseth Soaks Up Return to Victory Lane in Phoenix

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In a day of comers and goers, Matt Kenseth came when it counted Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway. Taking the lead from Chase Elliott with nine laps to go in the Can-Am 500, Kenseth pulled away to score his first win of 2017. The victory, his 39th in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, was …

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2017 Frontstretch Podcast Powered by DraftKings – Episode 35: Desert Delight

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Episode 35: Desert Delight Frontstretch Podcast with Dustin Albino, Zach Catanzareti and Joseph Wolkin In this week’s episode brought to you by DraftKings, Dustin and Zach are joined this week by Joe as they recap the triple header race weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, breaking down Kevin Harvick’s surprising pass and the difficulties faced in the XFINITY Series on …

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