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Did You Notice?: 2020 NASCAR Drivers On The Hot Seat

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Did You Notice? … Each of the sport’s superteams this season has a driver who’s running behind the curve? 12 races into the year, 2020 has been a year of parity across the sport. Four drivers have already won twice (and Denny Hamlin has won three times). A total of five drivers are tied for the series lead …

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Power Rankings: 7 Hours of Miami Edition

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It was a long week for NASCAR, but can someone tell me how an organization that makes Florida its home can think that scheduling a race at 3:30 p.m. ET in the middle of June is going to work in South Florida? I understand that television partners often make the call, but even they should …

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Up to Speed: Is the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Field Already Set?

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Given how the 2020 NASCAR season has played out so far, the Cup Series playoff has felt like almost an afterthought.  Nevertheless, the Cup Series regular season is almost halfway complete.  Sunday’s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway was the 12th event of the revised Cup schedule in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Only 14 races …

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Power Rankings: Hotlanta Edition

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One thing we can say about last Sunday’s (June 7) race at Atlanta Motor Speedway is that it will be most remembered for what happened during pre-race. But it would have been impossible to create a race more memorable than the words and imagery we saw from NASCAR over the weekend. While I have always …

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Matt Kenseth Not Adapting as Quickly as He Hoped for Chip Ganassi Racing

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Less than two months ago, Matt Kenseth wasn’t planning on racing in NASCAR this season or maybe ever again. Now he finds himself five races into his Cup Series season with Chip Ganassi Racing. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know Kenseth replaced Kyle Larson after the former driver of the No. 42 …

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Up to Speed: Role Reversals for Joey Logano & Chase Elliott

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Bristol Motor Speedway never disappoints.  A battle for the lead that seemed to stretch over the entire last 200 laps ended with an electrifying finish.  First, it looked like Denny Hamlin was in position to win, but a jam up with several lapped cars sent the No. 11 into the wall and brought out the …

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Power Rankings: Monster Marathon Edition

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Every year it seems that we have the debate about whether NASCAR needs a 600-mile race. You can holler out “OK, Boomer,” but I think it is very important to have some of the classic NASCAR races stay at their classic lengths. There was a time this was a test of man and machine, and …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2020 Coca-Cola 600

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Who… should you be talking about after the 2020 Coca-Cola 600? Brad Keselowski was going to come up short in the 2020 Coca-Cola 600.  He’d had a great restart with 46 laps to go, taking advantage of track position up front. However, Chase Elliott squeaked by and then took off in clean air, leaving Keselowski …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: 2020 Coca-Cola 600

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For surprisingly just the second time this season, the NASCAR Cup Series is going 1.5-mile racing. The Coca-Cola 600 has been one of the sport’s premier events since the first iteration in 1960. Although there were other 600-mile Cup races here and there in the late 1960s, none ever stuck to the wall like the …

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Frontstretch Podcast: NASCAR’s Return

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss NASCAR’s return to action this past weekend at Darlington Raceway, where Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin scored victories. The big story coming out of Wednesday night’s race was the incident involving Chase Elliott and Kyle Busch. Could this lead to retaliation from the No. 9 …

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Power Rankings: Darlington I Edition

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Everyone at NASCAR had to be nervous about how all of the new procedures would work out for the first race without fans due to COVID-19 at Darlington Speedway on Sunday (May 17). However, all went well, and it was a monster of a day for NASCAR, earning the highest television rating outside the Daytona …

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5 Points to Ponder: He’s Still a Robot

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A Historic Night at the Lady in Black For a while now, NASCAR has danced around the idea of primetime mid-week evening races. Tomorrow, we’ll have a chance to see just what that looks like. Last Sunday, the race attracted a robust 3.7 rating (translating to 6.3 million viewers) – the best numbers the sport …

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