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Beyond the Cockpit: Michael Annett on Fire Recovery, Racing Roots & Hockey

2015 Cup Texas Michael Annett on Track Credit Rick Lunkenheimer

(Photo Credit: Rick Lunkenheimer, Frontstretch)

Michael Annett was born into the racing community but didn’t even set foot in a racecar until his teenage years were almost through. After starting in the ARCA Racing Series, he moved quickly through a handful of runs in the Truck Series before settling in the Xfinity Series with Germain Racing, Rusty Wallace Incorporated and finally …

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Frontstretch Fantasy Insider: 2015 Bank of America 500 at Charlotte

2015 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Bank of America 500 Charlotte Cup Mike Neff

(Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch)

The Chase for the Sprint Cup has been whittled down to 12 drivers, and the Contender round starts off with a bang at Charlotte with a night race. Kevin Harvick was dominant last week at Dover, securing himself a spot in the Contender round, while Jimmie Johnson suffered a parts failure that ended his chase. This …

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Kurt Busch, Tony Stewart Among 6 Hit with Post-Dover Penalties, Warnings

2015 Dover II CUP Kurt BUsch pack racing CIA

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NASCAR warned six Sprint Cup teams on Wednesday for infractions occurring during the Dover race weekend, including the Chase-contending teams of Kurt Busch and Martin Truex Jr. Busch’s No. 41 team was posted for rear bumper tubing found during pre-race inspection. The No. 14 team of Busch’s teammate and owner Tony Stewart was warned for …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Southern 500

2015 Darlington CUP Carl Edwards champagne CIA

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Who’s in the headline – While Carl Edwards’s name appears in the headlines, it is his pit crew that deserves the accolades. The new aero package provided some great racing and passing opportunities, but the race came down to an eight-lap dash for the cash. Fresh tires were good enough for 15–20 laps, so whoever …

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2015 Southern 500 Retro Paint Scheme Photo Gallery

Brad Keselowski and Kasey Kahne Darlington Cup Retro 2015 Mike Neff-136

(Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch)

Number Crunching: 2015 Cheez-It 355 at the Glen NASCAR Fantasy Preview

2015 Watkins Glen CUP Kurt Busch car CIA

(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. ©2015)

Just northwest of last week’s race in the Pocono Mountains is Watkins Glen, the sight of this weekend’s race. Watkins Glen is in the Finger Lakes region of New York surrounded by beautiful New York wine country. Watkins Glen also holds a gem of a road course racetrack and that’s where NASCARS drivers will be …

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Number Crunching: 2015 Windows 10 400 at Pocono NASCAR Fantasy Preview

2015 Pocono 1 Cup Kevin Harvick Car Credit Anthony Lumbis Sr.

Photo Credit: Anthony Lumbis Sr., Frontstretch

Joe Gibbs Racing teams are on fire the last few weeks, a pattern that’s continued at Pocono. Led by Kyle Busch, who has won four out of the last five Cup races, they placed four cars in the top eight of Saturday’s Happy Hour practice and appear to have mastered the setup for Sunday. Busch, …

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Number Crunching: 2015 Brickyard 400 NASCAR Fantasy Preview

2015 Michigan I CUP Kurt Busch trophy selfie CIA

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Hey everyone! I’m sorry about being a little bit late posting, but I was going across the Gulf of Maine last night and got to dock quite late. After watching all the practices this morning and looking over the data, I’ve got to say it’s a bit confusing. The cars are running a high-drag package …

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Number Crunching: Your Fantasy Watch for the 2015 5-hour Energy 301 New Hampshire

2015 Loudon I CUP Kurt Busch car CIA

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Last week at Kentucky did not go particularly well for the NASCAR Fantasy Live team I had picked. The Joe Gibbs Racing cars showed incredible speed with the lower downforce package that NASCAR was trying and I just didn’t see the amount of speed they had in practice. In Fantasy, like in real life, you …

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Toyotas Top Both 2015 Toyota/Save Mart 350 Practices at Sonoma

2015 Sonoma CUP Kyle BUsch car CIA

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Friday afternoon saw the 44 cars entered in Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 take to the 1.99-mile road course to dial their cars in. With more combined practice time than the race is likely to last Sunday, teams had plenty of time to get an idea of where they needed to be. With the long practices, …

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Did You Notice? The Key to Qualifying, Sophomore Slumps & Quick Hits

2015 Dover I CUP Jimmie Johnson wins CIA

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Did You Notice? Qualifying has become a point of emphasis for top teams? None other than Dover winner Jimmie Johnson spoke about his struggles in that department, one of only three drivers this season to win a race after starting outside the top 10. “Raw speed hasn’t been our strong suit,” he admitted in the …

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