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NASCAR Mailbox: Denny Hamlin and the Chase Media Tour in… Mexico?

2015 Richmond II CUP Denny Hamlin family CIA

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That collective gasp you just heard was the sigh of relief from Jeff Gordon fans. The No. 24 team will make the Chase and contend for a fifth NASCAR Sprint Cup championship this year, for the final time in the driver’s 24-year career. We also saw drivers Jamie McMurray, Ryan Newman, Clint Bowyer and Paul Menard make it …

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Tweet ‘N’ Greet: Tony Stewart, John Hunter Nemechek, Kyle Busch, Plus More!

2015 Richmond II CUP Kyle Busch CIA

(CIA Stock Photography, 2015)

Each week, Frontstretch will scour Twitter and other social media platforms looking for some of the best posts from your favorite NASCAR personalities, drivers and media members from all across the industry. These were some of our favorite posts from this week and we hope you enjoy them too! The #NASCAR 1M Follower Club is …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: 2015 Chase Edition

2015 Richmond II CUP Kevin harvick car CIA

(CIA Stock Photography, 2015)

So here we are heading into the first race of the Chase at Chicagoland on Sunday and the good news is that going in, there is may be not one clear cut favorite. If this had been done by the old pre-Chase points system, Kevin Harvick would pretty much have things wrapped up with 10 …

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Friday Faceoff: Can NASCAR Sustain Southern 500 Success?

Kurt Busch goes for a spin during the 2015 Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway

(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. ©2015)

The Bojangles’ Southern 500 was by most counts a success with the new aero package and tires matched to it; ratings were the best for a Labor Day weekend show since 2007. Can NASCAR sustain the success of the Southern 500 and in general, and what could be done differently? Summer Bedgood, Senior Editor: I …

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NASCAR 101: Can Anyone Clinch a Chase Spot with a Win?

2015 Darlington CUP Jeff Gordon car CIA

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You’ve heard it all year: win and you’re in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Well, this weekend marks the final chance for a driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series to do so. By scoring a victory, while also being inside the top 30 in points and having attempted every race of the season …

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2-Headed Monster: Should Tony Stewart Retire?

2015 Pocono II CUP Tony Stewart CIA

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NASCAR fans are some of the most passionate, loyal followers in all of sports. However, they don’t always get along. A quick search of the hashtag #NASCAR on Twitter or a glance at the NASCAR.com comments is all it takes for one to notice the frequent division of fanbases, and while they’re often knowledgeable about the topics …

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Happiness Is… Themes, Hype, and Silly Season

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The low downforce. The softer tires. The retro paint schemes. The return to Darlington Raceway over Labor Day weekend. All of these elements added up to an interesting Southern 500, one that has seemed to garner overall positive reactions. That’s great! For a sport that has seemingly battled itself more than it should and caused many of …

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2015 Chase for the Sprint Cup Clinch Scenarios

2015 Richmond I CUP Kurt Busch wins credit NASCAR via Getty Images

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will invade Richmond International Raceway this weekend for the final regular season race on the 2015 calendar. That means numerous drivers who have not already locked themselves into the Chase will be eager to do so on Saturday night. NASCAR released the clinch scenarios for this weekend’s race: Regardless of …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: 2015 Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Edition

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(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. ©2015)

It’s nice when it works out to see a NASCAR event live. That was the case for me this weekend. It was my first trip to Darlington and my first night race. It was a great experience and worth every penny to make the effort to go there. So this week’s hot and not, will …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Southern 500

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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)

Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 All-Time NASCAR Drivers

Dale Earnhardt Sr. #3

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The Sprint Cup Series had its final off weekend before the run to Homestead. So we thought it’d be fun to stir the pot a little and ask the question, “who are the top NASCAR drivers of all time?” This question has been debated for many years and the lists are quite different depending on who …

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