Race Weekend Central

Christopher Bell Bounces Back, Punches Potential Chase Ticket with Gateway Win

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2016 hasn’t been the season that Christopher Bell wanted so far, but thanks to a win at Gateway Motorsports Park, the rookie’s ticket to the Chase has been punched. Bell inherited the lead on the final round of cautions and got the better of multiple late race melees – both in and out of the …

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Ben Rhodes Sweeps NCWTS Practices, Abreu to Backup at Gateway

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Ben Rhodes used a late mock qualifying run to top final practice and sweep the morning sessions at Gateway Motorsports Park. Rhodes, 19, completed a 33.148-second lap late in Saturday’s final session to lead the way for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Johnny Sauter (33.208) ended the round second on the charts, with John Hunter …

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Josef Newgarden Completes Practices, Cleared to Race at Road America

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Just two weeks removed from a harrowing incident at Texas Motor Speedway, Josef Newgarden jumped back behind the wheel of his No. 21 Direct Supply/Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet for practice at Road America. Newgarden, who sustained a broken right clavicle and a fracture in his right hand in a crash with Conor Daly during the postponed …

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Graham Rahal Paces Friday Practice at Road America

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Preparing for a 50-lap grind in Sunday’s KOHLER Grand Prix at Road America, the Verizon IndyCar Series took to the Wisconsin track for 150 minutes of practice on Friday. The top car at the end of the session? None other than Graham Rahal. Rahal’s 1:42.0224 time around the 4.014-mile road course led the way in …

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The 10: Prospects Going to Victory Lane, Perhaps Sooner Than You Think

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Off weekends are a time to reflect, grow and speculate for the future in the NASCAR industry, both for the teams on the track, and those of us that right about them. While race teams analyze their data from the previous months, looking for incremental gains to use going forward, we here at Frontstretch have …

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Hidden Talent: Chase Format Highlights XFINITY Series Woes

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For the 14th time in 2016, the NASCAR XFINITY Series paddock roared to life for a race on Sunday at Iowa Speedway. For the 10th time, that race ended without a series regular in Victory Lane. Sure, Iowa was a little different tale than the usual – Sam Hornish, Jr. earned a redemptive victory in …

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Texas Twister Changes IndyCar Championship Story Moving Forward

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Between rain, weepers and a nasty crash on lap 40 that injured Josef Newgarden, the Verizon IndyCar Series’ first attempt at completing the Firestone 600 was ugly at best. Now, with Scott Dixon, Sebastien Bourdais and Mikhail Aleshin out for the week to run the 24 Hours of LeMans, the series has been forced to move …

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Brad Keselowski Makes IndyCar Debut Late in Road America Test

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The final hours of what seemed to be a routine test session for the June 26 Kohler Grand Prix at Road America offered a surprise in the form of 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski. Keselowski shocked many in the paddock by hopping in Simon Pagenaud‘s No. 22 Menard Team Penske Chevrolet for …

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The 10: Low Downforce, No Problem in Michigan

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Less downforce or not, a lot of the same faces shined bright at Michigan International Speedway. Amid the hype of the rules package changes, Joey Logano and Chase Elliott dominated much of Sunday’s Firekeepers Casino 400 in the Irish Hills of Michigan. Behind them, familiar mainstays from recent weeks filled the top 10, including Kevin …

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Cool Down: The Youth Movement Shines in Michigan and Texas

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There was a time not long ago when the future stars of NASCAR couldn’t be found anywhere. As drivers like Mark Martin, Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart slowly raced into the twilight of their careers, the drivers who would rise up and take over their spots atop the sport were nowhere to be seen. Just …

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