Race Weekend Central

The Frontstretch 5: Calls NASCAR (Almost) Got Right

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Movin’ on up… While NASCAR rolled out several rule changes prior to this season, one that went mostly unnoticed until last weekend at Charlotte was to add some adjustability to the start times of races with 24-hour notice to fans if there is impending weather. That came into play Sunday, when afternoon rain was in …

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The Underdog House: Is There a Road to NASCAR Competitiveness for Small Teams?

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Think Small As the season draws to a close, not much has changed for NASCAR’s smaller teams.  While the No. 21 has, at least for the time being, earned its way off the list for 2018, most of the teams, if they survive the winter (and a couple are on shaky ground), will be in …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the Bank of America 500

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? It’s not often that a driver who single-handedly brings out three different cautions deserves accolades, but this week, Kyle Busch does.  Why?  There was a time when Busch would probably have driven to the garage, climbed out and ridden off into the sunset. (He did that once, leaving …

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2017 Frontstretch Cup: Bank of America 500 Predictions

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Welcome to our 10th year of staff predictions! Each week, our experts attempt to tell you who the winner of each Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race will be. Take a look to see who your favorite writers think will win it all (or at least score some points) this week! Think you can out-prognosticate …

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XFINITY Qualifying Washed Out at Charlotte, Daniel Suarez on Pole

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A persistent drizzle over Charlotte Motor Speedway kept cars of the track Saturday morning, and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice was canceled along with XFINITY Series qualifying. The field for the Drive for the Cure 300 was set by the NASCAR rulebook, with defending series champion Daniel Suarez on the pole in the No. …

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Friday Faceoff: When’s That First Win Coming for Chase Elliott?

Chase Elliott in the No. 24 (Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

 NASCAR released the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series rules changes this week, and they were minimal in comparison to recent years.  Was it the right call to stay consistent, or should more tweaks have been made? Amy Henderson: No matter what NASCAR did, fans would complain. Keeping the package similar was the right move. …

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The Frontstretch 5: Things You Should Know About Robert Yates

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1. His racing team was a powerhouse Newer fans know the Yates name from Roush Yates Racing Engines, where Robert’s son Doug Yates is a household name. But Robert Yates Racing was one of the sport’s biggest threats in the 1990s and early 2000s, winning 57 Cup Series races between 1989 and 2005.  It was …

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The Frontstretch 5: Best Drivers You Ever Saw Race

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Who’s the best driver you ever saw race? That’s the question our staff tackled this week and we got a wide variety of answers. From the local tracks to the biggest racing stages in the world, there are many worthy candidates for this list. Let us know your picks in the comments section! Local Legends …

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Friday Faceoff: How Will Kasey Kahne Fare in 2018?

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Kasey Kahne will drive the No. 95 for Leavine Family Racing in 2018, replacing Michael McDowell.  Will Kahne be able to take the team to the next level, and what will McDowell do? Amy Henderson: If Kasey Kahne brings a big-time sponsor, then it will help from an equipment standpoint.  But take a close look …

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The Frontstretch 5: Legendary, Silly & Just Kind of Screwed

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1. Farewell, TC If you live in the Northeast, you already know the impact Ted Christopher had on racing. If you don’t, you might be wondering what the big deal was.  Christopher was a racer, plain and simple. If you want to know what people mean when they say a driver is a “real racer,” …

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