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Frontstretch 5: Most Exciting Championship Battles in ARCA History

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

NASCAR may have three more weeks of racing left in 2021, but for the ARCA Menards Series, a new champion will be crowned this Friday (Oct. 22) night at Kansas Speedway. Ty Gibbs and Corey Heim have been the cream of the crop in ARCA this year. The two young drivers have won a combined …

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Frontstretch 5: Dirt Modified Drivers Who Should Get a NASCAR Start in 2022

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If you’re a true fan of dirt track racing, you know just how big of a deal Super DIRT Week is. The 49th edition of “Racing’s Biggest Party” concluded Sunday at Oswego Speedway in upstate New York, starring the DIRTcar pro stocks, dirt sportsmans, small block and big block modifieds. Thanks to NASCAR having two …

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Frontstretch 5: Feuds That Could Brew Again in NASCAR Playoffs

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This past weekend’s events at Bristol Motor Speedway brought out the best of moods for spectators and the worst of moods for the drivers. New feuds were born and they all may be something for fans to keep an eye on as these playoffs continue. Chase Elliott and Kevin Harvick’s memorable post-race scrum at Bristol …

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Frontstretch 5: Best Clutch Performances in NASCAR Playoff History

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Four unlucky drivers’ fates will be sealed after this coming Saturday’s (Sept. 18) Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway, as the NASCAR Cup Series playoff field will be reduced from 16 to 12 competitors. Alex Bowman, Tyler Reddick, William Byron and Michael McDowell all enter Bristol underneath the cutoff line, and …

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Frontstretch 5: Retired NASCAR Drivers Who Should Make a 1-Time Comeback

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

As he’s done for the past few years now, fan favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr. will get behind the wheel of a NASCAR Xfinity Series car again for one race. On Saturday, Sept. 11, Earnhardt will pilot his own No. 8 Chevrolet in the GoBowling 250 at Richmond Raceway. It’s a good place for him to …

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Frontstretch 5: Shortest Rain-Shortened Races in NASCAR’s Modern Era

Sheldon Creed was victorious in the rain-shortened race held at Kentucky Speedway, the 2020 Buckle Up In Your Truck 225. (Photo: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Fire is often said to be a driver’s biggest fear, but rain ought to be a close second.  As seen in last week’s Belgian Grand Prix, unwanted precipitation can bring things to a soggy end and ruin everyone’s day in a hurry. Fans at Spa-Francorchamps were treated to a two-lap parade under the safety car …

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Frontstretch 5: Biggest Do-Or-Die Drivers for Daytona

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

This is it. Crunch time. Just one more race remains until the playoff field is set for the NASCAR Cup Series. And what could be a more unpredictable place for it to happen than Daytona International Speedway? Last year, Daytona held the regular season finale for the first time. Several drivers’ playoff dreams were fulfilled …

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Frontstretch 5: IndyCar Drivers You Probably Forgot Raced in NASCAR

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In Saturday’s (Aug. 14) NASCAR Xfinity Series’ Pennzoil 150 at the Brickyard, Sage Karam became the latest IndyCar driver to make his NASCAR debut. He finished fifth in stage 1 and was running in the top 15 with five laps to go before electrical issues forced an end to his race, giving him a 26th-place …

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Frontstretch 5: IndyCar Drivers Who Could Make NASCAR Debut

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(Photo: Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR Media)

For several decades, the relationship between NASCAR and the NTT Data IndyCar Series has been a mutualistic one for both fans and drivers alike. Even though the two series feature different cars, different race setups and different championship formats, the one thing that hasn’t changed is the occurrence of drivers exchanging starts in both series. …

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Frontstretch 5: Drivers Who Could Dethrone Chase Elliott on a Road Course

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Defending NASCAR Cup Series champions Chase Elliott and the No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports team know how to put a solid road course race together. His seven road course wins rank him third behind eight-time winner Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon’s all-time record of nine. To his delight and the field’s dismay, the first two races …

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