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Frontstretch 5: Five Winningest Tracks for Joe Gibbs Racing

Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Christopher Bell and Kyle Busch battle at Kansas Speedway. (Photo: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Ever since the team’s inception in 1992, Joe Gibbs Racing has become a monolith of what a successful NASCAR organization looks like. A whopping 190 wins and five Cup owner championships are part of a certain Hall-of-Fame bound legacy established by the will and perseverance of its founder. “Coach” Joe Gibbs continues to preach a …

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Frontstretch 5: Drivers Who Could Score Birthday Wins in 2021

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#43: Erik Jones, Richard Petty Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Black Entrepreneur Initiative

Birthdays can be a special and wonderful time for everyone, but winning a NASCAR race on the same day amplifies its sweetness even more. That’s what Kyle Busch did for the second time in his career on Sunday (May 2) in the Buschy McBusch Race 400 at Kansas Speedway, scoring his 58th career NASCAR Cup …

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Frontstretch 5: Most Memorable NASCAR Cup Finishes at Kansas Speedway

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16-18 October, 2015, Kansas City, Kansas USA Joey Logano (22), Matt Kenseth, Dollar General Toyota Camry (20), Jimmie Johnson (48) ©2015 John Harrelson / NKP

After enduring a wild weekend at Talladega Superspeedway, the NASCAR Cup Series will be heading off to a place that has gained itself a wild reputation in recent years: Kansas Speedway. Since the speedway’s inception in 2001, it has provided us with many unforgettable moments, from crazy crashes to close finishes and everything in between. …

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Frontstretch 5: NASCAR Cup Drivers Who Can Rejuvenate Sluggish Seasons With Talladega Win

2020 Talladega playoff Cup Chase Elliott leads in pack racing Photo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Talladega Superspeedway race weekend is upon us at last, which means fast racing, daring passes, big crashes and exhilarating down-to-the-wire finishes. While most race fans are eager to see what will unfold this weekend (April 24-25), most NASCAR Cup Series drivers and teams will carry plenty of dread with them instead. Due to the high-risk …

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Frontstretch 5: Virginia’s Most Successful Inactive Drivers in NASCAR

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We’re all familiar with NASCAR’s roots originating in the southern part of the United States: the foundation of NASCAR occurred in Daytona Beach, Fla., while the first ever race was held in North Carolina. But Virginia is another one of these old-timey states with plenty of NASCAR history to sift through. Martinsville Speedway, where NASCAR …

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Frontstretch 5: Worst NASCAR Rookie Performances in Recent Memory

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19-21 February, 2010, Fontana, California USA Kevin Conway ©2010, Nigel Kinrade, USA LAT South

The 2020 NASCAR rookie class in the Cup Series was a memorable one, with Cole Custer prevailing over four other drivers and winning the award after being the only rookie driver to make the playoffs. For 2021, the freshman class is down to two drivers. Unfortunately, they haven’t had the kindest of beginnings in their …

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Frontstretch 5: Biggest Key Elements of Bristol’s Bizarre Dirt Weekend

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

On a hot September afternoon in 1969, Talladega Superspeedway hosted its first ever NASCAR weekend. Unfortunately, it came with a lot of setbacks and controversy. Shredded tires, unsafe track conditions, unfinished grandstands and suites, driver protests and even driver walkouts were all witnessed during that chaotic weekend in Alabama, making it one of the worst …

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Frontstretch 5: Top Dirt Aces Likely to Win at Bristol

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Throughout the history of NASCAR racing, the sport featured occasional stars with particular skills that shone on certain tracks. On the road courses, drivers like Dan Gurney, Marcos Ambrose, Boris Said, Scott Pruett and Ron Fellows excelled. On superspeedways, Michael Waltrip, Brad Keselowski, Sterling Marlin, Ernie Irvan and Dale Earnhardt are among the first names …

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Frontstretch 5: Honorable Female Driving Pioneers in NASCAR

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

As we know, March is Women’s History Month, and during it sports organizations across America observe and highlight the accomplishments of female athletes of all kinds. And it would be silly for us at Frontstretch to not have a writing segment dedicated to women who have done the same to leave their own marks on …

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Frontstretch 5: Best Non-Finale Races at Homestead-Miami Speedway

2021 Xfinity Homestead Myatt Snider, No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, Burnout (Credit: NKP)

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We all remember when Homestead-Miami Speedway hosted NASCAR’s finale weekend from 2002-19. Many fantastic championship battles were fought, which included many joys and many heartbreaks to go along with them. The speedway, though, lost its finale weekend to Phoenix Raceway in 2020, signifying the end of a historic tradition. But the speedway hosted races that …

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Frontstretch 5: Reasons Why Daytona’s Road Course is NASCAR’s Best Accidental Gem

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#37: Ryan Preece, JTG Daugherty Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Kroger/Coca-Cola and #1: Kurt Busch, Chip Ganassi Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Monster Energy

Throughout NASCAR’s history, many racetracks have come and gone. Some have stood the test of time, while others faded away into obscurity after short usage. Coming upon this decade, NASCAR was on a fixed pattern with the racetracks they had at hand. It seemed like no new tracks would get to make their arrival anytime …

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Frontstretch 5: Biggest Takeaways from Daytona Speedweeks 2021

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#12: Ryan Blaney, Team Penske, Ford Mustang Menards/Blue DEF/PEAK #43: Erik Jones, Richard Petty Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Armor All #36: David Ragan, Front Row Motorsports, Ford Mustang

This year’s Daytona Speedweek provided many reasons, both good and bad, to be remembered by. New faces in new places, along with an entertaining combination of big wrecks, hurt feelings and thrilling dashes to the finish. It was all topped off by Michael McDowell’s unbelievable first career NASCAR Cup Series win after 358 prior tries. …

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