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Frontstretch 5: IndyCar Drivers You Probably Forgot Raced in NASCAR

Sage Karam prepares for his debut in NASCAR Xfinity 2021 race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

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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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

2021 Road America Cup Chase Elliott racing NKP

(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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Frontstretch 5: Greatest NASCAR Drivers Without a Cup Start

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Hundreds of drivers have been fortunate enough to have started a NASCAR event in their lifetimes. Even fewer drivers have had the chance to take the green flag in a NASCAR Cup Series race, let alone achieve lasting success in the series. But there is a special club of drivers who had success in the …

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Frontstretch 5: Tracks the Truck Series Could Visit

Harrison Burton Kentucky

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

It’s hard to believe there are just two races remaining until the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’ playoff field is set. On Friday, July 9, the Trucks will tackle the dirt at the Knoxville Raceway in Iowa. Then, they’ll make their long-awaited return to Watkins Glen International on Aug. 7 to conclude the regular season. …

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Frontstretch 5: Wackiest NASCAR Moments at Pocono Raceway

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

With a memorable weekend at Nashville Superspeedway behind us, the main three NASCAR series will travel to Pocono Raceway this coming weekend to conclude the month of June. Nestled within the serene Pocono mountains in Pennsylvania, the lush, green atmosphere of the facility has made it a popular choice among fans for years. Pocono Raceway …

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Frontstretch 5: Longtime Traditions That NASCAR Should Resuscitate

2017 Charlotte All Star CUP Kyle Busch celebrates John K Harrelson NKP

(Photo: John Harrelson / NKP)

Ever since the turn of the current millennium, NASCAR has taken steady steps of change as the sport has evolved. Whether it’s driver safety, track modifications, schedule overhauls or pushes for diversity, some changes have left behind positive impressions and impacts, while others have blatantly left behind negative ones (need I remind you of the …

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Frontstretch 5: Memorable Heartbreaking Rookie Losses

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Several key headlines emerged from last Sunday’s (June 6) Toyota/Save Mart 350 from Sonoma Raceway, including Kyle Larson’s dominating win and the 270th team win for Hendrick Motorsports. But one driver seemingly bound to make a major headline for himself on Sunday was NASCAR Cup Series rookie Anthony Alfredo, who raced inside the top-10 for …

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Frontstretch 5: Other Road Courses That Could Host a NASCAR Event

A gaggle of NASCAR Cup cars come around and enter a turn at Circuit of the Americas in 2021

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

This past weekend, NASCAR’s top three series were the subject of a bizarre but memorable inaugural weekend at the 3.4-mile-long Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. COTA has become the latest example of NASCAR’s newfound “road course craze,” which constitutes a plethora of new road courses added to NASCAR’s schedule in recent years. The …

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Frontstretch 5: Other Noteworthy Team Sweeps in NASCAR Cup Races

Kyle Larson leads the field in the Drydene 400 at Dover International Speedway, May 2021.

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Sunday’s (May 16) Drydene 400 at Dover International Speedway could not have gone more perfectly for Rick Hendrick and the entire Hendrick Motorsports organization. Between race winner Alex Bowman, runner-up Kyle Larson and fourth-place finisher William Byron, Hendrick had at least one of his cars in the lead for 382 out of 400 laps. And …

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