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

NASCAR Cup on Bristol dirt

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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

Kyle Larson leans against his car at 2021 spring Phoenix Cup race Photo NKP

(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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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

#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

#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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Frontstretch 5: Reasons Why the New Speedweeks Schedule is a Good Thing

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NASCAR has had to undergo several major schedule changes ever since the COVID-19 pandemic stormed onto the scene in early 2020. Certain tracks lost their dates and had to be replaced with others, and doubleheaders were held during select weekends to make up for lost races. Then came more changes with the release of the …

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2021 NASCAR Preseason Power Rankings, No. 5: Kyle Busch

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“Rowdy,” “Wild Thing,” “Candyman.” Whatever name you choose to call him, there is no denying how unquestionably good of a racer Kyle Busch is. He’s accomplished so much in his NASCAR career that it’s hard to pick exactly where to start from. His 2015 and 2019 championship seasons are years that he’ll keep in his …

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2021 NASCAR Preseason Power Rankings, No. 11: Kurt Busch

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You may not think so at first, but of the full-time NASCAR Cup Series drivers, Kurt Busch has the earliest series debut out of them all, finishing 18th at Dover International Speedway in September 2000.  Twenty-one years later, the 2004 champion isn’t backing off the gas just yet. The 42-year-old driver from Las Vegas has …

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2020 NASCAR Team Reviews: Spire Motorsports

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When the 2021 season kicks off at Daytona International Speedway in February, Spire Motorsports will be entering its third full-time season as a team in NASCAR. Yes, you heard that right. 

 Their first two years in the NASCAR atmosphere have been interesting, to say the very least. 
After the unfortunate collapse of former championship-winning …

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