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Open-Wheel Wednesday: Wake-Up Call – The Unfortunate Case of INDYCAR & Auto Club Speedway

Graham Rahal winning at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana in IndyCar

(Photo: Chris Owens)

Some weeks, it is tough to cover INDYCAR. For four years now I’ve been covering the sport, and just when it looks like the series has turned the corner, the sanctioning body does something that knocks them right back to Earth. It is utterly frustrating to see a sport with such promise and potential for great things …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Episode 7 – 2015 Pure Michigan 500

NASCAR Sprint Cup action during the 2015 Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway

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Welcome to the Fronstretch Podcast! Racing expert Matt Stallknecht and his rotating panel of guests have you covered from now until the end of the season with all of the main storylines from the NASCAR week that was. On this week’s episode Stallknecht, along with Mike Neff, discuss how the sport is going to move forward after the failure …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Episode 6 – 2015 Cheez-It 355 @ the Glen

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Welcome to the Fronstretch Podcast! Racing expert Matt Stallknecht and his rotating panel of guests have you covered from now until the end of the season with all of the main storylines from the NASCAR week that was. On this week’s episode Stallknecht, along with Mike Neff, discuss the merits of running the boot at Watkins Glen and break down what …

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4 Burning Questions in Watkins Glen: Can Tony Stewart Find Redemption?

2015 Sonoma CUP Tony Stewart car CIA

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Right-hand turns are on tap for this Sunday as the traveling circus that is the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads north to Watkins Glen International. The world-famous 11-turn road course has been a lightning rod of drama for the series over the past half-decade, and as such, there is a higher-than-normal buzz for the race …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Episode 5 – 2015 Windows 10 400

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Welcome to the Fronstretch Podcast! Racing expert Matt Stallknecht and his rotating panel of guests have you covered from now until the end of the season with all of the main storylines from the NASCAR week that was. On this week’s episode Stallknecht, along with Mike Neff, discuss the legitimacy of fuel mileage racing, Kasey Kahne’s violent pit road …

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4 Burning Questions at Pocono: Is This MWR’s Last Chance at Survival?

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The winds of change are beginning to overtake the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as the circuit edges closer to the end of the regular season. Rules changes, team changes, ownership changes: no matter what form it takes, novelty has dominated the news cycle in recent weeks.  And now, news of Michael Waltrip Racing co-owner Rob …

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Open-Wheel Wednesday: INDYCAR and NASCAR – United They Stand, Divided They Fall

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Could NASCAR be the key to INDYCAR’s success? Whoa. Back up. Did I just say that? Certainly that’s a preposterous statement, right INDYCAR faithful? The two organizations are competitors, after all. Each side has seemed to make that quite clear over the past two decades. Surely there’s no possible way that the “taxi cab series” could …

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4 Burning Questions at New Hampshire: Rowdy’s Rise & Smoke’s Struggles

Tony Stewart waves to race fans during driver introductions at Kentucky Speedway.

(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. ©2015)­­

After the wild success of the low-downforce rules package at Kentucky the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to normalcy this Sunday as the series rolls north to New Hampshire Motor Speedway. New Hampshire will see the return of the original 2015 intermediate-track rules package; with it will come another shuffle of the competitive deck. As …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Episode 2 – 2015 Quaker State 400 at Kentucky

2015 Kentucky CUP Kyle Busch Joey Logano racing front CIA

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Welcome to the Fronstretch Podcast! Racing expert Matt Stallknecht and his rotating panel of guests have you covered from now until the end of the season with all of the main storylines from the NASCAR week that was. On this week’s episode Stallknecht, along with guests Mike Neff and Aaron Bearden, evaluate the new low-downforce aero package used at …

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4 Burning Questions at Kentucky: Can New Rules Package Inject Life Into Cup Series?

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Well, this is the one we’ve been waiting for. After months of anticipation, the much-ballyhooed low-downforce rules package will be making its long awaited debut at this Saturday’s Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway. Yes, you read that correctly: there is actually a buzz around a race at Kentucky. Shocking, I know. No other story …

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