Race Weekend Central

The Frontstretch 5: Pivotal Points in NASCAR History

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1. The day America saw it all I’ll start with an obvious one:  the 1979 Daytona 500. Not only was this race the first broadcast live in its entirety on a major national network (CBS), it was run on a weekend when most of the Northeast was snowed in following a huge storm. The captive …

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Pace Laps: A Rainy Kind of NASCAR Weekend

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Stewart-Haas Racing Asserting Its Dominance For the seventh time this season, Stewart-Haas Racing is taking home another race win trophy, this time with Clint Bowyer’s second victory of the season in the rain-shortened race at Michigan International Speedway. Joining teammates Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick, who has five wins this …

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Friday Faceoff: Should NASCAR Be Constantly Tinkering Its Rules Packages?

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1. Kyle Busch won the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Pocono Raceway, but his car was deemed too high in post-race inspection. Should the fact that a violation was technically a disadvantage matter when penalties are issued? Vito Pugliese: Height violations and fines have been a story line since over 25 years, and as with a …

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Pace Laps: 2018 NASCAR Championship Down To Three Men?

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Martin Truex Jr. Punches Back Against Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch Reigning champion Martin Truex Jr. hasn’t had it easy this season. At one point, he wrecked three times in four races during a stretch from Texas to Talladega. “Last year, I felt like we couldn’t do anything wrong,” he said. “This …

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Pace Laps: Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski Share Dominant Charlotte Weekend

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Kyle Busch, Jack of All Tracks Domination is an understatement for what Kyle Busch did en route to his Coca-Cola 600 win at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday night (May 27). Busch swept all four stages of the race and led 377 of the 400 laps. The margin of victory …

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2-Headed Monster: Should NASCAR Implement the All-Star Race Package For Other Races?

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Last weekend, NASCAR mandated the addition of restrictor plates and air ducts to the cars used for the Monster Energy All-Star Race and the Monster Energy Open. The result was pack racing and a much closer margin of victory than in the past few All-Star Races, but it led some to say that it wasn’t …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Serving Up Plate Racing with Corey LaJoie

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In the latest episode of the 2018 Frontstretch Podcast, we review the different looking Monster Energy All-Star Race that involved plate racing with Dustin Albino, Mike Neff, Zach Catanzareti and Corey LaJoie, driver of the No. 72 TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet. Kevin Harvick was triumphant again on Saturday night, taking home the $1 million prize. However, he had to hold off Daniel …

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The Frontstretch 5: Ingredients for Great Races

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1. A test of skill If you were to ask 10 different people what constitutes a great race, you are sure to get 10 different responses. Therefore, I can only speak for myself. The races which I consider great are the ones where I, as a fan, feel like the drivers are being pushed to …

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Pace Laps: NASCAR’s All-Star Race Aerodynamic Experiment

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: All-Star Race Package Shows Promise Typically, the All-Star Race held a week ahead of the longest event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule, turns into a glorified test session for teams preparing for the Coca-Cola 600. The result is often lackluster action that ultimately fails to live up …

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2-Headed Monster: Could NASCAR-Related Betting Increase the Sport’s Exposure?

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Now that individual states have the ability to legalize sports betting, it is anticipated that most sporting leagues will want to get in on the action. Undoubtedly, NASCAR will be among them largely because the revenue involved is could be a serious boon for the sport. But would betting windows at the track lead to …

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