Race Weekend Central

Judging Jeff Gordon’s Broadcast Booth Debut

Welcome back, race fans. Today begins my eighth year of broadcast criticism here at Frontstretch. For this season, we will have a change or two to how this critique looks. Likely the most notable change that you will see is at the top of the page. We now have a separate tab for the weekly …

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NASCAR 101: Who Didn’t Come Back to NASCAR This Year?

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Here’s an interesting thought: How many drivers who raced in one of NASCAR’s national series in 2014 didn’t in 2015? It’s certainly intriguing to think about. Each year, hundreds of drivers make their way through the top three series, whether it’s as a full-time competitor, a one-off racer or somewhere in between. Of those, most …

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Beyond the Cockpit: The Struggle to Find Funding with Michael Lira

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In the world of the ARCA Racing Series, full-time teams are far and few between. The division, a small step in the ladder to climb up the NASCAR rankings, has been the stepping stone for several stars in the world of stock car racing.  For Michael Lira, he hopes to follow in that path. Driving …

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Ryan Reed Joins Lira Motorsports for 2 ARCA Racing Series Events

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NASCAR Xfinity Series regular Ryan Reed will pilot the No. 38 Lira Motorsports Ford Fusion in the upcoming ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards events at Kentucky Speedway and Kansas Speedway. Reed, who captured the team’s first win earlier this year at Chicagoland, will also participate in the ARCA Racing Series test session at Kentucky …

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The Frontstretch 5: Things To Consider In the Wake of Tragedy

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In racing, there is always the possibility of something going very, very wrong. Thinly veiled danger always lurks just beneath the surface of motorsports. So much of the time it’s avoided, but when it does strike, it’s a sobering reminder that the sport we love has a side we all hate. We were shown that …

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Frank Kimmel II Joins Venturini Motorsports for 2015 Salem Fall Classic

Venturini Motorsports announced on Tuesday that two Kimmel’s will pilot rides at Salem Speedway on September 19 with the organization. Frank Kimmel, a 10-time ARCA champion, will pilot the No. 25 Toyota for the well-known ARCA Racing Series team. The other? If you had guessed Frank Kimmel II then you are correct! Kimmel II isn’t …

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NASCAR 101: NASCAR Drivers from the Mitten

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When I was growing up, the one NASCAR race weekend I could always count on seeing each year was one at Michigan International Speedway, whether it was the June or August race (the latter, usually). Good thing, too – the track didn’t always have a stellar reputation for putting on a great show on TV, …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Grading FOX’s Grid Walk

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Welcome back, race fans. This past weekend, the Sprint Cup Series was at Pocono Raceway, traditionally one of the more spread-out tracks on the calendar. However, we ended up with a closer, more competitive race than at Dover. Funny how those things work out. Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400 After a rather unsatisfactory 400-mile tilt …

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Trevor Bayne Makes Attempt To Improve with 2015 Pocono 200 ARCA Victory

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Desperate times call for desperate measures. That has been the story of Trevor Bayne thus far in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The 2011 Daytona 500 champion, in his first full-time season sits 31st in the championship standings entering Pocono Raceway. With a best finish of 18th (twice, Martinsville and Texas) Bayne has underperformed compared …

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Kyle Benjamin Joins Venturini Motorsports at Pocono

Kyle Benjamin will join Venturini Motorsports on Saturday at Pocono Raceway. The Menards ARCA 200 will mark his 16th career start in the ARCA Racing Series since making his debut back in 2013. Benjamin, a native from South Carolina, will pilot a No. 15 Toyota from the team with sponsorship from GreenWorks-Cometic Gasket. The race …

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