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Pace Laps: Hendrick Horsepower, RHR’s Rebound and a Surprise Nationwide Winner

Paul Menard's Nationwide victory at Michigan marked a turnaround the entire Richard Childress Racing team is experiencing right now.

Sprint Cup Series: Power and Tires – Enzo Ferrari once stated that aerodynamics are for people who don’t know how to build engines.  That may be a paraphrasing of the Italian icon’s words, but you get the idea.  This concept could not be found in better evidence than after the Sprint Cup race at Michigan.  How’s …

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Nelson Piquet Jr. To Run NCWTS Practice For John Wes Townley

As announced pre-season, John Wes Townley is running both the full ARCA Racing Series schedule for Venturini Motorsports and the full NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule for Wauters Motorsports. With an ARCA race scheduled for Friday at Michigan, Townley will miss Friday’s practice for the Saturday’s truck race at Gateway. As a result, Nelson Piquet Jr. …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: TNT’s Decisions & Technical Issues Hinder Pocono Broadcast

Photo Credit: CIA Stock Photography

Last weekend marked a jam-packed few days of racing across multiple tracks, with Pocono Raceway and Texas Motor Speedway sharing the brunt of the attention. However, Pocono may have been the winner in terms of intrigue — it featured the return of TNT to NASCAR for its six-race summer series, currently the final time the …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX’s Action Adjustment Problem In Talladega

Hello, race fans. Welcome back to Couch Potato Tuesday, where race telecast breakdowns are the primary objective. This past weekend, the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and ARCA Racing Series were all in action at Talladega Superspeedway. Over 1,000 miles of restricted action took place. However, before we start, I’ve got some news to talk about. Last Monday, FOXSports announced …

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Pace Laps: JRM Shines, RFR Fails to Impress and Hunter-Reay Silences Long Beach Critics

Did you see all of the race action this weekend? Or, like a lot of busy fans, did you miss a late-night adventure, a Friday controversy, or a juicy piece of news? If you did, you’ve come to the right place! Each week, The Frontstretch will break down the racing, series by series, to bring …

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Mikey Kile, Andy Belmont Racing Seeking Return to ARCA Prominence in 2012

Photo Credit: Andy Belmont Racing

Coming off a strong 2010 campaign that saw him score his first career ARCA win and finish top 5 in points, Mikey Kile certainly wasn’t planning to all but take the 2011 season off. Sponsorship troubles kept the Louisiana native off track for all but five Nationwide Series starts, his last coming during the summer stretch at Iowa.

That being said, he may as well have from an ARCA standpoint. With a double-edged assault of Tim George Jr. and eventual 2011 champion Ty Dillon, Richard Childress Racing combined to win seven poles and eight of the 19 ARCA Racing Series events run last year, utterly dominating the series in a display that was the polar opposite of 2010, where three competitors entered the final race at Rockingham with a shot at the title.

Talking NASCAR TV: FOX Unveils New Look, But Old Issues Must Be Solved For ’11

Hello, race fans. We’re back for another full season of critiquing, complimenting, ranting and suggesting here at Talking NASCAR TV. If only new races could bring perfect health; at the moment, I’m not feeling 100% since I’ve come down with a slight cold. It’s bad enough I’m spending winter with the flu; what’s worse was …

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5 Points to Ponder: No Chase Drama? No Problem, 4 Too Many for Hendrick & Kevin Conway’s S&P

thanks to the exploits of the driver and sponsor FRM bid farewell to at Michigan last month, their No. 38 team may well lock themselves back into the field. Why? Because Kevin Conway, despite bringing his Extenze sponsorship with him to Robby Gordon Motorsports, has been start-and-parking the No. 7 car. I was present in the pits during the Atlanta race two weekends ago when this trend first surfaced, and both the team’s pit stall and radio communications bore this out.

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