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ARCA Racing Series Breakdown: Menard’s 200 at Toledo

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The fans in attendance for Sunday’s ARCA race at Toledo Speedway could be forgiven if they weren’t sure at any point what lap they were watching. And not just because of a blown transformer on Benore Road that left the track without a working scoreboard. Rather, Zane Smith, who stormed to victory over teammate Chase …

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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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How NASCAR’s New Acquisition Move Can Revitalize Stock Car’s Minor Leagues

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Good or bad, the ARCA Racing Series is soon to become a NASCAR property, and it possibly could be the right time for it. As the ARCA Series heads into its hometown race weekend at Toldeo Speedway this weekend, the series finds itself facing a fatigue level it hasn’t seen in recent memory. TheMenards 200 …

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Pace Laps: Busy But Sad Week for Racing

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Joey Logano Finds Way Back to Victory Lane – It’s hard to believe that it took Joey Logano over one calendar year to earn another win … yet here we are. Caught in the middle between the young guns and veterans categories used to label drivers, especially this season, Logano …

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ARCA Racing Series Breakdown: General Tire 200

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Just like ARCA’s first plate race of 2018, Friday’s General Tire 200 at Talladega took multiple green-white-checkers to decide. The only difference this time… the finish was much closer. The closest in ARCA history for that matter. After spending nearly the entire 2.66-mile final lap leaning on each other, it was Zane Smith that emerged …

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ARCA Racing Series Breakdown: Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200

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Chandler Smith stole headlines at Salem all weekend. Natalie Decker has been stealing headlines all season even before winning the pole at Daytona. But on Sunday in southern Indiana, it was the other Venturini car that found its way to Victory Lane. Christian Eckes, who incrementally improved the No. 15 Toyota from a short run …

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Will the Band Play On? Stock Car Racing’s Uncertain Future in the Music City

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The brave, coverall-clad souls that weathered snow flurries and bitter cold temperatures to attend ARCA’s recent doubleheader at Nashville’s Fairgrounds Speedway were treated to the same tire-grating, close-quarters stock car racing that has made the bullring a destination track for over 100 years. Between Zane Smith powering to his first ARCA Racing Series win and …

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ARCA Breakdown: Music City 200

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Though he didn’t end up winning the pole, Zane Smith emerged from qualifying as ready to race as anyone in the field, exclaiming repeatedly over the radio that the team’s adjustments from practice had made a “night and day” difference. Going from day to night did suit the No. 41 team just fine as Smith …

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Returning East, California Love from a Longtime Critic

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The political science major in me has a hard time believing what I’m seeing on the left coast in 2018. Whether you agree or disagree with those populating and governing California, be it their strong challenges to federal immigration policy, their staunch campaign to maintain their autonomy in setting environmental policies or rampant talk of …

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Friday Faceoff: To Repave Atlanta or Not to Repave?

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There has been talk regarding Atlanta Motor Speedway’s racing surface on whether to repave or not to repave. What do you think? Matt McLaughlin: I sure hope it won’t be repaved. The worn surface makes tire management crucial and introduces the chances to use contrary strategy to have a tortoise beat a hare. It’s a lot like …

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Anything But Monster: The Cultural Decline of the Cup Series

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Washington, D.C., may seem one of the most unlikely points of inspiration for anything related to stock car racing. But just as Lisa Simpson’s “stagnant swamp” was the birthplace of NASCAR founder Brian France Sr., the nation’s capital spurred my first article in returning to Frontstretch. While meeting up with an old college friend in …

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