Race Weekend Central

Eyes on XFINITY: Looking Beyond the Championship

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

If you are a fan of parity in NASCAR, there is good news.  Whoever wins the XFINITY Series championship in 2016 will do so for the first time.  All of the drivers who remain in Chase contention have never hoisted the championship trophy.  It makes the prospect of this year’s championship battle all the more …

Read more

Pace Laps: Sprint Cup Heads to Sonoma, Ryan Reed’s Struggles and Parker Kligerman’s Tough Luck

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

Sprint Cup: The Week Approaching a Road Course – When the Sprint Cup Series starts creeping toward a road course event, it’s always one of the most unique times of the season. The driver announcements are unpredictable, as Cody Ware and Dylan Lupton will attempt their Cup debuts, while Patrick Carpentier makes his return to …

Read more

XFINITY Breakdown: Sam Hornish, Jr. Wins One for the Family at Iowa

(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

In less than one week, Sam Hornish, Jr. went from standing on NASCAR’s sidelines to celebrating in Victory Lane. Making his first start of 2016, he jumped into Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 18 car as a replacement for rookie Matt Tifft, who sat out this weekend’s race at Iowa Speedway with a back injury. Hornish qualified …

Read more

Friday Faceoff: What’s the Year’s Most Memorable Storyline So Far?

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

Fifteen races into the 2016 Sprint Cup season, what’s the most memorable storyline?  The biggest surprise? Vito Pugliese, Senior Writer: The most memorable story line thus far should have been Chase Elliott winning back-to-back races at Pocono Raceway and Michigan International Speedway, but rookie inexperience cost him two weeks in a row on the final …

Read more

Eyes on XFINITY: Get Your Chase Spot While You Still Can

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

The drivers and teams of NASCAR’s XFINITY Series have reached the halfway point of the regular season, with 13 races down and 13 to go.  For the next few months, there will be an increasing amount of focus on who is in and who is out of the postseason as the inaugural XFINITY Chase approaches.  …

Read more

Pace Laps: Stewart’s Comeback, Gaughan’s Milestone and Le Mans Fever

(Photo: John Harrelson / NKP)

Sprint Cup: Tony Stewart’s Well-Needed Michigan boost – After a rough string of races entering Sunday’s FireKeepers 400 at Michigan International Speedway, Tony Stewart put one together. Qualifying third, Stewart instituted a story for the afternoon: What can Smoke do from here? Would he fall outside the top 20 fast or burst into the race …

Read more

XFINITY Breakdown: Suarez Secures First Victory at Michigan

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

Daniel Suarez had been knocking on the door of the XFINITY Series victory lane for nearly a year. On Saturday at Michigan International Speedway, Suarez broke down the door and finally scored his first win by running down and passing teammate Kyle Busch in the closing laps of the Menards 250 presented by Valvoline. Suarez …

Read more

Friday Faceoff: Should NASCAR Lower the Boom?

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

NASCAR said that Brad Keselowski will not be further penalized for body modifications mare to the No. 2 car during a pit stop at Pocono last weekend.  Was the in-race penalty enough, or should NASCAR take further action on teams who try to alter the body to create more speed? Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: I …

Read more

Eyes on XFINITY: Ross Chastain Hoping to Defy Expectations

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

The next few months have the potential to be a major turning point in Ross Chastain’s NASCAR career. The Alva, Florida native, in his second full-time season in the XFINITY Series is once again racing with JD Motorsports.  Through the first twelve races, Chastain’s biggest highlight was running near the front of the pack and …

Read more

Pace Laps: Downpours At Pocono While Chevy Dominates Detroit GP

(Photo: Chris Owens/IndyCar)

Sprint Cup: A Monday Afternoon Event in Pocono – Following nonstop rain, fog and misty conditions Sunday at Pocono Raceway, the Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400 was pushed back to Monday at noon for the Sprint Cup Series field – standing as Pocono’s first postponement since 2009. The race will still be televised on FOX Sports …

Read more

Sign up for the Frontstretch Newsletter

A daily email update (Monday through Friday) providing racing news, commentary, features, and information from Frontstretch.com