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Friday Faceoff: Were the Races Dropped from the Schedule the Best Options?

Timmy Hill Daytona 2020

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

1. With nearly two months since the last race, do you think it will make drivers more aggressive, or will they tread lightly this weekend? Clayton Caldwell: With the competition cautions that are scheduled, drivers will take it pretty easy early on. They know they’ll be on a green racetrack with cars with which they …

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Up to Speed: Which Drivers Are Likely to Tame Darlington in its 2020 NASCAR Return?

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The 2020 NASCAR season, paused for about two months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is less than a week away from resuming.  The first two races will be held at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina, about a two-hour drive from race shops in the Charlotte area.  They include a 400-mile event on Sunday, May 17 …

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Up to Speed: Lessons Learned From 1974 That Could Shape NASCAR COVID-19 Response

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Seven weeks after NASCAR’s last live weekend of competition at Phoenix Raceway, uncertainty is still the order of the day.  The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has pushed the sport into the virtual realm, with iRacing hosting weekly events for Cup Series drivers.  Meanwhile, the sanctioning body continues to make plans behind the scenes about returning to …

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Up to Speed: NASCAR On Pause With Coronavirus – A Chance to Relive the Classics

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Just as NASCAR’s 2020 season was getting underway, the engines fell silent this weekend.  In the midst of a global health crisis caused by the rapid spread of the COVID-19 strain of the coronavirus, NASCAR postponed all national series races scheduled at Atlanta Motor Speedway for March 13-15.  Next week’s races at Homestead-Miami Speedway have …

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Up to Speed: The One That Got Away from Kevin Harvick

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Kevin Harvick has a reputation for doing two things particularly well: closing out races and winning at Phoenix Raceway.  No driver has won more Cup Series races at the one mile oval than Harvick.  And, over the last decade or so, there is perhaps no other driver who has more frequently emerged out of the …

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Up to Speed: Alex Bowman Delivering on High Expectations

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(Photo: Randy Lanning)

No long ago, Hendrick Motorsports was the undisputed most dominant team in NASCAR.  Competitors and fans alike understood that the path to the Cup Series championship inevitably ran through the sprawling HMS campus in Concord, North Carolina.  Led most recently by Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick’s strong teams promised to be contenders each and every week. However, …

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Up to Speed: All Eyes on Ross Chastain

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Ross Chastain has had quite the eventful week.  It began with a strong run in the Daytona 500 that ended in a multi-car wreck in the closing laps and concluded Sunday (Feb. 23) at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where another good performance went awry late in the race.  With six laps to go, Chastain looped …

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Up to Speed: Going Forward, Daytona Needs to Remember its Main Attraction

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

There is no race quite like the Daytona 500.  Every year, when that special Sunday in mid-February rolls around, NASCAR and Daytona International Speedway pay off three months’ worth of anticipation among fans and competitors.  This weekend was no different, with NASCAR set to begin a new season and a new decade of racing. Then, …

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Up to Speed: NASCAR Cup Drivers With Something to Prove in 2020

Matt DiBenedetto

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

A new racing season means new opportunities and new challenges.  Over the winter, NASCAR’s Cup Series saw its usual flurry of changes among drivers, teams and crews.  As a result of these changes, many drivers, rookies and veterans alike will be feeling the pressure to perform in 2020.  Whether measuring their success against other competitors …

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2020 NASCAR Cup Series Preseason Power Rankings

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For the first time here at Frontstretch, our staff banded together to vote on who it thinks will be the top drivers of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season in a preseason power rankings format. Each participating staff member sent a 30-driver ranking before the beginning of the season, taking into account not only 2019 successes …

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