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Frontstretch Podcast: Ben Rhodes Explains His Hot Start, William Byron’s Homestead Win

2021 Trucks Daytona Ben Rhodes, No. 99 ThorSport Racing Toyota, checkered flag (Credit: NKP)

Credit: NKP

Ben Rhodes is off to a blazing hot start in the Camping World Truck Series this year, winning both races this season for ThorSport Racing, his first multi-win season of his career. He joins Davey Segal this week to discuss his wins at Daytona International Speedway, how he visits the shop in Ohio while living …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Will This Season Have More Than 16 Winners?

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

With three winners already this season that aren’t your conventional names, talk of the 2021 playoff field is already heating up. After all, who would’ve expected Michael McDowell to have a spot locked up? And Christopher Bell and William Byron to have theirs this early? Will 2021 be the year that the regular season sees …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Ty Gibbs Talks Breakthrough Xfinity Win, Bell Earns First Cup Victory

Ty Gibbs Celebrates in Victory Lane 2021 Daytona Road Xfinity, Photo Nigel Kinrade Photography

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Ty Gibbs made history at Daytona International Speedway, becoming the sixth driver to ever win in their Xfinity Series debut and the first to do so with no prior national series experience. Not too shabby for an 18-year-old, right? Gibbs joins Davey Segal this week to discuss his breakthrough victory with Joe Gibbs Racing, how …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Should NASCAR Adopt Local Cautions for Road Courses?

Martin Truex Jr. spins on the Daytona road course February 2021 Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

With seven road courses on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule this year (six more after this past weekend), there’ll be plenty more opportunities for surprise winners, rain tires and the all-around madness that comes with road course racing. But due to the high volume of cautions and lengthy periods said stoppages take, would instituting local …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Austin Cindric’s Title Defense Begins, McDowell’s 500 Upset

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Fresh off his season-opening victory at Daytona International Speedway, reigning NASCAR Xfinity Series champion Austin Cindric joins Davey Segal this week to chat about his title defense, some wacky (but cool) stats he holds at Daytona, making his first NASCAR Cup Series start in the Daytona 500, the jaw-dropping last-lap crash he was involved in …

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John Hunter Nemechek Joining Sam Hunt Racing in Xfinity Series

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In addition to his full-time effort with Kyle Busch Motorsports in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this season, John Hunter Nemechek will be joining Sam Hunt Racing for a partial Xfinity Series schedule in 2021. Nemechek, coming off a seventh-place finish in the season-opening NextEra Energy 250 at Daytona International Speedway in the Truck …

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NASCAR Mailbox: What Time Should the Daytona 500 Start?

Joey Logano leads over a group of cars including Ryan Preece in Daytona 500 Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

It was a long time coming for Michael McDowell. From a rushed prospect, to starting and parking while driving Trevor Bayne‘s motorhome, to his home now at Front Row Motorsports, it all led him to where he is now: a Daytona 500 champion. His first victory came in his 358th career NASCAR Cup Series start, …

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Cory Roper Nearly Upsets Daytona Truck Field, Finishes 3rd

Cory Roper During Truck Practice in Daytona, 2/11/2021

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

As the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series field worked its way down the backstretch coming to the checkered flag at Daytona, Cory Roper had nobody in view in his front windshield. It was an unfamiliar sight. But the independent racer knew he was in a compromised position. The underdog had slammed the wall while getting …

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5 Takeaways from NASCAR President Steve Phelps’ Pre-Season Remarks

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NASCAR President Steve Phelps held a preseason media availability on Friday, Feb. 12 in advance of the season-opening Daytona 500. As usual, Phelps was an open book and touched on a myriad of topics regarding the sport’s present and future. Everything from on-track competition to off-track scheduling was addressed in an informative session. Here are …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Justin Marks on Trackhouse’s Vision, Daytona 500 Preview

2017 Road America NXS Justin Marks Brett Moist NKP

(Photo: Brett Moist/NKP)

Among the new teams debuting in 2021 is Trackhouse Racing. It was former driver Justin Marks’ vision and passion that sparked this idea, coming to fruition ahead of the “Great American Race” at Daytona International Speedway. Marks joins Davey Segal on the podcast this week to dive deeper into his vision for Trackhouse, including why …

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