Race Weekend Central

Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2020 GEICO 500 at Talladega

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The Headline(s): It’s more than plausible that the best car won on Monday, as Ryan Blaney earned his first checkered flag of 2020, fourth of his career and second in a row at Talladega Superspeedway. The No. 12 Team Penske Ford led 63 of 191 laps, the most of anybody in the field, and edged …

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Fire on Fridays: Change a Beautiful Thing for NASCAR

Bubba Wallace (right) greets Kirk Price (left), an official who kneeled for the National Anthem at Atlanta, before Wednesday nights race at Martinsville. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Being a NASCAR fan is weird. It’s a bit hard sometimes, too. Constantly explaining that it’s not just cars, driven by good ‘ol boys, running around in circles. It’s not something any average Joe can do. It’s not only set and popular in the South. It’s not racist. It’s not what you think it is. It’s different …

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James Small Earns First Victory as Cup Series Crew Chief: ‘It’s a Big Relief’

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He’d be the first to admit it: James Small had big shoes to fill. Replacing Cole Pearn, an engineer turned championship-winning crew chief for a powerhouse organization who upped and left in a surprise offseason move, coming off a runner-up season in the standings, where a bad pit stop may have meant a second title …

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Frontstretch Wrap-Up: Chase Elliott Triumphs at Charlotte in Alsco Uniforms 500

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Check out another Frontstretch Wrap-Up with Davey Segal and Dustin Albino after Chase Elliott’s stirring victory in the 2020 Alsco Uniforms 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.   They touch on Elliott‘s triumph, Ricky Stenhouse Jr.‘s top-five run and why midweek racing has been an overwhelming success for NASCAR. Check them out every week on our Frontstretch YouTube channel!

Chase Briscoe on Beards, NASCAR’s Darlington Return and Hibachi

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Chase Briscoe, driver of the No. 98 Ford for Stewart-Haas Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, discusses his beard growth, being quarantined with his newlywed wife and being entertained by his dogs. Plus, how he’s preparing for NASCAR’s return to racing at Darlington Raceway physically and mentally, how iRacing has kept him busy and bringing …

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Fire on Fridays: Weighing Risk vs. Reward on NASCAR’s Return

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

It was April 30 when NASCAR announced its plan to return to racing, beginning May 17 at Darlington Raceway. There’d be two Cup events at the Track Too Tough To Tame, followed by a couple more at Charlotte Motor Speedway with some Xfinity and Truck Series events intertwined. It’ll be 71 days, almost an entire normal …

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Justin Haley on Cheat Days, Daytona Stories & Getting Back to Racing

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Justin Haley, driver of the No. 11 Chevrolet for Kaulig Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, discusses in the below video how he’s been spending his time while quarantined, including some home improvement work, his strict diet that’s been ongoing for six years and how he gets his sweet tooth fix (as weird as it …

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Anthony Alfredo on iRacing, Driving for Legends and “Fast Pasta”

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As the NASCAR world begins to ramp up preparations to return to real racing, drivers remain quarantined at home, including Richard Childress Racing’s Anthony Alfredo. The part-time driver of the No. 21 Chevrolet for RCR joins Davey Segal to discuss his recent Saturday Night Thunder victory at Dover International Speedway, which included an impromptu hat …

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With National Series Set to Return, ARCA Remains on the Sidelines

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

With NASCAR’s national series set to return May 17 at Darlington Raceway after a lengthy hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, optimism within the sport and the overarching sports landscape has transitioned to something that has been foreign for almost two months. Positivity. Although the 17th is a long way away and we know much …

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