Race Weekend Central

Fire on Fridays: Changing Things That Need Changing Isn’t a Bad Thing

(Photo: NKP)

As 2021 looms, so does the implementation of the Next Gen car, new wheels, a revamped schedule and possible new venues, among other things. For the most part, NASCAR fans have (surprisingly) been receptive to the changes that are on the way in what’ll be the biggest single year of change in the sport’s half-century-plus …

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Matt DiBenedetto Ties Career-Best Finish with Runner-Up at Las Vegas

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Last time fan favorite Matt DiBenedetto finished second, there were tears and heartbreak. This time around, there were smiles. Lots of them. DiBenedetto earned his second career runner-up finish in the Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Sunday (Feb. 23), staying out under the final caution to gain track position and thus capitalize. stayed …

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Jimmie Johnson Scores Top Five at Las Vegas: “I knew we were going to start the year strong”

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Coming off a 35th-place finish in the season-opening Daytona 500, seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson kicked off his “real” season in style, scoring a top five finish in the Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. “Strong day,” Johnson said. “Sadly with probably 15 to go or so I got in the outside wall off [Turn] …

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NASCAR Further Explains Safety Procedures in Ryan Newman Crash

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Almost one week removed from the horrific crash that sent Ryan Newman to Halifax Medical Center, NASCAR addressed the safety procedures and gave a timeline of the events that took place at Daytona International Speedway. Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell, along with John Bobo, NASCAR Vice President of Racing Operations, …

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Kevin Harvick Puts $50K Bounty on Kyle Busch in Truck Series

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Kyle Busch won his seventh consecutive Gander RV & Outdoors Tuck Series event on Friday night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, dating back to 2018. Busch won all five of his starts last season driving for his own team, Kyle Busch Motorsports, and will compete at Las Vegas (Feb. 21), Atlanta (March 14), Homestead (March …

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Sheldon Creed Scores Top 10 in Las Vegas: ‘Wins Are Coming’

(Photo: Davey Segal)

The box score will show a 10th-place run for Sheldon Creed, but his performance in Friday’s Strat 200 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway demonstrated much more than that. Creed battled side-by-side with eventual winner Kyle Busch for laps upon laps, with the defending Cup Series champion ultimately besting Creed, who led eight laps, on the …

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Fire on Fridays: The Highest Highs, the Lowest Lows

(Photo: Rick Lunkenheimer)

I’d never felt the palpable energy on Sunday afternoon leading up to the Daytona 500. I’d also never felt the gut punch and fright I felt Monday after the checkered flag flew. The 36 hours from when the 500 began to when it ended, including the events that preceded and followed, had some of the …

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Kevin Harvick Sheds Light On His Contract Extension

Photo/Davey Segal)

Kevin Harvick isn’t here for your analytics. He’s here – and staying – to win and contend. So what if the peak age of a NASCAR driver is 39 years old? “The analytics go off of average drivers, right? I like to think of myself as above average. Most of the time,” he said with …

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Hailie Deegan Ready For The Next Chapter In Her NASCAR Journey

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The off-season can be a time of rest and relaxation for most drivers. Some time in warm weather climates, disconnecting from the real world, just living life one day at a time. Hailie Deegan’s off-season was the exact opposite. It’s been a busy, yet exciting one for the 18-year-old from Temecula, California. Not only was …

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2020 NASCAR Cup Series Preseason Power Rankings

(Credit: Christian Koelle, Frontstretch)

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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