Race Weekend Central

Todd Gilliland Rebounds From Distraction-Filled Week for Solid Top 10 at Las Vegas

Todd Gilliland's seventh-place result in the Strat 200 was what the No. 4 team needed: an uneventful, solid night. (Photo/Davey Segal)

Todd Gilliland entered Las Vegas Motor Speedway coming off a top 10 at Atlanta, but needed something better. His owner and Strat 200 race winner, Kyle Busch, made a statement following his Truck Series win at Atlanta regarding Gilliland’s performance, saying an uptick was needed and his “career (was) on the line.” The finish wasn’t …

Read more

Fire on Fridays: Let’s Get Realistic About Teamwork

Restrictor plate racing has always been about your dance partner. Is your partner fast? Will they stick with you at the right time? Do you have good chemistry? Joey Logano was upset with who he thought was his dance partner in the closing laps of the Daytona 500, Michael McDowell, for not pushing him to contend …

Read more

Erik Jones Drives Damaged Car to 3rd-Place Finish in Daytona 500

Erik Jones drove this beaten and battered car to a third-place finish in the Daytona 500. (Photo/Davey Segal)

If you took a look at Erik Jones‘ car on pit road after the race, you’d assume he finished a few laps down after being involved in a late-race crash. But Jones and his No. 20 team rebounded from a lap 192 melee which damaged the rear bumper to finish an astounding third-place in the …

Read more

Ryan Preece Starts Full-Time Cup Career With Top 10: ‘I Just Wanted to Finish’

(Photo: Davey Segal)

Ryan Preece looked like anything but a rookie in his first start as a full-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver at Daytona International Speedway. The Berlin, Connecticut native wheeled his No. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet to a eighth-place finish in The Great American Race, dodging two of the Big Ones as day turned …

Read more

Tyler Reddick: ‘Everyone Was Trying to Make Moves All Race Long’

Tyler Reddick tried to make the low line work, but it was too little too late for the defending Xfinity Series champion. (Photo/Davey Segal)

Tyler Reddick knows what it takes to win at Daytona International Speedway. One year ago, he was standing in Victory Lane celebrating what would be the start to his championship season. Fast forward to 2019 and the situation began similar, albeit with a different team. He won the pole, but was forced to start at …

Read more

Michael McDowell Paces Daytona 500 Final Practice

Daytona International Speedway was a quiet(ish) place for final practice on Saturday afternoon. Only 20 of the 40 cars in the Daytona 500 field took to the 2.5-mile high banks in the 45-minute session. Pacing them was Front Row Motorsports’ Michael McDowell (191.440 mph), who ran nine laps in his No. 34 Ford Mustang. .@Mc_Driver …

Read more

Cory Roper Relegated to 20th-Place Finish After Strong Run

Daytona International Speedway, February 2019. (Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Things were coming together for Cory Roper. But then they fell apart. The Vernon, Texas, native and driver of the No. 04 Preferred Industrial Contractors Ford ran inside the top five for most of the second stage of Friday night’s NextEra Energy Resources 250 from Daytona International Speedway. But a spin coming off Turn 4 …

Read more

Niece Motorsports Survives Daytona Carnage, Earns 2 Top-10 Finishes

Daytona International Speedway, February 2019. (Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Surviving the carnage that was the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway were Ross Chastain and Timothy Peters, both drivers of Niece Motorsports trucks. Chastain wheeled his No. 45 truck to a third-place finish, while Peters scored an eighth-place result despite being involved in a wreck with five laps remaining. “I feel like …

Read more

Joey Gase Fails to Make Daytona 500: ‘I’m Just Happy to Have the Opportunity’

Joey Gase fell short of making the show. (Photo/Davey Segal)

One Joey was celebrating in Victory Lane following the second Gander RV Duel at Daytona. Another Joey was coming to grips with the fact he wouldn’t get the chance to race in the 2019 Daytona 500. Joey Gase‘s 20th-place finish wasn’t enough to race his way into The Great American Race. Instead, Brendan Gaughan‘s 15th-place result …

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