NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Nitro Shots: The Safety Dance

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Photo Credit: Toni Montgomery, Frontstretch

In the wake of the accident that took the life of Justin Wilson, this week’s Open Wheel Wednesday put forth the idea that something similar to the protection found on a Top Fuel dragster might work to at least partially enclose the cockpit on an Indy car. It’s sad that so often in motorsports safety, …

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Happiness Is… Busch (Beer, That Is), Tires, and the Championship

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(Credit: Pirelli)

One of the things that continues to perplex in the wonderful world of NASCAR isn’t the consistent use of lame debris cautions, the myriad of car configurations for this season or that there aren’t more road courses on the schedule.   For a change, the wonderment is pointed in another direction. With Joey Logano’s win …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Road-Course Racing and Its Benefits

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(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. ©2015)

Turning right on some weekends is great, especially for those that love making fun of NASCAR for going left all the time. Let’s face it, it gets redundant hearing these poor schlubs complain about the sport we all love to watch. The month of August is a dream for anyone that likes to see a …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Brett Moffitt on Adapting to Midseason Moves

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Photo Credit: CIA Stock Photography

It’s not easy for a young driver to find a Sprint Cup ride these days, but Brett Moffitt is defying the odds. After starting the year with just one race on his slate, Moffitt was tapped to fill in for Brian Vickers at Michael Waltrip Racing, where he’s under contract as a test driver, before …

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The Frontstretch 5: Things To Consider In the Wake of Tragedy

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(Photo: Walter Kuhn)

In racing, there is always the possibility of something going very, very wrong. Thinly veiled danger always lurks just beneath the surface of motorsports. So much of the time it’s avoided, but when it does strike, it’s a sobering reminder that the sport we love has a side we all hate. We were shown that …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2015 Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol

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The list is short of drivers that can win at Bristol and successfully defend that victory the following year, but you can add Joey Logano to that list. After winning the night race last season, Logano led 176 laps Saturday night and held off Kevin Harvick to pick up his third win of the season. …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Restart Controversy & Busch Beer’s Return to NASCAR

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Is Joey Logano now considered a part of NASCAR’s elite? It sure is looking that way after another victory on Sunday at Bristol. Logano looked just as strong as any team in the sport. Now sitting with three victories under his belt and a third-place spot in the Chase Grid, Logano and crew chief Todd Gordon …

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Open-Wheel Wednesday: Let a Loss Not Be in Vain

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(Photo: Chris Jones)

There’s a place in motorsports where tradition and progress sometimes clash, and more often than not it’s tradition that prevails. It’s understandable because so often fans, owners, and drivers lament that things just aren’t like they used to be and no one values tradition. No one wants to drive fans and competitors away so ideas …

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5 Points to Ponder: Richmond Drama Again For Michael Waltrip Racing?

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ONE: Prayers for Justin Wilson’s family, friends, and team The penultimate race of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series at Pocono Raceway was shaping up to be a real classic of a 500-mile encounter with plenty of passing and riveting action. Then, on lap 179 of the scheduled 200, disaster struck. Sage Karam spun out whilst …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: 2015 Southern 500 Edition

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NASCAR gets a rare weekend off this coming week and when the Sprint Cup cars do resume competition on Sunday night, Sept. 6, Darlington, also known as the Lady in Black, it’s place that can bring about different results than we are typically accustomed to seeing on most tracks. So just who does well at …

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