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Frontstretch 5: Biggest Do-Or-Die Drivers for Daytona

2021 indy road Indianapolis Cup Tyler Reddick Matt DiBenedetto NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

This is it. Crunch time. Just one more race remains until the playoff field is set for the NASCAR Cup Series. And what could be a more unpredictable place for it to happen than Daytona International Speedway? Last year, Daytona held the regular season finale for the first time. Several drivers’ playoff dreams were fulfilled …

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Frontstretch 5: IndyCar Drivers You Probably Forgot Raced in NASCAR

Sage Karam prepares for his debut in NASCAR Xfinity 2021 race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In Saturday’s (Aug. 14) NASCAR Xfinity Series’ Pennzoil 150 at the Brickyard, Sage Karam became the latest IndyCar driver to make his NASCAR debut. He finished fifth in stage 1 and was running in the top 15 with five laps to go before electrical issues forced an end to his race, giving him a 26th-place …

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Frontstretch 5: IndyCar Drivers Who Could Make NASCAR Debut

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(Photo: Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR Media)

For several decades, the relationship between NASCAR and the NTT Data IndyCar Series has been a mutualistic one for both fans and drivers alike. Even though the two series feature different cars, different race setups and different championship formats, the one thing that hasn’t changed is the occurrence of drivers exchanging starts in both series. …

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Frontstretch 5: Drivers Who Could Dethrone Chase Elliott on a Road Course

2021 Road America Cup Chase Elliott racing NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Defending NASCAR Cup Series champions Chase Elliott and the No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports team know how to put a solid road course race together. His seven road course wins rank him third behind eight-time winner Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon’s all-time record of nine. To his delight and the field’s dismay, the first two races …

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Frontstretch 5: Greatest NASCAR Owner-Drivers

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(Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch)

In celebration of Brad Keselowski’s announcement this week of being probably just one of three owner-drivers next season in NASCAR Cup Series racing, it’s time to look at the top five owner-drivers of all time. A rare commodity, Keselowski will join only BJ McLeod and Denny Hamlin among active Cup drivers with a sizable ownership …

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Frontstretch 5: Greatest NASCAR Drivers Without a Cup Start

2014 Richmond II NXS James Buescher Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Hundreds of drivers have been fortunate enough to have started a NASCAR event in their lifetimes. Even fewer drivers have had the chance to take the green flag in a NASCAR Cup Series race, let alone achieve lasting success in the series. But there is a special club of drivers who had success in the …

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Frontstretch 5: Tracks the Truck Series Could Visit

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

It’s hard to believe there are just two races remaining until the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’ playoff field is set. On Friday, July 9, the Trucks will tackle the dirt at the Knoxville Raceway in Iowa. Then, they’ll make their long-awaited return to Watkins Glen International on Aug. 7 to conclude the regular season. …

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Frontstretch 5: Drivers Who Should Race in SRX

2021 SRX Knoxville pace car (Credit: Tom Bowles)

Photo: Tom Bowles

The first-ever Camping World SRX Series season is halfway complete. Doug Coby won the first event at Stafford Motor Speedway, followed by Tony Stewart winning the next two events at Knoxville Raceway and Eldora Speedway, respectively. While only nine drivers are running in SRX full time, the series’ driver field could be expanded if it is …

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Frontstretch 5: Wackiest NASCAR Moments at Pocono Raceway

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

With a memorable weekend at Nashville Superspeedway behind us, the main three NASCAR series will travel to Pocono Raceway this coming weekend to conclude the month of June. Nestled within the serene Pocono mountains in Pennsylvania, the lush, green atmosphere of the facility has made it a popular choice among fans for years. Pocono Raceway …

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Frontstretch 5: Longtime Traditions That NASCAR Should Resuscitate

2017 Charlotte All Star CUP Kyle Busch celebrates John K Harrelson NKP

(Photo: John Harrelson / NKP)

Ever since the turn of the current millennium, NASCAR has taken steady steps of change as the sport has evolved. Whether it’s driver safety, track modifications, schedule overhauls or pushes for diversity, some changes have left behind positive impressions and impacts, while others have blatantly left behind negative ones (need I remind you of the …

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