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Frontstretch 5: Biggest Key Elements of Bristol’s Bizarre Dirt Weekend

NASCAR Cup on Bristol dirt

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

On a hot September afternoon in 1969, Talladega Superspeedway hosted its first ever NASCAR weekend. Unfortunately, it came with a lot of setbacks and controversy. Shredded tires, unsafe track conditions, unfinished grandstands and suites, driver protests and even driver walkouts were all witnessed during that chaotic weekend in Alabama, making it one of the worst …

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Frontstretch 5: Top Dirt Aces Likely to Win at Bristol

Kyle Larson leans against his car at 2021 spring Phoenix Cup race Photo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Throughout the history of NASCAR racing, the sport featured occasional stars with particular skills that shone on certain tracks. On the road courses, drivers like Dan Gurney, Marcos Ambrose, Boris Said, Scott Pruett and Ron Fellows excelled. On superspeedways, Michael Waltrip, Brad Keselowski, Sterling Marlin, Ernie Irvan and Dale Earnhardt are among the first names …

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Frontstretch 5: Honorable Female Driving Pioneers in NASCAR

2017 Kansas I CUP Danica Patrick Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

As we know, March is Women’s History Month, and during it sports organizations across America observe and highlight the accomplishments of female athletes of all kinds. And it would be silly for us at Frontstretch to not have a writing segment dedicated to women who have done the same to leave their own marks on …

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The Frontstretch 5: Drivers Who Could Be the Next 1st-Time Winner

Tyler Reddick at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the 2021 Pennzoil 400 Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

1. Tyler Reddick Probably the only thing standing between Reddick and victory this year is equipment. Richard Childress Racing is just a tick behind the top big teams, and that tick means that Reddick will have to work that much harder for his win. But that will only make it sweeter. After his charging runner-up …

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Frontstretch 5: Best Non-Finale Races at Homestead-Miami Speedway

2021 Xfinity Homestead Myatt Snider, No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, Burnout (Credit: NKP)

Credit: NKP

We all remember when Homestead-Miami Speedway hosted NASCAR’s finale weekend from 2002-19. Many fantastic championship battles were fought, which included many joys and many heartbreaks to go along with them. The speedway, though, lost its finale weekend to Phoenix Raceway in 2020, signifying the end of a historic tradition. But the speedway hosted races that …

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Frontstretch 5: Reasons Why Daytona’s Road Course is NASCAR’s Best Accidental Gem

2021 Daytona road Cup Ryan Preece pack racing NKP

#37: Ryan Preece, JTG Daugherty Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Kroger/Coca-Cola and #1: Kurt Busch, Chip Ganassi Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Monster Energy

Throughout NASCAR’s history, many racetracks have come and gone. Some have stood the test of time, while others faded away into obscurity after short usage. Coming upon this decade, NASCAR was on a fixed pattern with the racetracks they had at hand. It seemed like no new tracks would get to make their arrival anytime …

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Frontstretch 5: Biggest Takeaways from Daytona Speedweeks 2021

2021 Daytona I Cup Ryan Blaney Erik Jones David Ragan 3 wide NKP

#12: Ryan Blaney, Team Penske, Ford Mustang Menards/Blue DEF/PEAK #43: Erik Jones, Richard Petty Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Armor All #36: David Ragan, Front Row Motorsports, Ford Mustang

This year’s Daytona Speedweek provided many reasons, both good and bad, to be remembered by. New faces in new places, along with an entertaining combination of big wrecks, hurt feelings and thrilling dashes to the finish. It was all topped off by Michael McDowell’s unbelievable first career NASCAR Cup Series win after 358 prior tries. …

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The Frontstretch 5: Best NASCAR Cup Seasons By Drivers Who Didn’t Win Championship

Carl Edwards Texas II 2008

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1. 1985 Bill Elliott won plenty of races and money and even earned a couple really cool nicknames in 1985. But the big prize eluded the red-headed Georgia leadfoot that year. Elliott came into 1985 having won a total of four NASCAR Cup Series races during the previous two seasons, but proved to be almost …

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The Frontstretch 5: Reasons to Start Races at 1 P.M. Every Sunday

Clint Bowyer

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

1. Sunday Evening (Oct. 25, 2020) Only in 2020 would we have a massive rain delay for only a 6% chance.#NASCAR — Chris Knight (@Knighter01) October 25, 2020 NEWS: Today's race has been postponed due to inclement weather at @TXMotorSpeedway. The #AutotraderEchoPark500 will resume Monday, October 26 at 10 AM ET/7 AM PT on NBCSN. pic.twitter.com/mLhwQRosdA — …

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The Frontstretch 5: Active Texas Records That (Probably, Maybe) Won’t Fall This Weekend

2015 Texas I CUP Jimmie Johnson six guns credit NASCAR via Getty Images

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

As the NASCAR Cup Series heads to Texas Motor Speedway for the second time in 2020, there are some numbers to consider. There are plenty of stats that are important to consider for each and every race, and also some that stand out. Here are a few (one a dubious honor) Texas records for active …

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