NASCAR Race Weekend Central

The Frontstretch 5: Big Michigan Stats & the Drivers Who Own Them

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There are a lot of ways to break down a race weekend afterward. Traditional statistics, loop data and subjective analysis all come into play. But those are also things that are important to look at entering a race weekend. It gives fans an idea of who might perform well when you couple the numbers with …

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The Frontstretch 5: Forgotten Fantastic Finishes

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“It’s going to be a drag race. They touch, they touch…” NASCAR fans can all remember that finish on March 16, 2003, as one of the most memorable finishes. The finish between Ricky Craven and Kurt Busch was the closest in NASCAR Cup Series history until Clint Bowyer and Jimmie Johnson tied it at Talladega …

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The Frontstretch 5: Winless Drivers Most Likely to Win Before NASCAR Cup Playoffs

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1. Kyle Busch The younger Busch is the biggest surprise on the list, simply because it defies logic that he is on a list of winless drivers to begin with. Busch seems to be the driver most affected by the lack of practice on race weekends, and that is a concern going forward, as teams …

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Frontstretch 5: Unbreakable, But Not Impossible NASCAR Records

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What makes a record unbreakable? An unbreakable record should mean a record that is possible, but won’t ever be logically broken. It would be easy to sit here and write about how nobody will ever break Lee Petty’s mark of 42 dirt track wins in the NASCAR Cup Series. At the same time, however, that’s …

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The Frontstretch 5: Drivers Who Might Make a Splash in Top Equipment

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Silly Season 2020 hasn’t really heated up yet. (You could argue that everything about 2020 is Silly Season, but that’s not what we’re talking about here.) It’s a given that at least one top ride will be up for grabs, as Jimmie Johnson said last week he has informed Hendrick Motorsports that he will not …

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The Frontstretch 5: Closest NASCAR Finishes at Indianapolis

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway has produced some great finishes over its more than 100-year history. NASCAR’s history at the track is much shorter, beginning in 1994 when Indiana transplant Jeff Gordon won the inaugural event. Since that race, the finish of a NASCAR race at the track has only been less than half a second five …

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The Frontstretch 5: Positive Changes NASCAR Could Make for 2021 and Beyond

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1. No practice, no qualifying? No problem? Until NASCAR was forced to rethink race weekends, nobody thought much about practice and qualifying. They’d been done forever, and nothing about either seemed to be broken. And about 99% of the time, NASCAR should leave things that aren’t broken alone. That’s how we got the playoffs, after …

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The Frontstretch 5: NFL Competitors Failing to Transition to NASCAR

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Joe Gibbs was a successful coach in the NFL and currently owns one of the most successful teams in NASCAR. Between the NFL and NASCAR Cup Series, Gibbs has won eight championships, and he’s in both Hall of Fames. It’s hard enough to be a one-sport talent, but two is even rarer. Deion Sanders was …

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The Frontstretch 5: Things We’ve Learned From the Altered Schedule

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1. Midweek races could be a thing Talk about trial by fire. NASCAR and fans have both tossed around the idea of midweek races for a while, and the forced layoff put the sanctioning body into the corner that made it happen. We’ve had two midweek NASCAR Cup Series races, at Darlington Raceway and Charlotte …

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The Frontstretch 5: Things Learned After Xfinity Thriller at Darlington

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Seventy-five days. Two months and 14 days. That’s how much time had passed from the Xfinity Series’ last race at Phoenix Raceway to Thursday afternoon’s (May 21) thriller at Darlington Raceway. After just one race back, there’s a lot to dig into. 1. Good fortune for Chase Briscoe On Monday (May 18), Chase Briscoe and …

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