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Best Seat at the Track: Jesse Johnston Joins for Bristol

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Graphic: Jared Haas

On this edition of Best Seat at the Track, Jared Haas is joined by Jesse Johnston to preview the Bass Pro Shops Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. They discuss the challenges that Alex Bowman and William Byron face in order to make the Round of 12, as well as consider how NASCAR can increase …

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Frontstretch 5: Best Clutch Performances in NASCAR Playoff History

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(Photo: Mike Neff, Frontstretch)

Four unlucky drivers’ fates will be sealed after this coming Saturday’s (Sept. 18) Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway, as the NASCAR Cup Series playoff field will be reduced from 16 to 12 competitors. Alex Bowman, Tyler Reddick, William Byron and Michael McDowell all enter Bristol underneath the cutoff line, and …

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Frontstretch 5: Retired NASCAR Drivers Who Should Make a 1-Time Comeback

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

As he’s done for the past few years now, fan favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr. will get behind the wheel of a NASCAR Xfinity Series car again for one race. On Saturday, Sept. 11, Earnhardt will pilot his own No. 8 Chevrolet in the GoBowling 250 at Richmond Raceway. It’s a good place for him to …

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Frontstretch 5: Shortest Rain-Shortened Races in NASCAR’s Modern Era

Sheldon Creed was victorious in the rain-shortened race held at Kentucky Speedway, the 2020 Buckle Up In Your Truck 225. (Photo: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Fire is often said to be a driver’s biggest fear, but rain ought to be a close second.  As seen in last week’s Belgian Grand Prix, unwanted precipitation can bring things to a soggy end and ruin everyone’s day in a hurry. Fans at Spa-Francorchamps were treated to a two-lap parade under the safety car …

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Friday Faceoff: Should NASCAR Require COVID-19 Vaccines for Garage Access?

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

With the FDA approving the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, should NASCAR require vaccinations for garage access? Luken Glover: No, it is not needed. Some drivers have voiced that a negative test should be all that is needed, and I agree with that. While I want the virus to be eradicated as much as the next person, it …

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

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(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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Friday Faceoff: Is Dominance Detrimental to ARCA?

Ty Gibbs wins back to back races at Iowa Speedway

(Photo: Mark Kristl)

Two drivers have combined to win all but one ARCA Menards Series race this season. Does this diminish the relevance of the series?  Mark Kristl: It diminishes the spotlight on other drivers, especially the other two who are full time. However, it does not diminish the series. ARCA is the NASCAR equivalent of Single A, and …

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

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(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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