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NASCAR Stat Sheet: Underfunded Josh Williams, Tommy Joe Martins Shine in Chaotic Texas Xfinity Race

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With the conclusion of the NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway getting postponed until Monday morning (Oct. 26), this week we’re focusing solely on the other two NASCAR national touring divisions. And man, is there a lot to unpack. The NASCAR Xfinity Series put on another action-packed event with major playoff implications. Brandon Jones …

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Turn Back the Clock: 2008 ARCA Season And Justin Allgaier’s Championship

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When it comes to the ARCA Menards Series, there have been seasons where future stars are born and brought into the picture. In 2008, Justin Allgaier earned the ARCA Re/Max Series championship battling the likes of Frank Kimmel, Matt Carter, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and Scott Speed. The 2008 season saw many drivers who made it …

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Turn Back the Clock: 2014 NASCAR Season, Kevin Harvick Stands Tall

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2014 was a time for change, heated moments and odd occurrences. After the NASCAR world reeled from a controversy that left a bad taste in everyone’s mouth, several changes were made. At Richmond Raceway in 2013, the final race of the regular season, Michael Waltrip Racing allegedly attempted to manipulate the final few laps in …

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Turn Back the Clock: 2011 NASCAR Season, a Renewal

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A red and white No. 21 Ford Fusion driven by a 20-year-old raced out of Turn 4 at Daytona International Speedway. Holding off three other competitors for another few hundred yards, the car took the checkered flag in first place and proceeded to get lost on the way to victory lane. The winner of the …

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Turn Back the Clock: 2006 NASCAR Season, Part 1 of 7

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Casey Mears was going to decide the 2006 Daytona 500, that much was clear. On the white flag lap of a green-white-checkered finish to the Great American Race, Mears was running third, behind leader Jimmie Johnson and Ryan Newman as the pack broke up to race each other behind the front three. In front of …

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Turn Back the Clock NASCAR 2004: A New Era Begins With the Chase

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As we think about the last 20-25 years in NASCAR, there are several special seasons that jump out at us. One of those, and maybe the most crucial one, was NASCAR 2004. Why? The reasons are plentiful. NASCAR 2004 featured the introduction of the Chase, the sport’s introduction to a playoff system. The first edition …

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Turn Back The Clock: 2001 NASCAR Season, Dark Times

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NASCAR history can be measured in several ways, whether it be decades, the presence of certain drivers or various championship point formats. For myself and many others in the NASCAR industry, there is the way things were before 2001 and the way things were after it. It’s debatable, but I’d argue that no full season …

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Turn Back the Clock: 1995 NASCAR Season, The Crossroads

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The 1990s were a decade of substantial growth for NASCAR.  The very middle of that decade, 1995, showed off a lot of those changes.  You had the launch of NASCAR’s third national series, the creation of a new offseason mini series, new drivers coming to the forefront and older drivers falling off.  A real crossroads, …

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Turn Back the Clock: 1993 NASCAR Season

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While the 1992 NASCAR season is seen as the most pivotal year in the modern era of NASCAR, what followed in 1993 set the stage for the next two decades of competition, thrusting the sport from burgeoning regional underground sport to one of national prominence. Key events, new tracks, personalities and accomplishments help define the …

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Turning Back the Clock: 2003 Rolex 24 at Daytona

Hello, race fans. Hope you enjoyed the off-season. It’s all over now. I know that after this weekend, there is a two week lull before the rest of Speedweeks gets underway, but we are ready.

This weekend, the Rolex Sports Car Series gets their 13th season of racing underway with the 50th Anniversary running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona. For the second year in a row, I will be in Daytona representing Frontstretch at the track. Stay tuned to our Twitter feed, “@TheFrontstretch”:http://twitter.com/TheFrontstretch, or my personal Twitter feed, “@Critic84”:http://twitter.com/Critic84 for updates from the track, especially during the overnight hours, when there is no TV coverage. I only list both feeds because my experience at Watkins Glen last August goes to show that it is possible to tweet too much and get your feed parked.

Turning Back the Clock: 1991 Kroger 200

Hello, again. It’s time to take another look at a classic race. As you may already know, the Nationwide Series has raced at Indianapolis Raceway Park (now O’Reilly Raceway Park) since the series became a dedicated touring series in 1982. At the time, NASCAR had to sweeten the deal for teams to actually make the trip up from the Carolinas. That is not the case today, despite the constant start-and-park issues that plague the series.

Races at IRP/ORP can be either quite boring, or quite exciting.

Turning Back the Clock: 1992 Mountain Dew 500

Hello, race fans. The Sprint Cup Series is off this weekend for the traditional Easter break. As far as off weeks go, Easter is essentially the only weekend that NASCAR feels that Sprint Cup absolutely must take off. This is something that has stood for decades.

However, such has never really been the case in the Nationwide Series. Easter weekend races are the norm in the AAA series, and even races on Easter Sunday are not out of the question.

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