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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.

Turning Back the Clock: 1996 Rolex 24 at Daytona

Hello, race fans. This season, we’re upping the amount of coverage for the Rolex Sports Car Series. I will be in Daytona for the race and plan on spending the entire race at the track. Be sure to follow Frontstretch on Twitter at “@TheFrontstretch”:http://twitter.com/TheFrontstretch for up to the minute updates from Daytona Beach this weekend.

The 24 Hours of Daytona traditionally marks the beginning of Speedweeks. Up until recently, the event was held the weekend before the now-Budweiser Shootout. However, the race was moved up a week to avoid a conflict with the Super Bowl. Originally a three hour event dubbed the Daytona Continental, the race expanded to 24 hours for the first time in 1966, has been a major test for sports car teams from around the world. In years past, the entry list would be filled with the best from North America and Europe battling it out for class and overall honors.

Turning Back the Clock- 1994 The Pantry 400 featuring the Pantry Stores 300

Since we’re fully ensconced in the off-season at the present, we here at Frontstretch figured that we’d give you a look back at some nostalgic races. Today is the first in the “Winter Heat” series (brownie points for those who know where we were going with that).

Before the now-Nationwide Series had 27 support races to the Sprint Cup Series all over the country on its schedule, it tended to be more of a regional series, with many events on southeastern short tracks. However, by the early 1990’s, these races were beginning to disappear from the circuit. The last sub-100 mile race was held at then-Pulaski County Speedway (now Motor Mile Speedway) in 1992.

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