Race Weekend Central

Eyes on XFINITY: A Day for the Underdogs in Daytona?

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

The 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series season begins on Saturday with its opener at Daytona International Speedway. A win at Daytona is special for any driver, but with the addition of a Chase in NASCAR’s second-tier division, the season opener takes on a much greater importance for the series regulars. A win at Daytona would most likely guarantee …

Read more

Eyes on XFINITY: A Chase Format in the XFINITY Series? Huh?

(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. ©2015)­

Rumor has it, the folks at NASCAR are contemplating changes for the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Let’s face it, can you blame the sanctioning body? After another long year with countless headlines featuring Sprint Cup Series drivers leading nearly every lap of a race throughout the majority of the season, fans are irritated, especially the younger …

Read more

Eyes on Xfinity: Chris Buescher Ready to Cap Off Championship Season

(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. ©2015)

It has been nearly two years since I first spoke with Chris Buescher. Fresh off an ARCA Series championship, the Texas native had a smooth accent – coming off not too thick where he would sound like a cowboy or too weak where he didn’t even seem like he was from the Lone Star State, but one right in …

Read more

Eyes on Xfinity: How Can NASCAR Improve Its Second-Tier Series?

(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. ©2015)

It’s sadly that time of year for racing: a time of to reflect, restructure and, most importantly, respect the world of NASCAR for enduring one of the longest seasons in all of professional sports. This time is a difficult one for many teams. Certain drivers and crews know they will not be returning next year. …

Read more

Eyes on Xfinity: Mike Bliss Reunites with TriStar Motorsports at Texas

(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. ©2015)

There is a familiar name on the NASCAR Xfinity Series entry list this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. Mike Bliss has over 300 career NXS starts and is a name that was once synonymous with this series. Bliss will return this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway driving the No. 14 Toyota for TriStar Motorsports, replacing the …

Read more

Eyes on Xfinity: Does 2016 Schedule Bring Enough Changes?

Photo Credit: Anthony Lumbis Sr., Frontstretch

It could have been an opportunity for a change, pleasing fans left and right. Instead, the NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule has been left largely unchanged for 2016, shocking nobody. Fans have been voicing their displeasure for quite some time about the lack of stand-alone events on the schedule. Let’s face it: Having five whole standalones is …

Read more

Eyes on Xfinity: Amid Uncertainty, Ben Rhodes Looking Forward to Future

(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. ©2015)

Ben Rhodes stood in his hauler at Dover International Speedway with a wry smile during a rainy day. The outside of his hauler was met with large puddles, each of which expanded near a set of tires. The 18-year-old was sitting on his laptop, staring at pictures of classic cars, something he loves to do. For this …

Read more

Eyes on Xfinity: 5 Keys to Winning the Series Championship

(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. ©2015)

There are just four Xfinity Series races left in the 2015 season. Come Homestead in just over a month, a first-time champion will be crowned. Currently, it’s a four-driver race for the title, although Chris Buescher holds a healthy 18-point lead over Ty Dillon. Buescher, while not controlling his own destiny, likely needs to finish …

Read more

Eyes on Xfinity: What Does the Future Look Like for Regan Smith?

(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. ©2015)

A headache the morning after a win is usually a good thing. Celebrating a solid, hard-earned victory is what life is all about in NASCAR. But then again, who actually likes having a hangover? Regan Smith does not know who he will be racing for in 2016, or in what series he will compete within. …

Read more

Eyes on Xfinity: Taking a Look at Tony Stewart’s Brief Xfinity Series Stint

(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. ©2008)

The Tony Stewart era in NASCAR is coming to a close. One of the sport’s most intimidating drivers is hanging up his helmet at the end of next season and his illustrious career is one that few can compare to. In January, I had the opportunity to meet Stewart at Media Week in Charlotte. His …

Read more

Sign up for the Frontstretch Newsletter

A daily email update (Monday through Friday) providing racing news, commentary, features, and information from Frontstretch.com