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Truckin’ Thursdays: Why Isn’t the Truck Series Racing at Martinsville This Weekend?

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This weekend the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity series head to Martinsville Speedway for a short track showdown while the Camping World Truck Series sits dormant. But that wasn’t always the case. From 2003 through 2019, the Truck Series visited the 0.526-mile paperclip twice per season. We’ll let 2020 slide since NASCAR needed to just get …

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Reel Racing: Stanton Barrett Chats Hollywood Stunt Work, Motorsports Career (Part 2)

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Yesterday (April 7), the first part of our interview with NASCAR driver and Hollywood stuntman Stanton Barrett touched on most of his thoughts on racing. Frontstretch also chatted with the dual-industry veteran about his time working on movies, which he has done for more than three decades. The 48-year-old has more than 210 IMDb credits …

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Reel Racing: Stanton Barrett Chats Hollywood Stunt Work and Motorsports Career (Part 1)

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Stanton Barrett has enjoyed careers of more than 30 years in both auto racing and as a Hollywood stuntman, putting his prowess behind the wheel to use in both industries. Barrett has made 230 starts across NASCAR’s top three series over the past three decades, mostly in Xfinity competition, and has added some appearances in …

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Sky Is Limit for North Wilkesboro After Newfound Hope

Virtual NASCAR cars race at North Wilkesboro Speedway in 2020. Photo: NASCAR Media

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Following the 1996 season, one of the original NASCAR Cup Series tracks was shut down. Now, there’s hope it could be saved. North Wilkesboro Speedway was a fixture in NASCAR for 47 years. The half-mile in Wilkes County, N.C., was where Red Byron was crowned the first ever Cup champion. It was Hall of Famer …

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Fire on Fridays: It’s Time for Another ‘1st Time in 51 Years’

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Last weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway, the NASCAR Cup Series did something it had not done since 1970 when it raced on a dirt surface. Now it’s time for the top national touring series to do something else for the first time in 51 years: add a short track to the schedule. Yes, that’s right. …

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NASCAR 101: 2020 Playoff Drivers on the Outside Looking In

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Although we are just seven races into the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series campaign, the playoffs are already coming into focus. By winning a race, seven drivers have already locked themselves into the postseason if there are no more than 16 winners in the regular season of course. Three of those seven did not make the …

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Did You Notice?: Joey Logano Has a History of Aggression? Or Does He?

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Did You Notice? … Joey Logano has a history of aggressive on-track behavior? That’s what Denny Hamlin thinks anyway, after being asked why he didn’t knock the No. 22 Ford out of the way in the closing laps of Monday’s (March 29) Food City Dirt Race. “I think me and the No. 22 race differently,” Hamlin …

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Waid’s World: Old Martinsville Is, Again, Part of New NASCAR Look in 2021

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Graphic: Jared Haas

I freely admit I have an affinity for Martinsville Speedway, simply because it was the track at which I covered my first NASCAR Cup Series race. Additionally, it was the track’s principal officers who took me under their wings. They made sure my first steps as a motorsports journalist were positive ones headed in the …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2021 Food City Dirt Race

Joey Logano and Daniel Suarez race on Bristol Motor Speedway's dirt surface March 2021. (Credit: NKP)

Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

Who … should you be talking about after the race? Joey Logano is well-known for his aggressive driving style, and it served him well on Bristol Motor Speedway’s brand-new, albeit temporary, dirt surface, despite his relative inexperience on dirt. Logano used restarts to his advantage, taking the lead from a fast and closing Daniel Suarez …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2021 Food City Dirt Race at Bristol

2021 Cup Bristol Dirt Joey Logano, No. 22 Team Penske Ford, Win (Credit: NKP)

Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

What happened? Joey Logano won the Food City Dirt Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Monday (March 29) after surviving an overtime restart Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Denny Hamlin, Daniel Suarez and Ryan Newman rounded out the top five finishers. Donuts on the dirt? 🍩 You bet @joeylogano is going to do some! #FoodCityDirtRace pic.twitter.com/N5Zog5ri78 — …

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