Race Weekend Central

The Frontstretch 5: Drivers Who Can Still Win Their Way Into the Chase

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Welcome to the Frontstretch Five! Each week, Amy Henderson takes a look at the racing, the drivers and the storylines that drive NASCAR and produces a list of five people, places, things and ideas that define the current state of our sport. This week, with 11 races to go before the Chase, Amy looks at …

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5 Points to Ponder: Gordon’s Strife & The Worst Words In NASCAR

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ONE: A Week Off 15 races of the 2015 Sprint Cup Series are in the books as we head into a rare weekend off. Just 11 races shy of the start of this year’s playoffs, Jimmie Johnson has the most wins with four in total, Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch have two apiece and seven …

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Did You Notice? Optical Illusions For NASCAR, Appeals & Michael Waltrip

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Did You Notice? Any specific reasons why Jimmie Johnson’s team failed pre-qualifying inspection at Charlotte? No, I don’t have them either. That’s ultimately the reason why a NASCAR appeals panel Tuesday threw out the most hotly debated P1 penalty since the sport developed a new system. It’s also left many fans in a state of confusion, …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Can’t Fix Boredom

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Welcome back, race fans. After the insanity of Memorial Day weekend, last weekend brought a tripleheader at Dover. We saw wrecking, track surface issues and Jimmie Johnson winning again. In other words, it was just like last year. Things never change. Due to time constraints, Saturday’s running of the Buckle Up 200 will be covered …

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NASCAR Driver Report Cards: Part I

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Since I’ve been away for a while, there’s a whole lot of writing to do on how each Sprint Cup driver has been performing in 2015. In this day and age of the “new” Chase, looking at the point standings to gauge a driver’s performance is often an optical illusion; once someone wins, scoring points …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte

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Who’s in the headline – While most of the stories will be written about Denny Hamlin winning the race, it is his pit crew that really should be in the spotlight. On the mandatory stop before the final 10-lap segment, Hamlin’s crew threw down a 10.4-second pit stop. DJ Copp told Frontstretch in 2013 that …

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5 Points to Ponder: Coming Home, 5 More Years & A Shifting Fanbase

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Truex’s win is just around the corner It wasn’t to be for Martin Truex Jr. on Saturday night under the lights at Kansas Speedway, but if his performance tells us anything it is that his win is just around the corner. And what a celebration it will be when it finally does come. Truex has …

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AJ Allmendinger Secures 5-Year Deal with JTG Daugherty Racing

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AJ Allmendinger, driver of the No. 47 car for JTG Daugherty Racing in the Sprint Cup Series, will not have to worry about finding a ride for quite some time. Announced Saturday at Kansas Speedway, Allmendinger has agreed to a five-year extension of his contract, putting him in the No. 47 car until the 2020 …

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Kroger Signs Multi-Year Extension with JTG Daugherty Racing and AJ Allmendinger

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The No. 47 Chevrolet will feature a fresh coat of paint starting this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. Kroger, which has sponsored the team during the Daytona 500 for six years, has signed a multi-year deal to be the primary sponsor of AJ Allmendinger‘s car in at least 24 races. Last year, JTG Daugherty Racing qualified …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond

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Who’s in the headline – Kurt Busch started off the year watching the Daytona 500 from his couch thanks to a NASCAR suspension. After getting back in the car at Phoenix, he was fast from the drop of the green flag. He had a win stolen by a questionable caution at Fontana but now has …

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