NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Danica Patrick Confident for Daytona 500

dp

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Coming into 2017, Danica Patrick‘s best-career finish in any Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event was sixth in 2014 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Two races into the season, one of them being an exhibition event and she has notched a fourth-place effort in the Clash and a seventh in Thursday nights Can-Am Duels in preparation …

Read more

Did You Notice? … Whether Change Can Keep NASCAR Afloat?

DA1Q6665

(Photo: Bruce Nuttleman)

Did You Notice? … Just a NASCAR change or two has descended upon us since we last came together? Since November, the sport has taken on a new title sponsor in Monster Energy, adopted a flurry of new rules designed to spice up competition, and split with tradition by chopping even the Daytona 500 into …

Read more

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: Bring On NASCAR 2017

RB5A8014

It’s true NASCAR has the shortest offseason of any major sport. But really, why does it seem like forever between the season finale at Homestead and the start of Daytona Speedweeks? It’s just 90 days, far shorter than the end of the Super Bowl and the start of NFL Training Camps midsummer. For me, the …

Read more

The Big 6: Questions After The 2017 Advance Auto Parts Clash

2016 Indianapolis Cup Danica Patrick Brett Moist NKP

(Photo: Brett Moist/NKP)

Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Only one driver this season used Daytona 500 pole criteria to qualify for NASCAR’s revamped Clash: Danica Patrick. The former pole winner of the Great American Race suffered through a difficult offseason, one that featured Stewart-Haas Racing filing a lawsuit against Patrick’s sponsor Nature’s Bakery for pulling their 25-race sponsorship …

Read more

Friday Faceoff: Crunched Cars Crunched for Time

2016 Charlotte All Star CUP Tony Stewart crash damage Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

NASCAR announced Wednesday that teams that suffer crash damage during a race will have five minutes to fix it on pit road, and if they can’t get the car back on track, they must park for the day.  Good move? John Douglas, Contributor: I am actually a fan of this rule. It’s a complex variation …

Read more

5 Cup Series Drivers Who Need to Win in 2017

2015 Chicago CUP Clint Bowyer Danica Patrick CIA

(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. ©2015)­­

When NASCAR announced changes to the race format late last month, it made consistency relevant again. Winning is still going to have its virtues, including an automatic playoff berth, but in the grand scheme of things, it’s not the end-all, be-all it often has been. Like other changes NASCAR has made in the past, the best …

Read more

2016 NASCAR Rewind: Danica Patrick

2016 Indianapolis Cup Danica Patrick Brett Moist NKP

(Photo: Brett Moist/NKP)

One thing is glaringly evident in observing Danica Patrick’s 2016- she’s running out of time. The 34 year old driver just finished her fourth season at stock car racing’s highest level. Many drivers who have the opportunity to drive in Stewart Haas level equipment have at least shown flashes of brilliance. But in 2016, Patrick …

Read more

Thinkin’ Out Loud: Sudden Shift Hands Johnson Record-Tying Title

joh

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Who’s in the headline – The elite level of NASCAR has increased by 50%. There are many gauges to judge the greats but championships are a huge differentiator. Jimmie Johnson took advantage of circumstances that fell his way, led the final three laps, and notched his seventh career title. Johnson shares the headline with Tony …

Read more

Who’s Hot & Who’s Not: NASCAR’s Kansas Clutch Edition

2016 Kansas II CUP Kevin Harvick confetti Matthew T Thacker NKP

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

When you think about how a clutch works for a vehicle, when a driver pushes it down, while at the same time shifting gears and accelerating, most of the time it means it’s go time. That’s the case at this point in the season for the Sprint Cup Series. It’s go time and the teams …

Read more

Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kevin Harvick Nets Loudon Victory With Late Restart Pass

harvick nhms

23-25 September, 2016, Loudon, New Hampshire USA Kevin Harvick celebrates in victory lane ©2016, Logan Whitton/NKP

Who’s in the headline – While Joe Gibbs Racing cars dominated the event, it was Kevin Harvick who parked it in Victory Lane on Sunday afternoon at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The JGR crew and affiliate led 280 of the 300 laps. Harvick took advantage of a late race, front row restart to wrest the …

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

Frontstretch