NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Did You Notice? A Quick Look Inside the NASCAR Numbers

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Did You Notice? Six races into 2014, the difference between sixth and 20th in the Cup standings is just 35 points? However, the difference between first and sixth is 90 points, with Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr., Brad Keselowski and Kasey Kahne creating some distance between themselves and the rest of the field. It’s an …

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Tweet ‘N’ Greet: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s Blue, Kevin Harvick’s Parenting & More!

2014 Texas II CUP Ricky Stenhouse Jr face CIA

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Every week Frontstrech will scour Twitter looking for some of the best tweets from your favorite drivers, NASCAR executives and media members. The tweets below are our picks from the previous week and we hope you enjoy them! We're off this weekend. They could have pink-slipped these wack officials and borrowed our pit-road cameras. #nascar …

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The Frontstretch 5: Feel-Good Stories Kicking Off 2015

2015 Martinsville I CUP Martin Truex Jr racing credit Amy Henderson

(Photo: Amy Henderson, Frontstretch)

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, Amy says there are some storylines that just make you smile. …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: 2015 Duck Commander 500 at Texas Edition

2015 Martinsville I CUP Kevin Harvick racing credit Amy Henderson

(Photo: Amy Henderson, Frontstretch)

Burnouts (Hot) Since the Sprint Cup series was off this past weekend due to the holidays, it’s just a little more difficult to tell who is hot and who is not. Maybe it should be who hasn’t cooled off after Martinsville. One driver that will continue to be on the favorites list each week is …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2015 STP 500 at Martinsville

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It seems, for the time being, that Joe Gibbs Racing is back. JGR cars took three of the top-five finishing positions at Martinsville including David Ragan (fifth), Matt Kenseth (fourth) and winner Denny Hamlin. Carl Edwards finished in 17th position. Hamlin did not lead the most laps, but he led the one that mattered most, …

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Tweet ‘N’ Greet: Aric Almirola, Clint Bowyer, Plus More!

2015 Fontana CUP Kyle Larson Kurt Busch racing credit NASCAR via Getty Images

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Frontstretch will scour Twitter weekly looking for some of the best social media posts from your favorite drivers, crews and NASCAR personalities. These were some of our favorite tweets from the previous week and we hope you enjoy them as well! As I was walking out the door for DC trip today I heard ole …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: 2015 STP 500 at Martinsville Edition

2015 Martinsville I CUP stands credit Amy Henderson

(Photo: Amy Henderson, Frontstretch)

This version of the column is a little different this week, as I was fortunate enough to attend Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Martinsville as a fan. So here goes. Burnouts (On Fire) Yes, for once, let’s give the winner of Sunday’s race, Denny Hamlin, some kudos for his post-race burnout. Sure, you can watch …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 STP 500 at Martinsville

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Who’s in the headline – Denny Hamlin and his Joe Gibbs Racing teammates have struggled for over a year to get its cars back into Victory Lane. The cure for what ails a team can be heading to a place where the driver feels extra comfortable. With four Ridgeway clocks already in his home, Martinsville Speedway …

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Kickin’ the Tires: 1 Good Race Does Not A Season Make

2015 Martinsville I CUP Denny Hamlin racing vertical credit Amy Henderson

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In a lot of ways, racing at Martinsville should be considered a wild card event. There are so many circumstances that could affect the outcome and give teams a false sense of security. For example, a pit road speeding penalty played a major role in keeping Jeff Gordon out of Victory Lane. That was a …

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Kurt Busch Fastest in Final 2015 STP 500 Practice at Martinsville

2015 Martinsville I CUP Kurt Busch car garage credit Amy Henderson

Photo Credit: Amy Henderson, Frontstretch

Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kurt Busch was fastest in the final 50-minute practice session for the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Busch, the defending winner of the race, ended the session with a fast time of 19.502 seconds. Runner up in this race one year ago, Jimmie Johnson was second in practice with a 19.560-second lap time. …

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