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Juan Pablo Montoya Given Detroit Pole After Qualifying Washout

Juan Pablo Montoya and Team Penske teammate Will Power will start on the front row for race No. 2 of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit based on entrant points after rain prematurely ended qualifying on Sunday morning. IndyCar called off the qualifying session due to “deteriorating racetrack conditions” when a persistent rain continued throughout the …

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Did You Notice? Indy Takes a Bite Out of NASCAR

(Photo: Chris Owens)

Did You Notice? Two races headed in two markedly different directions? While the Indianapolis 500 went through its third straight ratings increase, reaching Nielsen numbers it hasn’t touched since 2008, NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600 hit a new low. The Sunday overnight of 3.6 was the worst since FOX started covering the event in 2001; it was …

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Open-Wheel Wednesday: How the 2015 Indy 500 Fared on the Crowd-o-Meter

(Photo: Chris Jones/INDYCAR Media)

You could maybe make an argument that social media reflects mainly the opinion of the squeaky wheels and in some cases this could be true. People are more apt to go online to post a bad review than a good one. There are some exceptions to this though I think, and a huge event like …

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Tweet ‘N’ Greet: Danica Patrick, Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Plus More!

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Frontstretch will scour Twitter every week looking for some of the best tweets from your favorite NASCAR drivers, personalities and other people that work around the industry. These were some of our favorite posts from the previous week and we hope you enjoy them too! https://instagram.com/p/26CHj9wfZV/ If you follow Danica Patrick or Ricky Stenhouse Jr. on …

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Professor of Speed: A Memorial Day to Remember for NASCAR

Last Sunday was one memorable day of racing. If we move beyond the self-serving particulars of who won, who lost, and other such personally-driven details as those, we can treat this past weekend’s slate of events as a simple matter of earnest motorsports competition. It was a Sunday as simple as one, two and three. …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Missing the Forest While Staring at the Wrong Trees

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Well, Memorial Day weekend is over now. We were treated to over 1,500 miles of racing last weekend between a number of series. Today, we’re going to focus in on 1,400 of those miles and the broadcasts that brought those races to us. Last week, the big story in TV land was Jeff Gordon‘s move …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: 2015 FedEx 400 at Dover Edition

(Photo: Yvonne Leonard, Frontstretch)

Since Sunday was such a great day for auto racing fans, I’m going to bounce around between series a bit for just this week. So here goes: Burnouts (Hot) First, you have to give kudos to Carl Edwards and crew chief Darian Grubb for their win in NASCAR’s 600-miler at Charlotte Sunday night. Grubb, knowing …

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IndyCar Breakdown: 99th Indianapolis 500

(Photo: Chris Owens)

15 years after his first victory in the Indianapolis 500, Juan Pablo Montoya overtook teammate Will Power and held him off over the final three laps to score his second victory in three tries at the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. Here’s a quick look at the 99th Running of the Indy 500. How it happened: Power looked …

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IndyCar Preview: 2015 Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis

(Photo: Pippa Mann)

The series returns to race at its most storied home, but this weekend it races on the other circuit for just the second time.  The race was meant to add to the fun of the month of May at Indianapolis and it looks like it does just that. The one question that might arise is …

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IndyCar Preview: 2015 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

(Photo: John Cote/INDYCAR)

Last weekend the drivers in IndyCar finally got out of their own way (for most of the race) and held a decent event. After the messiness of St. Pete and the less than spectacular debut of the aero kits, followed by the rain-soaked race in NOLA, it was good to have some solid competition. With …

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