Race Weekend Central

The Frontstretch 5: Great Things About NASCAR’s Lower Divisions, Areas of Opportunity

Field Enters Turn Three After Final Restart of Iowa 250 pres. by Enogen

(Photo: Christian Koelle)

1. Standalone races Races like the XFINITY/Truck show at Iowa last weekend used to be much more common, but the ones that are still on the schedule often end up being among the best races of the season in any series. Some of that has to do with the venues, but it’s also because the …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Justin Allgaier Dominates in Iowa

Field Enters Turn Three After Final Restart of Iowa 250 pres. by Enogen

(Photo: Christian Koelle)

During the last few seasons, Iowa Speedway has been one of those tracks under consideration for a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. During this weekend’s events, including Sunday’s (June 17) XFINITY Series race, fans and drivers were buzzing about how great the action was… and that was without some gimmicky aero package. Once again, …

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Lapped Traffic Proves Tricky For Justin Allgaier, XFINITY Race At Iowa

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Lapped traffic is a constant presence at most short tracks and the 7/8-mile speedway at Iowa is no exception. On Sunday (June 17), winner Justin Allagier had lapped traffic to thank for his trip to the front. But he also nearly had it to blame for his defeat in a highly competitive Iowa 250. Let’s start …

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Pace Laps: Kasey Kahne’s Endless Pursuit of… What? & Exciting NASCAR Racing In Iowa

(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: The Latest Push To Fix Kasey Kahne June’s off week came with a crew chief change in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Travis Mack was replaced as Kasey Kahne‘s head wrench after just 15 races as the No. 95 Leavine Family Racing team remains mired in midpack. Jon Leonard will …

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Austin Cindric Secures First Career XFINITY Series Pole at Iowa

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Austin Cindric turned a fast lap during the third round of qualifying at Iowa Speedway, netting him his first career XFINITY Series pole. A 131.409-mph lap put Cindric on the pole while Daniel Hemric, last weekends runner-up, qualified second. Hemric’s lap was .421 mph slower than Cindric’s lap. Brandon Jones, who has been on an …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Reviewing the Opening 10 Races of 2018

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Through the opening 10 races of the 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series season, the slogan “names are made here” would be accurate to describe NASCAR’s top preliminary division. In case you haven’t paid any attention or have simply forgotten what has transpired in the series over the first three months of the season, there has been …

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NASCAR 101: 10 Winners, 10 Races

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

10 races, 10 winners. That’s the case thus far in the 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series season as the field begins its two-week break following last weekend’s race at Dover International Speedway. Each race in 2018 has seen a different winner in Victory Lane, a combination of series regulars and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series ringers …

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Fronstretch Podcast: Noah Gragson Reviews Monster Dover Weekend

(Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In the latest episode of the 2018 Frontstretch Podcast, we review a full weekend of racing at Dover International Speedway with Dustin Albino, Davey Segal, Zach Catanzareti and driver of the No. 18 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota Tundra, Noah Gragson. Kevin Harvick won his fourth race of the season at Dover, sweeping all three stages. However, it was Daniel …

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3 Cup Teams, 2 XFINITY Teams Receive L1 Penalties Following Dover

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Following the post-Dover teardowns at NASCAR’s R&D Centers, the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing team, the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing team, and the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing team all received L1-level penalties. The N0. 14 and No. 19 teams each violated rules related to the rear windows. Dover runner-up finisher Clint Bowyer‘s window did …

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