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Waid’s World: Richard Petty’s Decision Sparks ‘Southern Invasion’ of Michigan

Graphic: Jared Haas

Something monumental happened during the 1978 NASCAR Cup Series season. In fact, it was so monumental it shook the entire racing world. It was on a scale of, say, the New York Yankees trading Mickey Mantle at the pinnacle of his career. Richard Petty, who, with his family-owned Petty Enterprises, had been a famous standard-bearer …

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2-Headed Monster: Hendrick Motorsports vs. Petty Enterprises – Best Team in NASCAR History?

Hendrick Motorsports

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

With Kyle Larson‘s dominant performance in Sunday’s (May 30) Coca-Cola 600, Hendrick Motorsports eclipsed the 269-win record established by Petty Enterprises from 1949-1999. Both teams were the dominant forces of their respective eras, with HMS experiencing a bit of a resurgence as the team that all others have to beat each week in 2021. Two …

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Beside the Rising Tide: Short Takes & Short Tracks 

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Typically this time of year, things are quiet on the NASCAR news front as the sport and the country slowly begin emerging from the summer doldrums. As the long hot August summer afternoons give way to the earlier sunsets of September, leaves changing color and occasional morning chills punctuated by noisy flocks of Canadian geese …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Breaking Down 200 Victories for Kyle Busch & Richard Petty, Chris Buescher Chats Hot Start

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff break down the difference in the 200 race victories for Kyle Busch and Richard Petty with a pile of statistics, after Busch joined the 200 club last weekend at Auto Club Speedway. Without necessarily comparing the two, we dig into what makes the feat incredible. How …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Joey Logano Emerges as 2018 Cup Champion

(Photo: Christian Koelle)

Who’s in the headline It took 10 years to fulfill the predictions but Joey Logano is your 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion. Logano took advantage of a quick, short-run car and passed Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. on a late race restart to take command of the race and run off into …

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NASCAR 101: Most Dominating Coca-Cola 600 Performances

Photo Credit: Amy Henderson, Frontstretch

This weekend marks the 56th running of the Coca-Cola 600, or, for longtime fans of the sport, the World 600. The premise of the race when it first began was simple: pit man against machine. What would tire first: an overworked engine or a weary driver? 400 laps of exhausting wrestling of the steering wheel …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After NASCAR Acceleration 2013

Leave it to Bristol Motor Speedway to capitalize on its rough-and-tumble reputation in what was perhaps the most creative game of the day in terms of the actual racing at that track. Everyone has seen the carnival games where someone has to launch a beanbag or a ball through a deceptively small hole to win a prize. But for Bristol, could there be a more appropriate version of this one than a helmet toss, paying homage to, among other incidents, Tony Stewart’s display of anger toward Matt Kenseth last summer? Apparently not, because in order to win Bristol’s prizes, fans had to fire a miniature helmet smack through the driver’s side windshield of a cardboard racecar. Sometimes things are simply right, and this game was one of those times.

Happy Hour: NASCAR “Have At It” Hasn’t Made Much Difference

Last night I was watching NASCAR Race Hub with host Steve Byrnes, who doubles as a pit reporter for FOX during their race broadcasts. Because of his connections, he was able to score the venerable Darrell Waltrip as a guest on his show, and DW gave his opinions on a couple of issues relating to …

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MPM2Nite: An Unforgettable Day With My Father

The 1973 Daytona 500 probably doesn’t top most fan lists as the greatest running of the real Great American Race. Its outcome was not decided by a last-lap wreck like the classic 1976 or 1979 events, nor did it feature two drivers nose-to-tail heading for the stripe, as in 1993 or 1996. But it is and always will be the most memorable running of the February classic in my book, because it was the first NASCAR event I attended.

My dad took me.

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