Race Weekend Central

Up to Speed: Kevin Harvick Still Searching for 2020 Form

Kevin Harvick stands next to car at 2021 Daytona 500 Cup race Photo NKP

#4: Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Mustang Busch Light #TheCrew

Sunday’s (March 14) NASCAR Cup Series race was a fairly typical event at Phoenix Raceway.  Perhaps the most surprising aspect of the Instacart 500 was how little the FOX broadcast team called Kevin Harvick’s name.  It wasn’t long ago that Harvick completely dominated the desert mile.  Prior to Sunday, Harvick compiled nine wins, 18 top …

Read more

Did You Notice?: Hendrick Motorsports is the New Face of NASCAR Youth Movement

Alex Bowman talks with Rick Hendrick before 2021 NASCAR Cup Race at Homestead Photo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Did You Notice?… NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon retired in November 2015 at Homestead-Miami Speedway with a shot at the Cup Series championship. He was 44 years old. Just five years later, William Byron trounced the field at that same track Sunday (Feb. 28) to take Gordon’s former No. 24 car to victory lane at …

Read more

Chris Buescher ‘Most Relaxed I’ve Been in a Racecar in a Really Long Time’

Chris Buescher

Credit: James Gilbert/Getty Images

Remember Chris Buescher? If the 2015 Xfinity Series champion drifted from your mind over the last five years, he surely got your attention Sunday (Feb. 28) in the NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The 28-year-old driver started 12th and took the lead from Brad Keselowski on lap 53. Buescher wound up winning stage …

Read more

Roush Fenway Racing Becomes 1st Carbon-Neutral NASCAR Team

Ryan Newman During Daytona 500 Practice, 2/10/2021

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Roush Fenway Racing has become the first carbon-neutral team in NASCAR, the NASCAR Cup Series organization announced Feb. 18. RFR will use Castrol, its official sponsor, to reduce its carbon usage and offset programs across its operations both on and off the track. The partnership between the team and Castrol will help the team better …

Read more

No Time to Get Complacent on Safety

#22: Joey Logano, Team Penske, Ford Mustang Shell Pennzoil #18: Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry M&M's

Twenty years ago – has it really been that long? Seems like it was just a week or maybe a year ago. Twenty years since we lost the biggest star in the history of the sport. Thankfully his death wasn’t in vain. The safety innovations that were brought to the sport in the months and …

Read more

2-Headed Monster: Has Perception of Daytona 500 Changed Due to High Crash Rate?

2021 Daytona 500 Last Lap Crash Involving Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, Austin Cindric

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The Daytona 500 means many different things for many different race fans. Over the years, the perception of the Daytona 500 has changed many different times. In its early years, it was a race where the limits of the machine and horsepower were tested. Often a spread-out, low-attrition race, the Daytona 500 was sold as …

Read more

5 Points to Ponder: Lady Luck Deals NASCAR Bad Hand in 2021 Debut

Austin Cindric crashes on the final lap of the 2021 Daytona 500.

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

ONE: Lady Luck Big Player in Disjointed Daytona 500 There were a lot of Valentine’s Day dinners ruined Sunday night (Feb. 14) by the Daytona 500 turned 24 Hours of Daytona Lite. A six-hour rain delay felt entirely preventable, the fourth time in the last 10 NASCAR season openers there’s been a rain delay. At what point …

Read more

Massive Crash, Lightning Delay Mar Early Laps of 2021 Daytona 500

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

It didn’t take long for both the racing and weather Sunday (Feb. 14) to escalate in the 2021 Daytona 500. On lap 14, contact between Christopher Bell and Aric Almirola sent the latter sideways, crashing into Alex Bowman and taking nearly half the field with him. The massive pileup was followed by a lightning delay …

Read more

20 Years On: The Void In the Room — and the One That Didn’t Happen

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

“Just to see Big E back on the track, Would put a smile on every face. No one drove a car quite like Earnhardt”. – Cledus T. Judd’s “I Love NASCAR” (2004) I consider myself lucky. Born in 1991, I have memories of watching Dale Earnhardt Sr. compete. While they’re from well after the time …

Read more

Up to Speed: Will Clint Bowyer Stay Candid in the Broadcast Booth?

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Lost in the conclusion of the 2020 NASCAR season was the rather abrupt departure of Clint Bowyer from the driver’s seat.  Bowyer, who was wrapping up his 15th full-time season as a Cup Series racer, faced an uncertain future with Stewart-Haas Racing.  Despite some speculation that SHR’s driver lineup would not change for 2021, Bowyer …

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