Race Weekend Central

Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kevin Harvick Slathers Competition in Kansas

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who’s in the headline Kevin Harvick continues to confirm the belief that Ford is the manufacturer to beat in 2018 in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. For the fifth time in 12 races, Harvick was in Victory Lane. He started the year with three wins in a row after the Daytona 500 and has now …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2018 KC Masterpiece 400

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? For a small team, finishing in the top 10 at Talladega Superspeedway is a great showing, but such performance is a lot more likely at a restrictor-plate track than at an intermediate, where aerodynamics rule the day and speed comes with a premium price tag. For a struggling …

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William Byron Triggers Fiery Crash, Red Flag Late at Kansas

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series KC Masterpiece 400 was relatively uneventful most of the night. But after 237 laps with no unplanned cautions, the final 30 laps gave us three. The most serious came on lap 249, when William Byron triggered a vicious crash that resulted in a 13-minute, 13-second red flag. The driver of …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR Hot-Starts: GEICO 500

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The edge-of-your-seat excitement produced by restrictor plate racing is paired with a great new fantasy game this weekend. FanDuel announced earlier this week it will be opening up weekly NASCAR contests, the first of which debuts this Sunday at Talladega. Don’t miss out and play with your favorite Frontstretch writers! The contest entries lock at 2:00 …

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Ty Dillon, Jamie McMurray Lead Talladega Cup Practice Sessions

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Ty Dillon and Jamie McMurray each led a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice Friday (April 27) at Talladega Superspeedway. Dillon was fastest during the first session while McMurray turned the fastest lap during an eventful final practice for Sunday’s GEICO 500. Dillon turned the fastest lap during the first session with a 202.959 mph lap …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: GEICO 500

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NASCAR heads to Talladega Superspeedway this weekend for the GEICO 500. The 2.66-mile track is the largest one on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule. Enter the $5 Frontstretch GEICO 500 NASCAR contest for your chance to win! The edge-of-your-seat excitement produced by restrictor plate racing is paired with a great new fantasy game …

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Did You Notice?: NASCAR’s Sophomore Slump Affecting Youth Movement?

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Did You Notice? … The dreaded sophomore slump has reared its ugly head again? The top three rookies from the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series last season are all underperforming nine races into 2018. Erik Jones is the best of the bunch, sitting 12th in points. But as the driver he replaced, Matt Kenseth, returns to …

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The Underdog House: NASCAR Opportunity is Bigger in Texas

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Think Small Man, what a week our underdogs are in for after a weekend like that, right? Even more than Daytona, Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway proved to be the ultimate opportunity for the underdog teams in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. For when tires started popping, cars started sliding and pit road became …

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The Frontstretch 5: NASCAR Teams Who Need a Turnaround in 2018

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Hendrick Motorsports Just a few weeks ago, it was easy to explain the organization’s struggles: it was too early to tell; Chevrolet is behind the curve – which may still be the case; the team has two new drivers. And the thing is, all of that is completely true. But looking at the big picture, …

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The Underdog House: Monday Blues in Martinsville

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Think Small Martinsville Speedway is known to be full of history, and each time we visit the last remaining original track on the circuit, we seem to add another layer. Sometimes those new layers include an underdog story. The spring weekend of 2018 will be remembered as the snow day, as both the Monster Energy …

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