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Pace Laps: Heartbreaking Losses and Replacement Drivers

Juan Pablo Montoya on track at Sonoma (credit: IndyCar)

(Photo: IndyCar)

IndyCar: Montoya Critical of Himself, INDYCAR Following Championship Loss – 1.179 seconds. That’s all that separated Juan Pablo Montoya from a Verizon IndyCar Series championship. Montoya, who led the points from the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in March, lost the championship in a tiebreaker to four-time champion Scott Dixon following a sixth-place finish …

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Friday Faceoff: Was Bristol a Good Race Despite Lack of Wrecks?

2015 Bristol II CUP Jeff Gordon Jamie McMurray racing CIA

Photo Credit: CIA Stock Photography

The Bristol night race featured lots of racing, but not as much of the beating and banging that some fans expect at short tracks. Is that kind of racing necessary for a “great” short-track race, or can such a race without too many bent fenders and crumpled doors still satisfy? Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: It …

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Pace Laps: Wild Races, Crazy Spins, and Speed Records

2015 Pocono CUP Kasey Kahne car CIA

(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. ©2015)

Cup Series: Unexpected Wild Race at Pocono Leads to Victory for Matt Kenseth – It was quite the 400 miles at Pocono Raceway. With wrecks filling the first half of the race, the second half seemed like it would get even more wild. However, the field set a steady pace for the final 80 laps, …

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Erik Jones, Tyler Reddick Pace 2015 Mud Summer Classic Practices at Eldora

2015 Kansas I CWTS Tyler Reddick truck credit NASCAR via Getty Images

(Photo:: NASCAR via Getty Images)

The Camping World Truck Series slung some dirt Wednesday morning during two practice sessions in preparation for the 1-800-Car-Cash MudSummer Classic. Erik Jones turned the fastest lap in the first session, while Tyler Reddick was quickest in the second. With a lap of 89.454 mph in the first practice, Jones showed that the speed he …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Tyler Reddick on Switching Between Mentor & Mentee

2014 Mudsummer Classic Eldora Speedway Camping World Trucks Mike Neff 303

(Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch)

Tyler Reddick entered the Camping World Truck Series with a single start in a Ken Schrader-owned truck at Rockingham Speedway in 2013. After starting 13th, Reddick finished 30th, 10 laps behind the leaders, thanks in large part to an early spin and a lack of speed. Reddick ran a part-time schedule during his rookie season, …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 Up-And-Coming Drivers in Stock Car Racing

2015 Dover I NXS Chase Elliott car CIA

Photo Credit: CIA Stock Photography

The Sprint Cup Series might have had the weekend off, but the Frontstretch Power Rankings didn’t take a break. This week, we are featuring the top up-and-coming drivers in stock car competition. It’s hard to argue that racing does not have a bright future with the number of drivers emerging from local tracks, earning opportunities …

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Tracking the Trucks: 2015 WinStar World Casino & Resort 400 at Texas

2015 CWTS Texas Matt Crafton Trophy Rick Lunkenheimer

(Photo: Rick Lunkenheimer, Frontstretch)

In a Nutshell: Matt Crafton scored his third victory in seven races this season with a convincing half-second win over Daniel Suarez in Friday night’s WinStar World Casino & Resort 400. The driver of the No. 88 Menards Toyota held off a late-race side-by-side challenge from Suarez and led a race-high 77 laps en route …

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Jennifer Jo Cobb, Tyler Reddick Have Not Spoken Since Dover Incident

2015 Dover I CWTS Tyker Reddick truck CIA

Photo Credit: CIA Stock Photography

It’s safe to say that Tyler Reddick and Jennifer Jo Cobb won’t be exchanging Christmas cards later this year. The duo left Dover International Raceway with differing opinions of what happened to send Cobb’s No. 10 Ford to the inside wall and wrecked just 15 laps into last week’s Lucas Oil 200. Fast forward a …

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Spencer Gallagher, Matt Crafton Head Up 2015 WinStar World Casino 400 Practice Sessions at Texas

2015 Dover I CWTS Matt Crafton truck CIA

(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. ©2015)

On Thursday, the Camping World Truck Series took to Texas Motor Speedway for two practice sessions in preparation for Friday night’s WinStar World Casino 400k. With the short field (now up to 30 entrants instead of the 27 on the initial entry list), everyone will qualify.  Regardless, speed and handling are still crucial. Teams were …

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Tracking the Trucks: 2015 Lucas Oil 200 at Dover

2015 Dover I CWTS Tyler Reddick woohoo NASCAR via Getty Images

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

In a Nutshell: Tyler Reddick and Erik Jones waged a side-by-side battle while fighting lapped traffic, but it was Reddick who came out victorious Friday evening at Dover International Speedway. In a race that was marred by several wrecks and a lot of torn-up equipment, Jones and Reddick took two and four tires, respectively, on …

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