Race Weekend Central

Up to Speed: NASCAR COVID-19 Therapy Came to Darlington

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For a few hours on Sunday, May 17, we got to focus on something other than social distancing, rates of infection and toilet paper shortages.  Some stay-at-home orders may still be in place, but the NASCAR COVID-19 quarantine came to an end… and gave millions a break. They got to watch a race. After a …

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Up to Speed: Which Drivers Are Likely to Tame Darlington in its 2020 NASCAR Return?

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The 2020 NASCAR season, paused for about two months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is less than a week away from resuming.  The first two races will be held at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina, about a two-hour drive from race shops in the Charlotte area.  They include a 400-mile event on Sunday, May 17 …

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Up to Speed: NASCAR Cup Drivers With Something to Prove in 2020

Matt DiBenedetto

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A new racing season means new opportunities and new challenges.  Over the winter, NASCAR’s Cup Series saw its usual flurry of changes among drivers, teams and crews.  As a result of these changes, many drivers, rookies and veterans alike will be feeling the pressure to perform in 2020.  Whether measuring their success against other competitors …

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2020 NASCAR Cup Series Preseason Power Rankings

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For the first time here at Frontstretch, our staff banded together to vote on who it thinks will be the top drivers of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season in a preseason power rankings format. Each participating staff member sent a 30-driver ranking before the beginning of the season, taking into account not only 2019 successes …

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2019 NASCAR Top Storylines: Xfinity Big 3 Bound for Cup Competition

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Christopher Bell, Cole Custer and Tyler Reddick have provided some of the NASCAR Xfinity Series’ most thrilling moments over the last two years. The trio entered NASCAR’s secondary division after a few years of flux between them, with each spending time in the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series prior to their first series switch. …

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2019 Xfinity Series Review, Pt. 1: Playoff Teams, Big 3 Dominate

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The 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series season was set to be promising from the beginning of the year, with many of its top drivers returning. Three of the series’ Championship 4 contenders from 2018 were back with vengeance, as Tyler Reddick was looking to repeat as champion, even though he swapped Chevrolet teams from JR Motorsports …

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Stewart-Haas Racing Announces Crew Chief Promotion, Changes for 2020

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Stewart-Haas Racing doesn’t just have a new driver joining its ranks in the NASCAR Cup Series in 2020 — the team’s crew chief lineup will also look slightly different come February. The organization announced Wednesday, Dec. 4, that Mike Shiplett will follow Cole Custer to the Cup Series, acting as crew chief for the No. …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Breaking Down Homestead, Tyler Reddick Chats Xfinity Title

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss the championship weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway that saw Kyle Busch, Tyler Reddick and Matt Crafton be crowned NASCAR champions. Busch came in as a slight underdog for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title, snapping a 21-race winless streak in the process. Reddick had an …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Live at Homestead, Comcast Community Award Winner Mike Tatoian

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In a live episode of the Frontstretch Podcast at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Dustin Albino, Michael Massie and Tom Bowles preview Sunday’s Cup Series championship race. The trio go through why each Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick can win the championship. Tyler Reddick was victorious in Saturday’s Xfinity Series race, winning consecutive championships for …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Tyler Reddick Proves Biggest of Big 3

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On Friday night at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the worst case scenario for NASCAR’s current system of deciding champions came to pass, as Matt Crafton managed to capture the Camping World Truck Series crown despite also finishing off a winless season in the process, his runner-up finish Austin Hill proving to be enough. But if that outcome …

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