Race Weekend Central

5 Points To Ponder: Charlotte’s Climb Back To NASCAR Respectability

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

ONE: Charlotte Motor Speedway Battles Back NASCAR may have been created in some smoke-filled meetings down in Daytona Beach but make no mistake: Charlotte is now stock car racing’s home base. Every major team has its race shop in the area, along with a core group of the sport’s operating staff paired with the NASCAR …

Read more

The Underdog House: Going the Distance

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Top of The Class Chris Buescher was once again the top dog in Sunday night’s (May 26) Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The No. 37 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevy wound up with a sixth-place finish, the best for driver and team since a fifth last July at Daytona. More than just the top-10 run …

Read more

Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Some Gave All

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The Coca-Cola 600 is a marathon slog to close out the greatest day in auto racing, following the Monaco Grand Prix in Formula One and the Indianapolis 500 in IndyCar. Despite a quiet middle half, a chaotic first quarter and wild finish made it one of the season’s better races overall. Tires weren’t cooperating, which …

Read more

The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2019 Coca-Cola 600

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who… should you be talking about after the race? Martin Truex Jr. dominated the Coca-Cola 600 in 2016, leading 392 of 400 laps en route to the win. The sailing wasn’t as smooth this time around, and it included a brush with the wall after a tire issue early. Plus, there were several battles for …

Read more

Corey LaJoie Snags Best-Ever Intermediate Finish at Charlotte

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

For Corey LaJoie and Go FAS Racing, a decent race at an intermediate track normally produces a result around 25th.  Sunday night was the exception to that rule.  LaJoie was able to keep the No. 32 Ford on the lead lap all night and brought the car home in 12th.  The finish is LaJoie’s best-ever …

Read more

Frontstretch Podcast: Corey LaJoie Talks Thrilling Talladega Weekend

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss the frantic Talladega Superspeedway weekend that arguably saw one of the best superspeedway races in a long time. It must be that the new rules package worked well, right? The Chevrolet brigade teamed up to sweep all three stages at Talladega, including Chase Elliott getting …

Read more

Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Talladega: Endgame

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Chevrolet teams make up about half the field most weeks in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, but judging by the results so far this season, it’s understandable to think they were in the half of existence that were vaporized when Thanos snapped his fingers. But just like in Avengers: Endgame, time travel was involved on …

Read more

Fire On Fridays: Corey LaJoie Can Be The Face Of NASCAR

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

He has the look. He has the personality. He has the family history in NASCAR. What doesn’t Corey LaJoie have? The North Carolina native is one of NASCAR’s most outgoing personalities. But it’s taken years for him to catch the attention of major corporate backers. LaJoie was just beating Brett Moffitt, Chase Elliott, Bubba Wallace …

Read more

Corey LaJoie’s Rocky Road to Cup: ‘They Weren’t Even Speed Humps … It Was Like Road Blocks’

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Corey LaJoie‘s NASCAR career has been about as unorthodox as they come. Despite his famous last name in racing circles, nothing has been given to him in his time behind the wheel. In fact, it’s made his journey to the pinnacle of the sport harder, as he details here. We spoke with the Concord, North …

Read more

Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

The Headline(s): Denny Hamlin overcame a characteristic pair of pit road penalties and missing a pit road approach under green with a stellar late-race pit stop. That got him out front, where he beat Clint Bowyer by more than two seconds. Hamlin scored his second win of 2019 and the 52nd NASCAR national series win …

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