Race Weekend Central

Thursday Morning Thunder, Vol. 12: 3 Hard Lessons Learned After 3 Days of Bristol Dirt

Photo Credit: Chris Buescher via Roush Fenway Racing

As I sit down to write this, we’re on day three of the Bristol Dirt Nationals, the guinea pig event for the first NASCAR Cup Series race to tackle a dirt surface of any kind in 50 years. It’s the first time any driver has tackled dirt at Bristol Motor Speedway since 2001. And as …

Read more

Did You Notice?: NASCAR Track Rotation Not the Worst Idea

(Photo: Barry Cantrell/NKP)

Did You Notice?… Atlanta Motor Speedway is one of a handful of tracks to gain back a second NASCAR date in the modern era after losing it? AMS will run its first NASCAR Cup Series race of 2021 this weekend (March 21) before the sport makes a return trip on July 11. There’s a lot of …

Read more

Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2021 Dixie Vodka 400 at Homestead

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

What happened? William Byron won the Dixie Vodka 400 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday (Feb. 28) after leading a race-high (and career-high) 102 laps. Tyler Reddick, Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Larson and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top five finishers. An impressive drive in so many ways! Retweet to congratulate @WilliamByron on tonight's win …

Read more

Pole-Sitter Denny Hamlin Among Drivers Starting From Rear at Homestead

Denny Hamlin

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Pole-sitter Denny Hamlin is among the four drivers who will start from the rear for today’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway (3:48 p.m. ET green flag on Fox). Hamlin’s No. 11 Toyota was a late add to the list due to unapproved adjustments. Hamlin is the defending winner at Homestead. Also starting from …

Read more

Steve Letarte Replacing Ryan Sparks as Corey LaJoie’s Homestead Crew Chief

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Steve Letarte will be atop the pit box of Corey LaJoie’s No. 7 Chevrolet team for the NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend, as crew chief Ryan Sparks has to step away from the team due to COVID-19 protocols, Spire Motorsports announced Feb. 24. Letarte, NBC Sports analyst and Spire consultant, returns …

Read more

Couch Potato Tuesday: I Missed So Much in Daytona

Denny Hamlin leads the pack during the 2021 O'Reilly Auto Parts 253 at Daytona Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

A second straight weekend in Daytona Beach was not originally on the schedule, but the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic necessitated it. With that, you ended up with a tripleheader weekend on Daytona International Speedway’s road course. Compared to last year, these races were ridiculous. The most looney of all was Friday night’s Truck race. I’ll be …

Read more

The Underdog House: Michael McDowell Proves Every Dog Has His Day

Michael McDowell wins 2021 Daytona 500, Chase Elliott close second, Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Top Dog 10 years after the unthinkable happened when Trevor Bayne won the 2011 Daytona 500, the unthinkable happened again. After 14 years and 358 starts driving for underfunded teams in the NASCAR Cup Series, 36-year-old Michael McDowell is a Daytona 500 champion with Front Row Motorsports. McDowell had been caught up in a 16-car …

Read more

4 Burning Questions: Who Wins the 2021 Daytona 500?

#7: Corey LaJoie, Spire Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Youtheory

Who will win the 2021 Daytona 500? The 63rd running of the Daytona 500 is going to be a rather interesting iteration of the Great American Race. The pomp and circumstance this race usually provides has been muted due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. There will still be a few things such as the pre-race …

Read more

Corey LaJoie Picks Up Youtheory Sponsorship for Daytona

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Youtheory will adorn Corey LaJoie‘s car in the 2021 Daytona 500, Spire Motorsports announced Jan. 26. The company is also sponsoring the No. 7’s effort at the first event of the season at Phoenix Raceway. “Youtheory played a key role in helping me continue my driving career as far back as 2016,” LaJoie said in …

Read more

2021 NASCAR Preseason Power Rankings No. 29: Corey LaJoie

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The driver with a ‘stacking pennies” mentality will now look to pile them up in a new stable in 2021. It’s a new era for both Corey LaJoie and Spire Motorsports in 2021, with the third-generation racer having moved on from Go Fas Racing after competing in the No. 32 car the past two years …

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