Race Weekend Central

Stat Sheet: Auto Club Speedway’s Comeback Weekend

Erik Jones leads the NASCAT Cup Series field at Auto Club Speedway, February 2022. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The month of February is all about the number two. It’s the second month of the year, Groundhog Day is celebrated on Feb. 2, plus this year marks the only time when we get the 2/22/22 date — and it happened on a Tuesday (Twosday?). And for NASCAR’s second week of racing at the 2-mile …

Read more

The Underdog House: Erik Jones Returns No. 43 to Former Glory

#43: Erik Jones, Petty GMS, Chevrolet Camaro FOCUSfactor

It had been nearly a decade since Richard Petty’s famous No. 43 had started on the front row for a NASCAR Cup Series race. The last occurrence happened in 2013, when Aric Almirola sat on the pole for the fall Talladega event.

However, the streak came to a halt with the Wise Power 400 at Auto Club Speedway (Feb. 27) when Erik Jones piloted the No. 43 to the outside pole position.

Fronstretch 2-Minute Drill: Wise Power 400 at Auto Club

#9: Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro NAPA Auto Parts and #99: Daniel Suarez, TrackHouse Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Freeway Insurance

NASCAR is back at Auto Club Speedway for the first time in two years. The last time the Cup and Xfinity Series raced in Fontana, the race ended up being the second-to-last before the COVID-19 pandemic shattered any and all forms of scheduling for major sports in 2020, leading to a two-month stoppage for NASCAR. …

Read more

Xfinity Breakdown: Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner. 300 Ends in a Big One

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Welcome to the 2022 NASCAR Xfinity Series season! NASCAR fans were treated to a great one on Saturday evening (Feb. 19) that ended with NXS rookie Austin Hill taking his first series victory at Daytona International Speedway.

It ended just about as “Daytona” as anybody could expect, with Anthony Alfredo (No. 23) getting into the right rear of Myatt Snider, resulting in Snider’s No. 31 car getting turned on the last lap. Snider went end over end and caught air, which flung him into the catchfence on the backstretch. The engine was ejected during the crash, but Snider was able to walk out of the car afterward.

Austin Hill Survives Scary Last-Lap Wreck, Wins Xfinity Series Daytona 300-Miler

2022 Daytona NXS Ryan Sieg Brandon Jones Myatt Snider crash backstretch NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Rookie Austin Hill fought through a late-race wreck and narrowly edged out AJ Allmendinger to win the season-opening NASCAR Xfinity Series Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. 300 at Daytona on Saturday (Feb. 19).

Myatt Snider was simply happy to emerge unscathed, overshadowing what was the most competitive Daytona Speedweeks race to date.

Daniel Hemric Begins Title Defense With Pole Win At Daytona 300-Miler

(Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Daniel Hemric claimed the NASCAR Xfinity Series title last year by scoring his first career win at Phoenix Raceway. Saturday (Feb. 19), Hemric picked up right where he left off, winning the pole for the 2022 season-opening Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. 300. at Daytona International Speedway. With a 182.849 mph lap, Hemric scored his …

Read more

Out With the Old, In With the New: 2021-2022 NASCAR Silly Season Recap

Next Gen Car Testing Daytona, Spire Motorsports Corey Lajoie, JTG Daugherty Ricky Stenhouse Jr., TrackHouse Racing Ross Chastain and Daniel Saurez, Hendrick Motorsports Dale Earnhardt Jr., Petty GMS Racing Erik Jones, Hendrick Motorsports William Byron, Kaulig Racing Justin Haley and Daniel Hemric NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

If you have watched football for a short duration, it probably did not take you long to realize that the wristband quarterbacks wear carry a portable playbook. This helps the quarterback have access to plays rather than having to memorize a plethora of them. Why am I talking about NFL wristbands? Because as a new …

Read more

2021 NASCAR Top Storylines: Daniel Hemric Ends Drought, Crowned Xfinity Champion

2021 Xfinity Phoenix Daniel Hemric Trophy (Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images via NASCAR Media)

(Photo: Chris Graythen/Getty Images via NASCAR Media)

On Nov. 6, 2021, Daniel Hemric had made 119 NASCAR Xfinity Series starts, 50 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts, 38 NASCAR Cup Series starts and three playoff appearances. And the 30-year-old Kannapolis, N.C., native had yet to win a race, much less a partridge in a pear tree. It was 2021, and Hemric had …

Read more

Noah Gragson, Daniel Hemric Added to 2nd Kaulig Cup Car

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Noah Gragson and Daniel Hemric will run part time in the NASCAR Cup Series in 2022 for Kaulig Racing, Kaulig announced Dec. 14. Gragson and Hemric join the previously announced AJ Allmendinger in the team’s newly formed second Cup car, which will debut in the Daytona 500 with Allmendinger. “We think our roster for the …

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