Race Weekend Central

Pace Laps: A 2nd Chance to Make a 1st Impression, Ending a Dry Spell

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Sprint Cup Series: We all need a second chance sometimes – For 19-year-old Chase Elliott, Sunday afternoon at Richmond International raceway was his second-career Sprint Cup Series start – the first he will like to remember after a troublesome Martinsville debut in March. Advancing to Round 2 of Coors Light qualifying on Friday afternoon, Elliott …

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Pace Laps: Xfinity Excellence, Short-Track King & Other News

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Xfinity Series: It’s Super Joey – Dominating efforts happen often in the Xfinity Series, but it’s rare to happen at a track as difficult as Bristol. However, Joey Logano did the unthinkable on Saturday afternoon – leading every single one of the 300 laps. But that wasn’t the biggest story during the race. The Xfinity …

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Nitro Shots: What a Rush!

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JR Todd, our featured driver in Nitro Shots this week, celebrated his one year anniversary driving a Top Fuel dragster for Kalitta Motorsports this past weekend, having started with the team at Las Vegas last year. So what does a guy who goes over 300 mph in under four seconds do to celebrate? Something that’s …

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Pace Laps: Youth Prevails, Redemption in Vegas, Controversy & More

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Xfinity Series: The Future Has Arrived – It only took nine races until Erik Jones drove a Joe Gibbs Racing car into Victory Lane. The soon-to-be 19-year-old outran two Cup Series veterans at Texas, and in doing so, gave JGR its first Xfinity Series win since Matt Kenseth‘s triumph in the season-finale last year. Jones’s victory …

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Nitro Shots: You’ve Made the Bonus Round!

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This weekend in Las Vegas, drivers in NHRA’s Pro Stock category will compete in a special bonus event, the K&N Horsepower Challenge. (Think All-Star Race.) So what’s on the line? A nice check to the tune of $50,000 for the winner and, of course, bragging rights. The two Saturday qualifying rounds will also serve as …

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Nitro Shots: Outlaws, Farmers & Getting Beat By a Girl

Did the NHRA need to make a statement about Street Outlaws, particularly as some of the cars on the show had NHRA logos showing? Yes. Street racing is in complete opposition to its mission. Will the show change? Doubt it. Most of the viewers know the street racing is staged on a closed road but …

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Nitro Shots: Why Do They Call Them Funny Cars?

Frontstretch is pleased to announce our expanded NHRA coverage for 2015 and as part of it, our new Nitro Shots weekly column. Check back every Thursday throughout the season for a new edition. Whether you are a longtime NHRA fan looking for a midweek drag racing fix or a newcomer who is just considering checking …

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Nitro Shots: One Bad Week Doesn’t Equal A Season-Long “Drag”

Frontstretch is pleased to announce our expanded NHRA coverage for 2015 and, as part of it, our new Nitro Shots weekly column. Check back every Thursday throughout the season for a new edition. Whether you are a longtime NHRA fan looking for a midweek drag racing fix or a newcomer who is just considering checking …

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NHRA 2015 Preview: Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle

Yesterday’s preview covered the Nitro divisions, so today’s edition will give a look at the Pro Stock category and touch on the Pro Stock Motorcycles. Pro Stock All eyes were surely on the Pro Stock category the last time the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series visited Pomona at the end of 2014. It came down to …

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NHRA for Everyone: Diversity Done Right

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Race cars don’t know what color or sex their drivers are. But the fans in the stands do and the realization over the years across the board has pretty much been this: get a diverse range of drivers on the track, draw a diverse, and larger, base of fans who are interested in seeing those …

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