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Kyle Larson Surges Late, Begins NASCAR Title Defense with Auto Club Win

Kyle Larson takes the checkered flag to win the WISE Power 400 at Auto Club Speedway, 2/27/2022 (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

On Sunday (Feb. 27) at Auto Club Speedway, Kyle Larson’s No. 5 came to life late, and the defending champ held off all comers to win his first race of 2022 in the Wise Power 400 and open his title defense.

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. …

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What They Said: Daytona 500 Media Day Quotes

Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota, Christopher Bell, driver of the #20 DeWalt Toyota, Bubba Wallace, driver of the #23 McDonald's Toyota, Kurt Busch, driver of the #45 Monster Energy Toyota, and Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, drive during practice for the NASCAR Cup Series 64th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2022 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Check out what the Daytona 500 competitors had to say Wednesday, Feb. 16, during media day for the 64th annual Great American Race.

5 Points to Ponder: Where Should the 2023 Clash Be Held?

Busch Clash

Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, drives during practice for the NASCAR Cup Series Busch Light Clash at Los Angeles Coliseum on February 05, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

1. The Clash at the Coliseum was one heck of an exhibition … It’s difficult to overstate how wild it was watching this year’s Busch Light Clash, something I’ve never thought in any previous NASCAR season. “They actually did it,” was the overwhelming thought any time the mind wandered over the weekend. A quarter-mile track, …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: For Me, Clash Broadcast Was a Nightmare to Watch

Kyle Busch takes the green flag to kick off the NASCAR Busch Clash heat races at the LA Colusseum.

(Photo: Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Welcome back to another year of critiquing of motorsports on TV. This will be my 14th year here at Frontstretch, giving you nuggets to think about in regards to race broadcasts. Crazy when you think about it. This past weekend, NASCAR ventured west out to Los Angeles to enter uncharted territory. The Los Angeles Memorial …

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Zach’s Turn: How Does NASCAR Cash in on Clash?

NASCAR Clash at the Coliseum Joey Logano Kyle Larson Justin Haley William Byron

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

LOS ANGELES — From the very start, NASCAR knew trying to race inside the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum was a gamble. The risk was worth it and NASCAR hit the jackpot. The 2022 Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum was an undeniable success. Inside the confines of a football stadium sat over 50,000 spectators, 70% …

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The Underdog House: Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum Previews 2022 NASCAR Underdogs

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

If you would have told me as recently as a year ago that the NASCAR Cup Series would be circling around the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to open 2022, you probably would have gotten a robust laugh from me. Fast forward to this Sunday, Feb. 6, and that far-fetched dream became a reality with the …

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2022 NASCAR Preseason Power Rankings: Nos. 30-21

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

It’s February, which means the NASCAR Cup Series takes to the track to start the 2022 season this month at Daytona International Speedway. With a wide array of driver and team changes from Silly Season alongside more minor personnel tweaks — or even a few lineups that stayed exactly the same — there’s a lot …

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GMS/Petty Merger Called Petty GMS Motorsports

Erik Jones racing at Martinsville Speedway, October, 2021. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The merger between GMS Racing and Richard Petty Motorsports in the NASCAR Cup Series will be referred to as Petty GMS Motorsports, it announced Dec. 7. Richard Petty will serve as chairman of the organization, while the two-car operation will be based out of GMS’ existing property in Statesville, N.C. While Erik Jones‘ No. 43 …

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