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Carolina Nationals Day 1 Roundup

NHRA 2015 Charlotte JR Todd Jimi Hendrix Foundation dragster closeup credit Toni Montgomery

Photo Credit: Toni Montgomery, Frontstretch

The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series’ Countdown to One begins this weekend at zMax Dragway with the Carolina Nationals. Our own Toni Montgomery is on-site with an update on Friday’s activities. JR Todd and Kalitta Motorsports unveiled the Jimi Hendrix Foundation Purple Haze dragster (pictured above); the team will campaign the car in the …

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Pace Laps: Southern 500 Success, Denny Hamlin’s Dominance and the Busy NHRA Weekend

2015 Darlington CUP Carl Edwards celebrates CIA

Photo Credit: CIA Stock Photography

Cup Series: Darlington Lives Up to the Hype – All of the hype leading up to Sunday night’s Southern 500 put NASCAR in a win or lose situation. With so much excitement brewing for the throwback weekend theme, the action on the track, desperately needed to entertain, and entertain it did. Leading up to the race …

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Pace Laps: Austin Dillon Wreck Safety Success Story or Catalyst for Change?

2015 Daytona II CUP Austin Dillon Dale Earnhardt Jr Kasey Kahne Paul Menard racing CIA

Photo Credit: CIA Stock Photography

Did you miss an event during this busy week in racing? How about a late-night press release, an important sponsorship rumor, or a juicy piece of news? If you did, you’ve come to the right place! Each Monday, Frontstretch will break down the racing, series by series, to bring you the biggest stories that you …

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Nitro Shots: It’s Not Age, It’s Experience

NHRA 2015 New Hampshire Winners Force Schumacher Anderson courtesy NHRA media

(Photo Courtesy: NHRA Media)

NHRA is a little unique among the major motorsports sanctions. Of the three Mello Yello Drag Racing Series winners last weekend in Epping, the youngest was Tony Schumacher at 45. Pro Stock winner Greg Anderson is 54 and John Force is 66. It was not some sort of fluke that three drivers aged 45 and …

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Pace Laps: Stop & Go at Michigan, Kyle Busch is Back, Champions Prevail

2015 Michigan I CUP Justin Allgaier riding squeegee CIA

Photo Credit: CIA Stock Photography

Sprint Cup Pace Laps: Raining On NASCAR’s Parade… But Not Kurt’s – You’ve got to feel for NASCAR, who was damned if they did and damned if they didn’t Sunday at Michigan. With a forecast that called for “pop-up showers” it was silly to postpone the Sprint Cup race until Monday; the easy decision was to …

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Pace Laps: Finally, Milestones, Big Home Track Wins & Rainy Days

2015 Pocono I CUP Dale Earnhardt Jr Austin Dillon pack racing CIA

(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. ©2015)

Sprint Cup Series: Fourth Time’s The Charm – Finally. Martin Truex Jr. took his next step toward title contention this season by doing what race winners do: close the deal. Three straight times, Truex had led the most laps in a Cup Series race only to come up short. At Kansas, it was pit strategy and a …

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Nitro Shots: Can’t We Work This Out?

NHRA 2015 Boosted versus Cutty credit Toni Montgomery

(Photo: Toni Montgomery, Frontstretch)

I know I have covered the Street Outlaws ground before, but I have one more good point to make. My example might not be strictly NHRA; however, I think it still applies. Once again, the NHRA’s stance toward the show is completely understandable. Street racing, even if it is understood to be a staged portrayal, …

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Nitro Shots: Keeping the Wheels on the Ground

2015 NHRA Larry Dixon car shot credit NHRA Media

Photo Credit: NHRA Media

Drag racer Tina Pierce wrecked Saturday night at an IHRA event. Almost immediately, video circulated on the internet and social media, prompting unfortunate comments from some male readers. Granted, they were not in the majority, but they were disturbing, saying things like “this is why women shouldn’t race” and that she could not drive. Pierce, …

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Pace Laps: The Crazy Crash Edition

2015 Phoenix I NXS Joey Logano burnout credit NASCAR via Getty Images

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

Xfinity Series: Cup Series Dominance Continues – Nothing could stop Joey Logano from winning at Phoenix on Saturday. Nothing. The unstoppable Team Penske No. 22 car has been in the top five for each race this year, and it has three straight finishes of first or second. But what is so remarkable about Logano’s feat in the …

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Nitro Shots: Heroes and Zeroes

NHRA 2015 Drew Skillman car shot

Rookie Pro Stock driver Drew Skillman just continues to impress. In his first Pro Stock outing at Pomona two weeks ago, he made it all the way to the finals, defeating teammate and defending world champion Erica Enders-Stevens in the semifinals. He lost to veteran Jason Line that day, but he certainly got everyone’s attention. …

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