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Joey Gase Honoring Davey Allison, Driving No. 28 at Talladega

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Joey Gase will honor Davey Allison with a commemorative paint scheme when NASCAR visits Talladega Superspeedway later this month. Gase will drive the No. 28 in both the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity series races at Talladega, Gase announced April 6. The schemes celebrate the life of Allison, who died in a July 1993 helicopter crash, …

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Entry List: 2021 Pennzoil 400

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

After three weeks in Florida, the NASCAR Cup Series heads west to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the Pennzoil 400. There are 38 cars entered for this race, meaning all will qualify, barring any last-minute additions. Among the notable entries are Joey Gase in Rick Ware Racing’s No. 15 Chevrolet and Justin Haley in the …

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Here Are the Changes to the Daytona Road Course Entry Lists

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

In what will likely become a recurring segment at Frontstretch each week, we’ll run down the driver- and team-related changes to the NASCAR entry lists since they were initially posted, in this case last Saturday, Feb. 13. NASCAR Cup Series (Daytona International Speedway road course) –Garrett Smithley will make his season debut this weekend, driving the …

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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 …

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2020 NASCAR Team Reviews: Rick Ware Racing

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

It’s no secret that Rick Ware Racing doesn’t contend for wins every week, but 2020 was still a year to be celebrated for the team. Going into its fifth season of NASCAR Cup Series racing, RWR has undergone massive growth since entering the the top level of NASCAR back in 2017. At the beginning of …

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Here’s an Update on the Previous Comcast Community Champion of the Year Finalists

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Since Comcast entered NASCAR as the entitlement sponsor of the NASCAR Xfinity Series, it’s given back to the community. The company focuses on awarding people within the racing community for philanthropic initiatives via the Comcast Community Champion of the Year award. The award, presented every year during championship week, has been granted to drivers, pit …

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The Underdog House: Ty Dillon Best in Class as Underdogs Run Wild at Talladega

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Top Dog As usual, a NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway resulted in a “Big One.” No, not just a big crash, though there were plenty of those. I’m referring to a big group of underdog teams scattered throughout the top half of the finishing order. Leading the line both literally and figuratively was …

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Chris Buescher Claims Consumers Energy 400 Pole, Joins Parade To Rear

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The rigors of running two races in the same series within 24 hours have forced multiple cars to the rear to begin Sunday’s Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway. By virtue of finishing 20th in Saturday’s FireKeepers Casino 400, Roush Fenway Racing’s Chris Buescher earned the pole for the Consumers Energy 400. However, the …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX, NASCAR Come Face-to-Face With a Social Crisis

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Last weekend was … something else. NASCAR found itself in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Thankfully, the noose in the garage was found not to have been intentionally planted there for intimidation purposes. That said, it was there. I checked my photos from last October in Talladega to see if I noticed anything. …

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Rick Ware Racing Assessed L1 Penalty After Martinsville, 2 Other Teams Fined

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Rick Ware Racing has incurred an L1 penalty following infractions at Martinsville Speedway on June 10. After failing pre-race inspection five times with its No. 51 entry for driver Joey Gase, NASCAR has docked the team 10 owner points, reducing its total to 35 points, but keeping the No. 51 entry in the 38th spot. …

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Entry List: Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The NASCAR Cup Series returns to action just three days after Sunday afternoon’s race in Atlanta, heading north to Martinsville Speedway in Virginia for a Wednesday night event on June 10, 2020. The Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 will be the first ever race held under the lights on the .533-mile, paperclip-shaped oval. It’s the …

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NASCAR 101: Cup’s Best & Worst Since Its Return

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For the first time since its extended break due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NASCAR Cup Series is currently in the midst of its first week-long break from racing. Starting with its return at Darlington Raceway last month, the series embarked on a frenetically paced schedule during which drivers generally had no more than three …

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