Race Weekend Central

Beside the Rising Tide: Curious and Curiouser 

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NASCAR’s Gander Outdoor Truck Series often provides the best racing of any given weekend’s slate. But if you go by the ratings and attendance at the truck events, the series seems to be teetering on the precipice of obscurity few envisioned when the series made its bombastic debut back in 1995. After all, the three …

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Tracking the Trucks: Sweet Redemption for Ross Chastain at Gateway

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In a Nutshell: Just one week after having a win at Iowa Speedway stripped, Ross Chastain scored his second victory for Niece Motorsports at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway Saturday night. The driver of the No. 45 Chevrolet had to hold off hard-charging Kyle Busch Motorsports teammates Christian Eckes and Todd Gilliland on the …

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4 Burning Questions: Is There a Safety Issue Brewing?

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Is there a carbon monoxide problem in NASCAR? In the NASCAR Xfinity Series race this past weekend, Brandon Brown was on track in the middle of the second stage at Iowa Speedway when his engine went sour. The Virginian’s cockpit began to fill with smoke. Brown thought he could still get something out of the …

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Friday Faceoff: Will Taking Away Wins Serve Its Intended Purpose?

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For the first time in over 20 years, NASCAR disqualified a race winner following post race inspection. Will it deter teams from pushing the envelope too much? Frank Velat: Not likely. There’s too much to be gained with a win. Al Niece had a less than enthusiastic response to the team getting bustedm but I get the …

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Myatt Snider Filling In for Johnny Sauter At Gateway

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Myatt Snider returns to the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series this weekend, ThorSport Racing announced Thursday, June 20. Snider will wheel the No. 13 truck for the team at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway Saturday, June 22, in place of the suspended Johnny Sauter. The news comes after Sauter’s one-race suspension due to his …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Jeremy Clements Chats Season-Best Finish at Iowa

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff break down a wild weekend of racing at Iowa Speedway where the NASCAR Xfinity and Gander Outdoors Truck Series took center stage. Ross Chastain was victorious in the truck race…. or so we thought, until NASCAR deemed the truck to be too low in the front. …

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Odds & Ends Around the Track: Farewell to DW Edition & Sonoma

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This time every year NASCAR fans are ready for a change of networks. We say farewell to FOX for the season and farewell to Darrell Waltrip forever on television coverage of NASCAR. Just as he did during his racing career, DW moves the needle. Love him or hate him, you will never be bored by …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Will Sonoma Match the Same Intensity Seen On The “Roval”?

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This weekend not only marks the first road course event of the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season but the first since the ROVAL back in September. Road course racing always brings out the best drivers, testing their skill and patience. Last season, the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL put on arguably the craziest race …

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Johnny Sauter Suspended for One Race by NASCAR

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NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series veteran Johnny Sauter was suspended Tuesday (June 18) for one race by series officials. The punishment comes two days after he and Austin Hill tangled in Sunday’s M&M’s 200 at Iowa. Although he will miss this weekend’s Gateway 200, Sauter remains eligible for the NASCAR playoffs and championship. The driver …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Sports 1 Has an Adventurous Sunday in Iowa

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For the most part, drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series had a pretty easy weekend. Some of them hung out at their homes or vacationed with their kids. Kurt Busch went to France to check out the 24 Hours of Le Mans. I’m pretty sure that Chip Ganassi is not in a good …

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