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2016 Frontstretch Podcast – Episode 12: 2016 FireKeepers Casino 400/Firestone 600

(Photo: Chris Jones)

Welcome to the Fronstretch Podcast! Racing expert Matt Stallknecht and his rotating panel of guests have you covered from now until the end of the season with all of the main storylines from the motorsports week that was. On this week’s podcast, Aaron Bearden joins Stallknecht on the show to recap the Sprint Cup race at Michigan, IndyCar at Texas, …

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Josef Newgarden Suffers Broken Clavicle, Hand in Texas Crash

(Photo: Chris Jones)

Just 42 laps into the delayed Firestone 600 Sunday afternoon at Texas Motor Speedway, Josef Newgarden and Conor Daly got together, triggering a scary crash that saw Newgarden’s car hit the wall cockpit first. He emerged from his car on his own power but was carried out on a backboard as he waved to the …

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Rossi, Newgarden Top Sunday Practice at IMS

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Alexander Rossi may not be in the Fast 9, but he is fast. Rossi put down a 230.064mph lap to pace Sunday’s pre-qualifying practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. After being bumped from ninth in the final minutes of Saturday’s first round of qualifications, Rossi will qualify for a starting position between 10th and 33rd in …

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Preview: Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

(Photo: Chris Jones/IndyCar)

Verizon IndyCar Series fans, say goodbye to the prestige of tradition at Long Beach, and hello to Lynyrd Skynyrd and Southern hospitality. For the first time this season, the IndyCar is gearing up for a consecutive week of racing. Just seven days removed from a wild afternoon on the streets of Long Beach, IndyCar’s trading in …

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Open-Wheel Wednesday: The “Surprise” Champion, Stellar Seasons and More

Scott Dixon celebrates his race win and championship title at Sonoma

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Huston Ladner: So where does anyone want to begin? Matt Stallknecht: Man… where to even start. Toni Montgomery: Am I the only one who made the mistake of pretty much forgetting all about Scott Dixon? Matt: I completely forgot about him. Toni: And then wondering where the hell he came from. Huston: I doubt it. Matt: I figured …

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Open-Wheel Wednesday: Wrapping Up IndyCar’s Last Month

Photo Credit: Mark Reed

Toni Montgomery: Can we have a quick refresh – what races have they run since our last chat? Toronto and Texas. Did we chat after Detroit last?  Wait – it was before Indy, wasn’t it? OK, that helps – got my bearings. Huston Ladner: I thought we hit upon Indy, but perhaps not. I’d say go with …

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Josef Newgarden Holds Off Teammate, Penske for 2015 Honda Indy Toronto Win

(Photo: Shawn Gritzmacher)

After a double-DNF in Texas, Carpenter-Fisher-Hartman Racing rose to the top of the Verizon IndyCar Series in Toronto. Josef Newgarden, who had suffered 21st-place finishes at both of the previous two races, drove from 11th to the lead in the No. 67 Hartman Oil Chevrolet to win the Honda Indy Toronto. The victory was the …

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

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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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Drivers Weigh-In on Safety After 2015 Indy 500 Practice Crashes

The Month of May is off to a dubious start. Now equipped with aerodynamic enhancements, the current IndyCar machine looks drastically different than any that came before it. The DW12 is also faster than it was last year and appears markedly more unstable following the first three days of practice for the Indianapolis 500. On …

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Josef Newgarden Escapes Violent 2015 Indy 500 Practice Crash

Another day of practice for the Indianapolis 500 brought with it yet another violent-looking crash as Josef Newgarden was the latest victim of the seemingly unstable Chevrolet aero package at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Driving through turn 1, Newgarden saw his car snap loose, loop around, and hit the wall nose first. His Chevrolet then …

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