Race Weekend Central

The Underdog House: Michael McDowell Nearly Goes 2-For-2 on Superspeedways in 2021

Michael McDowell waves standing on pit road at Las Vegas. Photo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Top Dog: Michael McDowell If a 2021 handbook were written on how to survive superspeedway racing, Michael McDowell would likely be the author thus far. February’s Daytona 500 Cinderella victor came just one push away from besting fellow Ford stablemate Brad Keselowski Sunday (April 25) for the win at Talladega Superspeedway. “It means a lot,” …

Read more

Kaz Grala’s Talladega Top 10 ‘Another Piece of the Puzzle’ for Full-Time Ride

2021 Talladega I Cup Kaz Grala JJ Yeley Timmy Hill racing NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Both Kaz Grala and Kaulig Racing continue to impress in each of their NASCAR Cup Series outings. Grala piloted Kaulig’s No. 16 Chevy to a sixth-place finish in the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on April 25, the best Cup finish to date for the young driver and team. The result completed a stellar weekend …

Read more

Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2021 GEICO 500

Matt DiBenedetto, William Byron and Denny Hamlin race three-wide at Talladega Superspeedway, October 2020. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

After three weeks of short track racing, NASCAR Cup Series drivers travel to Alabama this weekend to take on the largest track on the circuit: Talladega Superspeedway. Let’s get your daily fantasy NASCAR DraftKings lineups set for the GEICO 500, airing on Sunday, April 25 at 2 p.m. ET. The 2.66-mile course is wider than …

Read more

Part-Time Pains: Kaz Grala Talks Racing Cup at Talladega, Future NASCAR Goals

#16: Kaz Grala, Kaulig Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Hyperice

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Kaz Grala continues to run part-time in NASCAR this season, primarily in the Cup Series for Kaulig Racing. After a brake-line fire near his right-rear tire ended his night in the Daytona 500, Grala is back this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway (April 24-25) looking to complete his first 500-mile event. Grala also competed in the …

Read more

Here Are the Changes to the Daytona Road Course Entry Lists

Pack Racing during the 2021 Busch Clash

(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 …

Read more

Thursday End in Heartbreak as 4 Drivers Fail to Qualify for Daytona 500

Ty Dillon Misses Daytona 500 in Duel I in 2021 Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

It was a tale of two Bluegreen Vacations Duels at Daytona International Speedway. Duel one was a calm, caution-free affair. Duel two featured two cautions and included three of the four open teams being involved in those cautions. It resulted in both drivers that were already locked into the field racing their way into the …

Read more

Austin Dillon Nabs 2nd Daytona Duel Win, Kaz Grala Qualifies for 500

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Austin Dillon won on a crossover move in NASCAR overtime to win the second Bluegreen Vacations Duel at Daytona International Speedway to set the field for Sunday’s (Feb. 14) Daytona 500. He bested Bubba Wallace, who debuted a fast No. 23 23XI Racing Toyota. Dillon is seeking his second Daytona 500 victory. He will start …

Read more

Kaz Grala Snags Hyperice Sponsorship for Daytona 500 Attempt

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Kaz Grala will carry Hyperice sponsorship in the 2021 Daytona 500, Kaulig Racing announced Feb. 8. Grala, 22, will carry the technology company on the No. 16 while attempting to qualify for his first Daytona 500 and second career NASCAR Cup Series start. “I’ve been using Hyperice products for a couple years now to complement …

Read more

The Underdog House: Potential 2021 Daytona 500 Cinderellas

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The Dark Horse Field When the NASCAR Cup Series heads to Daytona International Speedway for the 2021 version of the Great American Race, 36 teams walk in breathing easy. The charter they own guarantees them an automatic spot in the Daytona 500 no matter how slow their car is or if they wreck in their …

Read more

Stock Car Scoop: New Drivers Entering Daytona 500

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Two NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers recently announced they will be attempting to make their first Daytona 500 start. Who are these two drivers? Find out in the latest edition of Stock Car Scoop.  Frontstretch‘s podcast focused on the motorsports news of the week also will reveal which former Camping World Truck Series driver is coming …

Read more

Sign up for the Frontstretch Newsletter

A daily email update (Monday through Friday) providing racing news, commentary, features, and information from Frontstretch.com