NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: 2015 Chase Edition

2015 Richmond II CUP Kevin harvick car CIA

(CIA Stock Photography, 2015)

So here we are heading into the first race of the Chase at Chicagoland on Sunday and the good news is that going in, there is may be not one clear cut favorite. If this had been done by the old pre-Chase points system, Kevin Harvick would pretty much have things wrapped up with 10 …

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Paul Menard, Richard Childress Racing Renew Contract for 2016

2014 Richmond II CUP Paul Menard car CIA

(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. ©2015)

On the eve of what may be their first Chase appearance with Paul Menard, Richard Childress Racing announced that they will be bringing the Wisconsin native back for a sixth season in 2016, with family sponsor Menard’s returning to sponsor the No. 27 ride. According to an article on, RCR and Menard have a …

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NASCAR 101: Can Anyone Clinch a Chase Spot with a Win?

2015 Darlington CUP Jeff Gordon car CIA

Photo Credit: CIA Stock Photography

You’ve heard it all year: win and you’re in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Well, this weekend marks the final chance for a driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series to do so. By scoring a victory, while also being inside the top 30 in points and having attempted every race of the season …

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2015 Chase for the Sprint Cup Clinch Scenarios

2015 Richmond I CUP Kurt Busch wins credit NASCAR via Getty Images

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will invade Richmond International Raceway this weekend for the final regular season race on the 2015 calendar. That means numerous drivers who have not already locked themselves into the Chase will be eager to do so on Saturday night. NASCAR released the clinch scenarios for this weekend’s race: Regardless of …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Southern 500

2015 Darlington CUP Carl Edwards champagne CIA

(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. ©2015)

Who’s in the headline – While Carl Edwards’s name appears in the headlines, it is his pit crew that deserves the accolades. The new aero package provided some great racing and passing opportunities, but the race came down to an eight-lap dash for the cash. Fresh tires were good enough for 15–20 laps, so whoever …

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2015 Southern 500 Retro Paint Scheme Photo Gallery

Brad Keselowski and Kasey Kahne Darlington Cup Retro 2015 Mike Neff 136

(Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch)

NASCAR 101: Xfinity Series Getting Into Throwback Spirit, Too

2014 Darlington NNS Chase Elliott wins CIA

(Photo: CIA Stock Photography)

Much of the hullabaloo over this weekend’s racing at Darlington Raceway revolves around the sheer girth of throwback events and paint schemes that will populate the Southern 500 for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series come Sunday night. As the race re-assumes its historic Labor Day weekend date, the sanctioning body and its teams are celebrating …

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Tweet ‘N’ Greet: Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Danica Patrick and More!

Paul Menard hoists the NASCAR XFINITY Series trophy at Road America August 29, 2015

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Each week, Frontstretch will scour Twitter and other social media platforms looking for some of the best posts from your favorite NASCAR personalities, drivers and media members from all across the industry. These were some of our favorite posts from this week and we hope you enjoy them too! Nice weekend for our @FedEx team …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Standalone Road Races Show Deficiencies

NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers take the green flag at Road America August 29, 2015

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Last weekend, the Sprint Cup Series took the week off to relax, vacation, and in the case of Chad Knaus and Matt DiBenedetto, get hitched. Meanwhile, the Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series dealt with the twisties. Before we started, NBCSN’s Robin Miller did the voiceover on this tribute to Justin Wilson that aired on …

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Pace Laps: Heartbreaking Losses and Replacement Drivers

Juan Pablo Montoya on track at Sonoma (credit: IndyCar)

(Photo: IndyCar)

IndyCar: Montoya Critical of Himself, INDYCAR Following Championship Loss – 1.179 seconds. That’s all that separated Juan Pablo Montoya from a Verizon IndyCar Series championship. Montoya, who led the points from the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in March, lost the championship in a tiebreaker to four-time champion Scott Dixon following a sixth-place finish …

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