NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Kyle Benjamin Fastest In 1st XFINITY Series Practice at Iowa

bejna

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Kyle Benjamin is picking up from where he left off at Pocono Raceway two weeks ago. The rookie went to the top of the scoring pylon at Iowa Speedway early Friday afternoon, setting the pace at 23.966 seconds prior to the Ethanol E15 250. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver is coming off a pole award in his …

Read more

XFINITY Breakdown: Denny Hamlin Wins Photo Finish Thriller Over William Byron

Hamlin Byron Michigan

NASCAR Images

In a race where strategy was key at Michigan International Speedway, it came down to the final corner of the last lap between one of NASCAR’s most experienced drivers, Denny Hamlin, and its young superstar-in-waiting, William Byron. Their XFINITY Series battle came down to a photo finish. Hamlin was dominating Stage 3 until a debris …

Read more

Sam Hornish Jr. Returning to Team Penske in XFINITY Series

2016 Iowa Speedway NXS Sam Hornish Jr. burnout photo credit NASCAR via Getty Images

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

A familiar face will be seen in the Team Penske shop this summer. The team announced Thursday morning (June 15) that it has signed former driver Sam Hornish Jr. to a three-race deal in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. The Defiance, Ohio, native is slated to drive the No. 22 Ford Mustang at both of the …

Read more

2-Headed Monster: Should NASCAR Race in the Rain?

2016 Mid Ohio Sports Car Course NXS photo credit NASCAR via Getty Images

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

We’ve seen the XFINITY Series race in the rain before, but Saturday’s race at Mid-Ohio was on a whole ‘nother level. Drivers spun out left and right, others fought non-working windshield wipers, and still others made pit stops and put on slicks hoping that when the rain ended they could zoon out to the lead. When all was said …

Read more

XFINITY Breakdown: Justin Marks Slips & Slides to NASCAR Glory

justin marks

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

Well, no one said it would be easy to get your first NASCAR XFINITY Series win. But chances are Justin Marks didn’t think he’d have to slip and slide through the rain to do it. Saturday (Aug. 13) at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, amid a wet-and-wild track surface and after a final restart with two …

Read more

Couch Potato Tuesday: IMS Gives NBCSN Little to Work With

2016 Indianapolis Cup Greg Biffle Carl Edwards racing Logan Whitton NKP

(Photo: Logan Whitton / NKP)

Indianapolis Motor Speedway has plenty of history in regards to open wheel racing.  100 Indianapolis 500s have been run.  These races have ranged from the boring to the exciting, from the safe to the tragic.  Today, the Indianapolis 500 is one of the must-watch races of the year.  There’s a reason why 350,000 people showed …

Read more

Friday Faceoff: Who’s the Best Driver Without a Ride?

MIS NXS PoleWinner 061116

(Photo: Daniel Shirey/NASCAR via Getty Images)

NASCAR said after the races at Iowa this weekend that it’s “happy with the status of Iowa” Speedway as a standalone XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series date. But does the track need a Sprint Cup date, and at what track’s expense? Jeff Wolfe, Senior Writer: I don’t know if Iowa necessarily needs a Cup date. The …

Read more

2-Headed Monster: Car or Driver – Which Propelled Sam Hornish to Victory Lane in Iowa?

hornish iowa win

(Photo: Brett Moist / NKP)

Trivia time: who won the ninth XFINITY race for Joe Gibbs Racing in 2016? No, it’s not Kyle Busch. Not Erik Jones. No to Denny Hamlin and it wasn’t Daniel Suarez. How about the one-off, hasn’t-raced-since-November Sam Hornish Jr.? That’s the one. Hornish went out and dominated the field in Iowa last Sunday, leading 183 …

Read more

Iowa Winner Sam Hornish, Jr. Among Teams Penalized by NASCAR

2016 Iowa Speedway NXS Sam Hornish Jr. burnout photo credit NASCAR via Getty Images

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

Another race winner was hit with a penalty by NASCAR on Wednesday. Sam Hornish, Jr.’s No. 18 XFINITY Series team was among six penalized for having modified body panels. The issue was caught in post-race inspection. The No. 1 team of Elliott Sadler, No. 7 team of Justin Allgaier, No. 20 team of Erik Jones, …

Read more

5 Points to Ponder: Wine Country and the Power of a Win

2016 Phoenix I CUP Joey Logano Matthew T Thacker NKP

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

ONE: 11 to Go After the off-week for Sprint Cup, it’s back at it this weekend at Sonoma Raceway in picturesque wine country (more on that below). In total, we have 11 races to go before the Chase and ten race winners to date, so there’s still plenty of time for those on the outside looking in …

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

Frontstretch