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Author Archives: Joseph Wolkin

Joseph started with Fronstretch in August and contributes to the Up to Speed section. The author of "Nuts for Nationwide," he also writes for multiple websites including Motorsport.com and Speedway Digest. A native of Whitestone, New York, Joseph is the main editor of his school newspaper, "The Communiqué" and has been writing about NASCAR for over two years.
Nuts for Nationwide: Gearing up for 2015 Changes

Nuts for Nationwide: Gearing up for 2015 Changes

The 2015 season is rapidly approaching, and a new year is often accompanied by changes. Sometimes, enhancements are necessary. Other times, not so much. At the conclusion of this year, NASCAR will have a new title sponsor for their second-tier division with Comcast’s XFINITY product taking over for Nationwide Insurance. But with the change of logos is going to come a new qualifying procedure. This year, the top 30 cars in the season’s owner point standings were locked into each ... Read More »

Should’ve, Could’ve, Would’ve for Hendrick Motorsports

Should’ve, Could’ve, Would’ve for Hendrick Motorsports

Four cars. Each one of them being fully funded by multi-million dollar companies. But something went very wrong and it wasn’t the new playoff format. A nightmare is probably an understatement for what happened to Hendrick Motorsports during the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Three of their four drivers were eliminated from the Chase after having a realistic shot to have all four of them contend for the championship. Brad Keselowski walked off into the Talladega sunset after his victory, leaving ... Read More »

Nuts for Nationwide: RAB Racing & James Buescher Looking to Get Back to Consistency

Nuts for Nationwide: RAB Racing & James Buescher Looking to Get Back to Consistency

The NASCAR Nationwide Series season is off for two weeks, and it is much-needed for plenty of teams. While gearing up for the final three races of the 2014 season, organizations will have a chance to prepare new things for next year, hoping to get an edge on their competitors. Entering this season, RAB Racing was set to have a breakout performance. But after an impressive season with Alex Bowman behind the wheel for all but one race last year, things ... Read More »

Kaz Grala to Race for Ben Kennedy Racing in 2015

Kaz Grala to Race for Ben Kennedy Racing in 2015

Kaz Grala will be running with a different organization in 2015. Grala, 15, announced on Thursday morning that he will be joining forces with Ben Kennedy Racing. Although sponsorship details were not immediately announced, he will be replacing Kenzie Ruston with the organization. “Ben Kennedy and Mike Fritts have done a great job making Ben Kennedy Racing a top NASCAR K&N Pro Series East team,” said  Grala in a press release. “I couldn’t be more excited for the 2015 season. Being ... Read More »

Christian PaHud Captures Victory Thanks to Opportunity with Michael Waltrip and Bill McAnally

Christian PaHud Captures Victory Thanks to Opportunity with Michael Waltrip and Bill McAnally

Christian PaHud isn’t the average 21-year-old race car driver. With the help of the Peak Stock Car Dream Challenge held by Michael Waltrip Racing, this young man was able to do something that very few have done over the past few years. Making his NASCAR K&N Pro Series debut during the NAPA Auto Parts 150 at All American Speedway in California, PaHud sat on the pole after participating in a test just days before the 150-lap event. Entered in the ... Read More »

Brad Keselowski and Tony Stewart Penalized for Charlotte Postrace Actions

Brad Keselowski and Tony Stewart Penalized for Charlotte Postrace Actions

On Tuesday afternoon, NASCAR announced that Brad Keselowski and Tony Stewart will be penalized for actions taken at the Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday evening following the Bank of America 500. Keselowski had been fined $50,000, while Stewart will receive discipline of $25,000. Both drivers will also be on probation until Nov. 12 – spanning the next four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. During the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte, Keselowski was having intense battles with Joe Gibbs Racing ... Read More »

Nuts for Nationwide: Regan Smith’s 2015 Could Be His Most Important Year Yet

Nuts for Nationwide: Regan Smith’s 2015 Could Be His Most Important Year Yet

Silly season might not have been silly enough for Regan Smith. But that’s OK – for now. Smith, 31, just signed a one-year extension with JR Motorsports to drive the No. 7 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Nationwide Series again in 2015. Next year will mark his third consecutive season with the organization after getting the boot with Furniture Row Racing in the Sprint Cup Series when it chose 2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kurt Busch to replace him. Returning to ... Read More »

Nuts for Nationwide: Another Earnhardt Starting to Make a Name for Himself

Nuts for Nationwide: Another Earnhardt Starting to Make a Name for Himself

Within the modern era of stock car racing, it takes plenty of money to be successful. Having “Earnhardt” as one’s last name should help that – at least you would think. However, that isn’t always the case. Jeffrey Earnhardt, grandson of the late Dale Earnhardt and son of Kerry Earnhardt, has been trying to make a name for himself over the past few years, despite the fame – or at least recognition – that comes with the family name. Despite ... Read More »

Nuts for Nationwide: Ben Rhodes Could Be Turner Scott’s Next Big Thing

Nuts for Nationwide: Ben Rhodes Could Be Turner Scott’s Next Big Thing

Ben Rhodes is getting ready to move up the ranks. The 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion is likely making the jump to a higher level soon – perhaps to the NASCAR XFINITY Series or the Camping World Truck Series. At 17, he won’t even be approved to race at Daytona in either division since he becomes an 18-year-old on the same day as the inaugural race of the XFINITY Series. So with results similar to 2013 K&N Pro Series ... Read More »

Travis Kvapil to Race for BK Racing at Dover; Truex Future Uncertain

Travis Kvapil to Race for BK Racing at Dover; Truex Future Uncertain

BK Racing team owner Ron Devine has confirmed that Ryan Truex will not be entered in the No. 83 Toyota Camry this weekend at Dover International Speedway. Travis Kvapil, who piloted the car for the organization at Loudon, will be behind the wheel for the second straight weekend. “We’re just trying some things with the No. 83 team,” Devine said by phone on Tuesday afternoon. “We’re just trying to make it a little better. Ryan is a great driver. We are ... Read More »