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Pace Laps: Elliott’s Win, INDYCAR’s No-Win Situation and Upcoming Eldora

Pace Laps: Elliott’s Win, INDYCAR’s No-Win Situation and Upcoming Eldora

Did you miss an event during this busy week in racing? How about a late-night press release, an important sponsorship rumor, or a juicy piece of news? If you did, you’ve come to the right place! Each week, The Frontstretch will break down the racing, series by series, to bring you the biggest stories that you need to watch going forward for the week ahead. Let our experts help you get up to speed, no matter what series you might ... Read More »

Truckin’ Thursdays: Memorable Series Moments Part III

Truckin’ Thursdays: Memorable Series Moments Part III

Once again this weekend, the Camping World Truck Series sits idle while the Nationwide Series heads off to Iowa as the only of NASCAR’s top three series racing this weekend. And with this week’s only news surrounding the No. 51 failing post-race inspection at Iowa Speedway and the penalty (10-point deduction each for driver Erik Jones and owner Kyle Busch, $5,000 fine and probation until Dec. 31 for crew chief Eric Phillips), now is another chance for us to sit ... Read More »

Tracking the Trucks: American Ethanol 200

Tracking the Trucks: American Ethanol 200

In a Nutshell: Erik Jones took the checkered flag 0.629 seconds ahead of Ryan Blaney to win Friday night’s American Ethanol 200 from Iowa Speedway. Jones led a race-high 131 laps en route to his second career victory. Matt Crafton, Joey Coulter and German Quiroga rounded out the top 5. Who Should Have Won: Erik Jones. Simply put, both Kyle Busch Motorsports trucks were strong most of the night, and the right driver ended up in victory lane. Having started ... Read More »

Truckin’ Thursdays: Five Drivers To Watch At Iowa

Truckin’ Thursdays: Five Drivers To Watch At Iowa

While the Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series drivers head off to New Hampshire, the Camping World Truck Series is headed to Iowa Speedway for a rare race alongside IndyCar. Thanks to that distance, there isn’t a single Cup driver on the entry list for Friday night’s event, and even better, a full field of trucks (38 for 36 spots) is expected at press time. That makes this weekend, with Kyle Busch back East the perfect time for some of the ... Read More »

Truckin’ Thursdays: Memorable Series Moments Part II

Truckin’ Thursdays: Memorable Series Moments Part II

Once again this weekend, the Camping World Truck Series sits idle while the Nationwide and Cup series head off to Daytona International Speedway for the 4th of July weekend. With little in the way of news other than Kyle Larson’s announcement that he’ll be running Eldora (who didn’t see that one coming?) and Kyle Busch’s slap on the wrist for his truck being too low following Kentucky Speedway last Thursday, it’s a great time to take a look at more ... Read More »

Pace Laps: Tire Problems, Harvick’s Nationwide Win and Busch Fails Inspection

Pace Laps: Tire Problems, Harvick’s Nationwide Win and Busch Fails Inspection

Did you miss an event during this busy week in racing? How about a late-night press release, an important sponsorship rumor, or a juicy piece of news? If you did, you’ve come to the right place! Each Monday, The Frontstretch will break down the racing, series by series, to bring you the biggest stories that you need to watch going forward for the week ahead. Let our experts help you get up to speed, no matter what series you might ... Read More »

Truckin’ Thursdays: Memorable Series Moments Part I

Truckin’ Thursdays: Memorable Series Moments Part I

While the Nationwide and Cup series head out west for a visit to Sonoma, the Camping World Truck Series once again sits idle, and until NASCAR adjusts the schedule so these off weeks come along much less frequently, fans are left with quite a bit of downtime in between events. After watching the battle between John Hunter Nemechek and Matt Crafton, German Quiroga and Timothy Peters from Gateway International Speedway last week, I was left thinking about some of the ... Read More »

Tracking the Trucks: Drivin’ For Linemen 200

Tracking the Trucks: Drivin’ For Linemen 200

In a Nutshell: Darrell Wallace, Jr. took the checkered flag 0.329 seconds ahead of German Quiroga to win Saturday night’s Drivin’ For Linemen 200 at Gateway International Speedway. Wallace took the lead for the final time with just three laps remaining and held on for his second career victory. Timothy Peters, Johnny Sauter and Ron Hornaday, Jr. rounded out the top 5. Who Should Have Won: Simply put, Darrell Wallace, Jr. had one of the strongest trucks in the field ... Read More »

Pace Laps: Hendrick Horsepower, RHR’s Rebound and a Surprise Nationwide Winner

Pace Laps: Hendrick Horsepower, RHR’s Rebound and a Surprise Nationwide Winner

Sprint Cup Series: Power and Tires - Enzo Ferrari once stated that aerodynamics are for people who don’t know how to build engines.  That may be a paraphrasing of the Italian icon’s words, but you get the idea.  This concept could not be found in better evidence than after the Sprint Cup race at Michigan.  How’s that?  Because Hendrick engines powered nine of the top 13 cars.  That’s nearly 70% of the top of the order.  Throw in Danica Patrick’s 17th-place ... Read More »

Truckin’ Thursdays: Eric Phillips Shines as Crew Chief

Truckin’ Thursdays: Eric Phillips Shines as Crew Chief

Kyle Busch’s victory in last weekend’s SFP 250 marked his 37th in the Camping World Truck Series. Depending on which side of the coin you fall, that will either make you groan, or it will make you smile. Perhaps what was more important coming out of that trip to victory lane, was that it was crew chief Eric Phillips’ 29th career win, making him the winningest crew chief in Truck Series history. Needless to say, Phillips was elated with the trip to ... Read More »