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Pace Laps: Pocono Oddity, Iowa Adventures, Ohio Excellence, and More

Cup: Strange Results from Pocono It’s not a surprise that Dale Earnhardt, Jr. won at Pocono.  He raced with the leaders all race long and his crew chief, Steve Letarte, made a brilliant strategy call that put him in the best position to win. But what about the rest of the field? Kyle Busch completed just 23 laps before his engine lost its song and he parked his car. And in Jimmie Johnson‘s case, is Chad Knaus testing out some ... Read More »

Nationwide Breakdown: U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa

Nationwide Breakdown: U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa

From Iowa to Pocono, Brad Keselowski never lacked in speed. The Team Penske driver flew in from the Sprint Cup weekend at the Pennsylvania triangle and then flew to victory lane in the Nationwide Series race on Saturday night in the U.S. Cellular 250. Keselowski led the most laps (146 of 250) and overtook Michael McDowell with two laps to go to grab his third win of the season. McDowell had taken two tires on his final pit stop to ... Read More »

Nuts for Nationwide: Ty Dillon Rises Again

Nuts for Nationwide: Ty Dillon Rises Again

From Volusia to Atlanta to Indianapolis, Ty Dillon seemingly has already learned to seize big game moments. “Prime Time Ty” has quickly become familiar with having to dig deep, find that killer instinct and do what might be deemed the impossible in beating the older more experienced crowd. Big game moments often create the heroes and the zeros. When a title is on the line or victory is within grasp, always be on the lookout for that someone who will ... Read More »

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Lilly Diabetes 250

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Lilly Diabetes 250

Ty Dillon would return the legendary No. 3 back to Victory Lane at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway after gaining the lead on a late restart with just 25 laps to go to score his first career Nationwide Series win in the Lilly Diabetes 250. Dillon, who led 24 laps on the afternoon, held off a surging Kyle Busch by .833 seconds to score the victory. Matt Kenseth would come home third while Kevin Harvick, who had the dominant car most ... Read More »

Nuts for Nationwide: Nationwide Series at the Brickyard Just Doesn’t Fit

Nuts for Nationwide: Nationwide Series at the Brickyard Just Doesn’t Fit

The Nationwide Series winner at Daytona International Speedway the day before the Daytona 500 doesn’t get a Harley J. Earl trophy. The victor at Darlington Raceway the day before the Southern 500 isn’t rewarded with his name and face emblazoned on the Johnny Mantz trophy. So why the Nationwide Series winner at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is allowed to kiss the bricks (thankfully the trophy is different), just like the following day’s Brickyard 400 winners, is beyond me. There has always ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Gives Nationwide Regulars Rare Respect

Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Gives Nationwide Regulars Rare Respect

Last weekend, the Sprint Cup Series had their final off-weekend of the season. While some drivers took the week off and went off on vacation, others were still on the track. And some writers, like myself, were even busier than on a normal weekend with a Cup race. That’s because Chicagoland Speedway hosted a doubleheader on Saturday, with the ARCA Racing Series serving as support to a 300-mile Nationwide Series race. FOX Sports 2 and ESPN were the sites of ... Read More »

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 »

Nationwide Breakdown: EnjoyIllinois.com 300

Nationwide Breakdown: EnjoyIllinois.com 300

Chase Elliott had chances at winning the last few weeks go out the window when he ran out of fuel on more than one occasion. Saturday night at Chicagoland Speedway in the EnjoyIllinois.com 300, however, the No. 9 team played the pit road strategy perfectly to put themselves out front when it mattered the most. Elliott led a race-high 85 of 200 laps to earn his third win of the 2014 season and made it seven for JR Motorsports. On ... Read More »

Nuts for Nationwide: Erik Jones to Make Series Debut

Nuts for Nationwide: Erik Jones to Make Series Debut

Erik Jones will make his Nationwide Series debut this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway with Joe Gibbs Racing, and I for one am hoping to see him obliterate the field. I’m talking lead every practice session, qualify on the pole and then go wire-to-wire. After all, he will be driving (practically) a Cup-lite car capable of the feat and Jones is no slouch behind the wheel. So why not go crazy this weekend and make an entrance worth talking about? This ... Read More »

Mirror Driving: Dominance, Age Limits, and This Is Only a Test?

Mirror Driving: Dominance, Age Limits, and This Is Only a Test?

Welcome to Mirror Driving. Every week, your favorite columnists sit down and give their opinion about the latest NASCAR news, rumors and controversy. Love us or hate us, make a comment below and tell us how you feel about what we’ve said! This Week’s Participants: Amy Henderson (Mondays / The Big Six & Wednesdays / The Frontstretch Five & Fridays / Holding A Pretty Wheel & Frontstretch Managing Editor) Phil Allaway (Tuesdays / Couch Potato Tuesday & Frontstretch Newsletter Editor) ... Read More »