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Pace Laps: NASCAR Innovation, IndyCar Iowa, and More

Pace Laps: NASCAR Innovation, IndyCar Iowa, and More

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 »

Axxess Pharma to Sponsor Cole Whitt, BK Racing

Axxess Pharma to Sponsor Cole Whitt, BK Racing

BK Racing announced on Wednesday that Axxess Pharma, through wholly-owned subsidiary AllStar Health Brands, has signed on to be the primary sponsor on the No. 26 Toyota driven by Cole Whitt (pictured above at Kansas) in this weekend’s Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The sponsorship will spotlight the company’s TapouT Muscle Recovery product. In addition, the company will return as the primary sponsor at Phoenix in November. Cole Whitt is happy to have Axxess Pharma ... Read More »

Newberry to Make Nationwide Series Debut at New Hampshire

Newberry to Make Nationwide Series Debut at New Hampshire

NTS Motorsports announced on Wednesday that Brennan Newberry, who currently competes full-time in the K&N Pro Series East and part-time in the Camping World Truck Series, will drive the No. 55 Chevrolet Camaro in Saturday’s Nationwide Series Sta-Green 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for Viva Motorsports/SS-Green Light Racing. Newberry, who will be locked into the race on owners’ points, will be making his Nationwide Series debut.  Sponsorship will be provided by Qore-24, a brand of hand sanitizer that sponsors ... Read More »

Beyond the Cockpit: Landon Cassill on NASCAR Sponsorship And Home Renovation

Beyond the Cockpit: Landon Cassill on NASCAR Sponsorship And Home Renovation

Landon Cassill has had an up-and-down career in NASCAR’s top three National Series. Seven years ago, Cassill was an 18-year-old prodigy in Hendrick Motorsports’ driver development program. In 2007, he started six then-Busch Series races for Hendrick Motorsports in either their Nos. 5 or 24 Chevrolets, sponsored by the National Guard. The results showed a green driver without a lot of experience, someone who was learning on the job. However, Hendrick Motorsports gave Cassill more seat time, fielding cars for ... Read More »

Brian France Addresses Media in Daytona

Brian France Addresses Media in Daytona

NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France doesn’t often address the media at events.  However, he likes to come to Daytona International Speedway each year and give an update on NASCAR.  France’s State of the Sport address has since become an annual part of the Coke Zero 400 weekend. On Saturday, France did not make any big announcements during his roughly 30 minutes of media availability, but he did talk about a number of topics pertainent to the Sprint Cup Series ... Read More »

Central Florida Weather, Uncertainity Breeds Aggressiveness

Central Florida Weather, Uncertainity Breeds Aggressiveness

In NASCAR, restrictor plate races, even under ideal circumstances, are quite unpredictable. The draft allows almost anyone that can spark their engine and afford tires ($2000 a set these days) a chance to win if they can play their cards right. But, all plate races are not the same. Even with the repave prior to the 2011 season at Daytona, races on the older 2.5-mile tri-oval still tend to be less competitive than at Talladega. Why is that? The fact that ... Read More »

Coke Zero 400 Postponed to 11 AM Sunday

Coke Zero 400 Postponed to 11 AM Sunday

Saturday afternoon at Daytona International Speedway dawned warm and sunny.  Unfortunately, the thunderstorms first showed up at the track around 1:30 in the afternoon.  Lightning struck close to the track, forcing many of the activities for fans in the Midway to shut down prematurely. The rains eventually stopped, but rain clouds were never all that far away from the track.  Around 4pm, the rains returned.  This time, they had staying power, delaying Lee Brice’s pre-race concert and driver introductions.  However, ... Read More »

Gilliland Claims Coke Zero 400 Pole In Rain-Shortened Session

Gilliland Claims Coke Zero 400 Pole In Rain-Shortened Session

Despite the rain shower (and multi-car crash caused by it) that ended Nationwide Series Qualifying early, the track was dry and ready to go for Group Qualifying for the Sprint Cup Series.  Unfortunately, it didn’t stay that way for long. The first usage of group qualifying at Daytona for Cup resulted in a series of fast laps, followed by posturing and gamesmanship.  Large packs of cars would drive around the 2.5-mile tri-oval at speeds normally seen on the nearby interstates, ... Read More »

McMurray Quickest in Sprint Cup Practice, Happy Hour Rained Out

McMurray Quickest in Sprint Cup Practice, Happy Hour Rained Out

As midday gradually moved towards late afternoon at Daytona International Speedway, somewhat traditional storm clouds gathered to the west over the Pine Barrens of Central and Western Volusia County.  Those storms just strafed the track right as teams were about to pull out onto pit road for the start of practice.  About eight to ten cars made it out to pit road before NASCAR announced the suspension of the session.  Those drivers had to hang a U-turn and drive back ... Read More »

Scott Fastest in Nationwide Series Practice

Scott Fastest in Nationwide Series Practice

In the heat of the day on Thursday afternoon, 45 Nationwide Series teams took to the 2.5 mile tri-oval that is Daytona Internationals Speedway for their only practice session, two hours of grinding and searching to see who was best in the draft.  Ultimately, the speeds may not matter all that much on the surface, but they could be important should qualifying Friday be rained out. All of the fastest laps occurred in the frantic first few minutes of the ... Read More »