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Racing to the Point: Aric Almirola Adds Another Asterisk

Racing to the Point: Aric Almirola Adds Another Asterisk

Every sport has its share of asterisks. There are always going to be games, races and matches that don’t end to our satisfaction, records that are cheaply broken and even legacies that are called into question. Baseball deals with the term more than any other sport. Alex Rodriguez could actually trademark the asterisk at this point, and one of the game’s most revered records is held by Barry Bonds, a man regarded by many as a cheater. In basketball, there ... Read More »

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not: Daytona-New Hampshire Edition

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not: Daytona-New Hampshire Edition

Remember when you were a kid at the beach — Daytona Beach, perhaps, and went into the surf only to have a huge wave rock everyone? Well, that happened at Daytona International Speedway this weekend in many ways. Rain forced officials to move the race back to Sunday, but precipitation continued to come into play despite NASCAR’s planning.  The constant threat of more bad weather led to a “race to halfway” strategy administered by many teams that contributed to a ... 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 »

Thinkin’ Out Loud – Coke Zero 400

Thinkin’ Out Loud – Coke Zero 400

Key Moment - The only set of green flag pit stops occurred from lap 83 through 87 Sunday. Aric Almirola was running near the end of the top 10 when he peeled off to pit lane. He was the second car off in the group of cars he came down with, and slotted into second when the entire cycle of stops continued. That quick stop put the No. 43 in position to win the race. In a Nutshell - Combine a ... Read More »

Pace Laps: First-Time Winners, Long-Time Winners and Ferrari’s Forgettable Race

Pace Laps: First-Time Winners, Long-Time Winners and Ferrari’s Forgettable Race

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 »

The Big Six: Questions Answered After the Coke Zero 400

The Big Six: Questions Answered After the Coke Zero 400

Looking for the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How behind Sunday’s race? Amy Henderson has you covered each week with the answers to six race day questions, covering all five W’s and even the H…the Big Six. Who…gets my shoutout of the race? Casey Mears deserves the shoutout for delivering his team its best finish ever and his own first top-5 finish in six years. Austin Dillon deserves it for scoring his career best Cup finish and first career ... 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 »

Four Burning Questions at the Coke Zero 400

Four Burning Questions at the Coke Zero 400

The Daytona Night race. It is the jewel of NASCAR’s summer stretch. The race formerly known as the Firecracker 400 has been a staple of the NASCAR schedule for over three decades, and over time this race has grown to be one of the biggest and most prestigious races on the schedule. Admittedly, the past few weeks of NASCAR action have been tepid, to say the least. The 2014 season has been a great one overall, but the TNT stretch ... 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 »