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Tracking the Trucks: Rhino Linings 350

Tracking the Trucks: Rhino Linings 350

In a Nutshell: Erik Jones took the checkered flag 1.329 seconds ahead of teammate Darrell Wallace, Jr. to win the Rhino Linings 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Saturday night. Jones took the lead for the final time on lap 133 of 146 and never looked back. Matt Crafton and Red Horse Racing teammates Timothy Peters and Brian Ickler rounded out the top 5. Who Should Have Won: After starting 13th, Erik Jones struggled for much of the early stages ... Read More »

Tracking the Trucks: Chevrolet Silverado 250

Tracking the Trucks: Chevrolet Silverado 250

In a Nutshell: Ryan Blaney finished 0.049 seconds ahead of German Quiroga to win Sunday afternoon’s Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The driver of the No. 29 Ford led twice for a race-high 34 laps en route to his first win of the season. Erik Jones, Gray Gaulding and Andrew Ranger rounded out the top 5. Who Should Have Won: Ryan Blaney led 34 of 64 laps on Sunday afternoon and fought German Quiroga hard for the ... Read More »

Mirror Driving: System Failure, Strategy vs. Speed, and Future Stars

Mirror Driving: System Failure, Strategy vs. Speed, and Future Stars

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) Beth Lunkenheimer (Thursdays / Truckin’ Thursday; Frontstretch Managing Editor) Phil Allaway ... Read More »

Beyond the Cockpit: Erik Jones on Success with KBM, Where It All Started, and Super Late Model Racing

Beyond the Cockpit: Erik Jones on Success with KBM, Where It All Started, and Super Late Model Racing

Erik Jones shocked the short track racing world in 2012 at the age of 16 when he outdueled Kyle Busch at his own game in a thrilling finish to the annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida. Months later he was hired to drive for Kyle Busch Motorsports and continued to turn heads when he outran Chase Elliott in the Winchester 400. Jones continued to impress, beating drivers with more years of experience for his first career NASCAR Camping ... Read More »

Five Points to Ponder: Rookie Magic Turned Tricky Triangle

Five Points to Ponder: Rookie Magic Turned Tricky Triangle

ONE: What Does a Fifth Brickyard Victory Mean for Jeff Gordon? After winning four NASCAR Sprint Cup championships, 90 career victories (third all-time), 445 top-10 finishes, three Daytona 500 victories and now a fifth career win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (the most all-time on the oval at IMS), what does the win on Sunday really mean for the 42-year-old driver? Gordon has made it clear that time is certainly against him and that retirement is getting closer and closer, even ... Read More »

Happiness Is… Hot Head Stevens, Statistics & Making an Entrance

Happiness Is… Hot Head Stevens, Statistics & Making an Entrance

More weeknight racing, please. Other Frontstretchers have asserted that nighttime races aren’t as good as the daytime events.  That’s fine, and Sunday afternoons have their place, but maybe not every week, and Wednesday’s truck race showed how likeable mid-week racing can be. As NASCAR continues to stick its head in the sand about making any schedule changes that might excite the fanbase, weeknight racing seems to be one of the coolest ideas that gets overlooked.  During these summer months, when ... 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 »

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 »