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Nationwide Breakdown: VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 at Kentucky

Nationwide Breakdown: VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 at Kentucky

Underdogs have a way of hitting emotions. Brendan Gaughan was the underdog of underdogs on Saturday evening. After Ty Dillon dominated much of the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 at Kentucky Speedway, multiple late-race cautions gave his Richard Childress Racing teammate the advantage. Gaughan, 39, running his first full year in the NASCAR Nationwide Series since 2010, visited to Victory Lane for the first time on an oval in NASCAR’s second-tier division. Dillon led 156 of the 200 laps, but the driver of the ... Read More »

Daniel Suarez to Race for RAB Racing at Chicagoland, Venturini Motorsports in Kentucky ARCA Race

Daniel Suarez to Race for RAB Racing at Chicagoland, Venturini Motorsports in Kentucky ARCA Race

On Wednesday, RAB Racing with Brack Maggard officially announced that current NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series points leader Daniel Suarez will be in the team’s No. 29 Toyota for this weekend’s Jimmy John’s Freaky Fast 300 at Chicagoland Speedway.  Provided that he qualifies on speed, Suarez would be making his second start in the series. Suarez is very happy to be returning to the Nationwide Series for another go. “I’m looking forward to racing in Chicago this weekend as part of ... Read More »

Mirror Driving: Repaving Kentucky, Shopping Center, and Bubba Moving Up?

Mirror Driving: Repaving Kentucky, Shopping Center, and Bubba Moving Up?

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 »

Tech Talk with Bono Manion: Daytona – Splitters, Tires and Engine Cooling

Tech Talk with Bono Manion: Daytona – Splitters, Tires and Engine Cooling

The No. 7 team of Tommy Baldwin Racing is continuing to show improvement most every week. This past weekend the teamy scored an 18th-place finish at Kentucky Speedway with driver Michael Annett. It was the team’s fourth Top 20 finish of the season and their best non-restrictor plate finish of the season. Crew Chief Kevin ‘Bono’ Manion has been quite candid about the goals of the team this year, and notes to Mike Neff this week in Tech Talk that ... Read More »

Racing to the Point: Leave Kentucky’s Surface Alone

Racing to the Point: Leave Kentucky’s Surface Alone

If Dale Earnhardt, Jr. hasn’t already torn up Kentucky Speedway’s surface with an excavator, the track’s general manager Mark Simendinger is going to be left with a difficult decision on whether or not to repave one of the circuit’s oldest surfaces. Junior made it very clear how he felt after his fifth-place finish Saturday, saying the frontstretch “sucks” and later calling it a bad amusement park ride on Twitter. Earnhardt vs. Kentucky asphalt became the newest NASCAR feud last weekend, ... Read More »

Voices from the Cheap Seats: Future of Cup Series Racing at Kentucky Should Be in Doubt

Voices from the Cheap Seats: Future of Cup Series Racing at Kentucky Should Be in Doubt

Last Saturday night’s Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway was much like the last three previous Sprint Cup Series races at the 1.5 mile track — lackluster. But why is that? What’s causing the problems at a track many excitedly welcomed when it was added to the Sprint Cup Series schedule? Could it have been because Brad Keselowski was the class of the field by far? No. Is it because the track is considered a dull boring cookie cutter speedway ... Read More »

Thinkin’ Out Loud – Quaker State 400 – Kentucky Speedway

Thinkin’ Out Loud – Quaker State 400 – Kentucky Speedway

Key Moment – With 25 laps to go, Joey Logano’s car lost a cylinder in his engine. Logano was the only car on the track that had shown any potential to challenge Brad Keselowski for the win. Once his car no longer had all its ponies, the only worry left for the eventual winner was whether or not his power plant would suffer the same fate. In a Nutshell – Brad Keselowski started the race on the pole. He led at ... Read More »

Do Not Count Out the “Other” Teams Just Yet

Do Not Count Out the “Other” Teams Just Yet

Hendrick Motorsports went on a tear at the intermediate tracks recently, leaving us, at times, to  question if anyone else had anything for the team that seemed to be hitting on everything with the new rules package. The Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway proved that conclusions shouldn’t be drawn for year’s end just yet. Sure, Kentucky is not a track that the Hendrick organization has performed their best at in the track’s short Cup series history. Nevertheless, it is a ... Read More »

Tech Talk: “Blick” Guides Us Through Kentucky Bumps ‘N’ Bruises

Tech Talk: “Blick” Guides Us Through Kentucky Bumps ‘N’ Bruises

Drew Blickensderfer has been on the box for Marcos Ambrose for nearly two years. He’s seen his driver come close to the elusive oval win. He’s also watched what he can do with a stock car on a road course. All the while he’s been building up his own resume as a Cup series crew chief and getting better with Ambrose behind the wheel. They’ve scored their first two Top 5s together this season. With the new Chase rules they ... Read More »

Four Burning Questions – Kentucky: Rough Rides and Short Fields

Four Burning Questions – Kentucky: Rough Rides and Short Fields

Kentucky Speedway is the site of the seventeenth round of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, and with the halfway point of the season only one week away, we have a rather clear picture of who the contenders will be going forward as well as how the Chase may unfold. Kentucky is now entering it’s fourth season on the Sprint Cup circuit, and after three full races at the Sparta, KY facility, we have a pretty clear idea of what ... Read More »