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Josef Newgarden Completes Practices, Cleared to Race at Road America

2016 ICS - Josef Newgarden Road America Return Photo Joe Skibinski

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Just two weeks removed from a harrowing incident at Texas Motor Speedway, Josef Newgarden jumped back behind the wheel of his No. 21 Direct Supply/Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet for practice at Road America. Newgarden, who sustained a broken right clavicle and a fracture in his right hand in a crash with Conor Daly during the postponed …

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The 10: Prospects Going to Victory Lane, Perhaps Sooner Than You Think

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Off weekends are a time to reflect, grow and speculate for the future in the NASCAR industry, both for the teams on the track, and those of us that right about them. While race teams analyze their data from the previous months, looking for incremental gains to use going forward, we here at Frontstretch have …

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Hidden Talent: Chase Format Highlights XFINITY Series Woes

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For the 14th time in 2016, the NASCAR XFINITY Series paddock roared to life for a race on Sunday at Iowa Speedway. For the 10th time, that race ended without a series regular in Victory Lane. Sure, Iowa was a little different tale than the usual – Sam Hornish, Jr. earned a redemptive victory in …

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Texas Twister Changes IndyCar Championship Story Moving Forward

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(Photo: Chris Owens/IndyCar)

Between rain, weepers and a nasty crash on lap 40 that injured Josef Newgarden, the Verizon IndyCar Series’ first attempt at completing the Firestone 600 was ugly at best. Now, with Scott Dixon, Sebastien Bourdais and Mikhail Aleshin out for the week to run the 24 Hours of LeMans, the series has been forced to move …

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Brad Keselowski Makes IndyCar Debut Late in Road America Test

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(Photo: Chris Owens/IndyCar)

The final hours of what seemed to be a routine test session for the June 26 Kohler Grand Prix at Road America offered a surprise in the form of 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski. Keselowski shocked many in the paddock by hopping in Simon Pagenaud‘s No. 22 Menard Team Penske Chevrolet for …

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The 10: Low Downforce, No Problem in Michigan

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Less downforce or not, a lot of the same faces shined bright at Michigan International Speedway. Amid the hype of the rules package changes, Joey Logano and Chase Elliott dominated much of Sunday’s Firekeepers Casino 400 in the Irish Hills of Michigan. Behind them, familiar mainstays from recent weeks filled the top 10, including Kevin …

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Cool Down: The Youth Movement Shines in Michigan and Texas

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There was a time not long ago when the future stars of NASCAR couldn’t be found anywhere. As drivers like Mark Martin, Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart slowly raced into the twilight of their careers, the drivers who would rise up and take over their spots atop the sport were nowhere to be seen. Just …

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Opinions on Downforce Package Lean Positive After Michigan

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(Photo: Drew Hallowell/Getty Images )

As Joey Logano crossed the start-finish line to complete lap 200 of the Firekeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway, the first test of a new lower-downforce package for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series came to a close. The package, implemented for Michigan and the July 9 Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway, included a reduction …

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Tony Stewart Finds Consistency, Hates Restarts After Seventh in Michigan

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With a rules package aimed toward giving the drivers more control of their outcomes, Tony Stewart shined for the first time in his final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season at Michigan International Speedway. In his seventh race since returning from a back injury at Richmond International Raceway, Stewart rode a consistent weekend to a seventh-place …

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Joey Logano Scores First Win of 2016 in Ford’s Backyard

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Looking for a win to join teammate Brad Keselowski in the Chase, Joey Logano finished a complete weekend at Michigan International Speedway with a Coors Light Pole Award and a victory in Sunday’s Firekeepers Casino 400. Logano led the way for much of the day, pacing the field for 139 of the race’s 200 laps …

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Early Incidents Eliminates Earnhardt, Allmendinger in Michigan

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The afternoons of Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and A.J. Allmendinger’s at Michigan International Speedway ended up being short ones. The duo was eliminated early on Sunday’s Firekeepers Casino 400 as a result of damage suffered in a lap 61 incident with rookie Chris Buescher. Running three-wide through turns one and two, Buescher lost control of his No. 34 Ford on …

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