Race Weekend Central

The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2016 Pure Michigan 400

2016 NSCS - Kyle Larson Chase Elliott Restart Michigan Photo Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/ NKP)

Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Kyle Larson was in the spotlight for his win, but he wasn’t the only driver for Chip Ganassi Racing to take home a top 10 on Sunday as teammate Jamie McMurray came home eighth in his No. 1 Chevy.  CGR has struggled over the last couple of seasons, …

Read more

Friday Faceoff: Which Teams Need to Go Crazy for Silly Season?

2016 Daytona II CUP CHad Knaus Kasey Kahne Logan Whitton NKP

(Photo: Logan Whitton/NKP)

Silly Season has been rather tame this far in 2016, but there’s still time for teams to make changes.  Which teams need a shakeup the most, and should it be driver, crew chief or something else? John Douglas, Contributor: It’s abundantly clear that the No. 5 team of Hendrick Motorsports needs a huge shakeup. The …

Read more

Holding a Pretty Wheel: NASCAR’s Best Move to Make Fans

2016 Indianapolis kevin harvick Zach Catanzareti

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

It’s been a bit of a rough week for NASCAR.  Between the rain delays at Bristol Motor Speedway and the continued absence of perennial most popular driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr. due to lingering effects of a concussion he suffered in June, the news hasn’t been too positive.  (It wasn’t all negative; the racing at Bristol …

Read more

The Frontstretch 5: Things NASCAR Needs More Of

NASCAR Victory Lap & After The Lap

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

1. Emotion NASCAR is a sport of machines, but it’s also a sport of people. Sometimes it’s difficult to tell which is which, though, because there is often very little emotion involved. It’s almost jarring when a driver does show emotion, because it’s a rarity. I’m not talking about being excited they won but rather the …

Read more

The Underdog House: Tracking NASCAR’s Small Teams From Bristol to Michigan

2016 Pocono I CUP Landon Cassill Anthony Lumbis Sr.

(Photo: Anthony Lumbis, Sr.)

Tommy Baldwin Racing Regan Smith, No. 7 APC Chevrolet Looking back: Smith had a brush with the wall just past the quarter mark of the race, bringing out the first caution of the day after the restart Sunday following the earlier competition yellow.  Even so, he managed to avoid further trouble while others couldn’t do the …

Read more

The Big 6: Questions Answered after the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race

2016 NASCAR Bristol

(Photo: Logan Whitton / NKP)

Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. didn’t have the relaxing week off that many other drivers and their families had, instead spending the final off-week of the season saying goodbye to one of his best friends, racer Bryan Clauson, who passed away last weekend from injuries sustained in a racing accident. …

Read more

2016 Frontstretch Cup: Staff Predictions for the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol

2016-Bristol-I-CUP-Carl-Edwards-leads-Matthew-T-Thacker-NKP

(Photo: Matthew Thacker / NKP)

Welcome to our ninth year of staff predictions! Each week, our experts attempt to tell you who the winner of each Cup race will be. Take a look to see who your favorite writers think will win it all (or at least score some points) this week! Think you can out-prognosticate our staff?  Leave your …

Read more

Annett Out at Bristol for Illness; Allgaier to Sub

2016 Fontana CUP Michael Annett Brett Moist NKP

(Photo: Brett Moist/NKP)

Justin Allgiaer will drive the No. 46 Chevrolet for HScott Motorsports in tonight’s Bass Pro Shops NRA Night race at Bristol Motor Speedway in place of regular driver Michael Annett.  According to the team’s Twitter feed, Annett is feeling under the weather with flu-like symptoms. Due to flu-like symptoms, Michael Annett won't compete in tonight's …

Read more

Friday Faceoff: More NASCAR-IndyCar Crossovers in the Works?

2016 Bristol Motor Speedway NSCS Matt Kenseth leads pack credit NASCAR via getty images

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

Last week, we talked about the addition of a road course to the Chase, and next week, the series heads to a 2-mile oval, of which there are two on the schedule for three races — but none in the Chase, and there’s only one short track race as well. What would an ideal Chase …

Read more

Frontstretch 5: Things NASCAR Fans Miss From ‘Back in the Day’

2016 Bristol Motor Speedway NSCS Matt Kenseth leads pack credit NASCAR via getty images

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

1. The short track mentality Fans certainly have noticed the lack of the beating and bashing that once was commonplace on many tracks in recent years.  There are a couple of reasons why there might be less use of the chrome horn these days.  One of them is that it’s not usually necessary. Many of …

Read more

The Underdog House: Why NASCAR’s Small Teams Matter

2016 Pocono II CUP Chris Buescher Bob Osborne trophy Logan Whitton NKP

(Photo: Logan Whitton/NKP)

The teams covered in this article each week aren’t likely race winners (though many of them certainly can—and on occasion have—win if circumstances dictate). However, NASCAR is about more than winning.  Consider the amount of preparation that one of the sport’s elite teams has to put into bringing a racecar to the track, race ready, each week—it’s …

Read more

Friday Faceoff: TMI from Dale Earnhardt, Jr.?

2016 Pocono II CUP Jeff Gordon Tony Stewart racing Logan Whitton NKP

(Photo: Logan Whitton/NKP)

Chris Buescher and Front Row Motorsports grabbed the checkers after a rain-shortened race at Pocono Raceway.  Is a win for an underdog driver and/or team good for the sport/Chase or not?  Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: Absolutely it’s good for the sport.  I think people like to pull for an underdog, and a winner like Chris Buescher …

Read more

Sign up for the Frontstretch Newsletter

A daily email update (Monday through Friday) providing racing news, commentary, features, and information from Frontstretch.com