Race Weekend Central

The Mother Road Runs Through Darlington: Long Live the Southern 500

Darlington Raceway sunset in 2018, NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Luck is the word that was on my mind the entirety of Labor Day Sunday. Having arrived at Darlington Raceway only 12 minutes prior to the scheduled green flag of the Southern 500, I was lucky that a lightning delay pushed the start of the race back. Having slept in 30 minutes later than I …

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ARCA Racing Series Breakdown: General Tire Grabber 100 at DuQuoin

2016 Pocono I ARCA Restart Anthony Lumbis Sr.

(Photo: Anthony Lumbis Sr.)

Just like Springfield, a dirt ringer in the Venturini Motorsports camp used a late race restart to take control for good en route to the checkered flag. This Monday, USAC standout Logan Seavey stormed to the front and weathered several late restarts, including one that saw Will Kimmel actually jump the start before yielding the …

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ARCA Racing Series Breakdown: ModSpace 150 at Pocono

2016 NASCAR Bristol

(Photo: Logan Whitton/NKP)

The rain was coming, and both Zane Smith and Sheldon Creed knew it. Waging a ferocious battle one lap from the halfway point, ARCA points leader Creed charged to the front and was underneath teammate Smith through Turn 1, making contact and nearly spinning him out. Creed, however, backed out of the gas, scraping the …

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Can the Stars Make Grassroots Racing Great Again?

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

To this day, Ryan Newman remains one of the most intelligent men in the NASCAR garage, but that didn’t stop him from making comments on RaceDayCT that left me scratching my head. The topic? Grassroots racing, and Kevin Harvick’s involvement in them. “I haven’t seen Kevin Harvick do anything other than a little sponsorship for …

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Validates Stage Racing at Daytona

2017 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series, Richmond

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Driving home from work this winter soon after agreeing to come back to Frontstretch, Tom Bowles, owner of the website, and I spent some time on the phone catching up on all the racing happenings that had elapsed between my last column with the site in 2012 and my return this season. Right at the …

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ARCA Racing Series Breakdown: Fans with Benefits 150 at Iowa

2017 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

It took numerous aggressive restarts and a tense final 10 laps of mirror driving, but Sheldon Creed rebounded from an extremely tight first run to hold off Chandler Smith at Iowa Speedway Saturday night, scoring his third win of the 2018 ARCA Racing Series season and extending his series points lead. Smith, Chase Purdy, Zane …

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ARCA Racing Series Breakdown: PapaNicholas Coffee 150 at Gateway

2017 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

A return to the superspeedways marked a return to dominance for Sheldon Creed, who picked up right from where he left off in Michigan two weeks ago by winning the pole, leading more than two thirds of the race and driving away from the field on lap 81 to score his second win of the …

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ARCA Racing Series Breakdown: Herr’s Potato Chips 200 at Madison

Chandler Smith - ARCA Nashville

(Photo: Christian Koelle)

Venturini Motorsports’ No. 15 called it a “serious ass-whuppin” when the checkered flag flew Friday night at Madison International Speedway, and that’s exactly what it was. After winning his fourth ARCA Racing Series pole in as many starts, besting the field by three tenths of a second, 15-year-old Chandler Smith finally scored his first career …

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Teddy Roosevelt and Stock Car Racing: A Corollary

2018 pocono zach catanzareti arca brennan poole

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Teddy Roosevelt once said, “It is not the critic who counts. Not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, …

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