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ARCA Racing Series Breakdown: General Tire 200 at Pocono

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It doesn’t matter if it’s points-leading regular drivers or part-time entrants, MDM Motorsports has turned the ARCA Racing Series into its playground in 2018. For the second consecutive race, the organization’s No. 12 car visited Victory Lane, this time with Harrison Burton at Pocono. Burton, making his superspeedway debut, capitalized after Noah Gragson, who dominated …

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ARCA Racing Series Breakdown: Brandon Jones Triumphant in Series Return to Charlotte

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XFINITY Series regular Brandon Jones narrowly held off a hard-charging Riley Herbst, capping a night of dominance by NASCAR regulars in ARCA’s first race on NASCAR’s home track since 2004. Jones led from the final restart of the race with seven laps to go, driving off from Sheldon Creed and polesitter Todd Gilliland, who led …

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ARCA Racing Series Breakdown: Menard’s 200 at Toledo

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The fans in attendance for Sunday’s ARCA race at Toledo Speedway could be forgiven if they weren’t sure at any point what lap they were watching. And not just because of a blown transformer on Benore Road that left the track without a working scoreboard. Rather, Zane Smith, who stormed to victory over teammate Chase …

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How NASCAR’s New Acquisition Move Can Revitalize Stock Car’s Minor Leagues

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Good or bad, the ARCA Racing Series is soon to become a NASCAR property, and it possibly could be the right time for it. As the ARCA Series heads into its hometown race weekend at Toldeo Speedway this weekend, the series finds itself facing a fatigue level it hasn’t seen in recent memory. TheMenards 200 …

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ARCA Racing Series Breakdown: General Tire 200

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Just like ARCA’s first plate race of 2018, Friday’s General Tire 200 at Talladega took multiple green-white-checkers to decide. The only difference this time… the finish was much closer. The closest in ARCA history for that matter. After spending nearly the entire 2.66-mile final lap leaning on each other, it was Zane Smith that emerged …

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ARCA Racing Series Breakdown: Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200

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Chandler Smith stole headlines at Salem all weekend. Natalie Decker has been stealing headlines all season even before winning the pole at Daytona. But on Sunday in southern Indiana, it was the other Venturini car that found its way to Victory Lane. Christian Eckes, who incrementally improved the No. 15 Toyota from a short run …

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Will the Band Play On? Stock Car Racing’s Uncertain Future in the Music City

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The brave, coverall-clad souls that weathered snow flurries and bitter cold temperatures to attend ARCA’s recent doubleheader at Nashville’s Fairgrounds Speedway were treated to the same tire-grating, close-quarters stock car racing that has made the bullring a destination track for over 100 years. Between Zane Smith powering to his first ARCA Racing Series win and …

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ARCA Breakdown: Music City 200

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Though he didn’t end up winning the pole, Zane Smith emerged from qualifying as ready to race as anyone in the field, exclaiming repeatedly over the radio that the team’s adjustments from practice had made a “night and day” difference. Going from day to night did suit the No. 41 team just fine as Smith …

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Returning East, California Love from a Longtime Critic

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The political science major in me has a hard time believing what I’m seeing on the left coast in 2018. Whether you agree or disagree with those populating and governing California, be it their strong challenges to federal immigration policy, their staunch campaign to maintain their autonomy in setting environmental policies or rampant talk of …

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Anything But Monster: The Cultural Decline of the Cup Series

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Washington, D.C., may seem one of the most unlikely points of inspiration for anything related to stock car racing. But just as Lisa Simpson’s “stagnant swamp” was the birthplace of NASCAR founder Brian France Sr., the nation’s capital spurred my first article in returning to Frontstretch. While meeting up with an old college friend in …

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Beyond the Cockpit: David Donohue

_For 45-year old Pennsylvanian David Donohue, his career is at a crossroads. After driving full-time in the Rolex Sports Car Series every year since 2003, Donohue came into the 2013 season without a full-time ride after deciding to leave Action Express Racing at the end of 2012. For Daytona, he signed on to drive the No. 16 Porsche Cayman in the new GX-class for Napleton Racing, a team that normally fields cars in Pirelli World Challenge. Napleton Racing also runs the Cayman Interseries, a spec series where teams buy race-prepped cars with directly from Napleton Porsche and race them on various courses with throwback paint schemes._

_After a special Champions’ photo-op in Gatorade Victory Lane at Daytona, Frontstretch’s own Phil Allaway caught up with the veteran driver._

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