Race Weekend Central

Dropping The Hammer: NASCAR Course Corrects on Next Gen Intermediate Package

Next Gen car test

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A lot can change in 43 days. On Nov. 5, NASCAR’s plans for the Next Gen car and its rules packages for 2022 were seemingly set in stone. As championship weekend in Phoenix came to life, President Steve Phelps publicly reaffirmed the sanctioning body would run the 670 HP package at all road courses and …

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Review: ESPN’s ‘E60’ Tells Bubba Wallace’s Story

Bubba Wallace at Darlington

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Bubba Wallace. Chances are reading the name of the most recognized NASCAR driver in the country for the last two years elicited some kind of an emotional response for you. There’s a spectrum to the responses. There are those who are indifferent to the driver who races for 23XI Racing, a team co-owned by Michael …

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2021 Cup Series Awards: Memorable Finishes, Quotes & Cars

Kyle Larson at Darlington

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Hello, and welcome to Frontstretch‘s 2021 NASCAR Cup Series Awards Banquet, I’m your host, Daniel McFadin. Thank you for joining us today at the Thomas Bowles Memorial Rec Hall. Today, we gather to acknowledge what wasn’t celebrated at last week’s NASCAR Champions Week banquet in Nashville. We all know who won the championship, most popular …

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GMS Racing Buys Majority Interest of Richard Petty Motorsports

Nascar Cup Series

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Richard Petty Motorsports announced Wednesday (Dec. 1) that it has agreed to sell majority interest of the team to Maury Gallagher, the owner of GMS Racing. The selling of the team includes two charters, one that was leased Rick Ware Racing and the No. 43 charter, which will be used to field two cars in …

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Roush Fenway Racing Rebranded as RFK Racing

Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing

Via RFK Racing

Roush Fenway Racing, with Cup driver Brad Keselowski as a new co-owner and driver, has been rebranded as Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing, or RFK Racing, ahead of the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season. Keselowski, team founder Jack Roush and team president Steve Newmark unveiled the change Tuesday (Nov. 16) at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The announcement …

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One For the Road With Brad Keselowski

Brad Keselowski at Phoenix Raceway

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PHOENIX – Two parties took place Sunday night at Phoenix Raceway. There was a large one on the fronstretch which attracted most of the attention, as Kyle Larson began his reign as the NASCAR Cup Series champion. But as the crowd cheered him on, a much more intimate good time began to unfold on pit …

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Todd Gordon Keeping It Real with Final NASCAR Race

Todd Gordon chats with Ryan Blaney at Talladega Superspeedway. (Photo: NKP)

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When Todd Gordon woke up Monday morning (Nov. 1), the main thought on his mind wasn’t on his last race as a NASCAR crew chief.

It was on the “disappointment” that he and the rest of Ryan Blaney’s No. 12 Team Penske crew weren’t able to advance out of the Round of 8 in the Playoffs.

“But that’s past,” Gordon told Frontstretch Saturday in the Phoenix Raceway garage. “You can’t do anything about what happened there. (I’m) looking forward to having one more great run.”

Ben Rhodes is a NASCAR Champion and Feelin’ Good

Ben Rhodes at Phoenix Raceway

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“It’s really quiet in here, I just came from a party.”

Thus began the most memorable post-race press conference in recent NASCAR history.

As he entered the deadline room of the Phoenix Raceway media center draped in a decorative towel, self-admitted lightweight Ben Rhodes was four Bud Lights and a “decent” amount of champagne deep into his celebration as the newest NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion.

Daniel Hemric’s Championship Bid Alive After Run-in With Dead Deer

Daniel Hemric at Phoenix Raceway

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Daniel Hemric got a call from crew chief Dave Rogers around 9 a.m. Friday (Nov. 5) in Phoenix.

“Hey, I’m sure you’ve heard already,” Rogers said.

Hemric, who had been off his phone and “off the radar” during the buildup to the Xfinity Series’ championship race on Saturday (Nov. 6), hadn’t heard anything.