Race Weekend Central

Happiness Is… Hot Head Stevens, Statistics & Making an Entrance

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Darrell Wallace Jr. passes under the checkered flag to claim the Mudsummer Classic Credit: Mike Neff

More weeknight racing, please. Other Frontstretchers have asserted that nighttime races aren’t as good as the daytime events.  That’s fine, and Sunday afternoons have their place, but maybe not every week, and Wednesday’s truck race showed how likeable mid-week racing can be. As NASCAR continues to stick its head in the sand about making any …

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Happiness Is…Ford, Foreign Countries and Getting Paid

2014 Loudon I Cup Joey Logano Spin Cia

Joey Logano and Morgan Shepherd spin at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. (Credit: CIA)

It’s time to hammer down on NASCAR’s superficial Topic of the Week, sponsored by Prune Candy.  For this week’s edition, it’s the Joey Logano – Morgan Shepherd incident.  Heard enough about it?  Read enough about it?  Any fan of the sport should be able to check the Yes box on that one. Much of the …

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Pace Laps: NASCAR Innovation, IndyCar Iowa, and More

2014 Loudon I Cup Joey Logano Spin Cia

Joey Logano and Morgan Shepherd spin at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. (Credit: CIA)

Did you miss an event during this busy week in racing? How about a late-night press release, an important sponsorship rumor, or a juicy piece of news? If you did, you’ve come to the right place! Each Monday, The Frontstretch will break down the racing, series by series, to bring you the biggest stories that …

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Happiness Is… Silly Season, Tweaks & Juan Pablo Montoya

2014 Daytona Ii Cup Pack Racing Ii Cia

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The Coke Zero 400 is but a distant memory and it is barely a week old.  That race often sits as the wonderful spectacle that marks a sense of the midpoint of the season while marrying itself to the country’s holiday party, particularly with its old name, the Firecracker 400. Yet this one fell flat. …

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Pace Laps: First-Time Winners, Long-Time Winners and Ferrari’s Forgettable Race

2014 Daytona Ii Cup Ricky Stenhouse Jr Jimmie Johnson Davod Ragan Racing Cia

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Did you miss an event during this busy week in racing? How about a late-night press release, an important sponsorship rumor, or a juicy piece of news? If you did, you’ve come to the right place! Each Monday, The Frontstretch will break down the racing, series by series, to bring you the biggest stories that …

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Happiness Is… Vacation, Luck & Making Friends

2014 Sonoma Cup Jeff Gordon Smiling Cia

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Ahhh.  It’s time for a pause.  One of those moments of reflection or something like that.  People who practice yoga might consider it a time to get centered.  Those who are taking a different path to enlightenment might feel it’s time to grab a beer and change the channel.  Duly noted. One of the things …

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IndyCar Preview: Pocono INDYCAR 500 Fueled by Sunoco

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The INDYCAR schedule is keeping its drivers up on the wheel.  The series will have gone from the Texas oval to the street course of Houston and now to the testy triumvirate of turns better known as Pocono.  The variety of tracks is an under-appreciated aspect of the tests that the drivers must face to …

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Pace Laps: Tire Problems, Harvick’s Nationwide Win and Busch Fails Inspection

2014 Indycar Houston Race 1 Huertas Woohoo

Carlos Huertas grabbed his first win in the first of a double-header in Houston over the weekend.

Did you miss an event during this busy week in racing? How about a late-night press release, an important sponsorship rumor, or a juicy piece of news? If you did, you’ve come to the right place! Each Monday, The Frontstretch will break down the racing, series by series, to bring you the biggest stories that …

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Happiness Is…Thursday Night Racing, Sand, and Houston

2014 Sonoma Cup Kyle Busch Clint Bowyer Cia

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Happiness Is usually prattles on about some kind of something or other to open each column.  It’s an opportunity to hit on something that might not fit into the usual points.  This week there’s none of that fluffy crap to get things going.  It’s just the good ol’ stuff that brings about a smirk.  Let’s …

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Happiness Is… Jimmie Johnson, Road Courses & More Road Courses

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The dive into Turn One at Road America has become one of the more iconic images in NASCAR, and a saving grace for the Nationwide Series -- and for good reason. Why aren't Cup cars running here as well?

Angriness Is, brother to Happiness Is, sent a text after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ Michigan race last weekend that summed up everything in a more succinct fashion than us purported wordsmiths could: “What did fathers do to deserve that f*^#ing race?” Yup.  As entertainment, races are supposed to be some form of escape and …

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