Race Weekend Central

Matt McLaughlin’s Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Pocono Spring Race Recap

2015 Pocono I Cup Martin Truex Jr Wins Cia

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Editor’s Note: Mike Neff, who usually writes these things these days, was called away by an important assignment at the last minute and asked if I could fill in. (OK, so actually I dragged him out of bed in the middle of the night, stuffed him in a closet, nailed it shut and asked if …

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Beside the Rising Tide: Chasing the Blue Away

2014 Richmond Ii Cup Chevy Chase Drivers Cia

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All right gentle readers, huddle up. Today we’re going to talk about an unpleasant topic and one that will incite fear or loathing for many of you. But sometimes you just have to talk about awkward things. You need to have that chat with a potential new partner about your past intimate contacts, even if …

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Beside the Rising Tide: Tired of All This

2015 Dover I Cup Kurt Busch Denny Hamlin Racing Cia

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There’s an increasing number of media pundits and plain old race fans who are calling for Dover to lose one or both of its race dates, having decided that racing at the track has become single file and even, perhaps, boring. I’ll admit I was a bit surprised to have this site’s owner and editor-in-chief, …

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MPM2Nite: Rating The Ratings

2015 Charlotte I Cup Danica Patrick Cia

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By now, most of you know this year’s Indy 500 drew higher Nielsen TV ratings (4.1) than the World 600 (3.8) for the first time since 2005. But the finish might be closer than it appears. NASCAR ratings tend to climb after the overnights, inching closer because stock car racing has a lot of appeal …

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MPM2Nite: And the Winner Ain’t…

2015 Kansas I Cup Erik Jones Crash Damage Credit Nascar Via Getty Images

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Talk about a perfect storm for a NASCAR TV ratings disaster. Start with an event slated to run on Saturday night, a time slot that has produced some of the lowest ratings of FOX’s tenure with NASCAR. Add in the fact the Kansas City event was to be run on FOX Sports 1. The first …

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MPM2Nite: The Daytona Beach Orchestra

2014 Talladega Ii Cup Tony Stewart Aric Almirola Alex Bowman Crash Cia

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Sunday’s Talladega event was notable as one of the tamer such affairs run at the track though in this instance, tame is not to be thought of as a derisive term. The track “where the wild things are” is normally known for big, huge, smoking pig piles of wrecks coming to the checkers, racing geared …

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MPM2Nite: Bits & Pieces from the NASCAR Notebook

2015 Bristol I Cup Pit Road Vertical Credit Amy Henderson

Photo Credit: Amy Henderson, Frontstretch

Fans watching both at home and in the grandstands at Bristol this weekend might be forgiven for feeling like Alice had hand-fed them some mushrooms then invited them for a quick trip down a nearby rabbit hole. While Bristol is well noted for out-of-the-ordinary circumstances that border on chaos, I’ll have to admit that I …

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RCR To Appeal NMAP Decision to Final Appeals Officer

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(Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch)

Richard Childress Racing has decided to appeal the reduced P5 penalties issued April 16th by a three-person National Motorsports Appeals panel. Originally Luke Lambert, crew chief of the No. 31 team (as well as James Bender, the team’s tire technician and Phillip Surgen, the team’s race engineer) were to begin serving their six-race penalties starting …

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MPM2Nite: The Easter Bunny, Hot Dogs, Villainous James Hamlin & Other Musings

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The debate continues unabated; does NASCAR throw caution flags for debris that either doesn’t exist or if it does is of little to no potential harm to spice up races when the field gets too strung out? How hot a debate topic has the issue become? It’s caused widespread dissension amongst the normally amicable staff …

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Xfinity Series Breakdown: 2015 Phoenix Spring Race Recap

2015 Phoenix I Nxs Joey Logano Wins Vertical Credit Nascar Via Getty Images

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(Author’s note: Joseph Wolkin had prior commitments, today so the Frontstretch editors pulled me out of the bullpen to fill in. You’ll note I use a different format than Joseph that still might be eerily familiar to some of you longtime readers. As it stands written in the Book of Bruce: Baby everything dies, baby …

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MPM2Nite: Did He Do Or Did He Didn’t?

2014 Loudon Ii Cup Kurt Busch Cia

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On Wednesday, the Kurt Busch saga came to a messy conclusion with NASCAR lifting his indefinite suspension. The driver of Stewart-Haas Racing’s No. 41 Chevrolet remains on probation and must complete the “treatment program” NASCAR had laid out for him shortly after announcing the indefinite suspension in the days leading up to the Daytona 500. He must also …

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