Race Weekend Central

NASCAR Olympiad Update from Mid-Ohio

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Editor’s Note: Are you receiving the FREE Frontstretch newsletter? If you’re not, you’re missing out on great, exclusive content like this one from S.D. Grady, Mark Howell, Phil Allaway and more! Click here to sign up and see what you’re missing! What?  The Olympics aren’t in Rio?  Did I miss a PR announcement? No, just having …

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Officially Confused Over NASCAR’s XFINITY Ending At Daytona

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Editor’s Note: Are you receiving the FREE Frontstretch newsletter? If you’re not, you’re missing out on great, exclusive content like this one from S.D. Grady, Mark Howell, Phil Allaway and more! Click here to sign up and see what you’re missing! Aric Almirola finally managed to add a win to his XFINITY Series stats without an …

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7th Place Finish Great For Stewart… But Not Good Enough For NASCAR’s Chase

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

It took too long.  Tony Stewart kept his No. 14 Chevrolet within camera shot of the leader for the vast majority of Sunday’s FireKeepers Casino 400.  About five years ago, a seventh-place finish would have had the often dour Stewart shrugging off a standard but ultimately mediocre race.  Yesterday, the veteran climbed from his car …

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It’s Very Simple: We Like to Complain About Kyle Busch

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Will you be missing the Kyle Busch Series this weekend? Okay, I really meant the XFINITY Series, but it might as well be marketed as Rowdy’s House, don’t you think?  How angry does the near-guarantee that the winner of the Saturday race will most likely be the younger Busch and not a points-earning starlet make you? …

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It Takes More Than a Superstar to Keep a NASCAR Sponsor

It was reported Tuesday that the Home Depot will be leaving Joe Gibbs Racing and the No. 20 Toyota at the end of the 2014 season. Color me unsurprised. Is it because JGR is an unsuccessful stable and the Home Depot never gets air time?  No. Not in the least.  Just about every week Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin …

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NASCAR Needs to Worry About the Racing, Not the Ticket Sales

When you arrive at the track and park your RV, you expect the campground to get more crowded as the week goes along.  The same applies to the grandstand.  Thursday brings out your camper-wanderers.  They stroll along the frontstretch watching the advance production crews begin to wire the place for Sunday.  Friday invites the early …

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How NASCAR Found All The Young Superstars

Yes, there was quite a stir in New Hampshire this past weekend. Hopes were raised and dashed for the 16 Chase contenders. Nerves were stretched taut and the odds makers in Vegas had heart attacks with every car that went sailing off into the wall.   However, this weekend wasn’t all about Joey Logano hoisting …

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