Race Weekend Central

Friday Faceoff: Are the Big Three Still the Big Three At All?

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The Big 3 haven't been more than the Average 3 so far in the playoffs (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

1. The so-called Big Three of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series have only won one of the past nine races after claiming 17 of the first 23. Are they still the championship favorites, or has someone else moved to the front of the pack? Zach Gillispie: The Big Three have surprisingly stalled out in …

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2-Headed Monster: Is The Driver or The Car More Important?

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This week’s question is racing’s version of “the chicken or the egg” question: does the car matter more than the driver or does the driver make a bigger difference than the car? Motor Over Mojo There’s no doubt that both matter, but it’s clear that the machine makes a bigger contribution than the man (or …

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Pace Laps: Heartbreak & Triumph in Kansas

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Stewart-Haas Racing’s Blessing And Curse At Kansas Kevin Harvick lost the battle at Kansas Speedway. He and his Stewart-Haas Racing organization could easily win the war. But man, they do make it hard on themselves, right? Harvick had victory in the bag Sunday (Oct. 21) at Kansas Speedway in the …

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2-Headed Monster: Is It Bad So Many Drivers Are Leaving NASCAR?

2018 Darlington Cup Zach Catanzareti Kyle Larson

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Gone are the days when NASCAR drivers would race until they couldn’t find a ride anymore. From Tony Stewart to Kasey Kahne, more and more drivers are calling it quits at a younger age to race elsewhere. The trend leads to this week’s question: Is it bad for NASCAR that so many drivers are leaving? …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Joey Gase Talks Career-Best Run at Talladega, Backup Cars

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If this week’s Frontstretch Podcast been anything like last weekend’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway, it would be boring. That’s not what weʻve got for you as Dustin Albino, Mike Neff and Joey Gase,  the No. 00 driver who earned a career-best finish of 18th at Talladega, got together. Gase discusses what it’s like …

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The Frontstretch 5: Really Bad Racing Calls

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1. Well, yeah, we messed up, but, just deal, OK? Former journeyman driver Brett Bodine is the current lead pace car driver for NASCAR. Ironic, considering his only Cup Series victory came about because of a pace car miscue. In a race at North Wilkesboro in 1990, Bodine had led 63 laps at one point …

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Pace Laps: A Tame Talladega?

#14: Clint Bowyer, Stewart Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Cummins/rush Truck Centers #41: Kurt Busch, Stewart Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Monster Energy / Haas Automation #4: Kevin Harvick, Stewart Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Jimmy John's #10: Aric Almirola, Stewart Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Smithfield Bacon For Life

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Team Orders Lead To Tame Talladega The final restrictor plate race in NASCAR history at Talladega also proved to be its most, well, restrictive. There were just 15 lead changes in Sunday’s (Oct. 14) 1000Bulbs.com 500, the fewest in a 500-mile race here since the spring of 1973. A race …

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2-Headed Monster: Was Splitting Up Two 7-Time Champions the Right Move?

2016 Las Vegas Cup Chad Knaus Jimmie Johnson Nigel Kinrade Nkp

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On Wednesday (Oct. 10), Hendrick Motorsports announced that at the end of the season the pairing of Chad Knaus and Jimmie Johnson would end. The duo has won seven Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championships together. The question this week: was breaking the two apart the right move? Ease on Down the Road Was it …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Daniel Hemric Describes Ins and Outs of Dover

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It’s a fun, and entertaining (hopefully) Frontstretch Podcast this week, as the duo of Dustin Albino and Mike Neff join NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Daniel Hemric to discuss the weekend of racing at the Monster Mile — Dover International Speedway. Hemric grabbed the pole for the XFINITY race and led 23 laps en route to a Stage 2 victory. However, the No. …

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Pace Laps: SHR’s Banner Day Goes Up in Flames

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Stewart-Haas Racing Shoots Itself In The Foot Stewart-Haas Racing put on a clinic for most of Sunday’s (Oct. 7) Gander Outdoors 400 at Dover International Speedway. Kevin Harvick led a race-high 286 laps while Aric Almirola, Clint Bowyer and Kurt Busch were poised to deliver SHR a 1-2-3-4 finish. The …

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2018 Frontstretch Cup: Gander Outdoors 400

2018 Darlington Cup Zach Catanzareti Kevin Harvick

Kevin Harvick looks like the pick from the Frontstretch staff (Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Welcome to the 11th season of the Frontstretch Cup. It’s a year-long competition in which the Frontstretch staff and guests from around the NASCAR world attempt to predict the winner of each Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. This season, we are joined by driver Corey LaJoie. Think you can do better? Leave your picks in the comments …

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Friday Faceoff: Past Lucky Winners

2018 Cup Charlotte Roval Zach Catanzareti Ryan Blaney

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1. This week, NASCAR announced a new rules package for 2019. What do you expect from it as a whole and do you feel like it was a step forward or backward? Amy Henderson: I’m 100% willing to save judgment until we actually see how this package performs on track under race conditions. If the …

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