Race Weekend Central

2020 NASCAR Cup Series Preseason Power Rankings

2019HomesteadMENCSKyleBuschVictoryLaneCCK

(Credit: Christian Koelle, Frontstretch)

For the first time here at Frontstretch, our staff banded together to vote on who it thinks will be the top drivers of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season in a preseason power rankings format. Each participating staff member sent a 30-driver ranking before the beginning of the season, taking into account not only 2019 successes …

Read more

Elliott Sadler Outlasts Denny Hamlin for 1st Darlington Victory

2016 darlington xfinity elliott sadler zach catanzareti

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Elliott Sadler, leading the most laps of the afternoon at Darlington Raceway, almost threw the victory away… twice. With two laps to go in Saturday’s VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200, it was Sadler who brushed the wall in turn two, giving hard-charging Denny Hamlin a shot to steal the win. “Those last two …

Read more

Brad Keselowski Paces Final Darlington Practice

2016 darlington cup brad keselowski zach catanzareti

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Brad Keselowski led the way in final practice for the Sprint Cup Series field at Darlington Raceway after ripping around the 1.366-mile track in 28.157 seconds. At a speed of 174.649 mph, Keselowski, who led 196 laps in last year’s Southern 500, led Kurt Busch by a full tenth of a second. Jimmie Johnson, Kasey …

Read more

Jimmie Johnson Quickest in 1st Darlington Cup Practice

2016 darlington cup jimmie johnson zach catanzareti

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Though it’s a throwback weekend, Jimmie Johnson topping Sprint Cup Series practice is nothing old. At a lap time of 27.937 seconds [176.025 mph], Johnson was quickest during the 85-minute practice session at Darlington Raceway. Denny Hamlin and Ryan Blaney completed the top 3, as the field made their first laps of the weekend after …

Read more

Joey Logano Wins XFINITY Pole at Watkins Glen

2016 Loudon I CUP Joey Logano Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

It’s a Team Penske sweep atop the boards in XFINITY Series qualifying at Watkins Glen International. Then again, it’s nothing new. Performing the 1-2 sweep for the third consecutive year at The Glen, Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski will lead the field to green in Saturday’s Zippo 200. In fact, Logano’s 1:10.824-second lap time – …

Read more

Chase Elliott Leaning on Jeff Gordon, Test Time at Watkins Glen

2016 Kansas I CUP Chase Elliott Brett Moist NKP

(Photo: Brett Moist /NKP)

Under unexpected circumstances over the past few weeks, Chase Elliott has found a familiar name alongside his No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. Jeff Gordon is continuing to substitute for Dale Earnhardt, Jr., who continues on his path to recovery from concussion-like symptoms, and is back in his No. 88 Chevrolet this weekend at Watkins Glen …

Read more

Kyle Larson Leads Final XFINITY Practice at Watkins Glen

2016 Pocono I CUP Kyle Larson Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Though they’re covering 2.45 miles at Watkins Glen International, Kyle Larson took final XFINITY Series practice by 0.005 seconds over Kyle Busch. At a lap time of 1:11.323 seconds, the No. 42 Chevrolet of Larson took the top spot after 10 laps on track in the one-hour session. With Busch in second, Joey Logano finished …

Read more

Martin Truex, Jr., Paul Menard with Early Issues in Pocono

2016 Pocono I CUP Martin Truex Jr. Anthony Lumbis Sr.

(Photo: Anthony Lumbis, Sr.)

It didn’t take too long before two of the top 3 starters ran into problems at Pocono Raceway. Shortly following a lap 18 restart after the competition caution, polesitter Martin Truex, Jr. cut a right-front tire into Turn 2, sending the No. 78 machine into the wall. The team found that the inner-liner valve stem …

Read more

Sign up for the Frontstretch Newsletter

A daily email update (Monday through Friday) providing racing news, commentary, features, and information from Frontstretch.com