Race Weekend Central

The Frontstretch 5: Closest Finishes in Brickyard 400 History

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Pagoda

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This weekend’s regular-season finale at Indianapolis Motor Speedway holds a lot of prestige for drivers, but the race itself is often a bit anticlimactic for fans. In 25 races, the margin of victory has been 1.3 seconds or more 11 times, with another five races finishing under caution. But the Brickyard has also had its …

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The Frontstretch 5: Ways NASCAR Should Really Throw it Back

Darlington Raceway sunset in 2018, NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

NASCAR’s throwback weekend at Darlington Raceway is one of the most popular races on the schedule thanks to the paint schemes that echo times past. Since being restored to its traditional Labor Day weekend date, the Southern 500 has given fans a reminder of what once was. But what if NASCAR was to return to …

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The Frontstretch 5: Big Pieces to the Silly Season Puzzle

#38: David Ragan, Front Row Motorsports, Ford Mustang Mds Trucking

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The first big piece to the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series silly season puzzle was dislodged last week with the announcement that Matt DiBenedetto would not return to the No. 95 at Leavine Family Racing despite a career year for both driver and team. And while it’s likely that Christopher Bell will fall into …

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The Frontstretch 5: Things Nobody Should Say About NASCAR

2016 Nscs Cup Field Chicagoland Brett Moist Nkp

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Racing and speculation go hand in hand. From Silly Season to history lessons, part of what’s fun about NASCAR (and life, for that matter), is thinking about the “what ifs” and the “well, but what abouts.”  Debate keeps fans engaged in the sport in ways that reach beyond the track. But there are some debates …

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The Frontstretch 5: Winless Drivers Who Could Squeeze One In Before the Playoffs

2019 Daytona I Cup Erik Jones Nkp

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Summer in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series has been a diverse one in terms of winners. The last nine races have featured nine different faces in victory lane, which is great for the sport, sponsors and fans. But there are plenty of drivers without wins so far this season (and for some, ever). With …

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The Frontstretch 5: Unlikely NASCAR Storylines Unfolding in 2019

Nascar Gander Outdoors Truck Series

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

If fans’ main gripe with NASCAR in recent years is that it’s too predictable, this year is providing some relief. There are some unexpected storylines floating around out there that weren’t predicted prior to the start of the season. With the year just past the halfway mark, the stories are still unfolding, and what could …

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The Frontstretch 5: Largest NASCAR Cup Victory Margins of 2019 To Date

2019 Loudon Mencs Martin Truex, Jr Face Nigel Kinrade Photography

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

What makes a good race? That question was posed last week in this column, and one thing our staff agreed on was that a close finish is one thing that makes a race memorable. Everyone remembers the 2003 Southern 500 because the finish was the closest in the Cup Series to date. And as we …

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The Frontstretch 5: Improbable Cup Finishes

2016 Pocono Ii Cup Chris Buescher Champagne Logan Whitton Nkp

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1. Chris Buescher, 2016 Pennsylvania 400 In August 2016, weather also played a role and forced an early ending. But the track wasn’t wet, and there wasn’t lightning in play. So what was? Fog. It looks like something out of a movie. Fog so heavy that drivers couldn’t see the track and spotters couldn’t see …

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The Frontstretch 5: NASCAR One-Hit Wonders

2018 Xfinity Richmonf Zach Catanzareti Kaz Grala

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Alex Bowman won the 2019 Camping World 400 at Chicagoland Speedway this past Sunday, scoring his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win. Of course, it wasn’t Bowman’s first win in a NASCAR national series. The 26-year-old won an Xfinity Series race in 2017 for Chip Ganassi Racing. Bowman’s second career NASCAR national series …

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The Frontstretch 5: Ways to Improve a Driver’s Performance

2019 Michigan I Nxs Noah Gragson Michael Annett Nkp

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1. Team Personnel Changes Sometimes all it takes is a new perspective for the team to help improve on areas they’ve been missing. A new (or reunited) crew chief can aid the driver by making adjustments on his car and strategizing a different way to win races. Take Michael Annett, for example. While he wasn’t …

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The Frontstrech 5: Questions to Ask as NASCAR Summer Heats Up

2019 Michigan I Cup Kyle Busch Pack Racing Nkp

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1. Can anyone break the Joe Gibbs Racing-Team Penske stranglehold on the Cup Series? Last year it was Stewart-Haas Racing, JGR and its satellite Furniture Row Racing stealing the show. Fast forward a year and it’s the same story, team as Penske has taken over the top of the Ford mountain from SHR for the …

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