Race Weekend Central

INDYCAR Preview: Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston

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After a rather lackluster race at Texas Motor Speedway three weeks ago, the Verizon IndyCar Series is back in full force this weekend a little bit further downstate in the streets of Houston. This weekend, which IndyCar has dubbed the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston, will be another doubleheader race offering much like …

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Open Wheel Wednesday: Crickets, Ed Carpenter and Double Headers

2014 Indycar Texas Racing Action

Welcome to the IndyCar Round Table! Several times throughout the season, your favorite writers will get together to discuss the latest IndyCar news, rumors and so much more! This Week’s Participants: Toni Montgomery (Frontstretch IndyCar Editor/NHRA Pace Laps) Matt Stallknecht (Frontstretch IndyCar Writer / NASCAR’s Four Burning Questions) Huston Ladner (Frontstretch IndyCar Writer / Happiness …

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Four Burning Questions in Sonoma: Unpredictability and an Aussie on the Hot Seat

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The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is doing something rare today. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, they will be turning right! 15 years ago, that would have drawn groans of disgust from stock car racing fans, used to the frenetic competition on ovals. Oh, how things have changed. Due to an increased focus on Sonoma and Watkins …

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Beyond The Cockpit: A Closer Look At NASCAR Economics

Dale Earnhardt Jr Daytona 500 2014

Trophies come naturally for HMS, and this year it seems easier than ever.

Instead of checking out a driver this week, we’re taking a different approach to Beyond the Cockpit: looking at the health of NASCAR as a whole. Andrew Maness is the owner of RACINGnomics, a “cutting edge” website devoted to intense statistical research in the world of racing. As a longtime fan with a deep background …

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Four Burning Questions in Michigan: High Speeds, Stakes & Attrition

2014 Darlington Cup Kevin Harvick Credit Yvonne Leonard

Credit: Yvonne Leonard

Do you like speed? Do you like it when race car drivers pilot their beastly machines on the very limit of traction? If you answered yes to the above questions, this weekend’s Quicken Loans 400 from Michigan International Speedway will likely be of interest to you. Record speeds have been the big story of the …

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Four Burning All-Star Questions: Anti-Climatic Finishes and All-Star Underdogs

The Sprint All-Star Race is on tap for this evening, and if you’ve been watching Fox Sports 1 at all the past few weeks you’ve probably already been inundated with adverts and hype for the race. Whether or not the hype will be justified remains to be scene, but nonetheless, the All-Star Race still stands …

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Open Wheel Wednesday: Good Ratings, Good Crowd For GP Now To The 500!

Welcome to the IndyCar Round Table! Several times throughout the season, your favorite writers will get together to discuss the latest IndyCar news, rumors and so much more! This Week’s Participants: Toni Montgomery (Frontstretch IndyCar Editor / NHRA Pace Laps) Matt Stallknecht (Frontstretch IndyCar Writer / NASCAR’s Four Burning Questions) Huston Ladner (Frontstretch IndyCar Writer / Happiness Is) Huston: FYI for you both, …

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Four Burning Questions in Kansas: Treacherous Track Surfaces and A Freaky Fast Harvick

Tonight, the stars and cars of NASCAR’s pinnacle division will take on the oh-so-treacherous Kansas Speedway to contest the 5-Hour Energy 400. For the first time, the Sprint Cup Series will be racing at Kansas under the lights, and with the nighttime conditions comes a whole slew of new challenges for the teams to face. …

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IndyCar Driver Profile: Ryan Hunter-Reay

Driver: Ryan Hunter-Reay 2014 Primary Ride: No. 28 Andretti Autosport DW12 2014 Primary Sponsor: DHL Career Verizon IndyCar Series Statistics: 111 starts, 12 wins, 22 podium finishes, 13903 laps led. Career CART/Champ Car World Series Statistics: 43 starts, 2 wins, 3 Podium Finishes, 265 laps led. Career Highlights 2012 IndyCar Series Champion Nine-time World Karting Association Champion One-time winner of the …

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Four Burning Questions in Talladega: Under-Dogs and Racy Restrictor Plates

It’s big. It’s bad. It’s fast. It’s Talladega! This race needs little introduction. This one has been perhaps the most anticipated Talladega race in recent memory, and if practice and qualifying were any indication of what is to come today, then the hype will be justified. Plenty of stories are on the docket heading into …

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Pace Laps: JRM Shines, RFR Fails to Impress and Hunter-Reay Silences Long Beach Critics

Did you see all of the race action this weekend? Or, like a lot of busy fans, did you miss a late-night adventure, a Friday controversy, or a juicy piece of news? If you did, you’ve come to the right place! Each week, The Frontstretch will break down the racing, series by series, to bring …

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Four Burning Questions – Richmond: Financial Follies and Revisiting Spingate

At Kansas Speedway In Kansas City, Kansas On October 19, 2012.

BK Racing has been around for several seasons now, strictly as a two-car operation. Will an expansion to three be too much to handle for a team still getting on its feet in NASCAR?

The perfect race track. That’s how the drivers of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series are apt to describe the track that hosts this week’s round of racing action, Richmond International Raceway. Of course, the last Sprint Cup Series event at Richmond was decidedly not perfect, what with the cheating scandal and all. Of course, Spingate will be …

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