Race Weekend Central

The 10: Ranking the Races (So Far)

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For the final time before the Chase, the stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series enjoyed a week off after a wild afternoon at Watkins Glen International. While that left many of them to relax, it required the masterminds behind Frontstretch’s Power Rankings to be creative. With no new race to base driver rankings off …

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The 10: Wrecking at Watkins Glen

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Oh how quickly things can change. For a time, it appeared that Martin Truex, Jr. and Kyle Larson were each due for a leap into the top 5 of these rankings. Then, in the final 300 yards of Sunday’s Cheez-It 355 at the Glen, everything went awry as both drivers were sent spinning and, in …

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The 10: Peeking Through the Fog After Pocono

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If there’s one thing that can be said for certain about Monday’s postponed running of the Pennsylvania 400, it’s that no race in NASCAR’s history was quite like it. First, there was the fact that it was the first time a track had suffered two postponed races in the same year. Then, there was the …

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The 10: The Best of New Hampshire

2016 Loudon I CUP Matt Kenseth pack racing Russell LaBounty NKP

(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

New Hampshire Motor Speedway was, as always, interesting. For much of the race, it appeared that Kyle Busch and Martin Truex, Jr. were going to be the ones to beat, but everything changed over the race’s last 100 laps. Suddenly, a flurry of cautions began to fall, and with them, the race began to see …

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The 10: Slippin’ & Slidin’ on a Wild Kentucky Night

2016 Kentucky CUP Kyle Busch pack racing Russell LaBounty NKP

(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

Saturday’s Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway could best be described as a war of attrition. From an unpredictable racing surface to a trial run with the low-low downforce package, there we more variable for teams to account for than at any race on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tour. Throw in a hard compound …

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The 10: Dominance in Daytona

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Anyone who thinks a restrictor plate race can’t be dominated need look no further than Brad Keselowski’s drubbing of the field in Saturday’s Coke Zero 400 to be proven wrong. Driving a strong No. 2 Ford, Keselowski fended off a wealth of challengers, including brothers Kurt and Kyle Busch, to claim his first victory at …

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The 10: Smoke Show in Sonoma

2106 Sonoma CUP TOny Stewart pack racing Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

How about that. He actually did it. Tony Stewart held off Martin Truex, Jr., and used a well-time body slam to get the best of Denny Hamlin, capturing a win for the third time in his 17-year career at Sonoma Raceway. Things got interesting behind Smoke, too. Hamlin, typically an afterthought on road courses, came …

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The 10: Prospects Going to Victory Lane, Perhaps Sooner Than You Think

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Off weekends are a time to reflect, grow and speculate for the future in the NASCAR industry, both for the teams on the track, and those of us that right about them. While race teams analyze their data from the previous months, looking for incremental gains to use going forward, we here at Frontstretch have …

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The 10: Low Downforce, No Problem in Michigan

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Less downforce or not, a lot of the same faces shined bright at Michigan International Speedway. Amid the hype of the rules package changes, Joey Logano and Chase Elliott dominated much of Sunday’s Firekeepers Casino 400 in the Irish Hills of Michigan. Behind them, familiar mainstays from recent weeks filled the top 10, including Kevin …

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