Race Weekend Central

2-Headed Monster: Can Danica Patrick Improve?

2016 Indianapolis Cup Danica Patrick Brett Moist NKP

(Photo: Brett Moist/NKP)

This week’s Frontstretch NASCAR debate question: Danica Patrick had a strong performance during Speedweeks, finishing top 10 in both stages and contending until one of the big wrecks knocked her out. She followed it up with a 17th-place, lead-lap finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Is that a sign of things to come this season for NASCAR’s …

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Happiness Is… Getting Back to Green


No need to get into anything heady with yet another critique or defense of NASCAR and all of its wonders and ills.  Let’s just get things going. Happiness Is…Newness. Back in 1971, R.J. Reynolds took over the naming rights for NASCAR’s top division of racing, bringing about what became known as the Winston Cup Series. …

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2-Headed Monster: Daytona & Stages — Yea or Nay


The Daytona 500 should definitely be a race run without segments. But not the only one. NASCAR is a sport built on tradition, heritage and sticking to its roots. In light of all the changes for this upcoming season, be it Monster Energy, the new lower downforce package, competition enhancements, drivers retiring/stepping away, etc., that can …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: Post-Michigan Edition

2016 Michigan I CUP Joey Logano confetti John HArrelson NKP

(Photo: John Harrelson / NKP)

The racing weekend at Michigan and Texas gave fans plenty of variety. Youth showed us their talents, restarts were crazy, at least two of the finishes were well worth waiting for and then there was a special groundhog appearance. Just your normal racing weekend. HOT Sooner or later Joey Logano was going to win a …

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The Little 500 Sets Multiple Firsts as Kody Swanson Wins

Kody Swanson Little 500 Got Milk Anderson Speedway Mike Neff

(Photo: Mike Neff)

The path to the Indianapolis 500 used to be paved through the USAC ranks. While some drivers still climb to the top of the open wheel mountain via Midgets, Sprints and Silver Crown cars, it is not nearly as common as it used to be. A current driver in the USAC ranks who could take …

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