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2016 Frontstretch Podcast: Preseason Edition

Welcome to the Fronstretch Podcast! Racing expert Matt Stallknecht and his rotating panel of guests have you covered from now until the end of the season with all of the main storylines from the NASCAR week that was. On this special preseason edition of the show, Stallknecht, along with Mike Neff, Kevin Rutherford and Aaron Bearden, examine all of the …

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Friday Faceoff: Did NASCAR Add Too Many Gimmicks?

2015 Martinsville I Cup Tony Stewart Racingcredit Amy Henderson

(Photo: Amy Henderson)

NASCAR announced several changes last week, including a caution clock in the Truck Series. Is this going to change anything in terms of what fans see on track and/or for race teams? Clayton Caldwell, Contributor: The caution clock was a gut shot to me when I first heard it. I don’t mind the Chase in …

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2016 NASCAR Media Week: A Look Back at What Went Down

It was quite a week for the drivers, teams and media of NASCAR. For three days, they all gathered together inside the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C., for the annual NASCAR Media Tour. Once the curtain fell on Thursday, the 2016 NASCAR season quickly appeared more clear as many announcements were made on …

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Two-Headed Monster: Is the Chase in XFINITY & Trucks a Good Idea?

Xfinity Atlanta 2015 Mike Neff

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NASCAR announced Tuesday it will adopt its controversial Chase playoff format to the XFINITY and Camping World Truck series tours beginning in 2016. The new iterations of the Chase will look slightly different from the version the Sprint Cup Series currently uses, although the hallmarks – playoff rounds with eliminations, a win-and-you’re-in qualifying process and automatic …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Don’t Fix What Isn’t Broken in the Truck Series

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NASCAR’s media tour at Charlotte Motor Speedway opened with a bang on Tuesday. Among other announcements, the sanctioning body introduced a Chase format for the Camping World Truck Series that will feature eight drivers competing for seven events in a battle for the championship. A decision that many fans dreaded, the elimination format will mirror …

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Camping World Truck Series Adds Caution Clock, XFINITY Series Introduces Select Heat Races

Kyle Busch edges ahead of Ryan Blaney in the 2015 Camping World Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway

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Racing will be quite different in the Camping World Truck Series come the 2016 season, with NASCAR introducing the creation of a caution clock for the sport’s third-tier division. The clock, which will be present at all races with the exception of Eldora Speedway, will be set in 20-minute intervals. Beginning at the wave of …

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NASCAR Adds Chase to XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series

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As NASCAR looks to entice the younger demographic, the sanctioning body has announced the addition of a playoff format in the XFINITY and Camping World Truck series. The format, similar to the newest version of the Chase for the Sprint Cup adapted into NASCAR’s premier division in 2014, will be implemented for the 2016 season. …

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Rico Abreu to ThorSport Racing Full-Time in 2016

2015 Dover I Cwts Johnny Sauter Truck Cia

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On Friday morning in Tulsa, Okla., ThorSport Racing announced that Rico Abreu, most recently of HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks in the K&N Pro Series East, will join the Ohio-based operation on a full-time basis in 2016.  Abreu will drive the No. 98 Toyota Tundra with sponsorship from Curb Records.  Doug George, a former champion of …

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Back-to-Back: Rico Abreu Wins Chili Bowl Nationals

Rico Abreu

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For the second time in as many years, Rico Abreu drove through the field to claim a Golden Driller. Abreu made his way around leader Bryan Clauson with less than 10 laps remaining and held the 2014 winner off in the closing moments to win the 2016 Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma, …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Austin Theriault & the Path to Recovery

Theriault, Austin 2015 Ford Ecoboost 200 Homestead

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A thundering pound, a stream of lambent sparks and an aftermath littered with torn sheet metal and silent air. Like a tropical storm, Austin Theriault’s grinding crash at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in October had no shortage of drama, intensity or concern as his No. 29 Ford careened violently into the turn 4 wall of …

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NTS Motorsports ‘100% Committed’ to 2016 Truck Series Return

2015 Michigan Ii Cwts Daniel Hemric Truck Cia

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Following a Facebook post from crew chief Ryan McKinney about the immediate suspension of operations for NTS Motorsports’ NASCAR Camping World Truck Series program, the organization has confirmed it will continue to compete in 2016. In an interview with Brennan Newberry, son of team owner Bob Newberry, he tells Frontstretch that while the organization’s future …

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Ben Rhodes to Run in Truck Series for ThorSport Racing in 2016

Rhodes, Ben

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Ben Rhodes will have a new home in 2016: the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Rhodes will join ThorSport Racing to pilot the No. 41 Toyota Tundra full-time in 2016 with sponsorship from Alpha Energy Solutions, the team announced Tuesday (Dec. 15). The 2016 Camping World Truck Series season will mark Rhodes’s first full-time deal …

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