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Frontstretch 5: Staff Picks From the Frontstretch YouTube Page, 2023 Edition

Cory Roper

(Photo: Dalton Hopkins)

For 2023, our staff members looked back and picked their favorite videos of the year from Frontstretch‘s YouTube.

Tracking the Trucks: Talladega Packs a Punch for Many Drivers

Nascar Craftsman Truck Series

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Brett Moffitt won his one-off truck start at Talladega. But the ‘Dega chaos included two drivers being sent to the hospital and another getting sucker-punched.

Truckin’ Thursdays: Cory Roper’s Highs & Lows at Daytona

Cory Roper at Daytona Truck 2021

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Cory Roper. Until two weeks ago when he nearly won the season opener at Daytona International Speedway, you may not have heard that name unless you’re an avid follower of the Camping World Truck Series. He nearly snagged his first career victory on one of the sport’s biggest stages, though he took the checkered flag …

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The Underdog House: Michael McDowell Proves Every Dog Has His Day

Michael McDowell wins 2021 Daytona 500, Chase Elliott close second, Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Top Dog 10 years after the unthinkable happened when Trevor Bayne won the 2011 Daytona 500, the unthinkable happened again. After 14 years and 358 starts driving for underfunded teams in the NASCAR Cup Series, 36-year-old Michael McDowell is a Daytona 500 champion with Front Row Motorsports. McDowell had been caught up in a 16-car …

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Tracking the Trucks: Ben Rhodes Edges Jordan Anderson at Daytona

2021 Trucks Daytona finish with wreck - Rhodes/Roper/Anderson. (Credit: NKP)

Credit: NKP

In a Nutshell: Ben Rhodes edged Jordan Anderson and Cory Roper at the line to score his first career Daytona International Speedway win in Friday’s (Feb. 12) NextEra Energy 250 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. A caution involving 10 trucks with just four laps remaining set up the overtime finish that gave ThorSport …

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Cory Roper Nearly Upsets Daytona Truck Field, Finishes 3rd

Cory Roper During Truck Practice in Daytona, 2/11/2021

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

As the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series field worked its way down the backstretch coming to the checkered flag at Daytona, Cory Roper had nobody in view in his front windshield. It was an unfamiliar sight. But the independent racer knew he was in a compromised position. The underdog had slammed the wall while getting …

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Ben Rhodes Wins Crash-Marred Daytona Truck Race

2021 Trucks Daytona Ben Rhodes, No. 99 ThorSport Racing Toyota, burnout (Credit: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In typical fashion, this year’s edition of the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway was again a compilation of bent fenders, high attrition and one excited NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver after a wild finish. That one driver ended up being Thorsport Racing’s Ben Rhodes as the smoke cleared Friday night (Feb. …

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Entry List: Corrigan Oil 200

2019 Pocono Ngots Christian Eckes Truck Nigel Kinrade Photography

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The Gander Outdoor Truck Series has one race remaining in the regular season, and Michigan International Raceway is the destination for the deciding race in who will be in the Gander Outdoor Truck Series playoffs. With only 31 teams on the initial entry list, all trucks will make the show, barring any entry list changes. …

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NASCAR 101: NASCAR’s Current Owner-Drivers

2019 Daytona I Nxs Jeremy Clements Car Nkp

(Photo: NKP)

Where have all the owner-drivers gone? Well, it certainly ain’t the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Which is probably a different story from when many who read this first started following NASCAR. The story of the owner-driver — the do-it-all wheelman who can balance a checkbook just as well as he can drive a car …

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