Race Weekend Central

Frontstretch Podcast: Clash Wreckfest, 2020 Preview

2020 Daytona Ncs Erik Jones Victory Lane Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Dustin Albino and Mike Neff are back for another year full of racing podcasts, with the first one focused on Sunday’s Clash, previewing the Daytona 500 and the 2020 season. Erik Jones won a wreckfest Clash on Sunday, while many drivers were upset with different aspects of the event. The duo take sides on why the race …

Read more

The Underdog House: 2020 Vision

2020 Daytona Ncs Brendan Gaughan Car Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The Unusual Suspects Like every other team, NASCAR underdog operations across all three national touring series have made the trek to the Florida coast for another Speedweeks. The Xfinity and Truck teams still have some time to shake the sand out of their boots, but Cup crews have already been shaking down their cars for …

Read more

2020 NASCAR Cup Series Preseason Power Rankings

2019homesteadmencskylebuschvictorylanecck

(Credit: Christian Koelle, Frontstretch)

For the first time here at Frontstretch, our staff banded together to vote on who it thinks will be the top drivers of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season in a preseason power rankings format. Each participating staff member sent a 30-driver ranking before the beginning of the season, taking into account not only 2019 successes …

Read more

Beside the Rising Tide: Ready, Set, 2020…

2019 Daytona Clash Cup Track Overhead Nkp

(Photo: NKP)

I fear calling this time of year “late winter” might be overly optimistic when it comes to continued cold snaps and snow, but I have it on expert what remains of winter will be brief. If you can’t trust a groundhog, who can you trust? Let’s just say we’re in that brief period of time …

Read more

Daniel Suarez Joins Gaunt Brothers Racing for 2020

2019 Atlanta Cup Daniel Suarez Nkp

(Photo: NKP)

Daniel Suarez will compete full-time in the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season with Gaunt Brothers Racing, the team announced Tuesday evening (Jan. 28). Suarez will drive the No. 96 Toyota Camry with Coca-Cola and CommScope as primary sponsors. “It’s great to be back with Toyota and back in the NASCAR Cup Series,” said Suarez in …

Read more

2019 NASCAR Driver Reviews: Daniel Suarez

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

2019 was Daniel Suarez‘s third full season in the NASCAR Cup Series, but his first time in unfamiliar territory. With a few exceptions, Suarez had spent his entire time in NASCAR’s national series racing for either Joe Gibbs Racing or an affiliated team like Kyle Busch Motorsports.  However, the closure of Furniture Row Racing at …

Read more

2019 NASCAR Top Storylines: The Pay-to-Play Trend

2019 Atlanta Cup Landon Cassill Car Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Money buys a lot of things in NASCAR. It buys speed, or at least the parts and pieces to make speed happen. It buys alliances between teams that can also lead to more speed. It buys advertising time that gets sponsors and drivers exposure. Money also buys rides. It’s a trend that has been on …

Read more

Friday Faceoff: Did Kyle Busch Have a Championship-Caliber Season?

2019homesteadmencskylebuschpolishvictorylanecck

Did Kyle Busch have a championship-caliber Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season? Matt McLaughlin: Yes; his second title was more legitimate than the first one. I’m still a fan of a champion being crowned for a full season’s worth of points, but that’s not how the rulebook reads anymore. Kyle Busch‘s second half of the season …

Read more

Frontstretch Podcast: Breaking Down Homestead, Tyler Reddick Chats Xfinity Title

Nascar Xfinity Series

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss the championship weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway that saw Kyle Busch, Tyler Reddick and Matt Crafton be crowned NASCAR champions. Busch came in as a slight underdog for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title, snapping a 21-race winless streak in the process. Reddick had an …

Read more

Daniel Suarez on Oust from Stewart-Haas Racing: ‘It Was A Surprise’

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Coming into the 2019 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Daniel Suarez was feeling good about his 2020 plans and returning to Stewart-Haas Racing. Friday morning (Nov. 15), he was officially jobless. Stewart-Haas Racing confirmed Motorsport.com’s initial report that Cole Custer will replace Suarez in the No. 41 Ford next season. A message for my fans …

Read more

Daniel Suarez Not Returning to Stewart-Haas Racing in 2020; Cole Custer In

2019 Texas Mencs Daniel Suarez Aric Almirola Racing Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Daniel Suarez is out of a ride for the 2020 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. Via a video message posted on Twitter, the 27-year-old confirmed that he will not return to Stewart Haas Racing’s No. 41 Ford Mustang after Sunday’s race (Nov. 17) at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Suarez, a three-year MENCS veteran, had been in …

Read more

Couch Potato Tuesday: Texas Provides Decent Racing and Conflict of Interest?

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

#4: Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Mustang Busch Beer / Ducks Unlimited and #10: Aric Almirola, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Mustang Smithfield

Ever since Texas Motor Speedway was reconfigured into the current version, I’ve always thought that the track races somewhat similar to the original Texas Motor Speedway of 1997.  The first stage of Sunday’s race was very much like 1997.  Chaotic as heck. Sunday’s 500-mile race at Texas Motor Speedway was almost like two completely separate …

Read more