Race Weekend Central

Up to Speed: Alex Bowman Delivering on High Expectations

2020CaliforniaNCSAlexBowmanBurnoutRLP(2)

(Photo: Randy Lanning)

No long ago, Hendrick Motorsports was the undisputed most dominant team in NASCAR.  Competitors and fans alike understood that the path to the Cup Series championship inevitably ran through the sprawling HMS campus in Concord, North Carolina.  Led most recently by Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick’s strong teams promised to be contenders each and every week. However, …

Read more

The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2020 Auto Club 400

NASCAR Xfinity Series

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who… should you be talking about after the race? After losing a major sponsor prior to the season, Alex Bowman could be racing for his ride this year.  The 26-year-old Arizona native is a free agent after the season, and he may need to convince Hendrick Motorsports that keeping him is in the team’s best …

Read more

Alex Bowman Dominates for 2nd Career Victory in Auto Club 400

2020 California NCS Alex Bowman Victory Lane RLP

(Photo: Randy Lanning)

A dominating performance at Auto Club Speedway by a Hendrick Motorsports driver isn’t a surprise — however, it wasn’t the driver most would expect. Alex Bowman dominated the Auto Club 400 on Sunday afternoon (March 1) en route to his second career NASCAR Cup Series victory. Bowman led 110 of the race’s 200 laps. He …

Read more

Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2020 Auto Club 400

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

California dreamin’, on such a winter’s day. The NASCAR Cup Series teams don’t have to dream, as they are in Fontana, Calif. this week for the Auto Club 400. The race will air on Sunday, March 1 at 12:30 p.m. ET on FOX. Temperatures at Auto Club Speedway on race day will definitely feel like …

Read more

Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: Auto Club 400 (Fontana)

2019 Kentucky MENCS Brad Keselowski Joey Logano Team Penske Car Nigel Kinrade Photography

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The bright stars of Hollywood will out in full force this weekend, with NASCAR’s annual visit to the area’s two-mile oval in nearby Fontana, the Auto Club Speedway. This racetrack has the third oldest pavement on the circuit, only coming behind Dover International Speedway and the site of next week’s race, the Atlanta Motor Speedway. …

Read more

Alex Bowman Tops Both Cup Series Practices Friday at Auto Club Speedway

2019 Dover MENCS Alex Bowman Car NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Alex Bowman led both of Friday’s (Feb. 28) NASCAR Cup Series practice sessions for the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway. First Practice Bowman posted a lightning-fast lap of 179.439 mph in his No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports’ Chevrolet in the opening session. Kyle Larson’s 177.703 mph lap speed was just enough for second-quickest. Rookie of …

Read more

Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2020 Pennzoil 400 Presented by Jiffy Lube

Kevin Harvick Daytona 500 Media Day 2020

Photo/Davey Segal)

After Monday night’s wild and scary ending to the Daytona 500, NASCAR Cup Series teams travel to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the Pennzoil 400 on Sunday, Feb. 23. The action should be much tamer this week at the 1.5-mile track. While big crashes are still possible, the cars won’t run in large packs except …

Read more

Joey Logano Fastest in Uneventful Daytona 500 Happy Hour

2020 Daytona NCS Joey Logano Car NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Joey Logano led a line of Fords to the top of the speed charts in Saturday’s (Feb. 15) Happy Hour practice for the Daytona 500, capping an uneventful final practice that saw only the Blue Ovals engage in any extended drafting. Twenty-six of the 40 starters for Sunday’s 500 made laps during the session. 2020 …

Read more

Trendy Tuesday: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., JTG Daugherty Racing All About 3

2020 Daytona NCS RIcky Stenhouse, Jr. Face NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Hi, if you follow me on Twitter you probably know I love stats. So for the 2020 NASCAR season, we’re taking a few of those stats to the next level in a new Frontstretch column called Trendy Tuesday.  No, I didn’t put any stats on Twitter this week following The Clash, so the column may look a …

Read more

Up to Speed: NASCAR Cup Drivers With Something to Prove in 2020

Matt DiBenedetto

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

A new racing season means new opportunities and new challenges.  Over the winter, NASCAR’s Cup Series saw its usual flurry of changes among drivers, teams and crews.  As a result of these changes, many drivers, rookies and veterans alike will be feeling the pressure to perform in 2020.  Whether measuring their success against other competitors …

Read more

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Earns Pole Position For 2020 Daytona 500

2020 Daytona NCS Daytona 500 Qualifying NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

New team for Ricky Stenhouse Jr.? No problem. The former restrictor plate ace continued his strength Sunday (Feb. 9) at Daytona and Talladega while putting his car on the pole for the 2020 Daytona 500. Stenhouse spent much of the session as much as a half-second faster than the rest of the field before some …

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

Sign up for the Frontstretch Newsletter

A daily email update (Monday through Friday) providing racing news, commentary, features, and information from Frontstretch.com