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The Virtual Frontstretch: Issue 5

Melillo Virtual Frontstretch 5

Photo by Justin Melillo via iRacing.com

The fifth edition of The Virtual Frontstretch is out for the week of March 14. Besides a few patches from iRacing to remove some things such as the New Damage Model on certain cars that incurred glitching, as well as update the NASCAR dirt tires to behave more “realistically” with real driver input, it was …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2021 Dixie Vodka 400

Kyle Larson car in 2021 Daytona 500 Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

It’s time for the third consecutive race in sunny Florida for the NASCAR Cup Series this season, this time at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The Dixie Vodka 400 is set to air on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET on FOX. After turning both left and right last week on Daytona International Speedway’s 3.61-mile road course, drivers return …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2021 O’Reilly Auto Parts 253

Christopher Bell won at the Daytona Road Course in 2021 Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who… should you be talking about after the race? First-time winners don’t happen every week… oh, wait. After Michael McDowell won his first career NASCAR Cup Series race in the Daytona 500 last week, Christopher Bell drove a masterful final 10 laps to reel in and pass veteran Joey Logano under the white flag to …

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The Virtual Frontstretch: Issue 1

Melillo Virtual Frontstretch 1

Photo by Justin Melillo via iRacing.com

It’s been a wild start to the year in the world of motor-eSports across the iRacing and NASCAR Heat platforms. With the offseason coming to a close and the Daytona 500 kicking off the NASCAR racing season, many special events and league seasons have sprung up across the sim racing world; some of them are …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2021 Daytona 500

Michael McDowell celebrates his 2021 Daytona 500 win Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who… should you be talking about after the race? With duct tape on the hood and all hell breaking loose around him, Michael McDowell drove through a fiery last-lap crash and held off Chase Elliott and Austin Dillon just long enough for the caution flag to fly, winning his first career NASCAR Cup Series race on …

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Fire on Fridays: Folks, We’ve Got Some Debuts On Our Hands

#98: Chase Briscoe, Stewart Haas Racing, Ford Mustang Highpoint.com

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

There’s a lot to look forward to with the upcoming NASCAR season, and it’s not just because of all the new tracks. OK, granted, that’s a significant part of it. NASCAR Cup, Xfinity and Camping World Truck series drivers at Circuit of the Americas and Nashville Superspeedway? A downright silly amount of road courses across …

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Frontstretch Podcast: New Year Brings New Beginnings

Nascar Xfinity Series

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Welcome to the revamped Frontstretch Podcast! Davey Segal and a rotating host of other Frontstretch Staff will be with you all season long, bringing you news, analysis, discussion, interviews and more from the world of NASCAR. To kick off 2021, Davey and the incomparable Mike Neff chat about what was a busy off-season, with the …

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Anthony Alfredo Picks Up 6-Race DUDE Wipes Sponsorship

Nascar Xfinity Series

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

NASCAR Cup Series rookie Anthony Alfredo will have a six-race sponsorship from DUDE Wipes for the 2021 season, Front Row Motorsports announced Feb. 5. Alfredo’s No. 38 will carry the sponsorship starting at Homestead-Miami Speedway later this month. The other five events include races at the Bristol Motor Speedway dirt track, Kansas Speedway, New Hampshire …

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2021 NASCAR Preseason Power Rankings No. 30: Anthony Alfredo

Nascar Xfinity Series

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

One of only two rookies set for full-time NASCAR Cup Series competition, Anthony Alfredo enters 2021 in the seat of Front Row Motorsports’ No. 38 Ford. Racing alongside 13-year veteran teammate Michael McDowell, Alfredo replaces John Hunter Nemechek, who dropped down to the Camping World Truck Series for the upcoming season. “Fast Pasta” has part-time …

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Michael McDowell, Anthony Alfredo Driving for FRM in 2021, David Ragan Racing Daytona

Nascar Cup Series

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Michael McDowell will remain with Front Row Motorsports in the NASCAR Cup Series in 2021, while Anthony Alfredo moves to the team to compete for Rookie of the Year honors, the team announced Jan. 6. McDowell returns to the No. 34, while Alfredo will drive the No. 38 vacated by John Hunter Nemechek. 2021 will …

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What’s Left of the 2020-2021 Silly Season

Ty Dillon at Daytona in 2020

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Over the years, the term Silly Season has become a popular expression in the racing world. It’s the time of year where NASCAR drivers in a contract year try to figure out where they’ll land for the following season. For fans, it’s highly anticipated. For drivers, not so much. With the current economic landscape, many …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Anthony Alfredo Hopes to Return to Richard Childress Racing in 2021

Nascar Xfinity Series

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In his penultimate NASCAR Xfinity Series start of the season at Kansas Speedway, Anthony Alfredo had a hot rod, running inside the top five for the majoirty of the race in his No. 21 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet. On a lap 172 restart, it all went awry. Entering turn 1, Justin Allgaier made a bold …

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