Race Weekend Central

4 Burning Questions: Who’s Saying Goodbye After 2021?

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Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

Who will win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship? John Hunter Nemechek enters Phoenix Raceway with the most wins on the season but as the fourth seed after just barely getting to this round after a late crash at Martinsville Speedway. Nemechek is probably the most aggressive driver of these four and will do …

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Friday Faceoff: Is This Hendrick Lineup Its Best Ever?

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Is this the most competitive Hendrick Motorsports has ever been? Luken Glover: One can certainly make that argument. It isn’t a head-and-shoulders advantage, but this NASCAR Cup Series season is right there as one of the best. If a HMS car wins this week, it will tie its 2007 record for the most single-season wins …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Is It Really All About Winning?

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You hear it all the time. NASCAR’s current post-season format is designed around winning. It’s why TV commentators each week go on and on about the importance of stage points, finding ways to remind viewers that winning races, even for a driver with multiple race wins, matters a lot. The emphasis is all well and …

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Daniel Hemric Advances to Championship 4 But Falls Short at Martinsville: ‘I’m So Disappointed’

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Everybody was thinking it. What would happen this time in the closing laps to prevent Daniel Hemric from winning his first NASCAR national series race? Besides a caution from future teammate Justin Haley, it was a joint decision from the No. 18 team that prevented him from challenging full bore for the win at Martinsville. “It’s …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Daniel Hemric Advances, But Late Caution Thwarts Another Victory

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Austin Cindric and AJ Allmendinger each entered Saturday’s (Oct. 30) NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Martinsville Speedway 47 points above the cutline. Race smart and complete all the laps meant they were likely racing for a championship next weekend. After stage two, both received the notification they were locked in the Championship 4 race at …

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Noah Gragson Wins Martinsville, Clinches Championship 4 Berth

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Noah Gragson had to win to advance to the Championship 4 Saturday night (Oct. 30) at Martinsville Speedway, and was willing to do anything to win the Dead On Tools 250. After driving and willing his way to the lead, he faced challenges from Daniel Hemric passing him late and battled to retake the lead …

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Best Seat at the Track: Daniel McFadin Joins From Kansas Speedway

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Graphic: Jared Haas

Jared Haas is joined by Frontstretch senior editor Daniel McFadin from Kansas Speedway to discuss the weekend’s racing action. With Kyle Larson securing his Championship 4 spot last weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, the pair debate whether Larson will take it easy over the next two races or put the pedal to the metal. McFadin …

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Daniel Hemric on Pole for Kansas Xfinity Race

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Daniel Hemric will roll off from the pole in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Kansas Speedway Saturday (Oct. 23). He drove his No. 18 Toyota of Joe Gibbs Racing to second behind teammate John Hunter Nemechek at Texas Motor Speedway last week. Austin Cindric begins in second on the front row with Hemric, while …

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Xfinity Breakdown: John Hunter Nemechek Upsets Playoff Grid in Texas

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The Andy’s Frozen Custard 335 at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday (Oct. 16) produced a new winner for 2021, disappointment for a series journeyman and close racing that has become commonplace on mile-and-a-half tracks in recent years. John Hunter Nemechek stormed to victory through a combination of officiating adversity, tire strategy and a lot of …

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Bridesmaid Once Again: Daniel Hemric Denied Xfinity Victory at Texas

Daniel Hemric crossing the start/finish line at Texas. Photo by Rick Lunkenheimer

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For the third time this season, Daniel Hemric walks away with a runner-up finish after seeing a potential trip to victory lane slip away following a late-race caution, this time at Texas Motor Speedway. From laps 48-174, Hemric and eventual winner John Hunter Nemechek swapped the lead with the latter spending the most laps out …

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John Hunter Nemechek Outruns Playoff Drivers, Wins Texas

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Regardless of the driver, the No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota is bad fast whenever it races. It robbed the playoff drivers of a win at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday (Oct. 16), the team flexing its might as John Hunter Nemechek got his second career win after battling teammate Daniel Hemric in the Andy’s …

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