Race Weekend Central

Truckin’ Thursdays: Why Is Respect an Issue in Truck Series Today?

2021 Martinsville Trucks John Hunter Nemechek tow truck NKP

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“There’s a complete lack of respect everywhere, all over the place.” – Kyle Busch Respect. It’s such a simple word, yet it’s become such a hot topic in recent weeks in NASCAR and, more specifically, in the Camping World Truck Series. Coming out of last weekend’s trip to Martinsville Speedway, plenty of drivers left upset …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Where’s the Respect in the Truck Series?

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The Truck race on Saturday (Oct. 30) was a you-know-what show. Why has the respect gone down considerably in recent years? – Dan I., Knoxville, Iowa The Camping World Truck Series has been trending this way for a couple years and especially in recent weeks. But it seems to have come to a boiling point …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Kansas Provides Better Racing, New Issues for NBC Sports

Martin Truex Jr.’s No. 19, Chase Elliott’s No. 9, Alex Bowman’s No. 48 and Joey Logano’s No. 22 race four-wide at Kansas Speedway in the fall 2021 NASCAR Cup series race, NKP

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After a fairly unsatisfactory race at Texas Motor Speedway, viewers got a much more enjoyable race to watch Sunday (Oct. 24) at Kansas Speedway. However, there were problems early. Hollywood Casino 400 Knowing that the race started about 14 minutes after the Formula 1 race, then almost immediately got red-flagged due to lightning, I do …

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The Underdog House: Bubba Wallace Stays on the Yellow Brick Road in Kansas

Bubba Wallace fixes his helmet at 2021 NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, NKP

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Top Dog: Bubba Wallace One of the focal issues of the playoffs thus far has been the atmosphere between non-playoff drivers and playoff drivers. It is what separates NASCAR from any other sport and has been existent each year of the current system. However, 2021 has seemed to play that hand more than any other …

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Podcast: Parker Kligerman On Balancing Racing with TV, Desire To Run Full-Time

Parker Kligerman joins Davey Segal for the Frontstretch Podcast to talk about the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

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Parker Kligerman joins Davey Segal ahead of his return to NASCAR Cup Series competition this weekend at Kansas Speedway for Gaunt Brothers Racing. He explains how the deal came together, how he’s able to balance his NBC Sports work, racing and track ownership, what he’d like to do for the 2022 season and more, including …

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Frontstretch 5: Most Exciting Championship Battles in ARCA History

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NASCAR may have three more weeks of racing left in 2021, but for the ARCA Menards Series, a new champion will be crowned this Friday (Oct. 22) night at Kansas Speedway. Ty Gibbs and Corey Heim have been the cream of the crop in ARCA this year. The two young drivers have won a combined …

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Parker Kligerman Scores Top 5 at Watkins Glen: ‘It’s Pretty Awesome’

Parker Kligerman stands next to his truck at 2021 Daytona I race Photo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Before he could even appreciate his top-five finish in the United Rentals 176 at Watkins Glen International on Saturday afternoon (Aug. 7), Parker Kligerman emerged on pit road with a NBC polo and headset, chatting with Justin Allgaier before heading off to his other job. Allgaier was curious about Kligerman’s tweet, advertising $1 hoodies through …

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iRacing Weekly Roundup: Firecracker 400, 200 Lineups Set After Qualifying Round

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It’s been another virtually hectic week on the iRacing platform. Nashville Superspeedway was the main talk of the weekend as the NASCAR Cup Series made their debut at the newly refurbished facility. The virtual edition of the track was added during the 2021 Season 3 update and, after a few updates, the track became a …

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The Underdog House: Sweet Music for Daniel Suarez, NASCAR Underdogs in Nashville

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The Setting The excitement, energy and enthusiasm of the NASCAR Cup Series heading to Nashville Superspeedway was felt all week across NASCAR Nation. For the first time in 37 years, the Cup tour was stopping in Music City to race the 1.33-mile Nashville Superspeedway on Father’s Day. (I’d like to wish all the Dads out …

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iRacing Weekly Roundup: Road to Pro Q1 Ends, Firecracker 400 Begins

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The new eNASCAR ladder system wrapped up its first rung last week, and after nearly 2000 drivers took their shot in the open series, 70 drivers have advanced from the first round of the iRacing Road to Pro Qualifying Series to the second round. Twenty of those drivers will move on from there to the …

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Landon Cassill Happy to Help JD Motorsports, But Still Has Eyes on NASCAR Cup

2021 Xfinity Martinsville Landon Cassill (Credit: NKP)

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Landon Cassill closed out the 2019 season with a 15th-place finish in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the best finish for Shepherd Racing Ventures since 2009. But in the time following that, Cassill lost his NASCAR Cup Series ride with StarCom Racing during the offseason and didn’t have an NXS gig after …

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The Virtual Frontstretch: Issue 12

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It was a pretty big week in the iRacing community. There was a surprise NASCAR Next Gen release on Wednesday night (May 5) during the eNASCAR Pro Invitational Series race at Darlington Raceway as they were trying it out for the first time. Erik Jones took that victory in a wild pass with two laps …

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