Race Weekend Central

5 Points to Ponder: A Week Off, Super Subs & Quarter Centuries

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The First Off-Week After six weeks of intense competition from the wide-open high banks of Daytona through the cramped confines of Martinsville Speedway, the oldest (and in my humble opinion best) track on the circuit, the first of just a handful of off weekends in 2015 is upon us. So you should expect a plethora …

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Kyle Larson Out of 2015 STP 500 at Martinsville, Regan Smith to Sub

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Kyle Larson will miss Sunday’s STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Larson fainted during an autograph session on Saturday (March 28) and was taken to a local hospital for evaluation. From there Larson then flew to Charlotte to be further evaluated. The driver of the No. 42 arrived there late Saturday evening and it was concluded …

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Tech Talk: Tony Gibson on Kurt Busch’s Hot Start & What to Expect at Martinsville

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Tony Gibson started the year off with Regan Smith behind the wheel while NASCAR had Kurt Busch on suspension but he was still working with Busch during that time, so when his usual driver came back last week they hit the track fast. Last week at Auto Club Speedway, they were three-quarters of a lap …

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Eyes on Xfinity: The State of the Xfinity Series, 5 Races In

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Well, that went fast. The first five races of the NASCAR Xfinity Series season are in the books, and there have been some wild events to start the year. After seeing a driver with diabetes defy the odds of life with a Daytona victory, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stars have taken the reigns of the …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Brian Vickers, Furniture Row & Is Kurt Busch Really Back?

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What a race this past weekend in Fontana, right? The string of cautions during the last laps and the passing for the lead, especially when it counted for race winner Brad Keselowski, all really helped to amp up the Auto Club 400. Coors Light Pole Award winner Kurt Busch, really has made a tremendous leap …

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The Frontstretch 5: Memorable 1st Wins

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Welcome to the Frontstretch Five! Each week, Amy Henderson takes a look at the racing, the drivers and the storylines that drive NASCAR and produces a list of five people, places, things and ideas that define the current state of our sport. This week, Amy brings back that first-time feeling with some memorable first wins …

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NASCAR Unveils 2015 Sprint Fan Vote, Makes Sprint All-Race Eligibility Rule Change

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On Thursday, NASCAR unveiled the 2015 Sprint Fan Vote, where race fans can vote a driver who otherwise would not have qualified into the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. For 2015, the rules are similar, but a little different. As in past years, fans can vote by either going to NASCAR’s special website …

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Kurt Busch Reinstated By NASCAR

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NASCAR announced on Wednesday that Kurt Busch’s indefinite suspension has been lifted. Busch has been suspended since Feb. 20 after allegedly committing an act of domestic violence against his ex-girlfriend. Criminal charges were not filed, as announced by the Delaware Attorney General’s office last week. According to a NASCAR press release, Busch “is eligible to return to NASCAR racing …

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Axalta Coating Systems to Sponsor Regan Smith at Phoenix

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On Thursday, JR Motorsports announced that Axalta Coating Systems will serve as the primary sponsor of Regan Smith‘s No. 7 Chevrolet Camaro in the XFINITY Series at Phoenix International Raceway.  The company’s Cromax division, which is a line of paints specifically designed for collision repair shops, will be spotlighted on the quarterpanels of the otherwise …

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Four Burning Questions in Las Vegas: Returning Veterans & Risky Bets

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Two down, 34 to go. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be heading west for round three of its long and arduous season this weekend to a beautiful venue known as the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Built in 1996 and then subsequently reconfigured 10 years later, Vegas has become a familiar stop on the circuit …

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Did You Notice? … The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

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Did You Notice? … Two races into 2014, Kevin Harvick is the only Stewart-Haas Racing car with either a top-5 or top-10 finish? SHR’s struggle has been notable as Tony Stewart was off the pace at Atlanta, uncompetitive long before getting caught up in a mid-race accident. Regan Smith has run admirably, keeping the No. 41 …

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Tweet N Greet: Tony Stewart, Denny Hamlin & More

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Every week, Frontstretch will scour Twitter looking for the best tweets from the drivers, NASCAR media, fans and even NASCAR personnel. We hope you enjoy these tweets from the previous week!   In case those of you don't know what Chad "Pedro" Johnston looks like….. I present Pedro pic.twitter.com/8kcjvg07HI — Tony Stewart (@TonyStewart) March 2, …

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