Race Weekend Central

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Fastest in Opening Atlanta Cup Practice

2017 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series, Richmond

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Roush Fenway Racing’s Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was fastest in opening practice of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Friday, Feb. 23. Stenhouse turned a lap of 29.745 seconds (186.384 mph) around the 1.54-mile track in Hampton, Ga. He was seven-hundredths of a second faster than Kyle Larson, who was fastest for …

Read more

Up to Speed: Wild & Young Racers Steal the Show at Daytona

2018 daytona cup zach catanzareti erik jones

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

If the Daytona 500 is any indication, the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup season could be one of the wildest in years. Granted, making any predictions about an entire season based only on the first race is a dangerous game.  The Daytona 500 is unlike any other race on the NASCAR schedule, and restrictor plate …

Read more

The Black Flag Continues to Cause Controversy at Daytona

2017 Texas NXS Elliott Sadler Russell LaBounty NKP

(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

One of the forgotten flags of NASCAR came back with a vengeance at Speedweeks 2018. There have now been four times in the last week of racing at Daytona International Speedway where the black flag has waved to deeply hurt a strong contender. It all started with the Advance Auto Parts Clash. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. …

Read more

Are the Can-Am Duels Still Necessary?

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

The stars of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series duked it out on Thursday night (Feb. 15) in the Can-Am Duels to determine Sunday’s starting lineup for the Daytona 500. Only 40 cars entered the Great American Race this year, so for the first time in a long time, no one was sent home. In the …

Read more

Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2018 Daytona 500

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Daytona 500 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL USA Sunday 11 February 2018 Alex Bowman, Hendrick Motorsports, Nationwide Chevrolet Camaro World Copyright: Nigel Kinrade NKP

Alex Bowman will lead the field at Daytona for the 500(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Daily fantasy NASCAR is back, which is a great reminder that spring is right around the corner. If you live up north like me, the Daytona 500 will shine a bright light on the weekend and help you forget about the foot-and-a-half of snow on the front lawn. The front row was set last Sunday …

Read more

3 Things to Take Away from Daytona 500 Media Day

kyle busch kurt busch media day

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

More times than not, NASCAR Media Days are not all that newsworthy.  However, Wednesday’s Daytona 500 Media Day sparked some controversy. Each driver made their respective rounds from different medium to different medium. But the afternoon ended with a bang, with soon-to-be the most recent retired driver Danica Patrick. 1) Patrick, who will be competing in her …

Read more

The 10: Power Rankings — Daytona 500 Edition

2017 Kansas II CUP Denny Hamlin Barry Cantrell NKP

(Photo: Barry Cantrell NKP)

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returned to action last weekend with an action-packed few days of practices, qualifying and racing, culminating with the Advance Auto Parts Clash on Sunday afternoon. The best part? It’s just getting started. For the 60th time, NASCAR comes to Daytona International Speedway for the official start to the 2018 season. 40 …

Read more

NASCAR Mailbox: What Happens If Danica Patrick Wins the Daytona 500?

The NASCAR season is finally here. Yeah, it took long enough; it’s been nearly three months since the conclusion to the 2017 season at Homestead-Miami Speedway. But now, 2018 has arrived. In what was an unusually busy offseason for teams, featuring many last-minute changes, the time has finally come for stock car racing to hit …

Read more

Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Sports Unveils New NASCAR Graphics in Daytona

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series The Advance Auto Parts Clash Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL USA Sunday 11 February 2018 Ryan Blaney, Team Penske, Menards/Peak Ford Fusion, Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, Mountain Dew Chevrolet Camaro and Joey Logano, Team Penske, Shell Pennzoil Ford Fusion World Copyright: Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Welcome back to Couch Potato Tuesday.  For me, it’s my 10th year of keeping NASCAR’s media partners honest.  For 2018, there will be no real changes in my output, but there are a couple of minor adjustments on the website. You’ve probably noticed that the TV Listings in the tab has been replaced by Television.  …

Read more

Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2018 Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona


(Photo: Bruce Nuttleman)

Who’s in the headline It was double the pleasure, double the fun Sunday at Daytona. The Advance Auto Parts Clash and Daytona 500 qualifying both took place, jumpstarting the 2018 NASCAR season. When the dust settled, Hendrick Motorsports claimed its fourth Daytona 500 pole in a row. Alex Bowman put the No. 88 on top of …

Read more

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Moving Previous Plate Focus to Intermediate Tracks in 2018

2018 media tour charlotte zach catanzareti ricky stenhouse jr

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

When Ricky Stenhouse Jr. pulled into Victory Lane twice last year at restrictor plate tracks, there was no question that Stenhouse, Ford and Roush Fenway Racing had found their hot spot again. After scoring what was the first two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victories of his career at Talladega Superspeedway and Daytona International Speedway …

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