Race Weekend Central

The Underdog House: The Other Kind of Kentucky Horsepower

2019 Mencs Sonoma Chris Buescher

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Top of the Class Chris Buescher reclaimed the top slot among the “other guys” on Saturday night (July 13) in the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway. The No. 37 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet crossed the stripe in 10th position. The result was his fourth top 10 in the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series …

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Beside the Rising Tide: Feels Like the First Time 

Justin Haley poses with his trophy after winning the summer NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona, July 2019. Photo: NKP

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Rather unexpectedly, NASCAR’s top three touring divisions have welcomed some first-time winning drivers and teams lately.  On Thursday night (July 11) at Kentucky Speedway, Tyler Ankrum drove his David Gilliland-owned Toyota to victory, a first for both the rookie driver and the team. It was only Ankrum’s 12th start in the Truck Series, as he …

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Entry List: 27th Annual Foxwoods Resort Casino 301

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The NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series will be making their first and only trip of the season to New Hampshire Motor Speedway this year for the 2019 Foxwoods Resort Casino 301. The initial entry list has 37 competitors trying to tackle the Motor Mile for 40 spots on the grid. That means all drivers will …

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Tyler Ankrum Scores 1st Career Truck Series Win at Kentucky Speedway

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Tyler Ankrum took advantage of Brett Moffitt’s empty fuel tank and scored his first career Gander Outdoors Truck Series victory in Thursday night’s Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 at Kentucky Motor Speedway. He led a race-high 40 laps along the way. “Honestly, I wasn’t even really listening. I was just driving my rear-end off,” …

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Friday Faceoff: What Does the Future Look Like for Justin Haley?

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Justin Haley joined Kevin Harvick, Jamie McMurray and Trevor Bayne as modern-era drivers to win in their first three starts in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Which of those drivers’ career will Haley’s most likely resemble? Adam Cheek: Jamie McMurray. He has enough talent to not be a relative bust like Bayne, but he’s …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Biggest Upset in NASCAR History?

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss a wild and entertaining weekend of racing at Daytona International Speedway, which saw Justin Haley pick up his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory in stunning fashion. Is it the biggest upset in NASCAR history? Probably. But by running 27th and missing the melee …

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Odds & Ends Around the Track: My Old Kentucky Home Edition

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Last Sunday was almost a big day for me, because after that big crash, I almost finished in the top 10 at Daytona International Speedway while sitting on my couch. Thank you, NASCAR, for never having a Firecracker 400 at the World Center of Racing ever again until you learn from Big Bill France and …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBC Deals With Rain in Daytona … Again

2019 Daytona Mencs 3 Wide Car Christian Koelle

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Daytona International Speedway in July. Good cripes. I covered six consecutive years’ worth of July weekends there for Frontstretch (2010-2015). In that time, three of the Cup races were affected by rain. The 2010 race started over two hours late and ended at 12:50 a.m. The 2014 race, like this past weekend’s race, was postponed …

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Pace Laps: Daytona Provides Pair of Surprise Winners

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Upset Winner Leaves NASCAR Fans Irate Last July, Justin Haley left Daytona International Speedway feeling like the track might have owed him one. His thrilling last-lap pass of Kyle Larson in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race was disallowed when officials determined he dipped below the yellow line. A potential win …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Kaulig Racing Finds Very Different Daytona Race to Its Liking

2019 Daytona Nxs Ross Chastain Victory Lane Christian Koelle

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What a difference a few months can make. The NASCAR Xfinity Series season opener in Daytona was one of the dullest superspeedway races in recent memory, notable mostly for Michael Annett breaking his long streak of career futility. Anyone who tried stepping out of line immediately got shuffled back, meaning that long, tedious single-file parades …

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Ross Chastain Leads Kaulig Racing 1-2 Finish to Win Circle K Firecracker 250

2019 Daytona Nxs Ross Chastain Victory Lane Christian Koelle

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Ross Chastain was determined to give Kaulig Racing owner Matt Kaulig his first NASCAR Xfinity Series win. Throughout the 2019 Circle K Firecracker 250, Chastain wheeled his No. 16 Chevrolet wide across every lane in the race. His aggressive driving was noticeable. Update: He won. https://t.co/morjduEBdZ — Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) July 6, 2019   That …

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Tyler Reddick Wins Xfinity Pole at Daytona

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Tyler Reddick won the pole for tonight’s Circle K Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway. Reddick, who also won the pole for the February race at Daytona, claimed the top spot with a speed of 187.743 mph. The other two members of this season’s Xfinity Series Big Three will have to do some work in …

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