Race Weekend Central

NASCAR 101: Where Did All the Ringers Go?

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Will AJ Allmendinger be a legitimate threat in the Chase?

There was a point in time in NASCAR’s not-so-distant past when the road-course races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series were quite the ambiguous affair – and not just because they’re among the few races in which the drivers actually have to turn right at a high speed. Then, the entry lists were dotted with …

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4 Burning Questions in Watkins Glen: Can Tony Stewart Find Redemption?

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Right-hand turns are on tap for this Sunday as the traveling circus that is the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads north to Watkins Glen International. The world-famous 11-turn road course has been a lightning rod of drama for the series over the past half-decade, and as such, there is a higher-than-normal buzz for the race …

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The Frontstretch 5: Drivers and Teams Who Need to Win in 2015

Tony Stewart on track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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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 looks at a group of drivers and teams who need …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: 2015 Windows 10 400 at Pocono Edition

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I’m not ready to say that Indy got its Sprint Cup swagger back just yet, but at least Sunday’s race at the famed 2.5-mile oval was a step in the right direction. Certainly, the different rules package had to help there again. But meanwhile, it doesn’t matter what the rules package is, or what the …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBC Knows How To Explain NASCAR

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Welcome back, race fans. This past weekend saw the Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series travel to Indianapolis to race on the infamous 2.5-mile oval. Rule changes and heat were the name of the game. Crown Royal presents the Jeff Kyle 400 On Sunday, the Sprint Cup Series returned to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the …

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The Big 6: Questions After the 2015 Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard

The NASCAR trophy ready for the Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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Looking for the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How behind Sunday’s race? Amy Henderson has you covered each week with the answers to six race-day questions, covering all five Ws and even the H… the Big Six. Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Starting in the back of the pack is tough at …

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Tweet ‘N’ Greet: Kevin Harvick, Dale Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Plus More!

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Frontstretch will scour Twitter and other social media platforms looking for some of the best posts from your favorite NASCAR personalities, drivers and media members from all across the industry. These were some of our favorite posts from this week and we hope you enjoy them too! Running an off-road R/C truck at TJ Bell …

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Bowles-Eye View: Tony Stewart’s Tough Decision

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Beating up on NASCAR these days is all too easy. Beating up on Tony Stewart? He does that to himself every week. The most serious slump in the Cup Series shows no signs of slowing, with Smoke a whopping 132 points outside the Chase heading to Indianapolis this weekend. 26th in the standings, earning just …

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Friday Faceoff: Chasing the Rules, Smoke In the Mirror and a Newcomer

Tony Stewart walks through the garage at Kentucky Speedwat prior to the Quaker State 400.

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Welcome to Friday Faceoff, our weekly NASCAR roundtable where Frontstretch experts give their take on major storylines surrounding the sport. Here are a few major questions we’re trying to answer this week. The low-downforce package seen in the Cup Series at Kentucky was deemed a success by both fans and drivers. NASCAR has said they …

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4 Burning Questions at New Hampshire: Rowdy’s Rise & Smoke’s Struggles

Tony Stewart waves to race fans during driver introductions at Kentucky Speedway.

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After the wild success of the low-downforce rules package at Kentucky the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to normalcy this Sunday as the series rolls north to New Hampshire Motor Speedway. New Hampshire will see the return of the original 2015 intermediate-track rules package; with it will come another shuffle of the competitive deck. As …

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Balance & Handling the Problems for Tony Stewart’s Struggles

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It’s been a long year for Tony Stewart. Coming off of a broken leg in 2013 and fatal incident with Kevin Ward Jr. last August, Stewart came into the season looking for a fresh start. However, the Indiana native’s No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing team has struggled since the start of the 2015 season. Making an …

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5 Points to Ponder: A Way Forward, Crispy Thunder & Fizzling Smoke

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A Way Forward If what we saw on Saturday night is a sign of things to come – if not necessarily this year but next – then I think we can look forward with confidence to some significantly better racing on the much-maligned mile-and-a-half tracks and elsewhere. That the success of the new package also …

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