The Frontstretch Newsletter: NASCAR Announces Race Format Changes for 2017

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Volume XI, Edition IV


What to Watch: January 23-29

- This week kicks off Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway with the 55th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona.  We'll be on-site in not-so-warm Volusia County to bring you all the action.


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- Also, the Driver Rewind series has concluded at Frontstretch.  Here are all of the reviews in one place for your viewing pleasure.


This week's TV Schedule can be found here.

Top News
by the Frontstretch Staff

NASCAR Reveals Changes To Race Formats In 2017

On Monday, NASCAR announced that races in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup, XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series will now be run in segments, with points paid in each one.  Read more

Rick Ware Racing Moving to Cup Series Full-Time in 2017

On Friday, Rick Ware Racing announced that they will field an open entry in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series full-time in 2017.  A number of drivers will share the No. 51 Chevrolet, with Timmy Hill in the seat for the Daytona 500.  Read more

Reed Sorenson Returning to Premium Motorsports for Daytona 500, Maybe More

Last week, Premium Motorsports confirmed to Frontstretch that Reed Sorenson will return to the team for at bare minimum, the Daytona 500.  Additional races will depend on sponsorship.  Read more

Triad Racing Technologies President Forms Gaunt Brothers Racing

On Wednesday, the formation of Gaunt Brothers Racing was announced.  DJ Kennington will attempt the Daytona 500 in a No. 96 Toyota sponsored by Lordco Tools and Castrol.  Read more

Parker Kligerman to Compete for Henderson Motorsports, Expand Role with NBC Sports in 2017

On Thursday, Parker Kligerman announced that he will compete in a part-time role at Henderson Motorsports in the Camping World Truck Series.  In addition, there will be an expanded role at NBC Sports for him.  Read more

55 Entered for Rolex 24 at Daytona

On Wednesday, IMSA released the entry list for this weekend's Rolex 24 at Daytona.  55 cars are entered in the four classes.  Read more

Turner Motorsports Announces Lineup, Justin Marks in for Enduros

On Wednesday, shortly before the entry list was revealed, Turner Motorsport announced their lineup.  Jens Klingmann, Justin Marks, Jesse Krohn and Maxime Martin will drive the No. 96 BMW M6 GT3.  Read more

Reinvigorated Grand Sport Class Highlights 40-car CTSC Daytona Entry

For the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, 40 cars will take on the 3.56-mile Daytona International Speedway on Friday in the season-opening four-hour BMW Endurance Challenge at Daytona.  Read more

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Q: In 1997, Dyson Racing won their first Rolex 24 at Daytona.  However, that win came despite a serious issue that seemed to crop up like clockwork in future years. What was it?

Check back Tuesday for the answer, here in the Frontstretch Newsletter!

Friday's Answer:

Q:  Last week, we ran a couple of articles about Elliott Sadler.  Sadler has been racing in NASCAR for over 20 years.  How did he make his first start in one of NASCAR's National Series?

A: Elliott Sadler made his first start in the then-Busch Grand National Series at his home track, South Boston Speedway, in 1995.  Elliott drove the No. 46 Chevrolet Lumina as a teammate to older brother Hermie.  At the time, Elliott was a standout in late models.  In the race, Elliott started 15th and finished an impressive eighth.

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