The Frontstretch Newsletter: Carl Edwards Steps Away from Racing, Daniel Suarez Moves Up to Replace

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Volume XI, Edition III


What to Watch: January 16-22

- This week is the NASCAR Media Tour in Charlotte.  A number of announcements will be made by teams regarding the upcoming season.  The week culminates with the NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Friday night.  Benny Parsons, Rick Hendrick, Mark Martin, Raymond Parks and Richard Childress will be properly feted at 8 p.m. on NBCSN.


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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

It’s Official: Carl Edwards Leaves Full-Time NASCAR Racing

On Wednesday, Carl Edwards announced in a press conference that he is stepping away from racing full-time, effective immediately.  Read more

Daniel Suarez Moving to Cup in 2017, Replacing Carl Edwards

As a result of Carl Edwards stepping out of the No. 19, Joe Gibbs Racing was left with a vacancy.  2016 XFINITY Series champion Daniel Suarez will step into the car to replace Edwards and compete for Rookie of the Year.  Read more

Valtteri Bottas Signs with Mercedes for 2017

On Monday, Mercedes announced that Finnish racer Valtteri Bottas, most recently of Williams, will move to Mercedes to replace the retired Nico Rosberg.  Felipe Massa, who had retired at the end of last season, will delay his retirement to partner with rookie Lance Stroll at Williams.  Read more

Elliott Sadler, Tommy Baldwin Racing Team for Daytona 500

On Thursday, Tommy Baldwin Racing announced that the team will attempt the Daytona 500 in February.  Elliott Sadler will drive the No. 7 Chevrolet with Golden Corral returning to serve as primary sponsor.  Read more

Brendan Gaughan to Attempt Daytona 500

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported on Friday that Brendan Gaughan will attempt to qualify for the Daytona 500 with a new team owned by Mark Beard.  The team will have to race into the field.  Read more

Chase Briscoe Moves to Truck Series with Brad Keselowski Racing

On Thursday, Ford Performance announced a new driver development program to promote new talent.  Chase Briscoe, last year's ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards champion, was announced as the first signee and will race full-time for Brad Keselowski Racing in the Camping World Truck Series as a teammate to Austin Cindric.  Read more

Magnus Racing Switches to Pirelli World Challenge, Adds 2nd Car

On Friday, Magnus Racing announced that they are switching to Pirelli World Challenge for 2017.  The team is expanding to two cars as well.  Read more

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by Tom Bowles


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?

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

Friday's Answer:

Q:  The Rolex 24 at Daytona is a very tough race that requires everything to go right in order to earn a decent finish.  Up until just recently, it was very rare to have more than one car on the lead lap at the end of the race.  What is the record for most cars on the lead lap at the end of the Rolex 24?

A: The record is currently four cars on the lead lap.  This has happened twice, in 2009 and 2011.  The 2011 race ended with a one-lap shootout, while the 2009 race has the closest margin of victory (0.167 seconds).

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