The Frontstretch Newsletter: TriStar Motorsports Returns to Cup with Cole Whitt

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Volume XI, Edition VI


What to Watch: February 6-12

- For drag racing fans, the offseason comes to an end this week.  The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series has their season opener, the Circle K Winternationals, this weekend in Pomona.  Coverage can be seen on FOX Sports 1.  Meanwhile, final preparations are underway for Speedweeks in Daytona.

- 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

Top News
by the Frontstretch Staff

TriStar Motorsports Returning to Cup Series with Cole Whitt

On Thursday, TriStar Motorsports announced their return to full-time racing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.  Cole Whitt will drive the No. 72 with sponsorship for Daytona from Florida Lottery.  Read more

Ben Kennedy Joins Richard Childress Racing for 9 XFINITY Series Races in 2017

On Monday, Richard Childress Racing announced that Ben Kennedy, most recently of GMS Racing in the Camping World Truck Series, will drive the No. 2 Chevrolet in nine XFINITY Series this season starting at Talladega.  Read more

Cody Coughlin Joins ThorSport Racing for 2017 Truck Series Campaign

Last week, ThorSport Racing announced that Cody Coughlin will drive the No. 13 Toyota full-time in the Camping World Truck Series.  Coughlin will bring sponsorship from JEGS High Performance, his family's performance parts company.  Read more

Have news for The Frontstretch?  Don't hesitate to let us know; email us at with a promising lead or tip.


as told to Joseph Wolkin


Q: Gray Gaulding was recently announced as a driver for BK Racing for the vast majority of 2017.  However, Daytona is an exception to that rule for two reasons.  Firstly, the team previously announced that Joey Gase will race for them in the Daytona 500. 

Secondly, Gaulding has been deemed ineligible to drive at Daytona, despite having previously raced there in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards (he finished ninth last year for Lira Motorsports).  What was NASCAR's rationale for not licensing Gaulding to race Cup at Daytona?

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

Friday's Answer:

Q:  Recently, Daytona International Speedway announced that the former Sprint Unlimited will be called the Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona in 2017.  That particular race has had a number of formats over the years.  What was the original format when the race began back in 1979?

A: When the Clash was first created, it was an all-out 20 lap sprint.  Nine drivers raced as hard as they could for $50,000 to win.  Buddy Baker won that race in the Harry Ranier-owned No. 28 Oldsmobile.  Only J.D. McDuffie, who qualified for the race by winning the pole at Dover on McCreary tires the previous year, failed to finish.

We'll have breaking news in the world of motorsports.  In addition, we will have an interview with Justin Marks where he talks about his upcoming IMSA schedule with Turner Motorsport and how he views last year's win in the XFINITY Series at Mid-Ohio.
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