the straight part of a race track opposite the part leading to the finish line.
Compare homestretch.

1830–40; back1 + stretch Unabridged
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He got away slowly and didn't get going un- til the field reached the
His mangled car eventually came to rest down the backstretch.
We really need to spend more money on backstretch security.
Most of the improvements that will first take place will be in the backstretch
  to improve the housing and change the traffic flow.
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