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Tony Lumbis

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The 1992 Hanes 500 at Martinsville would change Tony Lumbis’ life forever. After hearing a friend rave about a sport called NASCAR for several months, a curious 11-year-old finally decided to check out these stock car races for himself. On that April day, he watched the No. 6 Valvoline Ford driven by Mark Martin cross the finish line first, and NASCAR quickly had itself another new fan. Tony would continue following the series throughout the year, gaining respect for the Arkansas driver for both his tenacity on the track and his demeanor off it. The rest, as they say, is history.

Tony is now in his fourth year of writing for the Frontstretch. After covering the Sprint Cup rookies for three of those years, he has launched a new article for the site called “Dollars and Sense” which focuses on the business aspects of the sport, and also serves as the Frontstretch.com Marketing Manager. Both of these tasks fit in line with Tony’s interests in sports management, a passion he had since he was in junior high and built on by attending Mike Calinoff’s “Getting into Racing Seminar” in 2006,

Tony lives in Devon, PA, works as a business analyst for a mortgage company and is pursuing his MBA part-time at the University of Delaware. When he’s not watching racing, he enjoys running, going to the gym, playing (or attempting to play) the drums, reading, golfing, racquetball, traveling, stargazing and rooting on his Philadelphia sports teams.

When You Can See Tony’s Frontstretch Columns:
Dollars & Sense: Monthly (Website)

Q & A With Tony Lumbis:

What’s Your Favorite Vacation Spot? The Delaware beaches and Ocean City, MD. I’ve been going there with the family since I was young and continue to go with both friends and family. It’s like a second home to me and I love being at the beach in general.

Favorite Racetracks on the NASCAR Circuit: Pocono (Hometown track), Dover and Richmond (not a bad seat in the house at these places and great racing), and Charlotte (One of Mark Martin’s most successful tracks and the site of my favorite victory of his: The 2002 Coca-Cola 600).

What’s Your Favorite Musical Artist? I can’t say that I have just one. I like a wide variety, everything from 60’s classics to Bon Jovi and Def Leppard and Guns N’Roses in the 80’s, and I recently became a big fan of the Stone Temple Pilots and their hits over the past two decades or so. Like many things about me, my music tastes are varied and don’t always make sense.

Favorite TV Show(s): Friday Night Lights, The Apprentice, V, Anything Sports Related

What Is Your Coolest Acquisition This Year? A 42’ LG LCD TV. It’s your typical TV these days, but considering it was an upgrade from one that it was 13 years old, I’m pretty excited. Nice to know what HD actually looks like!

Tony’s Favorite Non-Racing Sites He Recommends

Philadelphia Eagles
The Weather Channel

Past articles By Tony Lumbis

August 2013
08/21: Life at the 55: Truck Driver Glenn Shano Talks About His Unique Schedule and First Win
May 2013
05/22: Life at the 55: How Engineering and Technology Brought Billy Scott into NASCAR
April 2013
04/17: Life At the 55: Jackman Tony Cardamone on Work-Life Balance, Rivalries and Injuries [1]
February 2013
02/28: Beyond the Cockpit: Daytona 500 Finish Gives Yeley Great Hope For 2013 [2]
June 2012
06/28: Revolutionizing a Skill: How FanVision has Changed the Game for Spotters
April 2012
04/05: Beyond the Livery: A Marketer's Plan For Surviving NASCAR's Economic State [1]
January 2012
01/29: Remembering Doc Mattioli: A Legacy Beyond the Racetrack
July 2011
07/07: Dollars and Sense: The Architects of NASCAR's Driver Brand
February 2011
02/09: Beyond the Cockpit: Scott Speed, Speeding Towards Uncertainty [5]
September 2010
09/24: Dollars and Sense: Ganassi Racing and the "Value" of Creating "Value" [8]
August 2010
08/04: Dollars and Sense: Whitney Motorsports - Small Budget, Big Hearts, High Expectations [4]
July 2010
07/14: The Three Musketeers, Part II: Can Track Consolidation Be Stopped?
07/13: The Three Musketeers, Part I: How Independent NASCAR Track Owners Survive
June 2010
06/24: Dollars and Sense: Two Brothers, One Team, And A Dream That Never Dies
06/08: Dollars and Sense: NASCAR Does Give Small Teams Chance to Succeed [1]
November 2009
11/30: 2009 Sprint Cup Rookie Final Report Cards: Grading A Year Filled With Future Potential [3]
11/23: Logano Captures 2009 Rookie of the Year Award Despite Rocky Finish [2]
11/16: Wrecks Doom Rookies at Phoenix as Joey Logano Leads The Wounded [1]
11/09: Scott Speed Leads The Way At Texas As Rookies Look Towards 2010
11/02: Logano Has Great Finish, Keselowski Has Controversial Finish While Speed Can't Finish at Talladega [1]
October 2009
10/26: Rookie Logano Survives Martinsville While Speed Is Bit By Bad Luck Again
10/26: Nationwide Series Breakdown: Kroger on Track for the Cure 250
10/19: Logano Keeps Missing His Pit From Becoming A Missed Opportunity At Lowe's [1]
10/12: Rookie Report: Freshmen Speed and Logano Learn the Art of Survival at Fontana
10/05: Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Keselowski Ending Hendrick Tenure On A High Note
September 2009
09/28: Mr. Logano's Wild Ride Means Top Rookie Honors for Speed
09/21: Rookies Perform Terribly While a Former ROTY Behaves Terribly at Loudon
09/14: Freshmen Struggle To Find Footing At Richmond ... With One Exception
August 2009
08/24: Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Patience and Perseverance Pay Off for Speed at Bristol
08/17: Rookie Joey Logano's Inadvertent Pit Call Leads to a Top 10 Finish
08/11: Yellow Tail and Lambrusco Pace the Rookie Field at NASCAR's Wine and Cheese Event
08/04: Rookie Scott Speed Finds His Lucky Charms In The Pocono Mountains
July 2009
07/27: No Primary Engine? No Problem for Logano at Indy
07/20: 2009 Rookie Midseason Grades: Who's Better, Keselowski, Logano, or ... Ambrose? [3]
07/13: "Rookies" Logano, Ambrose Take Advantage of a Late Race Shootout - Chicago Style
07/06: Rookies Run Well, But Only Ambrose Sealed The Deal In Daytona
June 2009
06/29: Hometown Hero Logano Scores a Victory for the Sport's Good Guys [3]
06/22: Mad Max, Ambrose, Sip the Sonoma Wine While it's Sour Grapes for Others
06/16: Beyond the Cockpit: Patrick Carpentier Discusses His Firing from GEM, Speed Skating, And Tommy Baldwin Racing
06/15: Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Freshmen Perform Almost as Bad as the Michigan Economy
06/11: Beyond the Cockpit: Joey Logano Discusses an Encounter with Kyle Busch, His Toughest Track and Driving for the Coach
06/08: Logano and Zipadelli Ride New Rules To Pocono's Top Rookie Prize [1]
06/01: Logano's Improvement Continues with Help from Miles the Monster
May 2009
05/26: Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Logano earns his third 9th place finish at the "Lake at Lowe's"
05/11: Sprint Cup Rookie Report: The Lady in Black Can't Take A Bite Out Of "Sliced Bread"
05/04: Rookie Report: Logano, Ambrose Bruised In Battle But Win the War in Richmond
April 2009
04/27: Rookies Find Checkers, Not Wreckers At 'Dega With Keselowski, Speed, Logano Mastering Draft [3]
04/20: Out With The New And In With The Old For Phoenix Freshmen
04/06: Doomsday Looms Large Leaving Texas As Rookies Face Uncertain Futures
March 2009
03/30: Jiminy Cricket! Scott Speed Gets to Kyle Busch’s Conscience at Martinsville!
03/23: The Bristol Stomp on Logano's Solid Finish and Speed's Bubble Hopes
03/09: Rotten Peaches and Sour Cream For Logano, Speed in Atlanta
03/02: Cup Rookies Avoid That Vegas Gambling Temptation ... And Survive
February 2009
02/16: Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Freshmen Cannot Dodge Wrecks at Daytona [1]
02/09: Sprint Cup Rookie Report: 2009 Season Preview
November 2008
11/24: 2008 Sprint Cup Rookie Report Cards: Economic Woes and Poor Performances Leave Their Mark
11/17: Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Speed Provides 2009 Preview as 2008 Freshman Candidates Fizzle [1]
11/03: Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Keselowski has Impressive Debut While Logano Struggles
October 2008
10/27: Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Hornish Bounces Back From Crash To Widen Lead At Atlanta
10/20: Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Scott Speed Debut Overshadowed by Almirola's Short Track Success
10/13: Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Where Have All The Rookies Gone? Sent Home By Idealistic Owners [3]
10/06: Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Regan Smith Wins! Then NASCAR Taketh Away [7]
September 2008
09/29: Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Carpentier Makes The "Best" Out Of A Bad Day
09/22: Sprint Cup Rookie Report: McDowell Takes Rookie Honors and Nobody Notices at Dover
09/15: Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Logano Makes His Debut, But Almirola Steals the Show [2]
09/08: Sprint Cup Rookie Report: McDowell Has Magnificent Return With Career Best Finish
09/01: Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Carpentier Keeps His Name in the Running for a 2009 Ride
August 2008
08/25: Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Almirola Amazes Again at Bristol!
08/18: Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Carpentier Strong, But Hornish Steals The Show At Michigan
08/11: Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Ambrose Gains Positions and Respect at The Glen
08/07: Beyond The Cockpit : Sprint Cup's Next Big Name - Scott Speed?
08/04: Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Pocono Shocker - McCumbee Bests Freshmen Field In Pennsylvania
July 2008
07/28: Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Carpentier's Momentum Continues At Indy... Only To Be Shut Down at Pocono. Why?
07/21: Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Mid Term Grades - Reviewing The Rocky Rookie Road [2]
07/07: Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Carpentier Captures Top Honors at Daytona
June 2008
06/30: Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Almirola Ascends To The Top At New Hampshire
06/26: Beyond the Cockpit: Regan Smith Optimistic About Future ... Even Racing In Canada
06/23: Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Ambrose Steals the Show, but McDowell Tops the Rookies at Sonoma
06/19: Beyond the Cockpit : Sam Hornish, Jr. Talks Freshman Year, Daytona Vs Indy, And More
06/16: Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Hornish Spins, But Wins Rookie Honors At Home Track
06/09: Sprint Cup Rookie Report : McDowell Magically Maneuvers To Top At Pocono
06/02: Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Hornish Continues Momentum at the Monster Mile
May 2008
05/26: Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Hornish Hopeful Coming out of Lowe's
05/19: Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Hornish's Solid All Star Performance not the First for a Rookie [1]
05/16: David Reutimann Driver Diary: The Family Ties That Bind
05/12: Sprint Cup Rookie Report: McDowell Survives Darlington Duel
05/05: Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Regan Runs Well at Rowdy Richmond
April 2008
04/28: Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Regan Wrecks ... But Still Finishes Strong
04/07: Sprint Cup Rookie Report: McDowell Terrifies at Texas
March 2008
03/31: Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Smith Finally Gains Momentum in Martinsville [3]
03/24: The 2007 Sprint Cup Rookies: What Are They Up To Now? [1]
03/17: Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Almirola Breezes Through Bristol
03/10: Hornish Stops Horrible Luck For Rookies At Atlanta
03/02: From Franchitti To Carpentier, Vegas is Vicious to Rookies
February 2008
02/25: Rain, Hornish's Hard Hit Ruin Rookie Results at California
02/18: Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Hornish is Heroic at Daytona [4]
02/10: Nextel Cup Rookie Report : 2008 Preview, Part II
02/06: 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series Preview
02/04: Nextel Cup Rookie Report : 2008 Preview, Part I [1]
January 2008
01/23: The Best Of The Frontstretch : Beyond The Cockpit : David Reutimann
01/20: The Best Of The Frontstretch : Ginn Racing's Five Year Plan Failing At Protecting Even Its Biggest Assets
December 2007
12/02: 2007 Nextel Cup Rookie Report Cards
November 2007
11/18: Nextel Cup Rookie Report : Ragan Wins Battle At Homestead ... But Montoya Wins War
11/12: Nextel Cup Rookie Report : Montoya Leads Open Wheel Invasion In The Desert
11/04: Nextel Cup Rookie Report : Texas Terrible Track For Montoya, Other Freshmen
October 2007
10/29: Nextel Cup Rookie Report: Allmendinger is Awesome at Atlanta
10/21: Nextel Cup Rookie Report: Montoya Masters Martinsville
10/15: Who's Hot / Who's Not : Outside the Chase [2]
10/14: Nextel Cup Rookie Report: Allmendinger Aces Lowe's
10/08: Who's Hot / Who's Not : Outside the Chase
10/07: Nextel Cup Rookie Report: Villeneuve, Montoya Not Terrified By Talladega [1]
10/02: Who's Hot / Who's Not : Outside The Chase
10/01: Nextel Cup Rookie Report: No Place Like Kansas for Ragan
September 2007
09/24: Who's Hot / Who's Not : Outside the Chase [1]
09/23: Nextel Cup Rookie Report: Montoya does the Monster Mash
09/17: Nextel Cup Rookie Report: Regan's Rocky Road At New Hampshire
09/09: Nextel Cup Rookie Report: Ragan Rocks At Richmond
09/03: Rating the Nextel Cup Rookies: California Edition [2]
August 2007
08/26: Nextel Cup Rookie Report : Bristol Edition
08/15: Beyond The Cockpit : David Reutimann [2]
08/12: Nextel Cup Rookie Report: Watkins Glen Edition
08/09: Beyond The Cockpit : Paul Menard
08/05: Nextel Cup Rookie Report : Pocono Edition
July 2007
07/29: Rating The Nextel Cup Rookies : Indianapolis Edition
07/25: Ginn Racing's Five Year Plan Failing At Protecting Even Its Biggest Assets [3]
07/15: Rating The Nextel Cup Rookies : Chicagoland Edition
07/11: Rating the Nextel Cup Rookies: 2007 Midterm Report Card
07/08: Rating the Nextel Cup Rookies : Pepsi 400 Edition [2]
07/02: Rating the Nextel Cup Rookies: New Hampshire Edition
June 2007
06/24: Rating The Nextel Cup Rookies : Infineon Edition (Montoya Wins!)
06/20: A.J. Allmendinger: Earning His Stripes After Rough Transition To NASCAR [3]
06/18: Replacing A Legend: Ragan's Confidence High While Battling Montoya For Rookie Honors
06/17: Rating the Nextel Cup Rookies: Michigan Edition
06/10: Rating The Nextel Cup Rookies : Pocono Edition [1]
06/05: Rating The Nextel Cup Rookies : Dover Edition
May 2007
05/28: Rating The Nextel Cup Rookies : Charlotte Edition
05/13: Rating The Nextel Cup Rookies : Darlington Edition
05/06: Rating The Nextel Cup Rookies: Jim Stewart 400 Presented by Crown Royal
April 2007
04/29: Rating The Rookies : Aaron's 499
04/22: Phoenix Rookie Race Report
04/15: Rating The Rookies: Samsung 500
04/08: Rating The Rookies : 2007 Nextel Cup Progress Report
04/02: Numbers Game : Goody's Cool Orange 500
04/01: Rating The Rookies : Goody's Cool Orange 500
March 2007
03/25: Rookie Report : Food City 500