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Kevin Rutherford

Kevin Rutherford
Rutherford is the managing editor of Frontstretch, a position he gained in 2015 after serving on the editing staff for two years. At his day job, he's a journalist covering music and rock charts at Billboard. He lives in New York City, but his heart is in Ohio -- you know, like that Hawthorne Heights song.

Going By The Numbers: Five NASCAR Teams In Need Of A Texas Turnaround

Hey, did you hear? Just one win effectively grants you a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup in 2014! I think that scenario has been mentioned most — if not all — weeks this column has been afloat this season, not to mention in just about every other …

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Going By The Numbers: Turning Back Time To Find The Truth About Parity

Hold up. Is Brian France’s master plan for The Chase actually working? Five races into the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, five different winners have tasted victory — filling out, most likely, five of the 16 allotted spaces in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. The motivation this year has …

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Going By the Numbers: Will Consistency Still Matter In NASCAR?

The 2010s haven’t been a subject of derision for Jeff Gordon and his fans, but the decade hasn’t exactly been kind to the four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, either. Look: 17, 18, 18, 17. Those are the amounts of top-10 finishes Jeff Gordon has accrued each of the past four seasons. …

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Going By The Numbers: Will Daytona 500 Success Make Or Break A Season?

This week, in Going By The Numbers we thought a special win deserved a special column. After his first victory in 55 races, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. finds himself virtually “locked in” to the Chase. But does a win in the sport’s biggest race, here in February ensure NASCAR’s Most Popular …

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Going By the Numbers: Judging The 2014 Sprint Cup Rookie Class

In 2006, eight different drivers declared for Rookie of the Year honors in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, providing the sport with an exceedingly deep field of new drivers that could conceivably create a sort-of new guard within the circuit — an “out with the old, in with the new” …

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Nuts for Nationwide: Forget the Circumstances, Underdog Wins Always Possible

When David Ragan crossed the finish line first during last weekend's Aaron's 499 at Talladega in the Sprint Cup Series, I immediately thought of another race. The date was June 17, 2006; the place, Kentucky Speedway. Most of the players are different, save for one. On that day, another David slayed the Goliaths of NASCAR, this time in the then-Busch Series. Piloting a low-budget, all-black No. 84 Chevrolet, David Gilliland defeated J.J. Yeley en route to his first win, shocking a sport that had become so used to the big guns on top.

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One Chance At Success At Cup’s Once-Visited Tracks

Darlington Raceway is known for many things. It's the supposed "Track Too Tough to Tame" and "The Lady in Black." Its egg-shaped configuration is unique among Sprint Cup Series circuits, creating a driving experience tough to master for even the most talented competitors. It's also one of 10 racetracks on the Sprint Cup circuit that are visited just once during the season.

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Davids Beating Goliaths: Plate Racing And The Great Equalizer

Daytona and Talladega have been considered major equalizers in NASCAR's national series for many years. Sure, the guys who you'd expect to win tend to do so, but that's not before a couple of underdogs who challenge for the victory in some capacity, either eventually scoring solid finishes or wrecking out trying to do it. Sunday night didn't change that trend forever, but it did throw a real wrench into the equation. Front Row Motorsports _won_ a NASCAR race.

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Nationwide Breakdown: Aaron’s 312

It's not often NASCAR races threaten to be called by sunset, especially with many tracks having installed lights. But when an afternoon event is delayed three hours due to rainy weather, these things tend to happen. Not that Regan Smith probably minds. After NASCAR cut the race by ten laps Saturday, with looming darkness while a late crash by Joey Coulter dragged the event further into black skies, Smith made a daredevil move coming into the tri-oval on the final lap. As he dove to the inside, several cars wrecked behind him, but Smith pulled ahead right at the point of caution, winning the Aaron's 312(ish).

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Nuts for Nationwide: An Open Letter to Potential NASCAR TV Partners

Dear prospective buyer, Let me start off by saying that I understand your potential concern. NASCAR is not the quickly-growing sport it used to be, and Nationwide Series races aren't supremely well-attended. But really, give the NASCAR Nationwide Series a chance.

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