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The Frontstretch Staff is made up of a group of talented men and women spread out all over the United States and Canada. Residing in 15 states throughout the country, plus Ontario, and widely ranging in age, the staff showcases a wide variety of diverse opinions that will keep you coming back for more week in and week out.

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 Autism Speaks 400 at Dover Edition

Race number 13 in the 2009 season was an unlucky one for Goodyear, as periodic rains in Dover washed the track of rubber after both the Friday race sessions and the Saturday races. With entries in both the Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series having right front tire issues, Sprint Cup teams knew that tire conservation during Sunday’s race would be the only way to increase the chance of avoiding the damning blown tire punctures. Despite a competition caution and other precautions, several teams suffered tire failures and many others’ days were ruined by a caution that came out during a green flag pit sequence that John Andretti’s blown right front and subsequent brushing with the wall brought out. These factors combined with a barn-burner finish, determined this week’s *HOT*, *WARM*, and *COLD* drivers for the week.

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Numbers Game: 2009 Autism Speaks 400 at Dover

2 Cars moved to the rear of the field at the start of the Autism Speaks 400. (No. 24, Jeff Gordon — backup car; No. 34, John Andretti — transmission change) 3 hour, 28 minutes, 16 seconds Time it took to complete the Autism Speaks 400. 4 Drivers failed to …

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Five Points to Ponder: 2009 Autism Speaks 400 at Dover Edition

*Scott impresses* Jimmie Johnson’s win in this week’s Cup Series event at Dover may not have been a surprise... but the results across the two other national series at the one-mile oval certainly were. Brad Keselowski was in the right spot at the right time in Saturday’s Nationwide race when Joey Logano got into Kyle Busch, who was restarting from the lead with just a handful of laps to go. It was only career win No. 3 for Keselowski in the series, who is expected to make the full-time jump to Sprint Cup in 2010.

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Bubble Breakdown: Two-Tire Pit Stop Has Sam Hornish, Jr. Driving Away From Top 35

News from the bubble this week primarily dealt with Robby Gordon’s rear end and whether NASCAR’s method of handing out penalties is fair or not. Gordon was docked 50 owner and driver points and crew chief Kirk Almquist was fined $50,000 this week after post-race inspection at Lowe's found their rear axle housing exceeded the maximum specified toe of plus or minus one degree. Neither the driver nor crew chief was suspended as a result of the inspection, however, while in the previous week, driver Carl Long was given a 12-race suspension, got docked 200 owner/driver points, and his crew chief was fined $200,000 for an engine at a non-points race that exceeded NASCAR’s 358-cubic inch requirement by just .17 inches. Seems to me one guy got off a little easy while another one got bent right over the woodpile... To see if Robby could make up the penalty at Dover or if the drivers outside the top 35 would make up some ground on him, read on in this week’s edition of the Bubble Breakdown.

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Joey Logano Bit Off More Than He Could Chew – And Now He’s Chewing It

No matter how good athletes are in a sport’s lesser series, you never know how they will perform against the best of the best. Joey Logano was surrounded by more than considerable hype before making the jump to NASCAR. And no doubt Jeff Gordon was smiling at the thought of yet another coming rookie being pronounced the next Jeff Gordon. Gordon had to be thinking, wait until he’s out there racing against the guys I race against. When I was 18, I was living at home practicing my air guitar. Imagine what you were doing when you were 18. At an age when most of us spend hours convincing our friends that our favorite rock band is the greatest ever, Joey Logano was being cast as someone who may become one of the greatest racecar drivers of all time, and was already popularly known as “Sliced Bread” before he even stepped into a Nationwide car.

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Driven to the Past: The Rain And Bob Senneker

Watching all that rain and all the delays before they finally called the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway last Monday took me back a few years. Somehow, I recall a time in the early 1960s when it started raining at a NASCAR race while they were fairly close to halfway. If I’ve got it right, they kept running under yellow until they passed the halfway mark, and then stopped it. When it didn’t let up, they called the race. As I understand it, the fans were “visibly upset” about the whole deal. Can’t say as I blame them a lot.

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Mirror Driving: Long’s Public Whipping, Gauging Reutimann’s Upset And Meetings, Meetings, Meetings

*How does David Reutimann's win in the Coca-Cola 600 rate among the great upsets in NASCAR history? And does it salvage what, to that point, had been a rain-soaked, inconsistent 340-mile mess left at the mercy of Mother Nature?* Kurt: A great upset? I never thought of it like that. Casey Mears' win would have be an upset then? Amy: I don't know if I'd call it one of the greatest upsets, because it wasn't as if Reutimann won it under green. But it was a neat victory, and props to that team for playing thee strategy cards just right.

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Blue Smoke and Burnt Rubber: Chapter 8

Stan Fielding stared blankly out the window of race control, looking down on the rain soaked track. The cars sat silent on pit lane, shrouded in gaily-painted covers. All but the required inspectors had fled to the RV lots or garage areas, seeking refuge from the incessant drizzle. Misery and …

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In Case You Missed It: Friday, May 29, 2009

Truck Series Crew Member Suspended For Drug Violation NASCAR announced on Thursday that Andrew Crnkovic, a crew member for the No. 07 Camping World Truck Series truck driven by Chad McCumbee, has been suspended for violation of the substance-abuse policy. The No. 07 truck is owned by SS Green Light …

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NASCAR News for Friday, May 29, 2009

Tony Eury, Jr. Relieved As Crew Chief of No. 88 After much speculation following Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s 40th place run at Charlotte, Tony Eury, Jr. has been replaced as the crew chief for the No. 88 team. Brian Whitesell will be the crew chief for the team this weekend at …

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