Frontstretch Staff

Frontstretch Staff
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.

NAACP Threatens NASCAR With Proposed Publicity Stunt

Live! From Miami-Dade County, Florida, where 57.3 percent of the population is Hispanic, 20.7 percent White-non Hispanic, 20.3 percent Black, and "Other" and "Mixed" accounting for a combined 8.4 percent, the National Association for the Advancement of Color People (NAACP) have decided they want to take on NASCAR and its fans if they don’t get their way. I call this idiotic action against NASCAR, which I will explain in a moment, a “publicity stunt” because when it is all said and done, NASCAR doesn’t have a thing to do with it! The only thing they are guilty of in this case is simply being there. The real issue arises, again, over the flying of the Southern favorite, the ole “Stars and Bars,” also known as the Confederate Flag... and a city’s Veteran’s Day Parade.

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not In Sprint Cup Heading To Dover After the 2009 Coca-Cola 600

The conclusion of the Anti-Climatic 600 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway Monday leaves the NASCAR fan base wondering exactly which driver should have won the race. Since the race began in the middle of the day on Monday instead of early in the evening on Sunday, drivers did not have to encounter as many changes in track conditions as expected. As the race wore on, Kyle Busch, Kasey Kahne, and Brian Vickers proved to have the fastest cars, but would all three of these drivers have remained the ones to beat had the race gone the distance? Since the rainy conditions and subsequent pit strategies shuffled up the entire running order and many teams mid-pack were likely biding their time before making a run for the front, this week is yet another tough time to determine the current *HOT*, *WARM*, and *COLD* drivers. Nevertheless, here they are.

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Time For NASCAR To Re-think The Re-starts

It is a simple enough change that would require little time for drivers to adjust to-- it's the only type of restart that most were familiar with as they graduated up the racing ranks. In fact, the sanctioning body itself is very familiar with the double file, lead cars up front format--it is the one they utilize in their lower divisions and was the very same restart procedure that was employed just a week and half ago for the running of the All-Star Race.

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Frontstretch Fantasy Insider: Bristol on the Juice… How To Survive Delaware’s Monster Mile

Leaving the Beast of the Southeast behind in a flood of rain, the Cup circuit heads to the aptly titled “Monster Mile” that is Dover International Speedway, a one-mile high banked concrete oval that lives up to its reputation as a Bristol on steroids. The high-speed facility is one of the more treacherous circuits on the Cup schedule, with its slippery concrete surface, narrow exit off the corners and boiler-plate metal walls. Just as in the track’s adjacent casino, the stakes will be high this weekend, and the Frontstretch Fantasy Insider is going to be right there with you to count the cards.

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NASCAR News for Thursday, May 27, 2009

No. 00 Crew Brings Home Tissot Pit Crew Award in Charlotte In addition to celebrating their first Sprint Cup win with a rain shortened victory at Lowe’s Motor Speedway this past weekend, the No. 00 Michael Waltrip Racing team of David Reutimann also picked up the Tissot Pit Crew Precision …

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Running Their Mouth: 2009 Coca-Cola 600

Each week, we’ll go through media reports, interviews, PR, and all of our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Sprint Cup race, capturing the story of how the weekend unfolded. It’s the most original commentary you’ll ever find: the truth, coming straight out of the mouths of …

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NASCAR’s Memorial Day Tribute: Racing with the Red, White and Blue

It happens at the beginning of almost every race; the Star Spangled Banner ends to a rousing round of applause from the stands closely followed by the thundering roar from a flight of F-14’s. Each time I experience this combination of patriotism and muscular display of our nation’s military, I get goosebumps. Mostly, I share a smile with those fans standing next to me while my husband frantically clicks off a bunch of shots on his camera. Besides the reverberation in my blood, there is a greater point to that moment. Perhaps the musicians are talented and the jets are really impressive, but it’s too easy to forget exactly what it is we are experiencing. And I don’t mean the prelude to “Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!”

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Bubble Breakdown: Rain Plays Into The Hands Of Gordon While Riggs Rains On Baldwin’s Parade

Well the 24 hours of Charlotte finally came to an end late Monday afternoon. And the 50th running of the Coca Cola 600 was dominated by Kyle Busch and the weather. The race never went green on Sunday and suffered rain delays again on Monday before finally being called and producing a surprise winner. So to see which bubble teams gambled on the weather and won, and which wound up all wet, read on in this week’s edition of the bubble breakdown.

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Big Six: 2009 Coca-Cola 600

Who… gets my shoutout of the race? David Reutimann won Monday’s Coke 600, despite scratching up the right side of the No. 00 Aaron’s Toyota. Crew chief Rodney Childers’ call for the ‘Franchise’ to stay out, instead of pitting, before the race’s final caution flag put the Michael Waltrip Racing …

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