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.

Numbers Game: 2009 Coca-Cola 600

1st Career Sprint Cup victory for Coca-Cola 600 winner David Reutimann in 75 starts. 1 Number of times winner Reutimann led the Coca-Cola 600 Monday. 1 Career Cup win for owner Michael Waltrip after Reutimann’s trip to Victory Lane on Monday. 1 Car moved to the rear of the field …

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Five Points to Ponder: Memorial Day Weekend 2009 Edition

*Longing for Leniency* You know that big senior bully who picks on the little freshman in high school? That’s what NASCAR has been accused of on several occasions in the past month with the suspensions of Jeremy Mayfield and Carl Long. The recent 12-week, $200,000 fine for Long's engine that was a fraction of an inch too big has crippled the income of the longtime part-time driver. After the appeals process is over – which given NASCAR’s history is unlikely to be overturned – Long will be shunned from the garage for the length of his suspension, preventing him from being a Nationwide Series crewman as well.

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Carl Edwards Wins 2009 Carquest Auto Parts 300 Pole

Dodging rain drops and bright sunshine, the Nationwide series completed their qualifying for tonight’s Carquest Auto Parts 300. 50 cars attempted qualifying runs and in the end, Carl Edwards was the fastest of them all. Edwards turned a lap of 29.480 seconds for a speed of 183.175. Edwards was the …

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Return Of The Forgotten Busch Brother

After an almost inexplicable collapse in the Chase last year, one that was largely due to mechanical failures rather than driver errors, Kyle Busch in 2009 has reverted to being the dominating force he was in 2008. Once again, the driver of the 18 car has been making noise that cannot be ignored, scoring more than a quarter of the top series’ wins thus far and telling reporters he may challenge the King someday in total wins with his victories in the other two series. And along with his racing success comes his cocky, unrepentant, and daring attitude. Kyle is refreshing or offensive, but he’s never boring. It’s easy to watch Kyle Busch race and conclude that there aren’t many that can keep up with him when his car is right. It’s easy to see him win race after race and think him destined for all-time greatness in this sport. It’s even easy to watch Kyle Busch and ask, who can beat this kid? But Kurt’s still the Busch with the Cup on his shelf.

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Driven To The Past: Darrell’s Cheap Battery

Some of the good memories and stories come from experiences off the track. This one has to do with a show car... We used to make an effort to bring all kinds of show cars to Indianapolis in the week prior to our Busch Series race at Indianapolis Raceway Park. That might sound easy now, but this is in the days before the Brickyard 400, and Indianapolis wasn’t always the preferred destination. The summer that "Days of Thunder" was released, we managed to get four or five show cars and put them in front of theaters, suitably accompanied by posters for the Kroger 200 (Bob Daniels, our GM, never missed a chance). I even took one of those standups of Darrell Waltrip and pasted a Kroger 200 poster over the Tide box he was holding.

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David Starr Driver Diary: Rain Delays and New Opportunities

I’ve been very busy since the last time I updated you. Not only have I been busy working with my HT Motorsports team and David Starr Racing, but I’ve also been spending a lot of quality time being a dad. Being with my son, David Starr, Jr., and my wife, Kim, has just been awesome. He is so much fun and I just enjoy being a dad. Unfortunately, thanks to a rain delay in Kansas a few weeks ago, I’ve spent a little more time away from my family then I would like. After battling with the rain on Saturday, NASCAR postponed the race, and it had to be pushed to Monday because of an IRL race at the Kansas Speedway on Sunday. When they made the call on Saturday, I went back to the hotel room and hung out. On Sunday I hung out with the team, watched the incredible Sprint Cup race at Talladega and the IRL race on TV at the hotel, and just enjoyed some time “off”.

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NASCAR News for Friday, May 22, 2009

Mayfield’s Lawyer Challenging Legitimacy of Suspension Bill Diehl, the attorney recently hired by suspended Sprint Cup driver Jeremy Mayfield, spoke with Dave Moody and Suzie Armstrong about Mayfield’s suspension and the likely coming legal battle. Diehl refused to give specifics of his conversations with both Mayfield and NASCAR’s lawyers concerning …

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In Case You Missed It: Friday, May 22, 2009

Rick Hendrick Appears on Oprah, Makes Donation Car owner Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports, made an appearance on an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show on Tuesday, in a show themed “Heroes in Hard Times”. Hendrick donated 10 Chevrolets from his dealerships and several thousand dollars for gas to …

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