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.

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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Ryan Newman Scores Pole in 2009 Coca-Cola 600 Qualifying

50 years of racing at Charlotte has brought millions of memories and stories for fans and drivers alike. After qualifying this Thursday, there is one more memory in the books, highlighted by Ryan Newman. Newman scored his 44th career pole with a lap of 28.651 seconds and a speed of 188.475 miles per hour.

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Frontstretch Folio: 2009 Coca-Cola 600

The Sprint Cup Series stays in Concord, NC this weekend for a long night at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. The Coca-Cola 600 is the 12th race of the 2009 Sprint Cup season and will be broadcast live on Sunday, May 24th at 5 PM ET on FOX, with radio coverage by …

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Blue Smoke and Burnt Rubber: Talk at the Track #6

This is C.J. Parker reporting from Raleigh Police Headquarters with breaking news concerning the disappearance of Cody Dunhurst, the 26 year old assistant to GSCA series director Stan Fielding. Miss Dunhurst has been missing since last Thursday. She was last seen at Danny O’ Flynn’s nightclub, The Double Malt Bar. …

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Grading The 2009 Sprint Cup Pack: Part Two

*Hendrick Motorsports* (Nos. 5, 24, 25, 48, 88) *Stats:* 4 Wins, 15 Top 5s, 22 Top 10s in 47 starts *Best Driver:* Jeff Gordon (1 Win, 8 Top 10s, Point Leader) Danny: They only get the minus because of Junior. Otherwise, it’s business as usual for Rick Hendrick’s fantastic four. *Grade: A-.* Tom: What they’ve done this season is so impressive, I think Junior doesn’t even matter at this point. Hendrick has formed the model of the satellite team (the way to get around a four-car limit) while drivers Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon are the ones to beat for this year’s title. Oh, and there’s a 50-year-old named Mark Martin who’s on track to win six races. What more do you want? OK, OK I hear ya Junior Nation… but if the Tony Eury, Jr. era is truly over, it’s just a matter of time before he picks it up. *Grade: A.*

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Fanning the Flames: Talking All-Stars, 600s And Lawn Mowers

*Hi Matt. So the natural question this week would be how many guys have won the All-Star Race and the Coke 600 in the same year? Just trying to keep you on your toes! Thanks!* _— Ann Florence_ *A:* Good lookin’ out, Ann. Six drivers have pulled the double, and no one has done so more than once. Six times in the 24-year history of the All-Star/600 double clocks in at just about a quarter of the time, so 2011 is the next target date

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The Jury Is Still Out On Scott Speed, A.J. Allmendinger Swap

When in the Fall of last season it was announced by Red Bull Racing that it had relieved A.J. Allmendinger of his duties behind the wheel of the Red Bull No. 84, the news was met with a considerable amount of skepticism within the NASCAR community. It made little sense to many to replace Allmendinger, especially after a drastic improvement in performance during his sophomore campaign with not just NASCAR, but stock cars as well. The news was met with even more raised eyebrows when it was clear that Allmendinger’s replacement for 2009 was a fellow open-wheel driver with little stock car experience in his own right... Scott Speed. To be fair, Allmendinger’s introduction to stock car racing in '07 had been nothing short of a disaster.

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Frontstretch Fantasy Insider: Taming the Beast of the Southeast

With the All-Star Race behind us, it’s back to points racing with one of NASCAR’s most prestigious and demanding events, the season’s only 600-mile race. Since its repaving, Lowe’s Motor Speedway has been home to fast and treacherous competition, with side by side in the corners proving next to impossible to control for drivers struggling with the handling of their race cars. A true test of man and machine, Sunday’s race will be a battle of attrition and adjustment as the track transitions from day to night. But just like Jeff Gordon’s back, the Frontstretch Fantasy Insider is ready to get your fantasy teams through 600 miles…and when our picks go three-wide, expect them to come out unscathed.

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