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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.

The Best Of The Frontstretch: Robby Gordon One-Ups Himself

"It amazes me. Every time I think Robby can't do anything any more stupid than he's already done, he one-ups himself." _Casey Mears, March 2007_ It is time to revisit the subject of Robby Gordon: Race Car Driver after his controversial activities in Montreal, Canada last Saturday. In March of this year, I dedicated this weekly column to defending Gordon against what I believe to be unfair and unbalanced treatment by the motorsports community as a whole. What had prompted that "article":https://frontstretch.com/tthompson/7408/ entitled, Robby Gordon: NASCAR's "Lone Wolf" were allegations of Gordon's aggressive driving that led to an early race accident in Las Vegas, one which ended with the race cars of Ward Burton and Casey Mears being severely damaged. Though I continue to maintain that Gordon's survival as an owner/driver in Nextel Cup far outshadows in significance any perceived "bad behavior" on his part, I believe Casey Mears' comment on the accident at that time, in consideration of these most recent events, carries considerably more credence. Considering all of the altercations with teammates and other drivers that Gordon has been involved in over his career - or even the numerous one-car spins or multi-car wrecks he's caused - it seems to me that Robby Gordon has definitely upped his "stupid bar" another notch or two this time.

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Mirror Driving: Fixing Qualifying Rules, Changing The Age Rule, And Who Ruled At Testing?

*With Daytona testing for the three major series in the books, what have we learned and what questions do you still have heading to the Daytona 500?* Amy: We have learned that Daytona testing is the same as always... the guys who have to race in let it all hang out while the rest ride. Tony: Toyota is looking more competitive this year - but honestly, not much more than that. Traditionally, offseason testing doesn't tell us that much. All we need to do is look back no further than the days both Junior and Waltrip were dominant with DEI at Daytona. They were crap in testing ... but then did well in the race. Mike: Toyota cars are fast by themselves, Hendrick is still going to dominate, everyone still doesn't show all they have, and the offseason is too long. I also think we learned that Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is going to try very hard to work and play well with others in the Hendrick organization.

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The Best Of The Frontstretch: Bobby Ginn: The Gambler Rolled “Snake Eyes”

In what has become the quickest and most dramatic rise and fall of a race team in recent NASCAR history, Ginn Racing has fans, drivers and other owners in the NASCAR garages wondering what in the world has transpired with the team that had been showing so much promise since the drop of the green flag at this years Daytona 500. Since owner Bobby Ginn purchased the two-team organization formerly known as MB2 Motorsports from its previous majority owner Nelson Bowers barely a year ago, what the NASCAR community has witnessed is an illusion…a highly calculated gamble, based on maintaining an appearance of stability to gain acceptance within the sport in hopes of securing significant outside financing, money that was desperately needed to continue the charade. And it was a fairly well orchestrated deception...one that almost worked. The plan's downfall was simply that no corporate sponsor was ever found that would take the bait that Bobby Ginn set out…and the ruse has now begun to unravel. Bobby Ginn, a real estate developer from South Carolina, entered the NASCAR scene with a BANG!

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The Best Of The Frontstretch: The Kyle Busch You Don’t Know

Abrasive. Argumentative. Arrogant. Ask a NASCAR fan to describe Nextel Cup driver Kyle Busch and those are some of the adjectives you might hear. When Kyle entered the Cup series full time, many fans painted him with the same broad brush as older brother Kurt, who perhaps had done more to earn those epithets in the early years of his career than Kyle did. And it didn't help that Kyle was driving for Hendrick Motorsports, making him a teammate of Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson - two drivers that many fans already loved to hate. But there are many positive attributes that should come to mind when you hear the name Kyle Busch - among them: Accomplished.

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The Best Of The Frontstretch: In This Age of “Perception,” DEI Is In Intensive Care

In this ever increasingly mixed up world, a world where "perception" seems to be valued over "truth," the entity known as Dale Earnhardt, Inc. is in dire need of serious medical attention. Pronto. The biggest wound that DEI has suffered in 2007 is, of course, the well-documented divorce and subsequent family tiff that ultimately resulted in Dale Earnhardt, Jr. becoming employed by Rick Hendrick next season...not the family business he has always worked for. After that sort of major trauma, one would think that DEI would prefer to sort of "lay low" for awhile, taking stock and regrouping in preparation for life without a "Dale" in the mix.

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Furniture Row Racing Roars Into 2008

Denver, CO – Furniture Row Racing enters its third year of competitive NASCAR Sprint Cup racing this season, and the team is positioning itself to have its best opening season yet. Striving to reach its top potential, the team will be powering their Chevy Impalas with Hendrick Motorsports engines. Team …

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The Best Of The Frontstretch: A Question of Risk: Is Death Too High a Price for a Driver to Pay?

This past Thursday night, NASCAR lost a great racer. John Blewett, III lost his life in a wreck during the New England Dodge Dealers 150 at Thompson International Speedway. He was driving his Whelan Modified No. 66 at the time of the incident. A champion of several tracks throughout the East, at 33 he was considered a seasoned veteran of the Modified circuit. It is at moments such as these, when we are mourning the loss of a competitor, husband and father, that it behooves us to stop and consider the dangers of racing and the choices that are made by racers and fans to continue participating in the sport.

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The Best Of The Frontstretch: TNT “F Bomb” Squad Snips Wrong Wire!

The explosion of an "F bomb" at last Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350 in Sonoma, CA is a prime example of what seemed like a brilliant idea at the time go horribly awry. The idea was to have Kyle Petty be part of the race broadcast team, not from the booth, but actually while he competed in the race itself. Brilliant! So far, so good. This could be really cool. However, not long into the broadcast, a few problems began to manifest themselves. Initially, due to some technical gremlins, booth announcers Wally Dallenbach and Bill Weber were having some difficulty establishing contact with racer / analyst Petty. At one point, once contact was made, they broke in and surprised Kyle while he was leading the team in a pre-race prayer. Oops! But after the initial awkwardness, breaking in on the team prayer could seem like a great thing as far as ratings go.

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The Best Of The Frontstretch: Thousands Gather as Community Celebrates Life of a Legend

At the service for her late husband Bill France Junior, Betty Jane France stepped up to the microphone and said, "Bill France loved Daytona Beach, and today, the city returns that love to him." In front of 2,000 people at Bethune-Cookman University, the life of the visionary who transformed NASCAR from a regional sport to a worldwide phenomenon was celebrated in the same city where the sport got its start. It was 60 years ago that his father, William H.G. France, called the first meeting at the Streamline Hotel and set up NASCAR, an idea that Bill Junior helped develop into a multi-billion dollar industry.

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The Best Of The Frontstretch: NASCAR’s Youth Movement

Taking a look at last year's Nextel Cup Chase for the Championship, you might have noticed an interesting pattern; six of the ten drivers were no older than age 32. Kyle Busch, in fact, set a record as the youngest driver ever to make a run for the championship, qualifying for the playoffs at the ripe old age of 21. No question about; in today's world of NASCAR, the youth movement has effectively taken control. And with today's young drivers finding themselves behind the steering wheel at an earlier age than ever, the amount of untapped talent is high. There's an immense amount of teenage sensations to sort through; read on to sift through the research and figure out which drivers experts say are better than Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart at their age and which ones can be closer compared to Paris Hilton and Ryan Leaf. *Finding talent can be difficult* NASCAR has entered an era of youth - the timeline for success is short. In what has recently become a "what have you done for me lately" sport, NASCAR fans have seen promising young talent shoot up through the ranks, only to fizzle faster than a Paris Hilton hit single.

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