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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.

NASCAR News for Friday, May 15, 2009

No. 91 Nationwide Team Penalized For Darlington Infraction NASCAR announced on Thursday that Michael Allen, crew chief for the MSRP Motorsports No. 91 driven by Terry Cook, has been fined for rule violations in last Friday’s race at Darlington Raceway. Allen was found in violation of Section 12-1 (actions detrimental …

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Q&A with Miss Sprint Cup: Anne-Marie Rhodes

_You see her in Victory Lane after every week and sometimes you see double. Both Anne- Marie Rhodes and Monica Palumbo have been the faces of the reincarnation of Miss Winston, playing the role for mobile giant Nextel and then Sprint, after Sprint bought out the company and assumed the title sponsorship of the Cup Series. Rhodes sat down with Frontstretch.com’s Doug Turnbull at Talladega Superspeedway back in April to discuss the coming All-Star weekend, how she got the Miss Sprint Cup job, if she ever wants to get behind the wheel of a racecar, and the wildest things she has seen in Victory Lane._

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Blue Smoke and Burnt Rubber: Chapter 7

Thursday Night Raleigh, N.C. Chris pushed through the gyrating mob that filled the dance floor of O’Flynn’s Double Malt Bar. He waved at a couple crew members from the No. 47 team and their wives. Was that a new girl on the arm of Tommy Burke? This was always a …

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Fanning the Flames: Did Someone Say “10-Lap Shootout?”

*Matt, with all the changes the All-Star Race has undergone over the previous decade can you give me a rundown of who is eligible and what the new rules in place for this season’s race are? Thanks!* _— Thomas Bell, Sunbury, PA_ *A:* Good idea, Thomas. Let’s run this down real quick for use as a reference come Saturday night. Sixteen drivers are locked in to the All-Star Race by virtue of winning at least one points-paying race in 2008 and/or 2009. One driver, Bobby Labonte, is in by virtue of his Cup title in 2000, and Kevin Harvick is in as a past winner of the event.

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Time Is Ticking For Tony Eury, Jr.

Rumor and speculation continues to circulate in the NASCAR community this week that Tony Eury, Jr., crew chief of the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet piloted by the sport's Most Popular Driver, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., will soon be replaced. With no credible insider connected to the rumored change atop the pit box, it seems clear that any speculation concerning Eury’s job security is little more than an educated guess, but still a prediction that very well may prove to be accurate before the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway a week from Sunday. It is not necessary to be a Mensa member in good standing to conclude that Eury, Jr., first-cousin to Earnhardt, Jr., might be in jeopardy of losing his position at Hendrick Motorsports.

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BSNews! Real NASCAR News That Fits the Headline Title

For the last few days, I have been hearing some "busyness" going on in the BSNews room... which happens to be adjacent to my bedroom. There was a lot of thumping and bumping, the occasional "heated exchange," and the ever present "pphhhfffsssttt" of a beverage being opened. I just assumed that the crew was working on a big story and decided to leave them alone ... while keeping the refrigerator stocked with beverages, of course. However, as with most "assumptions," I was wrong.

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NASCAR News for Thursday, May 14, 2009

NASCAR Probes Ratings Decline As noted in Monday’s edition of the Frontstretch newsletter, NASCAR on FOX ratings have taken a 15 percent dip in metered markets throughout the 2009 season. As a result, officials are scrambling to unearth factors contributing to the drop off and the subsequent exodus of their …

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Driven To The Past: The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread

I’m getting a little tired of hearing Joey Logano referred to as “the best thing since sliced bread” as if it was something new. Understand me right, here--I don’t have anything at all against Joey Logano. He seems to be a pretty darned good race driver who was thrust into the top stock car series in the country maybe a year ahead of schedule. He’s dealing with that very well, in my opinion. The best thing I heard on the TV broadcast from Darlington was Greg Zipadelli telling him in so many words to just drive the car, they’d take care of the fixes. If there’s a beef I have against him, it’s that he might not understand how the cars really work, but that doesn’t make him unique among today’s drivers. A lot of them just climbed out of go-karts and into bigger cars and all they’ve done is drive. Quite a far cry from guys like the Allisons, DW, Rusty Wallace, and even Mark Martin, who had to help build their own cars. Like I said, though, the “sliced bread” quote is nothing new.

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Top Ten Excuses Jeremy Mayfield Gave For Failing The Drug Test

*10.* “I had dinner at Brian France’s place the other night. I thought the oregano in the spaghetti sauce smelled funny!” *9.* “I gave Shane Hmiel a ride home the other night and you know the old saying…grass, gas or ass, nobody rides for free! Well, he was broke and I wasn’t about to…well, you know!”

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