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.

Five Points to Ponder: NASCAR Notes From The Week

*Claritin unclear* Apparently, this whole Jeremy Mayfield soap opera isn’t going away anytime soon. The latest episode saw Mayfield in the infield at Lowe’s Saturday night for the Sprint Showdown, a violation of the terms surrounding his indefinite suspension. He was eventually escorted off the premises... but not before taking some more shots at the sport that banned him in the first place. A defiant Mayfield claimed he is considering legal action to override his suspension, and currently has no plans to go through the rehab process -- a requirement in order for reinstatement to be considered.

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NASCAR Should Reconsider The Four Car Per Team Rule

At Darlington this past weekend, three of the top five finishing cars were from Hendrick Motorsports. The other two got their engines from Hendrick. A part time Hendrick team finished seventh, making six out of the top seven either Hendrick or Hendrick-affiliated teams. It was domination from one team that has rarely been seen in a single event. Looking through the glasses of NASCAR’s never-ending push for parity, it’s easy to look at the Darlington results and conclude that bigger teams have too much of an upper hand in this sport. That’s what glasses do. NASCAR’s well-meaning solution has been to place a limit on how many cars a team can field. Jack Roush is going to soon have to make a decision about whether to let go of David Ragan or Jamie McMurray, assuming he wants to hold on to Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards, which is a safe assumption. As a result, one of those two drivers will be out of a ride and a team will be looking for work in what is not a promising economy. And none of that is going to make Robby Gordon any faster.

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In Case You Missed It: Friday, May 15, 2009

Fan Vote Names Kahne’s 2008 All-Star Win Greatest Moment In Track History Lowe’s Motor Speedway, host of the All-Star race this week and the Coca-Cola 600 next week, held a fan vote to determine what was the greatest moment in track history. The winner was the All-Star Race of 2008, …

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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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