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.

Driven To The Past: Pops and the “Other” Tommy Thompson

Sometime last year, our trivia guru here on Frontstretch.com asked a question about a former NASCAR driver with one win in, what is now, the Sprint Cup series who had the same name as a current writer for this site. The answer was Tommy Thompson, and that brings up some memories for me. Had to do some research to add to my own memories before I could do this column. Tommy Thompson was from Louisville, Kentucky, a very successful engineer-contractor, and I first saw him driving what we called “hardtops” at the Jeffersonville (Ind.) Sportsdrome in my year of introduction to racing, 1949.

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In Case You Missed It: Friday, May 8, 2009

Lowe’s Hosting “Quarter-Mile Cookout” Lowe’s Motor Speedway announced on Wednesday that they will be holding a “Coca-Cola Quarter Mile Cookout”, using the nation’s largest barbecue grill, which measures 1,320 feet. The grill requires 7,000 pounds of Kingsford charcoal to operate. The grill will serve food to fans attending the Coca-Cola …

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NASCAR News for Friday, May 8, 2009

Atlanta Motor Speedway Suing Pep Boys For Nonpayment SceneDaily reported on Thursday that Atlanta Motor Speedway is suing race sponsor Pep Boys for nonpayment of up to $1.6 million for the fall race at the track. AMS has claimed in the suit that Pep Boys did not make the $800,000 …

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Blue Smoke and Burnt Rubber: Talk at the Track #5

… Problems continue to haunt the teams of Brad Van Lytton. Some have called the stable’s year cursed. The latest incident did not affect their on-track performance at the Blacksburg Fairgrounds, but Danny O’Flynn suffered through the weekend sleeping on the sofa in his teammate’s coach. O’Flynn’s custom RV suffered …

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One More Season With Mark Martin Is A Good Thing

Yesterday’s news that popular veteran Mark Martin has agreed to compete full-time at least through 2010 in the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet -- instead of his originally announced part-time, 26-race schedule next season -- did not come as a complete surprise. Martin had previously hinted that he very well might be interested in another full season of Sprint Cup competition, even as he looks at celebrating his 51st birthday in January. But don't let the age fool you on this one, as the 20+-year veteran has looked every bit as good behind the wheel than most 20-somethings on the circuit this decade.

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From Yellow Lines to Yellow Flags

"Last week’s Voices From The Heartland":https://frontstretch.com/jmeyer/24043/ dealt with NASCAR’s proclivity for allowing drivers to qualify below the (double) yellow, out of bounds line at Talladega. Some readers understood where I was coming from ... and some did not. Well, let’s hope you all understand this week’s yellow colored rant. Even if I have briefly touched on it in past columns, the problem still remains, and unless the fans keep – well – bitching about it, nothing will be done. This week, I want to take a look at the "Lucky Dog" rule, as well as NASCAR’s insane insistence on allowing lapped cars to restart up front with lead lap cars after a yellow flag.

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Fanning the Flames: Appreciating NASCAR’s Spring Slate

I always look forward to the month of May. Spring is upon us, the fish are biting, the weather is absolutely beautiful, the mosquitoes aren’t too bad just yet and the NASCAR circuit hits its grandest stretch of racing all season. Talladega in late April is followed by Richmond, Darlington and the two weeks in Charlotte. It has a very nostalgic feel for me — old school tracks that continue to provide great racing — at a time when it sometimes seems we visit the same 1.5-mile concrete slabs week after week. If the season of Spring is a time of rebirth, then the month of May is a time of renewal for this stock car fan; the love of a sport is realized once again as familiar old stomping grounds make their annual appearances. It’s a varied mix of tracks with a distinctly regional feel packed into a genial month that seems to pass all too quickly.

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Frontstretch Fantasy Insider: Taming the Lady in Black

_There aren’t many places where every driver, not just the rookies, is told “race the track, not the pack.” But that’s the only means of survival at Darlington Raceway, a unique combination of rim-riding and abrasive asphalt that’s among the most grueling 500 milers on the Sprint Cup circuit. The track itself may be Too Tough To Tame, but fantasy racing this egg-shaped circuit is no problem for the Frontstretch Fantasy Insiders. Read on to find out which drivers have the inside track to surviving the difficult track conditions they'll face on Saturday night._

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NASCAR News for Thursday, May 7, 2009

Two-Day Tire Test at Daytona Complete NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers A.J. Allmendinger, Aric Almirola, Marcos Ambrose, Clint Bowyer, Sam Hornish, Jr., Joey Logano, Mark Martin, Jamie McMurray, Paul Menard, and Scott Speed all wrapped up a two-day Goodyear tire testing session at Daytona International Speedway this past Monday and …

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Mirror Driving: Does TV Owe NASCAR Underdogs? Grading The Childress Crew Swap, And Nationwide Surprises

*Kyle Busch scored his 50th win NASCAR Cup, Nationwide and Truck competition with last weekend’s two victories at Richmond. Busch says he wants to get to 200 to “beat” Richard Petty's mark. Can he get there?* Kurt: Well, does that really count? I was thinking that isn't a fair comparison. That said, it's too early to tell; but if anyone, can it's Kyle. Beth: Right, it's way too early to make that call. And besides, I wouldn't count it unless it was 200 Cup wins. Jeff: I agree — you need 200 Cup wins to beat the King.

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