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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.

Mirror Driving : Swearing Off NASCAR’s Bull…Well, You Know, Merger Mayhem, and Toyota On Top?

*Tony Stewart's slip of the tongue on TV didn't just cost him money...along with a $25,000 fine, 25 championship points were deducted. Is it wrong for drivers to lose championship points for over-the-line statements to the media?* Cami: Not if it's a true over-the-line statement. But I don't think that was over the line. It was cable, for F's sake! Vito: Depends on the context. Junior's was more of an innocent slip of the tongue…Tony's was more pointed, I felt. NASCAR also needs to be consistent with the precedent they started in 2004, so that's why this happened. Tony seems to be cool with it...so as far as I'm concerned, I don't think it's that big of a deal. I just kind of wish they'd leave points out of it and just fine them money.

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Mirror Driving : Stewart vs Hamlin, Kyle Busch vs The World, and Jamie McMurray vs The Weight Of Expectations

*Jamie McMurray's win : Long time coming, or lucky son-of-a-gun?* Tommy: Long time coming…and well earned, too. He drove one heck of a race. Cami: I think it's a long time coming. He had a good car Saturday night; it clearly wasn't a fluke. Tony: I'm not ready to label him a championship contender quite yet, but McMurray should've been good for one or two wins a year for awhile now.

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Mirror Driving : Is Crocker’s Career Cracked to Pieces? Does Montoya Take The Pressure Off Everyone Else?

*It was officially announced this week that Erin Crocker is scaling back her schedule to run only 12 ARCA races and 4 Busch races this year. Is this the begininng of the end, or can she make it back and become a success after all that happened this year?* Mike Neff: She certainly has some talent. But having her schedule scaled back most definitely isn't a positive sign. She's probably going to have to step it up in some early races or be headed back to sprint cars. Toni: If she can prove herself in some of the races she runs this year, she deserves another chance. If she continues to show what she did last year, then the answer's no.

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Mirror Driving : Montoya Already Best In History? Should The Bobby, Jr. Story BE History?

*With Juan Pablo Montoya adding a Rolex 24 victory to his resume over the weekend, he's now won in that series to go along with success in CART and Formula One. Can he be already considered one of the most successful drivers in history…even if he ends up failing in stock cars?* Amy: Absolutely. If Montoya never wins a NASCAR race, he's still one of the best ever. Vito: He's not much different than Dan Gurney at this point...so yeah.

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