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.

Top Ten “Bromances” In NASCAR

_(Wikipedia defines a bromance as a "close, but non-sexual relationship between two men, a form of 'homosocial intimacy'" -- as mentioned in "Phil Allaway’s rundown":https://frontstretch.com/pallaway/24129/ of last weekend’s broadcast.)_ *10.* Teresa Earnhardt and her 100 percent of nothing. Oh yeah, there is Chip Ganassi in there too -- with Felix Sabates watching. (I guess, since Teresa is a girl, it would be a "gromance?") *9.* Anyone in the media center and the late, great David Poole. *8.* Kyle Busch and Kyle Busch (this is more likely a full-fledged romance).

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 Crown Royal 400 at Richmond Edition

Watching the running order during Saturday’s Richmond race was similar to watching a yoyo go up and down. Pit strategy, brake wear, copious amounts of cautions, timely adjustments, and good ol’ fashioned hard-nosed racing worked in harmony to jostle both the running positions and the points standings all throughout Saturday night’s event. In comparison to the race a week and a half ago at Talladega, there may not have been an underdog winner or a series of spectacular crashes, but the numerous swaps for the lead and the constant side-by-side racing back through the pack kept its flame of excitement alive.

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Side By Side: Will Dodge Return To NASCAR In 2010?

*Today's Question: With Chrysler filing for bankruptcy, their racing division was quick to reaffirm they'll be involved in NASCAR for the foreseeable future. But with the company's fate now in the government's hands, will they let it happen -- or will Dodge wind up pulling out of the sport following the 2009 season?* Bryan: The last thing the Obama administration is going to do in trying to restore Chrysler to its stature as a viable, red-blooded piece of American industry is to make a spectacle of squashing the company’s involvement in motorsports. What’s the point of celebrating “Yes, we can build American cars” if “No, we can’t race American cars?” Tom: Let's not forget this manufacturer is just one year removed from missing the Chase altogether. So, while losing Dodge is painful, it's not like they have a powerhouse brewing within NASCAR ... and that makes cutting the cord that much easier for a company that's going to be looking to save money any way it can.

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Make Some Noise! This Fan’s Thoughts on David Poole

“I’d like to thank the fans…” Usually, this is one of the first things the victor says when he climbs from his car. It’s pretty neat. Your driver just beat out the other guy, hopefully with a bit of drama involved. He’s about to collect a million dollar check and …

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Numbers Game: 2009 Crown Royal Presents The Russ Friedman 400 at Richmond

2 Drivers failed to qualify for the Crown Royal Presents The Russ Friedman 400. (No. 64 Todd Bodine, No. 06 Trevor Boys) 2.751 Kyle Busch‘s margin of victory over Tony Stewart in Saturday’s Crown Royal Presents The Russ Friedman 400. 3 Number of times winner Busch led the Crown Royal …

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Five Points to Ponder: 2009 Crown Royal 400 at Richmond Edition

*A Busch birthday* On a magical night for NASCAR’s brightest young star, Kyle Busch blew out 24 candles and picked up a Sprint Cup trophy in the same day, becoming only the second driver to accomplish such a feat. The birthday win puts him in a league with only Cale Yarborough, but its significance is even greater when you look at the numbers. At exactly 24 years of age, the flamboyant Vegas native is now the youngest driver ever to record 15 Sprint Cup wins, and is at a total of 50 victories across the sport’s top three series.

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Bubble Breakdown: Hornish’s Two Top 10s Make Qualifying On Speed A Distant Memory

What a strange weekend for our beloved bubble dwellers it was at Richmond. At Friday’s qualifying session, Mike Bliss put the No. 09 Dodge in the sixth starting position with what seemed to be a car running with the momentum from last week’s upset win at Talladega. Scott Speed also looked like his team was harnessing their momentum from the previous weekend with an eighth place qualifying run. In contrast, Robby Gordon, whose career starting average at Richmond is 30th, looked to be struggling with a 36th place qualifying effort, while Sam Hornish, Jr. looked to be back to normal with a lackluster 28th place starting spot. But as you know, strange things happen under the lights at Richmond... so to see if our bubble teams flipped their weekends around, read on in this week’s edition of the Bubble Breakdown.

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Carl Edwards Wasn’t Quite Right

Sprint Cup Series Director John Darby announced this week that there won’t be any changes in the plate racing, espousing the excitement of Daytona and Talladega just days after two drivers had near-death experiences. Too many writers agree. Quite a few have said that Talladega was a great race and NASCAR shouldn’t do a thing to change it. Some have said that all of the safety precautions worked. Not quite. Seven fans were injured. If that isn’t a wake up call, it damn well oughta be. If a car goes into the grandstand and kills 50 fans, NASCAR is over, my friends. There will not be another race. Believe it. Darby also said, presumably with a straight face, that people play up the danger of wrecks at plate tracks as opposed to wrecks at Atlanta or Charlotte. So Daytona and Talladega are two of the most exciting tracks on the circuit because of the danger, but they aren’t any more dangerous than Atlanta or Charlotte. I’ll figure that one out and get back to you.

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Driven To The Past: The Day I Lost It…

Somebody asked me last week if I ever “lost” a car while I was in the flagstand. Well, I have to admit I did. Twice in about 30 years. First time was in an ARCA race at Campbellsville, Ky., a dirt (red clay, actually) high-banked quarter-mile, in the late 1960s. They had a corrugated metal fence about 30 feet off the top rim of the banking in the first and second turns, and about halfway through the 100-lap race this huge hole appeared right in the middle of the turn--just about big enough for a stock car.

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In Case You Missed It: Friday, May 1, 2009

Upgrades Planned For Kentucky Speedway Speedway Motorsports Inc., the owner of Kentucky Speedway, has begun a $13.5 million set of improvements to the track. The enhancements to the facility include expanded parking, infield camping facilities, and augmented track access roads. “Kentucky Speedway is great and we’re making a lot of …

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