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: The Most Frightening Race On The Planet…

I hope all you stock car fans won’t get too mad at me for slipping into another memory about open wheel racing, but I like all types of racing, and I’ve been privileged to see some fantastic events. They hold a sprint car race at the Anderson Speedway in Anderson, Ind., on the night before the Indianapolis 500 which is called, appropriately, “The Little 500.” And if there are any questions, it’s two years older than the bicycle race using the same name over at Indiana University – so as far as I’m concerned, they had the name first. The field for this event is 33 sprint cars, starting three abreast, on a paved high-banked quarter-mile track. Strong men have been known to spend the first 50 laps or so praying while watching this race. I believe it was this race, rather than the Cup cars at Bristol, which resulted in the comparison, “like jet fighters in a gymnasium.”

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In Case You Missed It: Friday, April 24, 2009

Key Motorsports Cancels Full-Time Schedule For Mike Bliss Key Motorsports, owner of the No. 40 Chevrolet driven by Mike Bliss in the Camping World Truck Series, has announced that they will cancel plans to have Bliss run full time in pursuit of a championship. The team will run a part …

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NASCAR News for Friday, April 24, 2009

Awards Ceremony Moved To Las Vegas NASCAR announced on Thursday that the end of season awards ceremony will be held in Las Vegas this year, after holding the event in New York City for 17 years. The move was cited as being more flexible for driver and fan events. The …

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Roush Fenway Racing Saving the Planet?

When it comes to being ecologically sound, I will be the first to admit that I am not a good person. I refuse to sort my trash into three different bins; I do not rinse out every can or empty jar. Heck, I don’t even return my empty beverage cans for the nickel deposit. They, too, usually go straight to the trash. Oh, don’t get me wrong; I am not a waster. Why, I have even been known to reuse paper plates that I just had a bologna sandwich on! But it has been my experience that most efforts at recycling are way more costly than they are truly worth.

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Fanning the Flames: When The Story About The Story Becomes THE Story

(In your best ring announcer voice) In this corner, weighing in at roughly 500,000 unique hits per year, a quirky little website long on passion but short on funding and struggling for legitimacy ... _CaptainThunderRacing.com!_ And in this corner, weighing in at a mind-boggling 10 million unique visitors per second, hailing from Bristol, Connecticut: the World Wide Leader, the Mother Ship, the Four Letter Network, the we-overpaid-to-broadcast-NASCAR-a-couple-years-ago-and-now-we’re-stuck-with-it … the reigning sports leader: _ESPN.com!_ Yes, it seems the Four Letter Network is HMS’s sounding board these days … or its PR rep.

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Ratings May Have Been Down, But PIR Left Little To Complain About

The debate over why folks continue to turn off and tune out NASCAR rages on. Fuel for the debate is the steadily declining television rating numbers that were posted for last Saturday night's Sprint Cup race from Phoenix International Raceway. The theory that there is a significant decline in fan interest has been reinforced as of late by the whopping 18% drop in at-home-viewers when compared to last year's running of the Subway Fresh Fit 500K. In fact, year-to-date FOX Broadcasting ratings are down some 14% in viewer numbers versus their first nine point-earning race telecasts in 2008. That considerable drop is a definitive indication that NASCAR is in a state of decline.

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Frontstretch Fantasy Insider: Picking The ‘Dega Drafting Lane That’s Moving Forward

The fantasy wild card weekend that is Talladega looms on the horizon. The "Big One," which happens more times than not, can take out a player's entire fantasy team in one fell swoop -- or, it could cause a player's team to sweep into the top 10 when most of the other competition is taken out. Some drivers who have been struggling this year may benefit from this type of restrictor plate weekend, while others who have exceeded expectations could be brought right back down to Earth. On a track that's so unpredictable, how can you turn the odds in your favor? Read on to see who the Frontstretch fantasy experts feel will tiptoe around the wrecks in their latest edition of Fantasy Insider.

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NASCAR News for Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Tissot Pit Road Award Goes to No. 39 Crew The Tissot Pit Road Precision Award was handed out to the No. 39 crew of Ryan Newman for their performance in Saturday night’s Subway Fresh Fit 500 in Phoenix. Newman’s No. 39 Chevy Impala spent only 234.393 seconds on pit road, …

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Top Ten Reasons Jim France Stepped Down As the Head of ISC

*10.* Got tired of babysitting his brother’s kids for minimum wage. *9.* Couldn’t get Brian France to stop making monkey noises during the board meetings. *8.* Bruton Smith (who does kinda look like Marlon Brando) made him an offer he couldn’t refuse to work at SMI.

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Mirror Driving: Coming Clean At Roush Fenway, Cleaning Up NASCAR’s Ratings Decline, And More

*Continuing a recent trend, the race at Phoenix saw an 18% drop in ratings from over a year ago despite a popular Mark Martin victory. Why are ratings continuing to plummet, and is there any way to stop the trend?* Vito: People can't pay their cable bill. Seriously, Phoenix is typically an uncompetitive and boring race. The racing this year has been endured, not enjoyed. Kurt: Reason No. 1: Junior is running very mediocre-like. Reason No. 2: People don't like this car and the way it drives. Reason No. 3: It takes seven months just to get to the playoffs, which diminishes the value of individual races.

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