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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.

Check Out the Newest Member of the Frontstretch Family: David Starr, Jr.!

The Frontstretch family would like to congratulate David Starr and his wife Kim on the birth of their first child, David Starr, Jr. David Jr. came into the world at 11:21 a.m. on March 12th, at 7 lbs, 17 inches long. Baby, Mom, and Dad are all doing well! To see pictures of this adorable little guy, and his very proud papa, please visit David’s website at "www.DavidStarr.com.":http://www.davidstarr.com Stay tuned to The Frontstretch where, in the near future, we will have a new David Starr Driver Diary and find out what life is like for the new father and his family!

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Driven to the Past: No, Really! I’m Serious…ly Kidding

I keep thinking about some of the offbeat suggestions I’ve made over the years that have made the “powers that be” simply roll their eyes and walk away. Last year sometime, I mentioned my idea of using plastic bags filled with yellow or black paint to get the attention of drivers who didn’t pay attention to that color flag. Simply splatter one on a windshield and they get the message, I figured. ASA didn’t think much of that one, but I still think it would work. Nowadays, you wouldn’t need the bags. A paintball gun would work very well.

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NASCAR News for Friday, March 13, 2009

R3 Motorsports Issues Statement Following Suspension Of Team Member NASCAR announced on Thursday that John Boyd, a crew member of the No. 23 R3 Motorsports Nationwide Series team, has been suspended indefinitely for violating NASCAR’s substance-abuse policy. Boyd was found in violation of Sections 12-1 and 7-5 of the rule …

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In Case You Missed It: Friday, March 13, 2009

RAB Racing Penalty Upheld NASCAR announced on Monday that the National Stock Car Racing Commission has upheld NASCAR’s penalty against the RAB Racing No. 09 Nationwide Series team. The car, driven by John Wes Townley, was found to be in violation of several NASCAR rules for a roll bar that …

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Blue Smoke and Burnt Rubber: Talk at the Track

Hi, racefans! This is C.J. Parker with this week’s installment of “Talk at the Track”. The weekly radio show where I speak with all the most interesting personalities in the Grand Stock Car Association. This week we’re talking with Harry Garrison, the reigning GSCA Air West Cup champion and driver …

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Fanning the Flames: Confusing Contingency Awards, NASCAR’s Aero Dependence Gone Awry, And Rain-Outs

*Hey Matt. My friend and I were talking after the race and I noticed on the internet that Ryan Newman was awarded the WIX Filters Lap Leader of the Race [at Atlanta]. We talked about it, and I did some looking and couldn't figure out why. We were both always of the understanding that the driver that leads the most laps should win it. What’s the story?* _— Bethany_ *A:* From a WIX Filters press release dated February 19, 2009: “…to be eligible for this contingency program, race teams must run the WIX Filters contingency decals on their front fenders and use WIX oil and air filters on their race cars during the season.”

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Bailing On The Auto Bailout, Loving Las Vegas, And Other Post-Vacation Thoughts

For the last two weekends, I have been in Las Vegas. The first weekend, I was there with my girlfriend and a couple of friends to take in the wonders of Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The second weekend, I was there for bowling -- but that is a horror story for another publication. The good news is, the sunburn that I started at LVMS (and finished poolside during a short trip to the Los Angeles area) is turning into a nice tan, _and _I managed to make it home with a couple of Ben Franklins still in my pocket! In short, life has been good. This was my first time to visit Bruton Smith’s track in the Nevada desert and, I must say, it was a wonderful experience.

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Bruton Smith: Dissin’ On South Florida, Homestead-Miami Speedway, and President Obama

Speedway Motorsports, Inc. President and CEO Bruton Smith seems to have adopted the “best defense is a good offense” philosophy last Friday while entertaining reporters at his Atlanta Motor Speedway. Smith, undoubtedly aware that the upcoming Sprint Cup race at the Hampton, GA 1 ½ mile motorsports facility would be embarrassingly under-attended, instead took shots at southern Floridians, Homestead-Miami Speedway, and the President of the United States. Lamenting on chronic lackluster attendance at his Infineon Raceway at Sonoma, CA, Smith suggested that traffic concerns were a major contributor to the road course being unable to improve ticket sales year-to-year.

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NASCAR News for Thursday, March 12, 2009

Tryson Wins Crew Chief Award for Kobalt Tools 500 Pat Tryson, crew chief of the No. 2 Miller Light Dodge driven by Kurt Busch, was awarded the WYPALL Wipers Crew Chief of the race following Sunday’s Kobalt Tools 500. The race was dominated all afternoon by the blue deuce who …

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Top Ten Reasons To Run Into The Infield Grass During A Race

*10.* Owwww! Those lugnuts hurt when they hit you in the hiney! *9.* To avoid a non-attentive Dale Earnhardt, Jr. *8.* Instead of "Drop and give me 20!" Coach Kerr says, "Sprint to the frontstretch and back!" after a subpar stop. *7.* Because those Goodyears seem to do some craaaaazy things at the racetrack.

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