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.

When the Engines Go Silent… What Do I Do?

When the pre-race interviews begin on Sunday morning, I can guarantee at least one question that will be put to the drivers. “What did you do with your week off?” We will then be treated to a brief glimpse into the daily lives of our motor sports heroes. Kind of …

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Top Ten Other Victory Celebrations Kurt Busch’s Miller Lite Drinking Buddies Suggested

Following Kurt Busch’s dominating Atlanta win, he celebrated by driving his car in reverse around the track in a new kind of Victory Lap. Later, he said that the idea came from a Miller Lite drinking session with his buddies. So, I thought we’d speculate on some of the other ideas that might have emerged from that brainstorm in a special edition of the Top Ten... *10.* Promise God that if he got through this, he would never, ever, ever drink again as long as he lives. And this time, he really means it.

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Solving NASCAR’s Racetrack Problem, Part 1 – What NASCAR Can Learn From Baseball

One of the bigger beefs longtime fans of NASCAR have today is the unimaginative size, shape, and location of too many of the current venues. Like the cookie-cutters that once dominated baseball, NASCAR’s schedule today is dominated by garden-variety tracks with no standout features. Little distinguishes Kansas Speedway from Chicagoland, Homestead, Las Vegas or Texas, especially when watching on television. Some newer tracks are to be applauded for the things that do improve the fan experience (like seats instead of benches), but they are clearly built with the same intention as the concrete doughnuts in baseball were—to attract as many fans as possible and to expend no energy on design or quirky originality. Do fans at Bristol Motor Speedway care about the comfort level in their seat on race day? Hell no. They’d sit on damp concrete to witness a race in Thunder Valley. No matter what Lowe’s Motor Speedway does to improve the fan experience, it will never achieve Bristol status.

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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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