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.

Michael Waltrip: Due Respect

NASCAR’s resident funny-man, corporate promoter extraordinaire and one of three owner/drivers in the Sprint Cup Series is geared-up and offering his opinions on most anything NASCAR, although that is not so unusual. Topping the list of issues that the 45-year old Waltrip, now in his third season as a team owner, expounded upon this week was the current ban on testing at NASCAR sanctioned tracks for competitors in its top five divisions. The testing prohibition, in place for the time being at least through the 2009 season, is in Waltrip’s estimation “...a colossal waste of time and money.” The 45-year-old Owensboro, Ky. native, who first strapped into a Cup car in 1985 and has competed in 725 points-earning events since that time, would just as soon see the testing ban become permanent. In his opinion, computer technology has made the need to test obsolete.

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Nationwide Rookie Michael Annett Eyes Another Daytona Victory

Racing has been in Michael Annett’s blood since birth. The 22-year-old Nationwide Series rookie’s first racing experience literally came days after his birthday when he attended the Knoxville Nationals less than one week after being born. Since that day in Knoxville, Iowa, Annett found success one ice where he was once a highly touted hockey star and most recently back on the track where he will compete for Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year honors for Germain Racing.

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NASCAR’s Biggest Problem – Jimmie Johnson

To read and listen to diatribes from many of us—and yours truly pleads as guilty as anyone—most every disgruntled fan can put a finger on what currently ails NASCAR. Check Jayski every day and you can also usually find someone offering “solutions” to NASCAR’s steadily dropping ratings and attendance numbers. Some suggestions might actually help in practice; some make you wonder where you can get such high-quality ganja. However, one glaring problem NASCAR has seems to go somewhat unnoticed by the press and blogosphere, even if the problem is often articulated through other means. And there really isn’t much NASCAR can do about it. Jimmie Johnson.

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Rick Crawford Hopes to End Winless Drought Tonight in Daytona

You can’t fault Rick Crawford for being anxious to start tonight’s NextEra Energy Resources 250. After all, Crawford hasn’t won a Camping World Truck Series race in over two years, has only been behind the wheel for two practice sessions since the 2008 season finale at Homestead and is at the track where he has accumulated the most points of any driver over the past six seasons. While most fans associate Crawford with Daytona for his three-wide win in 2003, he has consistently been one of the series’ strongest drivers at the 2.5-mile track, scoring six top 10s in nine starts.

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Driven To The Past: Knock The Fence Down, Pops

Somehow, while the guys on television were going over the past bringing up the names of legendary drivers, one came to my mind. Curtis Turner. I had occasion to meet ol’ Pops (and if he didn’t know your name, he’d call you that, as well as expect you to call him by the same handle) in the late 1960s when he ran a couple of ARCA races when I was flagging. As I recall, both of them were 500-lappers; the first at the old Dayton Speedway. Curtis couldn’t be there on Saturday to qualify, and somebody else qualified the car for him. When it came to a big-name driver whose name had been used heavily in pre-race advertising, John Marcum didn’t stand on ceremony. I suspect that there were parts of the ARCA rulebook back in those days that were deliberately vague to give John some wiggle room.

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NASCAR News for Friday, February 13, 2009

NASCAR Announces Change To Single File Restart Rule NASCAR announced on Thursday that late race restarts will now be single file whenever the race is restarted with 20 or fewer laps to go, as opposed to 10 laps in previous seasons. The rule will be applied to all three of …

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2009 Gatorade Duel 150 Recaps

If Thursday’s Duel 150 qualifying races are any indication, Jeff Gordon is set to put a winless 2008 behind him. Gordon went toe-to-toe with former series champion Tony Stewart for the final five laps before holding off the No. 14 car, as well as teammate Jimmie Johnson, for the victory …

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In Case You Missed It: Thursday, February 12, 2009

NASCAR Holds Luncheon For Diversity On Wednesday, NASCAR held its second annual diversity luncheon at Daytona. The luncheon was created to celebrate accomplishments from participants in the sport with regards to NASCAR’s ongoing diversity program. “Teams, tracks, sponsors and other stakeholders play an integral role in our efforts to further …

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Frontstretch Folio: 2009 Daytona 500

The Sprint Cup Series heads to the World Center of Racing this weekend for NASCAR’s Superbowl at Daytona International Speedway. The Daytona 500 is the first race of the 2009 Sprint Cup season and will be broadcast live on Sunday, February 15th at 2 pm ET on FOX, with radio …

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Time For the “Old Men” To Show “The Boys” A Thing Or Two At Daytona!

Normally, as we dive into all the hype that NASCAR inevitably creates heading into the Daytona 500, I really don’t get all that excited. 'Cause let's face it: the "Great American Race" means that I, once again, have a couple of "great" writing deadlines looming over me each week that I must deal with. And -- as many of the editors of this site will attest to -- about the only thing I like about deadlines is the "whooshing" sound they make as they fly by! This year, though, is proving to be surprisingly different. No, I still think that "whooshing" sound is pretty cool -- but after many of the practice sessions we've had thus far at Daytona, I find that I am a bit more excited about the race than usual. The source of this excitement is simple: the "old guys!"

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