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.

Frontstretch Folio: 2009 Bud Shootout at Daytona

Select Sprint Cup competitors head to World Center of Racing this weekend for an exhibition event at the Daytona International Speedway. The Bud Shootout will be broadcast live on Saturday, February 7, 2009, at 8:00 PM EST on FOX, with radio coverage by MRN affiliates nationwide. Competitors will make 75 …

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Good Racing… A Cure For The Economic Blues

Well, the call-to-arms has been sounded by our Editor-in-Chief to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin the business of big time NASCAR journalism again... or something to that effect. In other words, with the Budweiser Shootout only two days away and the Great American Race -- the Daytona 500 -- slated to kick off the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup season a week from Sunday, it is time to get busy informing, opining, and debating the most popular form of motorsports entertainment in America once more. In years past, I would be biting at the bits to kickoff the new season of Turn 5, rejuvenated from the offseason break. Yet, as this season approaches, I would be less than honest with my readers if I said that I feel the same level of anticipation and excitement that I have always experienced during my 40 years of following stock car racing.

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Relax! The Ever Benevolent NASCAR Has Everything Under Control… Or Do They?

While NASCAR’s CEO Brian France has been accused of being many things, no one can say that he -- and the many minions that surround him -- are lazy. After all, running a profit mill, saving the economy, making our skies safer, and adding to the problem of global warming every time he opens his mouth is a full-time job! As Brian said himself last Fall… “Running the sport from a policy standpoint and interacting with our partners to make sure we are doing everything we can, that really happens during the week. So if you saw me every day, that wouldn’t — that’s not going to change what happens Monday through Friday. That’s when you really need to see me. And it’s impossible for you to see me.”

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Fanning the Flames: The Lights Of The Pace Car Are Off On 2009

Didn’t we talk just, like, two Thursdays ago? Has it actually been over two months since Thanksgiving? Is the Christmas season really over a month gone in our rear-view mirror? Was that the Arizona Cardinals I saw in the Super Bowl?! And, as great of a driver as he may be, is Jimmie Johnson not the clumsiest dude you’ve ever seen? That makes two offseasons in a row, you know... These are the questions I ask you. Now, it’s time for us — this grateful writer and you, the NASCAR fan — do rehash our annual talk. _Fanning the Flames_ was created to provide you an outlet to ask questions, voice concerns, and blow off a little steam. In short, this is your column as much as it is mine (I just format it on Wednesday nights). Without your input, this column no longer exists.

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Mirror Driving: Auctioning Off Daytona, Bud Shootout Blues, And Playing Cupid With Crew Chiefs

*Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray, Clint Bowyer, and Casey Mears are among the drivers getting new crew chiefs this year. Which pair works out best?* Kurt: Jamie and Donnie Wingo come to mind, but I don't know yet. Vito: Matt Kenseth and Drew Blickensderfer for the win. Amy: I agree there, Vito. Although I really, really wanted to see Wingo go to the No. 07. Beth: Kenseth will probably come out on top in this one.

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Top Ten Things I Would Like To See Happen In NASCAR in 2009

*10.* Jimmie Johnson wins the now totally worthless Bud Shootout, is crowned 2009 Cup Champion after the race, and Brian France cancels the rest of the meaningless season in his _ultimate_ plan to cut costs for the rest of the teams. *9.* The rest of the world finally realizes that I am right and recognizes NASCAR for what it has become -- IROC, with a lot of non-champions. *8.* Mark Martin kicks Jimmie Johnson’s ass! On the track and off!

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Blue Smoke and Burnt Rubber: Chapter 2

Chris and Danny followed the flatbed carrying the No. 47 Racin’ Wrenches car driven by Harry Garrison into the garage area. The various members of the team walked toward the bay assigned to them this week. Chris tried to hail Chuck Farley, the oldest member of the crew… possibly the …

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Blue Smoke and Burnt Rubber: Chapter 1

Focused on the high bank of Turn One, Chris Weaver continued the endless circular march. Shifting his weight from left to right, he ignored the elbows, shoulders and heads of the other four people watching the race from the top of the No. 74 hauler. He often wondered why there …

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Leaving the Winter of Discontent Behind

Are you ready? Normally at this time of the year, I’m hovering at the TV set in total anticipation of the pre-race countdown. I hunger for glimpses of new paint jobs, the familiar ring of the announcers’ voices and the reassuring flutter of a green flag in the February afternoon. But this year is different. While the off-season plodded by to the tune of Christmas Carols and depressed shoppers, our nation’s ecomony bit the big one. Big banks ate little ones and Detroit’s Big Three turned into the Three Blind Mice. It even seemed that NASCAR couldn’t help but join the general sense of loss and desperation.

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NASCAR News – Monday, February 2, 2009

Hall of Fame Fight Continues Even though there where and the when of the NASCAR Hall of Fame has been settled, there is still one aspect of the ceremony that is up for grabs – the television rights. Per the contract signed with the City of Charlotte, NASCAR owns the …

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