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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.

The Best Of The Frontstretch: Thousands Gather as Community Celebrates Life of a Legend

At the service for her late husband Bill France Junior, Betty Jane France stepped up to the microphone and said, "Bill France loved Daytona Beach, and today, the city returns that love to him." In front of 2,000 people at Bethune-Cookman University, the life of the visionary who transformed NASCAR from a regional sport to a worldwide phenomenon was celebrated in the same city where the sport got its start. It was 60 years ago that his father, William H.G. France, called the first meeting at the Streamline Hotel and set up NASCAR, an idea that Bill Junior helped develop into a multi-billion dollar industry.

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Down in Daytona 2008: Nationwide Series Underway With Testing

With Preseason Thunder testing winding down, the first of two Nationwide Series sessions began Friday at Daytona International Speedway under damp and cloudy skies. The morning session was delayed by 45 minutes, but as soon as the cars hit the track for their first single-car runs of the year, it was *Johnny Sauter* who shot to the top of the charts after spending a year in the Sprint Cup Series. Like the first day of testing, teams are racing the weather with rain in the forecast each of the next two days. While the cars are on the track, however, a mix of past champions and phenoms are trying to get as much of their cars before Speedweeks roles around in February.

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Down in Daytona 2008: A Rundown of Sprint Cup Testing

The Sprint Cup Series has officially finished Preseason Thunder testing at Daytona, and after six days of action featuring 56 drivers, it was *Kasey Kahne* who left the famed 2.5-mile superspeedway as the fastest. The 27-year-old from Gillett Evernham Motorsports shined on the third and final day of the second session, besting all competitors with a speed of 189.111 miles per hour. Now, the next time the Cup cars come to Daytona will be Speedweeks in February, leaving many fans wondering how testing speeds will translate when it really matters. But if early results prove any indication, it looks like Hendrick Motorsports and Toyota should be labeled the early favorites for strong runs in the Great American Race.

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There Will Be Only One Junior To Blame

When Dale Earnhardt, Jr. took to the track for testing Monday in the new No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Mountain Dew / National Guard Chevrolet, his presence at Daytona officially ushered in a new era for fans hopeful for greater success in the coming years for stock car racing's Most Popular Driver. Now that the son of NASCAR legend and seven-time Cup Champion Dale Earnhardt is officially driving for arguably the top race team on the circuit, it appears that all systems are a go for Earnhardt, Jr. to take his career accomplishments to a higher level and quite possibly not only contend for championships, but win one or more. On Tuesday, crew chief Tony Eury, Jr. took that momentum and ran with it - he predicted the No. 88 would win no less than four races during its first year on the Sprint Cup tour. Of course, with Earnhardt's demonstrated ability to chauffeur a race car and the Hendrick organization behind him, there is every reason to believe that the long-suffering members of Earnhardt Nation will be rewarded. But like any good prediction, nothing is set in stone. What if Junior's performance does not live up to the high expectations set by both Earnhardt, Jr. and his fans? Who will be to blame then? Chances are, it'll be the man turning the wrenches.

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