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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.

A Meaningful Finale

In 35 races so far this season, we’ve seen the sport’s matinee idol perform well, but not spectacularly in his first season with a top team. We’ve seen an amazing stretch of races where a champion who scored the most points last season went winless. We’ve seen a cocky young superstar explode for eight wins, dominating the circuit until hundreds of points were given to other drivers to bring the field even with him, which was followed by his team’s prompt and sudden collapse. We’ve seen the picture of cool and focused once again hit the switch when the playoffs started, to close in on a certain third straight title for only the second time in the sport’s history.

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Driven To The Past: He’s Outta The Park

I found myself taking issue with something that was said during last weekend's telecast of the Nationwide Series race at Phoenix. After a couple of bad restarts, with some cars being wrecked, Dale Jarrett made the comment that the rule is that the leader can speed up anytime between the restart line and the start-finish line, and that the flagman is to throw the green when the leader does so. If that’s so, things have sure changed. My understanding was that the flagman doesn’t throw the flag before they hit the restart line, and it’s up to the leader, after the flag is thrown, to determine just when he’s going to speed up between there and the start-finish line. This may be splitting hairs, but I think it’s closer to the truth. NASCAR said that everything had been done according to procedure.

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Frontstretch Folio: 2008 Ford 400 at Homestead

The Sprint Cup Series heads to the Sunshine State this weekend to crown a champion at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The Ford 400 is the 36th and final race of the 2008 Sprint Cup season and will be broadcast live on Sunday, November 16th at 3 pm ET on ABC, with radio …

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In Case You Missed It: Friday, November 14, 2008

France Addresses Channel Switch, Testing Policy The AP reported on Tuesday that NASCAR CEO Brian France stated that he was not pleased with ABC’s movement of the Checker O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 to ESPN2, following two red flag stoppages and a delay for rain. ABC moved the race to air …

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NASCAR News Recap – November 14, 2008

Chad Chaffin Driving For Key Motorsports at Homestead Key Motorsports announced on Thursday that Chaffin will be driving the No. 40 Chevrolet in the Ford 200 at Homestead this weekend. Chaffin will be sitting in place of Jeff Green, who has decided to go hunting instead, and Mike Bliss, who …

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Fanning the Flames: Talking IROC, Driver Cash And The Perp Who Got Away With One

*Q: Matt, let me preface my question by saying this: I know we are dealing with NASCAR, so there is no such thing as consistency. But how is it that [David] Gilliland gets parked for wrecking [Juan Pablo] Montoya one week and [Matt] Kenseth gets off after wrecking a whole pack of cars the next?* *No points? No fine? No nothing??? Whatever.* _— David Patrick_ *A:* Well, judging by the opinions I’ve read on this very site all week, mine may not be a popular take, but here goes...

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Don’t Worry! NASCAR Is In Capable Hands For 2009 and Beyond

Yes, you read the headline correctly. And yes, you correctly (I hope) recognized right away that it is probably the best example of literary sarcasm ever written by me. As you read the following words, I want you to remember these two old adages. - It is better to remain silent and appear a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt, and... - If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle ‘em with BS.

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Jamie McMurray: Predictions Of His Demise Were Premature

Roush Fenway Racing appears to be heading into 2009 with all five of its cars hitting on all cylinders. Considering four of those men will finish the year 13th or better in Sprint Cup points, that's hardly a big surprise. But to have the fifth car suddenly running with the rest ... it's something you couldn't have imagined as little as six months ago. But Jamie McMurray’s late season charge has been both impressive and unexpected -- especially when you consider he was the "victim" of a Silly Season move that never happened. Remember, the Joplin, Missouri native had been reported to be out of a ride at Roush Fenway Racing back in early June. And when reports surfaced that McMurray would be ousted from the leading Ford team's stable, perhaps as early as the end of this year, few would have called themselves surprised. After three years of struggle and just one victory, many had already concluded that changes were inevitable -- changes that could only mean Jack Roush giving up the ghost and starting anew with the No. 26 Crown Royal team.

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Mirror Driving: Matt Kenseth’s Punt, Merger Meltdown, And NASCAR’s TV Tragedy

*After 4 1/2 hours and two delays, ABC made the decision to switch coverage of the race to ESPN2 so they could show America's Funniest Home Videos. Was that a serious blow to the sport, or an unavoidable move due to race length? And if Jimmie Johnson wasn't winning the race handily, would the network have made the same move?* Beth: America's Funniest Home Videos could have waited -- and it probably would have if Jimmie had been running the way he was last week at Texas. Bryan: Regardless of whether or not it was contractual, it certainly didn't help the sport to get moved for an overplayed TV crap-pot. Amy: It wasn't anything major. The announcers said it was a contractual obligation; as in, a legally binding document that dictated the programming. The contract was likely written months, if not years ago – meaning NASCAR should have looked at the fine print.

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