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.

Talking NASCAR TV: TNT Not The Only Network To Step It Up A Notch This Week

Dale Earnhardt Jr. had a lot of reasons to win Sunday’s Lifelock 400 at Michigan International Speedway, not the least of which was the strong reader response to my being critical of Junior for lethargic television interviews in last week’s column. The results were varied, but most sided with Junior, saying that he does enough media appearances to suffice the wants and demands of the networks and that he deserves some lenience about his interviews, considering he does them after racing in extreme heat for several hours. I’m sure Junior read the column for inspiration, and that led him to Victory Lane on Sunday - I'm positive.

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10 Points To Ponder… After the 2008 Lifelock 400 at Michigan

2. Would You Like Fries With That? - Joe Gibbs Racing driver phenom Joey Logano, continuing to live up to high expectations set by the sports media and NASCAR insiders -- such as respected veteran Mark Martin -- set a new mark for the youngest driver, at 18 years and 21 days, to ever to win a Nationwide Series race. Logano, piloting the JGR No. 20 Toyota, crossed the finish line more than two seconds ahead of runner-up Scott Wimmer in the Meijer 300 at Kentucky. "Three starts, two poles, one win. He's OK," said a very pleased Dave Rogers, Logano’s crew chief. What were you doing at 18?

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Bubble Breakdown: Michael Waltrip Wrecks, But It’s Haas CNC Crashing Out Of Top 35

Rain on Friday afternoon washed out NASCAR qualifying at Michigan International Raceway, meaning the starting grid was set by owner points -- leaving the No. 70 Haas Automation Chevrolet and the No. 34 Front Row Motorsports Chevy as the odd teams out. But while the teams on the bubble breathed a sigh of relief, their calm was short-lived, as they now had to deal with starting the race in the back of the field in a car that has been highly criticized for not running well in traffic. So, which teams towards the back of the field were able to navigate their way to the front? See for yourself as we break down the hunt for the Top 35 in this week's Bubble Breakdown for the Lifelock 400 at Michigan International Raceway.

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David Reutimann Driver Diary: Some Dirt Trackin’ Fun While The No. 44 Moves On Up The Ladder

We’ve really had some good finishes in both series the last few weeks, and I’m excited to be a part of Michael Waltrip Racing. We brought home a top 10 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, which was a career best for me at the Sprint Cup level. A 10th-place finish for that event -- which is a very tough race -- proves the capabilities of this race team. We just need to start doing that on a more consistent basis, and soon we’ll be in the situation where we’ll be finishing in the top five.

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Today’s Drivers Don’t Hold A Candle To Old School Toughness

In my Tuesday column, I referred to Junior’s lethargic interview and received a barrage of comments in Junior’s defense, with readers challenging me to try and drive a racecar in those sweltering conditions. During Wind Tunnel on SPEED Channel Sunday night, another driver complained to Dave Despain that NASCAR needs to install better cooling systems in the Car of Tomorrow because of driver discomfort in the current model. But Despain responded in the same manner that I felt, stating that he does not think that improving the cooling system in NASCAR racecars should be a priority, because he has a little bit of trouble feeling sorry for men who get paid millions of dollars to drive them little more than a few times a week.

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A New Kind Of Schedule Proposal For NASCAR

As NASCAR faces a dilemma with Bruton Smith's purchase of Kentucky Speedway, it's the perfect time to fix a Cup schedule badly in need of repair. While they've handled the concept of compromise poorly, there are some difficult decisions that the sanctioning body has to make at times, and you have to at least respect them for that. But with the current conflict, I’ve thought of a change in the schedule that could solve a few of NASCAR’s current problems. It’s radical, but maybe it would work...

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: How To Get Maximum Fuel Mileage From Your Team At Michigan

Michigan is a wide open 2-mile track that offers drivers plenty of options and room to make moves which, hopefully, will lead to on-track passes and its fair share of racing action. But for fantasy players that worry about their drivers being caught up in someone else’s problems, they can rest assured that it generally will not happen at Michigan. You have all of the racing room of a multi-groove track to thank for it; but on a serious note, driver history at a place like Michigan will frequently dictate future success, thanks to the multiple racing grooves offered by the wide open surface. The cream will rise to the top at this speedway; and hopefully, your fantasy team will rise right along with it. So, will Michigan be a repeat of recent years, or will someone who has achieved recent success surprise and steal a win? Will Dale Earnhardt Jr. finally break his losing streak, and what driver should you avoid at all costs? Only this week’s Picks ‘N’ Pans will tell... read below to find out.

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Mirror Driving: Cutting Pocono Down To Size, The Petty’s Investor Prize, And Keselowski’s Nashville Surprise

When asked if the races at Pocono Raceway should be shortened to 400 miles, track owner Dr. Joe Mattioli said that the 500-mile races are done for television, and that the networks want the extra 100 miles to sell more advertising. Is there merit to this argument, or are the races at Pocono so long as to be detrimental to TV? Based on this week's race, is there any reason for Pocono to stay at 500 miles?

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