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.

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2008 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Edition

In the past, the extra 100 miles that make the Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR’s longest event has proved to add an extra dimension to an already grueling race. This year was no different, as it wasn't how you started but how you finished that made the difference. It seemed that every driver who ran up front ran into problems -- and in the end, Kasey Kahne survived for the victory only after Tony Stewart succumbed to tire problems three laps from the finish. Kahne moves into the top 12 in points this week with his first win in 52 starts, and appears to be picking up momentum after winning the All-Star race last week. But will his breakthrough win be enough to put him in this week’s “HOT” list? Check out the latest edition of Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup below to find out.

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Sitting in NASCAR’s Victory Lane: Who Deserves to Be There?

Hold on a second here. There's a "should" or "deserved" in racing? Not the last time I checked. To confirm, let's review the definition of the winner in any given race: it’s the car that passes over the start/finish line before any other competitor. Now, there's no caveats in there; it's a black and white statement devoid of emotion and heedless of moral obligations. I will grant the possibility that NASCAR might, on the random occasion of swine gliding over Daytona, rearrange the finishing order due to some other worldly divination of the rules. But, for the most part, once those tires take the checkers, the results are set in stone.

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10 Points To Ponder… After the 2008 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte

1. Rumba, Anyone? - Two-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves -- better known to the general public as last year's winner of the mega hit TV show "Dancing With The Stars" -- seems to be interested in following such open-wheel standouts as Juan Pablo Montoya, Sam Hornish Jr., Dario Franchitti, Patrick Carpentier, and AJ Allmendinger into the NASCAR ranks. However, the Brazilian initially refuted a Los Angeles Times story published last week that reported he was interested in talking to Penske Racing, whom he drives for in the IRL, about a move to their NASCAR operation. "I did not understand much," Castroneves said of the journalist writing the story. "I found my English is apparently getting worse. [They] definitely took it out of context.”

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Bubble Breakdown: David Reutimann, Sam Hornish Jr. Highlight Proud Performances By Struggling Teams

Sunday evening, NASCAR’s top series put out its version of an endurance race with the running of the Coca-Cola 600. The series' longest event, it's a true test of both man and machine, and everyone needs to be on top of their game. But two of Sunday's 43 starters -- one a bubble dweller and one who soon may be -- were already at a serious disadvantage before the marathon even got underway. On Saturday, NASCAR was alerted by a garage informer to take a peek under the rear deck lids of the HAAS Automation Chevy’s driven by *Johnny Sauter* and *Scott Riggs*. Once they did, both cars were hauled out by NASCAR and taken to their Research and Design Center for further inspection -- it appears that the rear wing mounts on both cars were messed with. Despite the infractions, NASCAR did allow the HAAS teams to run backup cars and start at the back of the field; but it was a serious blow to both programs. At least Sauter was already starting at the back in 43rd; Riggs took a huge hit after qualifying in the 13th position.

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Happy Hour: Kyle Busch Really Burns Our BUTs

The very enigma that is Kyle Busch stirs conflict in the minds and hearts of motorsports journalists. Frankly, it seems almost a requirement to add a conjunctive qualifier when describing his persona in any way. He’s a great driver, BUT he has an immature attitude. He has his arrogant ways, BUT he can wheel a racecar. More often than not, any observation of Kyle Busch includes both the positive and the negative from the author’s standpoint. It’s like a battery.

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David Starr Driver Diary: Back To Full-Time Racing And Ready For A Victory

After several months of sporadic racing for the Truck Series, we are finally at the point of the season where we get to race almost every week. I love it! I hate racing one week and then waiting three weeks. Racing every week suits me just fine. Now, we head to Mansfield -- and I am excited. I’m also excited about PIT Corporate Training being back on my No. 11 Toyota Tundra this weekend. We got close to winning at Mansfield a few years ago, so we are going to try to accomplish the win this time. When you have a team like Red Horse Racing behind you, you are excited to race everywhere. Mansfield is a fun track, it’s exciting, action packed -- and we love it.

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Running On Empty? No, Running On Faith!

At the other end of the spectrum, you have arguably the biggest, most important sponsor of all time. This "sponsor" does not sit down every few years and negotiate a new contract for x amount of dollars. No, they wrote their first contract many, many years ago and, in fact, have never "renegotiated" it since. That sponsor is God... and his team is Faith Motorsports.

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Fanning the Flames: A Little Game Of NASCAR Connect The Dots

Q: You may have taken up for little Shrub last week, Matt, but the take a bow routine with the entire pit crew that Busch put on before the All-Star race was an in-your-face shot at the crowd. What a mockery! Yes, he has talent, but no class. It will catch up to him.

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