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.

Brian France Speaks Again, And Adds To Global Warming!

You readers out there that peruse this column regularly know that I just love writing about NASCAR CEO Brian France. Why? Because he is soooo easy! Not easy like a Sunday morning, but easy like challenging the kids on the short bus to a spelling bee. And, to be brutally honest, I like easy. At any rate, Mr. France spoke last week about the state of the sport…again, and as usual, he never fails to amaze and amuse me. This week, Brian wears many hats, from Mr. Obvious to Mr. Oblivious to Mr. What? But since I am a patient man, I will once again kindly attempt to point out to Brian the error of his thinking. However -- since I know such an endeavor is about as pointless as trying to teach a caveman to play Scrabble -- I will not hold my breath.

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: Can Truex Repeat For Your Team, Or Will Cousin Carl Continue To Own The Monster?

Can Kyle Busch continue his dominating start to the season? Will Jeff Burton ever fall off the lead lap? And can Tony Stewart ever get a Goodyear tire he likes? Read this week’s Fantasy Picks 'N' Pans to find out, and in the process, see if our experts can help your roster avoid the wrath of the Monster Mile. We'll do our best to get your fantasy team on track to the top of your league.

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Kyle vs. Junior: Junior Is Still The Better Deal

There is no end in sight to the comparisons between the racing careers of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kyle Busch, the driver he replaced this season at what has been NASCAR’s premier racing organization: Hendrick Motorsports. And replace Kyle Busch at HMS, Junior absolutely did. Make no mistake about it; had Rick Hendrick not had an opportunity to sign NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver, there really would not have been any "room at the inn" for anyone else. But as a result of Dale Jr.'s free agency, Busch was forced out of HMS, and eventually signed on with Joe Gibbs Racing for the 2008 season and beyond.

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Mirror Driving: Can Humpy Be Replaced? Gordon, Johnson Off The Pace? And How Will Logano Race?

The Coca-Cola 600 produced long green flag runs, tire and fuel strategy, and 17 on-track green flag passes for the lead. Why was it so much better then the rest of the races on the cookie cutter tracks this year?

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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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