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.

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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The 2008 Sprint All-Star Challenge: A Dud!

You would think that after 23 previous All-Star races under NASCAR’s belt they would pretty much have a formula in place that guaranteed an exciting and fun evening of racing entertainment. But last Saturday night's Sprint All-Star Challenge demonstrated just how little it is possible to learn in almost a quarter century. The truth is, with the exception of the Kasey Kahne storyline of winning after being voted into the event by fans... the race has left little in the way of NASCAR journalists to expound on.

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2008 All-Star Race at Charlotte Edition

With $1 million on the line Saturday night, drivers and fans got a glimpse of what just may happen when points are up for grabs at the Coca-Cola 600 this weekend. While the annual Sprint All-Star event, traditionally run on the weekend prior to Memorial Day, may be an altogether different animal -- it's a 100-lap sprint compared to the longest race on the NASCAR schedule -- many teams still view the event as an extended test session. Because of that, don’t be surprised if some of the stronger cars last week will be up front once again, putting what they learned to good use late Sunday night.

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Behind the Scenes in NASCAR: Who Are All Those Guys?

It’s not often that we see them on camera; like a rare bird, they dash out of shot, intent on accomplishing the task at hand. But that doesn't stop our curiosity; instead, we sit at home and wonder why they’re there. What do they do? Is it really important? The fact is, our heroes, the drivers of NASCAR, wouldn’t be able to go anywhere without them. These people are the teams, crews, and support staff for the Sprint Cup circuit.

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10 Points To Ponder… After The 2008 All-Star Challenge at Charlotte

1. No Problem, Ron – Sprint Cup Series point leader Kyle Busch ended his six weekend streak of winning a race – somewhere and in some type of car or truck. The Las Vegas native won the pole positions at Lowe’s Motor Speedway for both the Craftsman Truck Series North Carolina Education Lottery 200 and the Sprint Cup All-Star Race, but did not visit Victory Lane in either contest. In the All-Star Race, Busch appeared to be the driver to beat as he dominated the early going, but encountered engine problems before the end of segment two, relegating him to the 24th and final position in the running order. Busch also dominated the CTS event, leading 86 of the first 105 laps on the night; however, with just 29 laps remaining in the contest, reigning series champ Ron Hornaday and Busch made contact, requiring NASCAR’s hottest driver to pit twice for repairs and dash his hopes for a victory. Said Hornaday, a three-time CTS champion; “I got loose and got into him. He got the short end of the stick.”

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