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.

Kenny Wallace Driver Diary: Making It In Under the Wire

As I was getting in my car for the Gatorade Duels, I said to myself, "Okay, Herman. You can do this. You've done it before." Except I knew there was more on the line than just making it into the 50th 500. This was a chance for me to prove myself for once and all, on the biggest stage in auto racing. This team was giving me an opportunity to show my ability. As the race went on, it wasn't looking very good. They dropped the green flag and the ignition went out. We had to pit and restart last. The whole race was like a dream. I was so focused inside the racecar on what I had to do-the drafting, all my moves.

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Driven to the Past: John Potts

I grew up in Louisville, Ky., and my father and mother started taking me to what they called the "hardtop" races at the Jeffersonville (Ind.) Sportsdrome when I was 10 years old - in 1949. I was hooked from the start. Those hardtops were mostly 1939 and '40 Fords and Mercurys, with an occasional '39 Hudson tossed in, and the racing was fantastic.

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Do Hard Hits Make Drivers Consider Retirement?

Shortly after Rusty Wallace announced his impending departure from the NASCAR traveling circus at the beginning of the 2005 season, he had to correct a motorsports media that suggested he was scared to get into a racecar. Wallace clarified that it was not that he was scared to get behind the wheel... racecar drivers can't be... but that he did recognize the always lurking peril involved in auto racing. Wallace's decision to hang it up was partly a result of Dale Earnhardt's untimely death. Dale had established himself as one of the all time greats, accumulated considerable wealth, started his own race team, and was witnessing his son beginning the journey to taking over his mantle when he passed away all too soon. In an interview with Darrell Waltrip that year, Rusty regretted that Dale never had a chance to reflect on it all in his rocking chair.

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Fanning the Flames: Palm Sweat, Vegas Blackjack, And Taking Your Chances With The NSCRC

Q: Hi, Matt. When a team goes before the National Stock Car Racing Commission for an appeal to a penalty (levied by NASCAR), who is it that makes up the commission? Also, how can I contact them? I just know that they will not overturn Robby Gordon's penalty, and I want to give them a piece of my mind when that happens.

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Mirror Driving: Tires Making You Pout? Will Carl’s Penalty Have Some Clout? And Mark Martin… Spinning Someone Out?

After both California and Las Vegas, it seems that tire issues could be a problem with the new car on intermediate tracks. How can this be remedied before this safety issue gets out of hand?

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Top 10 Victory Celebrations Other Drivers Can Do

Since Carl Edwards has already won two races this year, NASCAR fans have been treated to his celebratory backflip twice. While Carl's backflip is arguably the most entertaining victory celebration in motorsports, other drivers have been looking for a post-victory schtick of their own. With this week's top 10 list, Kurt Smith is here to help.

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Carl Edwards’ Penalty: The Decision Should Be Simple

In a departure from NASCAR's standard operating procedure, fines and penalties for rule infractions committed at Las Vegas were not announced on the Tuesday following a Sunday race. Of primary interest to stock car fans and Carl Edwards' No. 99 Roush Fenway camp is what the repercussions will be for a rule violation detected in post-race inspection following Edwards' UAW-Dodge 400 victory. The oil reservoir tank lid was not securely fastened as required by NASCAR; it's a gaffe which could possibly have given the No. 99 a small aerodynamic advantage. Edwards said this week on SPEED TV that a bolt backed out of the cover, but that he believed that he would be penalized. I would hope that's correct, and that NASCAR follows its newfound consistency in dishing out sizable fines and penalties.

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not In Nextel Cup: 2008 UAW-Dodge 400 at Las Vegas Edition

In what was a much smoother race weekend than the on again/off again rain debacle last weekend in California, the story in Vegas wound up with a similar ending. As the checkered flag flew, it was Carl Edwards once again winding up in Victory Lane, cementing his status as the hottest driver in the Cup series right out of the box. But who else left Vegas with a boatload of cash and momentum? And on the flip side, who's currently in gambling purgatory -- needing good runs in the next two weeks to steer clear of the dreaded Top 35 bubble position in car owner points? To see the latest trends in Sprint Cup, as well as what to expect next Sunday in Atlanta, check out this week's edition of Who's Hot/Who's Not.

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10 Points To Ponder After The 2008 UAW-Dodge 400 At Las Vegas

1. No Way, Daddy-0h! - The legendary Wood Brothers No. 21 Ford did not qualify for the UAW-Dodge 400 on speed last Friday. Instead, their chances hit a wall -- literally -- when Johnny Sauter wrecked the car coming out of turn 2. The single-car team, outside the Top 35 in owner points, has now failed to make the starting lineup for two of the first three NASCAR Sprint Cup races. Jon Wood, who is the grandson of legendary Wood Brothers Racing founder Glen Wood and the son of Wood Brothers Racing co-Owner Eddie Wood, had been scheduled to take the wheel at Las Vegas, but backed out at the last minute, stating that he "wasn't ready." Wood has been scheduled to share driving duties for the season with 1988 champion "Million Dollar" Bill Elliott. Official word was that Elliott had a previous engagement last Sunday, forcing Sauter to take the wheel; he'll be back in the driver's seat at Atlanta, and it ultimately may be up to him to turn the fortunes of this legendary team around -- especially with Wood unsure of when he'll make his debut.

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