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.

Thompson in Turn 5: Ryan Newman Flies Under the Radar En Route To Returning As Cup Contender

By most accounts, the 50th running of the Daytona 500 lived up to its hype. The annual Florida speed extravaganza provided spectators with an above-average dose of exciting side-by-side racing, and it culminated in an almost-Cinderella like ending with a completely unexpected win by Ryan Newman.

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not In Sprint Cup: 2008 Daytona 500 Edition

As the closing laps of the Daytona 500 came winding down, it was two drivers who hadn't necessarily been contenders for the majority of the race who teamed up for a 1-2 finish. The Penske cars of Kurt Busch and Ryan Newman are obviously two of the hottest cars coming out of Daytona, but who else is satisfied with their performance in the Great American Race? Who is already behind the eight-ball after just one race? Come in and find out in this week's edition of Who's Hot/Who's Not in Sprint Cup.

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10 Points To Ponder: After the 2008 Daytona 500

1. Well, Isn't That Just Super? - The Daytona 500 is often referred to as NASCAR's equivalent of the NFL's Super Bowl. Well, the Patriots - Giants game, held two weeks ago, was an exciting and well-played contest in its own right; and, with a Cinderella finish to boot. I just thought it was appropriate to mention here, because while I like the New York Giants, Ryan Newman and the Penske Dodges were just as big of an underdog, overcoming the odds for a surprise victory in Sprint Cup. It's clear that in terms of entertainment value, both the NFL and NASCAR appear to have delivered in the past month or so.

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Bubble Breakdown: Brian Vickers Shines While Digging Out Of Top-35 Hole… Wood Brothers Dig Themselves In Deeper

Early results are in, and there are some "locked-in" teams that will find themselves digging out of a hole in the next four races to work on keeping their status. Not only that, but teams outside the Top 35 started working hard to change that disadvantage for race six of this season -- when the current owner points for 2008 will be used and allow them to sneak back into the race lineup. So, without further ado let's check out our Top 35 results for this week -- we'll start with some of those cars "locked-in" but a little nervous about how it's going to go this next month or two.

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Happy Hour: Call It The Kyle Busch Rule

In an article at That's Racin' some time ago, Kyle was quoted as saying that "I think a lot of this might have to do with just the off-track stuff, the way - I don't know if I brought it on, which is going to be the Kyle Busch rule again for others again, I'm sorry." Most of us know what he means. Certainly his name enters the minds of many fans when NASCAR talks about ensuring that drivers reach a certain level of maturity before racing at the Cup level. Not because Kyle is immature necessarily, but that is the public perception of him.

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Beyond The Cockpit: David Ragan on his Sophomore Season

This year, things are different, and Ragan has his sights set on bringing the No. 6 back to Victory Lane. Preparing for his second Daytona 500, the 22-year-old hopes to build upon his fifth-place run in the 2007 edition of the Great American Race. While in Daytona, Ragan took the time out to sit down with Frontstretch's Mike Lovecchio at NASCAR Media Day to discuss what the impact Robby Gordon leaving Ford for Dodge will have on the Roush program, and what he has done in the offseason to have a more successful 2008.

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Voices from the Heartland: Hope Springs Eternal For This “Casual Fan”

For the last couple of years, I, like so many others that have taken the time to comment on the fine articles here on Frontstretch, have lost a certain zeal for the sport we so dearly loved. We became the "casual fan" that Brian France so dearly coveted. Granted, we weren't the casual fan Brian had in mind... but that is what we had become. To be brutally honest -- something that I am apt to do after a few beverages -- I was actually dreading the start of the racing season this year. Once again, I would be facing weekly deadlines, screaming editors, and all the apathy that comes with such things. Now, however, I find myself in a state of excitement that I can honestly say I haven't felt for quite some time.

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