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.

Blue Smoke and Burnt Rubber: Chapter 15

Chris thrummed his fingers on the table. Harsh fluorescent lighting did nothing to brighten the dark interrogation room. Curls of steam from his coffee cup smelled neither appetizing nor much like the drink. With the GSCA entering into the final quarter of the season, Chris felt he had little enough …

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Fanning the Flames: Kyle Busch’s New Gibson Guitar Antics

*I’m a little confused. Why was Kyle Busch running the rookie stripes on his car at Montreal? Last I checked, he ran a full schedule for Hendrick a few years ago. And he certainly made enough starts last season to not be a rook. Is this a road course thing or a rain thing? Or is it because he has a rookie's attitude?* _— Corby773_ *A:* It’s a road course thing, Corby. Specifically, it’s a Circuit Gilles Villeneuve thing. See, this street course isn’t your typical NASCAR-sanctioned track. It’s certainly more technical than any other course the Nationwide or Cup circuit visits and, with a strong likelihood of rain on race day, which would precipitate the use of rain tires, NASCAR asked Kyle to throw the yellow stripes on the bumper.

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Critics Have it Wrong In Wendell Scott Hall of Fame Debate

At first glance when little more than a month ago the NASCAR Hall of Fame 21-member Nominating Committee released its list of 25 candidates eligible for enshrinement into the inaugural Hall of Fame class, it appeared to be a pretty comprehensive list of the sports legends. The committee compiled its list of possible inductees from a broad spectrum of the sport; included were drivers, owners, and the founder of the organization. However, like most things NASCAR, there are those that have found fault with the sport for not including pioneering African-American driver Wendell Scott.

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Looking Back at How Fun NASCAR Was Not That Long Ago: Part 1

Remember when NASCAR used to be fun? After doing this here writing gig for Frontstretch.com almost six years, I sometimes lose sight of the fact on just _how_ much fun it was, say, five years ago. Nowadays, it seems like we are all just bitchin’ about this and/or that and it really gets mundane after awhile. With that in mind, I recently went back to some old columns I wrote back in 2004, just to remember what this column originally started out to be.

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Fantasy Insider: Garnering The Parts To Overhaul Your Pre-Chase Roster

The good news? NASCAR's Labor Day race weekend has returned to its home... the South. The bad news? We're racing at Atlanta, not Darlington. That said, buckle your seat belts because the field is going to fly on Sunday night. One of the fastest tracks on the circuit, the gritty asphalt of AMS will be throwing a wrench at every team this weekend as it is the first Cup race the track has held under the lights, paving the way to the Chase for some and some early testing for 2010 for others. But while the teams search for a setup and the drivers for the right groove, the Frontstretch Fantasy Insider will have your team hooked up and wide open when the green flag drops. Two-thirds of the way through the fantasy season, read on to find the right tweaks to turn your roster from good to great heading into the final stretch run.

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Side By Side: Who Will Make the Chase Cut, Brian Vickers Or Kyle Busch?

*Today's Question: Kyle Busch and Brian Vickers have combined to win the last two Cup races ... but both drivers still stand 34 and 39 points out of the Chase, respectively. With only two races left in the regular season, which one has the best chance to crack the top 12?* Tommy: Do not let Busch’s incredible winning percentage, or for that matter his triumph in the most recent Sprint Cup race unduly influence you. In all reality, it's Brian Vickers as the driver with the momentum on his side going into the last two races before the Chase field is set. Doug: Despite the hubbub surrounding Kyle Busch about his lack of sportsmanship and erratic driving under pressure, he is still a superior driver to Brian Vickers and drives for a better race team. Ask almost anyone, from the garage to the grandstands, regardless of love or hate for the brash driver, and they would agree that Busch would be able to beat Vickers one-on-one at any moment.

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Top Ten Things We’ve Learned From Racing in the Rain at Montreal

*10.* If they really, really have to, Goodyear can make a decent product. *9.* Canadian fans are more important to NASCAR than American fans, seeing as how quickly they made the _correct_ decision to race in the rain! *8.* No one (as of yet) in NASCAR’s hierarchy died from actually making a right decision! 7. How second place interviews should be handled in the face of _real_ disappointment.

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Mirror Driving: Montreal To Cup?, Atlanta Angst, And Where Have All The Rookies Gone?

*The Nationwide Series ran a wild and crazy race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Sunday, with rain tires and a roller coaster running order jumbling up the finish. Was the competition overall better than last year, and is this a venue where NASCAR should explore sending the Cup teams at this point?* Beth: It wasn't bad, but I wouldn't be too quick to move the Cup Series there. Jeff: I agree; while I liked the race, the circuit is just not ready for Cup. Amy: I’m with you two. I thought the race was decent, but in my opinion, it's a good venue for a NNS standalone -- and that’s it.

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When the Third Time Isn’t the Charm

There are days when you just know THAT car will win. It started on the pole and its pilot seems to float away from the field almost all afternoon. Destiny whispers to us of glory and champagne spray. How cruel Fate can be. I admit to having a major soft …

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Five Points to Ponder: 2009 NAPA Auto Parts 200 at Montreal Edition

*One of the worst races of the year?* Yesterday’s Nationwide fiasco in Montreal had its share of memorable moments, from the final stage of the race being run on a wet track to a record number of cautions and a last lap pass for the win. Normally, those are three key variables that make a race “exciting,” but aside from the drama in the last stages of the race, the rest of the demolition derby just didn’t sit right with me. I like the track, I thought the series had a much better approach to racing in the rain this time around, and I thought the race was overall pretty competitive. But there comes a point when there are too many wrecks, and the fact that there was such little racing – especially in the closing stages of the race – the nonstop carnage totally ruined the race in my eyes. If I had to see another crash involving Antonio Perez or Steven Wallace I had one finger on the remote ready to turn the broadcast off. I’m a big supporter of roadcourse racing, but if I had to grade yesterday’s race, I’d give it a C-, leaning towards a D...and that includes the great finish.

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