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.

Wins Leaders Both In Danger Of Missing Playoffs?

Remember the good old days, when we didn’t care who was fighting for 12th place in the standings too much? Those days are gone, even for me. Kyle Busch and Mark Martin, two great drivers on opposite ends of NASCAR Nation’s polarization spectrum, battled to one of the best finishes of the year in Bristol last weekend. When Busch prevailed, it tied him with Martin as the series’ wins leader, which would tie them for the points lead when the Chase starts—except, oddly enough, both of them are in very real danger of missing it. Martin is just 26 points in, while Busch is 34 points out. Meanwhile, Carl Edwards, Ryan Newman, Greg Biffle and Juan Pablo Montoya are in playoff contention without ever having visited victory lane. Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin and Kurt Busch, with one victory apiece, are all but locked in.

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Driven to the Past: Harry Hyde – The NASCAR Years…

Recalling drivers and others I’ve known through my years in motorsports has been one of the most gratifying things about writing this weekly column for Frontstretch.com. Usually it’s on a humorous note, but sometimes it's historical data which I think is important that the younger fans and others among us should know. Harry Hyde encompasses both. Harry Hyde was one of the most unforgettable people I ever met. I didn’t become acquainted with him until I returned from my sojourn with the U.S. Air Force in 1960. He was a friend of my father and we became friends, too, as I became involved in the construction and then operation of the old Fairgrounds Motor Speedway in Louisville. Harry is worth more than one column, and I’m going to start this week with his NASCAR career.

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Blue Smoke and Burnt Rubber: Talk at the Track #12

Hey, race fans! This is C.J. Parker with breaking news in the world of the GSCA. The District Attorney for Wake County, North Carolina announced this morning that Cody Dunhurst, the long missing assistant to GSCA Series Director Stan Fielding has been indicted on charges of manslaughter in the homicide …

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In Case You Missed It – Friday, August 28, 2009

Braun Racing Crew Chief Fined For Bristol Infractions NASCAR announced on Tuesday that Trent Owens, crew chief for the No. 32 Toyota for Braun Racing in the Nationwide Series, has been fined $5,000 for rule violations committed at Bristol Motor Speedway this past weekend. Owens was found in violation of …

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NASCAR News for Friday, August 28, 2009

Waltrip Names Gene Nead Interim Crew Chief For No. 55 Michael Waltrip Racing announced on Thursday that Gene Nead, former crew chief for JTG Daugherty Racing’s Michael McDowell in the Nationwide Series, will serve as the interim crew chief for the No. 55 Toyota for the remainder of the season. …

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Chase to the Sprint Cup Championship: NASCAR’s Stimulus Package

It seems that the impending implosion that the country’s financial institutions and NASCAR faced last winter has passed and perhaps, just perhaps, there is now reason for optimism. Even as the U.S. stock markets continue to soar and the nation's largest financial institutions begin to report profitable quarters, NASCAR is seeing what appears to be a leveling out and even an increase in TV ratings and attendance. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said this week, “Economic activity in both the U.S. and around the world appears to be "leveling out," and "the prospects for a return to growth in the near term appear good." Also this week ESPN enjoyed its second consecutive increase in ratings for its Sprint Cup broadcast of the Sharpie 500 from the Bristol Motor Speedway. There is no guesswork needed in understanding the uptick in the country's economic health. The Federal government has spent untold billions of dollars to prop up and stimulate banks and businesses. However, there has been no direct stimulus package sent NASCAR’s way, an enterprise that seemed to be on the skids before the start of the season.

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No Need to Switch to Fuel Injection

Lately there has been a lot of talk about switching to a fuel injection system versus a carburetor in NASCAR. The question I have is; why? Why do we have to mess with one more ‘tradition’ of this great sport? Advocates of fuel injection cite numerous reasons such as better fuel mileage, better performance, “everyone else uses it”, carbs are antiques, no street cars use carbs and even the laughable “less lead poisoning for the fans”! Speaking of which, let’s start this column out with a little humor.

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Fanning the Flames: TV Coverage, Team Orders And Tapping The Roof

I am not a TV critic. I leave that up to Frontstretch’s own Phil Allaway. And I’ve never been one to get my panties in a wad over a particular broadcaster’s production of a race or its on-air talent. After all, and as I’ve said here before, I remember a time when not every race was televised. However, this past weekend’s coverage was glaringly bad — even for a guy who usually lets that stuff slide. I’m not sure how a broadcast can be so substandard that it nearly ruins the _Bristol Night Race_, for gosh sakes, but ESPN came damn close. So before we get going, a few quick thoughts while watching the Bristol Night Race the way I always do; with a High Life and in total seclusion, so as to not be disturbed:

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NASCAR News for Thursday, August 27, 2009

Kentucky Not on 2010 Sprint Cup Schedule The official word hasn’t come from NASCAR yet, but Speedway Motorsports Inc. President Bruton Smith told a crowd gathered at Zmax Dragway in Charlotte, NC that his newly acquired track will not be on the 2010 Sprint Cup schedule. The problem? The former …

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Mirror Driving: Fuel-Injection Firestorm, Tackling Team Orders, And Why Bash Bristol?

*Saturday's race at Bristol featured green flag passing as well as several on-track run-ins, although many fans still said afterward that the race was boring. So was it boring, or are fans’ expectations out of line?* Phil: It wasn't boring. I just think the fans are still used to constant bump and running at Bristol. Jeff: 99 percent of the fans that say that are watching it on TV.

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