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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.

In Case You Missed It: Friday, August 21, 2009

Drivers Picking Songs To Be Played At Bristol Driver Introductions Bristol Motor Speedway announced on Wednesday that during the driver introductions for this weekend’s Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, the drivers will enter the stage to the song of their choice being played on the PA system. The story …

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NASCAR News for Friday, August 21, 2009

Bristol Holding Legends Race Again In 2010 Following the success of the 2009 legends race won by Sterling Marlin at Bristol Motor Speedway, the track will once again be holding the event to allow fans a chance to see past stars duke it out on the famed speedway. The 2010 …

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Blue Smoke and Burnt Rubber: Chapter 14

East Brainerd Speedway Chris reached the top of the stands, his feet dragging the last few feet. He sank into the nearest seat and stared down on the high banks of the track, but didn’t pay attention to the flurry of activity on the tiny infield. There were hours before …

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Fanning the Flames: Numbers Show 2009 Season Most Competitive Of Chase Era

A quick observation that somehow waded into my head amidst the congestion and cloudiness of a mid-August head cold: For as much as we, as fans and media, like to complain about the slanted nature of the sport circa 2009, notice that with Red Bull Racing’s win at Michigan, we’ve now had four first-time team winners this season. Phoenix Racing at Talladega, Michael Waltrip Racing at Charlotte, Stewart-Haas Racing at Pocono, the newly-minted Richard Petty Motorsports at Infineon and, of course, Red Bull’s win at Michigan. Flukes? Plate wins? Fuel-mileage victories? Rain-shortened triumphs? Hey, call ‘em what you will … a win’s a win.

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Turn Your Head and CotH?

Wow, who’d have thunk it? First we were given the “Car of Tomorrow”, but now we have the “Car of the Heartland”?! The Car of the Heartland is the head scratching brain child of Furniture Row Racing and Farm Bureau. Furniture Row Racing, which ran full Cup schedules in ‘06, ‘07, and ’08, but only a limited schedule in ’09 with Regan Smith behind the wheel, recently announced that it will once again go full time with its efforts in 2010. As of now, Smith is designated driver of the No. 78 for those efforts.

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Joey Logano: No One Is Better Than Joe Gibbs At Picking A Winner

If it appears that the No. 20 Home Depot Toyota driven by rookie Joey Logano has become increasingly more visible in recent weeks, it is because he's begun to emerge from the back of the pack and become more of a weekly contender. Perhaps no driver entered the country’s top stock car series with higher expectations heaped on him than the young Middletown, Connecticut native. However, at this point in the season Logano is not disappointing those that had faith in his much heralded, but unproven abilities entering 2009. Chief among Logano's supporters were his employers at Joe Gibbs Racing - J.D. Gibbs and his father, Joe.

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Fantasy Insider: 36 Degrees of High Speed Bristol Bank

_Love it or hate it, the new Bristol Motor Speedway is a far cry from its older, one-grooved brethren. Perhaps the only half-mile oval out there that can boast legitimate three-wide racing, Thunder Valley may no longer boast the wrecks that made its night race so famous, but still poses a treacherous challenge to those striving to score their berths in the Chase. Still prone to the unpredictable, sparks will fly up front Saturday night as the laps wind down... and the Frontstretch Fantasy Insider will have your roster climbing the infield ramp to Victory Lane._

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Top Ten Reasons Barack Obama Is Bringing NASCAR To The White House Today

*10.* Now that he has saved the rest of the country, he figured he'd work on NASCAR. *9.* Wanted to make sure the government bailout money given to the auto industry was going to good use. *8.* Got a kick out of creating “scheduling conflicts” for Kyle Busch so he couldn’t attend, mistakenly thinking he was another son of George.

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Mirror Driving: Martin’s Mortal Blow, Regan’s Risk, And Tackling Top-Tier Ticket Prices

*Both Mark Martin and Jimmie Johnson gambled and lost on fuel mileage at Michigan and both slipped in the points, with Martin now only 12 points inside the Chase bubble. Why would teams at that level take the chance, and will the mistake be fatal to Martin's Chase chances or hurt Johnson's strategy for Fontana in the playoffs?* Bryan: They took a chance because they're racing to win… like they should be. Good for both of them; and Johnson is locked into the Chase, so why not roll the dice? Amy: In Martin's case, I can see why they tried it — it worked last time. But I have no idea what Knaus was thinking, because there was no way on God's green earth the No. 48 was going to make it.

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 CARFAX 400 at Michigan Edition

What a weekend for Brian Vickers! After winning poles in both the Nationwide and Cup Series at Michigan International Speedway, Vickers scored his second career Cup win on Sunday and came close to scoring the sweep Saturday in the NNS race. Now within 12 points of the Chase, Vickers’ place in this week’s column is no surprise. But with fuel mileage on the minds of many, the MIS race saw a team or two use their gas tanks to keep the momentum going, while several others saw their August success run dry before the checkered flag. Here are this week’s *HOT*, *WARM*, and *COLD* drivers following the 400-miler...

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