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.

Junior May Be Struggling With Motivation

“Even when things are good, we shouldn’t rest on any success we may be having. We’re not really where we want to be, I don’t think, as a sport. We need to do things to excite corporate America and excite the fans. We need to be proactive immediately to make that happen.” Oh, and uh, before the double-file restarts, “95% of the race wasn’t worth the price of the ticket.” Despite that these statements could come from any Master of the Obvious, a year ago Junior would have gotten his ass whipped by NASCAR for saying this. But in the kinder, gentler NASCAR of today, the only response from Mike Helton was that there would be no changes to the current car, since their concern was the costs for the teams to have to re-learn any new angles. But given that NASCAR has been holding town hall meetings for drivers for their input, a year after telling them to shut up about the car to the press, you have to wonder if the sport’s biggest star doesn’t even care what they think now.

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Driven to the Past: Taking A Risk At Michigan…

Heard a lot of talk on the TV broadcast from Michigan, as well as in all the shows recapping the race, about crews taking the risk on fuel mileage. Big deal. All they were worried about was finishing the race. I gambled on fuel mileage once during a Cup race at Michigan and had a lot more to risk. Like getting home and to work the next morning. When I was with ASA, we used to race at Berlin the night before both Cup races. Naturally, the thing to do was find a place to crash and head for MIS the next day. This may have been the same night we were looking for a place to sleep--Rusty Wallace said to go to the nearest motel, where he had some rooms reserved, and tell them we were with Wallace Racing.

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Frontstretch Folio: 2009 Sharpie 500 at Bristol

The Sprint Cup Series heads to Bristol, Tennessee this weekend to beat and bang at Bristol Motor Speedway. The Sharpie 500 is the 24th race of the 2009 Sprint Cup season and will be broadcast live on Saturday, August 22nd at 7:30 PM ET on ESPN, with radio coverage by …

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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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