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.

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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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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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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