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.

Five Points to Ponder: 2009 CARFAX 400 at Michigan

*ONE: Did Kyle Busch have a right to be upset with Brian Vickers after Saturday’s Nationwide race?* *_Fan Vote -- YES: 20%; NO: 80%_* The story of the weekend pertained to the dramatic conclusion of Saturday’s Nationwide race between Brad Keselowski, Brian Vickers, and Kyle Busch. Keselowski went on to win, but Busch voiced his displeasure with the way Vickers raced him in the closing laps; and with the flip of a visor, blogs started popping up by the minute.

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Underdog Bubbles Burst While John Andretti Beats Scott Speed on Fuel Mileage

*Breaking Down The Bubble:* The last few weeks, John Andretti’s radio has been a little livelier than normal. Instead of just lap times and car positioning, John has been requesting to know where the No. 82 car is on the track. That's because Red Bull Toyota has beaten Andretti’s No. 34 Chevrolet the last three races, slowly closing the gap between the teams. This type of behavior is called "looking over your shoulder;" but as Speed applies more pressure, John will only be looking more and more. So to see if Speed did just that at Michigan, read on in this week’s edition of the Bubble Breakdown. *Focusing on the bubble:* *Scott Speed and his No. 82 Red Bull Team* thoroughly dominated *John Andretti’s No. 34 Carfax Chevrolet* right up until two laps to go on Sunday afternoon.

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Don’t Blame Us For NASCAR’s Decline

Recently I stumbled on an article by Richard Allen on “Racing With Rich”, pointing out the recent abandonment of NASCAR by companies like DeWalt and AllState, and to a lesser extent, Lowe’s and possibly Jack Daniel’s. In the article Allen compares NASCAR to a sinking ship, proclaiming that it simply isn’t worth it for sponsors to spend the money as NASCAR’s ratings and attendance continue to fall. Nothing Allen said in the article was untrue, although he didn’t delve too deeply into the contracts or the individual reasons behind the departure of each corporation. But he received an angry rebuttal from one Eddie D’Hondt, owner of the newly formed D’Hondt Motorsports and a longtime insider at NASCAR.

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David Starr Driver Diary: Top 10s, Pit Rules and Hanging with Sam Bass

It’s been two months since my last diary, and I have to say, I am really excited about the way my Harris Motorsports team has been performing over the last couple of months. Jim Harris put together such a great team, and I have to give a bunch of credit to my crew chief Jason Miller and everybody who works on the No. 24 Zachry Toyota Tundra for all of their hard work. The preparation that they do at the race shop before we even go to the track has helped out tremendously. We’ve also had a lot of help from Toyota’s engineers that has been instrumental. In the last five races, we’ve had four top 10 finishes and a few of those should have been top 5, if not victories. At Kentucky, our biggest problem was that we got into the back of a truck that almost stopped right in front of me, and when I hit him, it did some damage to the front bumper. We didn’t have a great truck, but we overcame a lot of stuff during that race and showed how good we can be when we keep digging.

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NASCAR News for Friday, August 14, 2009

”NASCAR Angels” Teams Up With Exide For Sweepstakes NASCAR.com announced on Thursday that “NASCAR Angels”, a weekly reality show where people who need help with transportation are aided, has teamed up with Exide Batteries for the upcoming Exide Extreme Tailgate Sweepstakes. The sweepstakes runs from Aug. 10 through Sept. 14. …

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In Case You Missed It: Friday, August 14, 2009

Bristol Night Race Sells Out Bristol Motor Speedway announced on Tuesday that the upcoming Sharpie 500 Sprint Cup race is sold out. The sellout is the track’s 55th straight. “The biggest tip of the hat goes to the fans,” track president Byrd said in a release. “Those members of the …

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Blue Smoke and Burnt Rubber: Talk at the Track #11

Hi, racfans, and welcome to this week’s Talk at the Track. I’m C.J. Parker with the latest news from the GSCA. The series seems to have found its stride during the past week with few items of note. Harry Garrison celebrated his first win of the season, bringing his now …

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Fanning the Flames: Penalties And Robby Gordon… A NASCAR Tradition Since 1991!

*How was it Robby Gordon and [Joey] Logano were not penalized for rough driving long before Gordon drove him into the wall [in Saturday’s Nationwide Series race at the Glen]? NASCAR penalized Gordon and [David] Stremme at Pocono for basically the same behavior.* *No penalty this time and someone ended up on fire because of it. This could have been avoided. Sit them down before it gets to that point, NASCAR.* _— Amilee Watts_ *A:* I always take a beating for my responses to questions involving Robby Gordon. Therefore, let me preface this by saying I think Robby is one Heluva Good! race car driver who does more with raw, unadulterated talent than most anyone on the circuit. And I make the proceeding comments fully aware of the backlash that's to come. But …

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While I May Have Sympathy For Jason Myers, If I Were the Judge…

I’m sure I’m going to take a lot of flak for this one, but nonetheless, here goes… Jason Myers, former Car Chief for the No. 99 Aflac Ford, was fired back on February 17th of this year by Roush Fenway Racing for failure to show up for work, failing to notify anyone that he would not be there on February 13th. Myers has now sued RFR for wrongful termination as a result, citing the Family Medical Leave Act as his protection. In light of that claim, the case is now pending within the federal court system with a trial date TBD.

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