Beyond the Cockpit

Beyond the Cockpit: Elliott Sadler at Charlotte 2008

Just because the chips are down for Sadler doesn't mean he's down and out. Frontstretch found Sadler upbeat and uplifting as we sat down with him earlier this month to talk over his season to date. We asked the Gillett Evernham Motorsports driver about his team's rebuilding efforts, his future goals, and why he's so in love with a hometown that he may never leave.

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Beyond the Cockpit: AJ Allmendinger’s Sophomore Season

Frontstretch sat down with AJ Allmendinger during the test at Lowe's Motor Speedway to discuss his sophomore Sprint Cup season, recent hiatus from the No. 84 Red Bull Racing car, and whether the open wheel merger would ever get him to switch back to the series he once was a rising star in. The five-time Champ Car winner shares his thoughts on all that and more -- plus gives his Indy 500 prediction -- in this Frontstretch exclusive.

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Beyond The Cockpit: David Ragan on his Sophomore Season

This year, things are different, and Ragan has his sights set on bringing the No. 6 back to Victory Lane. Preparing for his second Daytona 500, the 22-year-old hopes to build upon his fifth-place run in the 2007 edition of the Great American Race. While in Daytona, Ragan took the time out to sit down with Frontstretch's Mike Lovecchio at NASCAR Media Day to discuss what the impact Robby Gordon leaving Ford for Dodge will have on the Roush program, and what he has done in the offseason to have a more successful 2008.

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The Forgotten Rookie: Michael McDowell Prepares for Rolex 24 Before Beginning His Cup Career

This month, Michael McDowell returns to the series where he competed in 2005 and 2006, participating in the Rolex 24 at Daytona for the No. 09 Spirit of Daytona Racing Porsche FABCAR. As he prepares for his fourth grueling 24-hour event and his upcoming rookie season for MWR, McDowell took some time out at the Spirit of Daytona race shop to talk with Frontstretch, discussing why he made the transition from sports cars to stock cars and what his goals are for 2008.

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Beyond The Cockpit: Kyle Busch Before the 2007 Chase

Busch made a pit stop in Phoenix on Wednesday en route to this weekend's Cup race in Fontana, Calif. He was a cool customer inside a local area restaurant, cordially signing autographs, posing for photos, and chatting with members of the media in advance of the Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway this fall. Busch won at PIR in November of 2005 and is looking forward to returning here with a shot at the title. Frontstretch Senior Writer Becca Gladden spoke with Kyle about last weekend's Bristol race, the Car of Tomorrow, and his relationship with the fans, among other topics.

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Beyond The Cockpit: David Reutimann at the 2007 Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono

David Reutimann knows all too well what it feels like to be on a roller coaster. The first-year driver from Michael Waltrip Racing has experienced the ups and downs of Nextel Cup racing harder than most everyone this year, going through the nerve-wracking procedure each Friday of attempting to qualify for races on time... not provisionals. When Reutimann HAS cracked the starting field, he's had to deal with the gremlins of mechanical failure and rookie mistakes, all of which have taken their toll on a new Toyota team working hard to catch up to the rest of the pack. But having made six consecutive races on speed (PJ Jones drove the No. 00 at Watkins Glen), it's clear the Burger King Camry is heading in the right direction - and a lot of that has to do with the way one of NASCAR's brightest future talents has conducted himself behind the wheel.

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Beyond The Cockpit: Paul Menard at the 2007 Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono

Frontstretch's Tony Lumbis sat down with Paul Menard on Friday at Pocono Raceway to discuss the young driver's season-to-date, how the merger has affected his perception of DEI's future, and how Teresa Earnhardt is a far different person than people might think.

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Beyond the Cockpit: Bobby Labonte at Phoenix

NASCAR fans from Arizona and beyond converged on Phoenix International Raceway last week for a chance to purchase tickets to April's Subway Fresh Fit 500 from the track's newest sales interns -- Nextel Cup stars Carl Edwards and Bobby Labonte. Along with working the ticket window, the drivers signed autographs and chatted congenially with the enthusiastic crowd. Frontstretch Senior Staff Writer Becca Gladden was on hand for the event and spoke with both drivers about a variety of topics.

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Beyond The Cockpit: Carl Edwards at Phoenix

NASCAR fans from Arizona and beyond converged on Phoenix International Raceway last week for a chance to purchase tickets to April's Subway Fresh Fit 500 from the track's newest sales interns -- Nextel Cup stars Carl Edwards and Bobby Labonte. Along with working the ticket window, the drivers signed autographs and chatted congenially with the enthusiastic crowd. Frontstretch Senior Staff Writer Becca Gladden was on hand for the event and spoke with both drivers about a variety of topics.

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