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An Open Letter to NASCAR On Their New Start & Park Rules

Dear NASCAR, I never would have thought it possible, but finally it seems that you have recognized what an embarrassment the epidemic of start-and-park has become to your sport. The proposed rule change to confiscate the engine of the car that finishes last without being involved in an accident realistically can and should motivate teams …

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Jamie McMurray’s Honeymoon Ends… Rocky Marriage to Follow?

The 2010 season for Jamie McMurray started on a note higher than Mariah Carey could ever sing. After running fast throughout Speedweeks, the new driver of the No. 1 Chevy captured the Daytona 500 and followed that triumph with an emotional, tiring whirlwind of press conferences and other media appearances that endeared him to NASCAR …

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Quality Racing at Auto Club Speedway May Not Be Such a Good Thing

The Daytona 500 has often been a hard race to follow for Auto Club Speedway since assuming the Sprint Cup tour’s second race date of the season in 2005. Extended green flag runs on the track’s flat, lengthy surface caused race leaders to push their leads to unexciting amounts and the rest of the field …

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Still Many Reasons to Have a “Hole” Lot of Enthusiasm For ’10

Yes, yes – the red flags were unbearable. The time pressed on and on during the first one, roughly an hour-and-a-half longer than NASCAR predicted the repairs to the wounded pavement in turn 2 would take. Two approximately 20-lap green-flag runs blanketed a single caution before officials, likely seeing red themselves, had to throw another …

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Restrictor-Plate Demons Hamper Martin, Hamlin’s Title Hopes

Jimmie Johnson has Bristol and the road courses; Jeff Gordon has Texas. Nearly every driver has a track or a type of track on their list of weaknesses – one where they can never seem to turn the perfect lap around. It’s a place that becomes a Bermuda Triangle for them, no matter the racing …

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Appreciating History Rewritten

He may not be the most popular driver and he may seem a bit “vanilla” to some, but Jimmie Johnson is without question one of the best to ever strap into a racecar. Earning his fourth straight NASCAR title Sunday night, Johnson separated himself from some of the greatest in the 61-year history of the sport.

Talladega the Last Straw: The Madness Must End

Anyone who reads this site knows that I’ve always defended restrictor plate racing as being just that, racing. Real racing. I’ve defended it as a discipline, just as road racing is a discipline, and insisted that the Chase needs Talladega just as much as it needs a road course in it. And even after Sunday’s …

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Bobby Labonte Likely a 1-Hit Wonder for TRG Motorsports

The past weekend’s race at Atlanta would appear to have been nothing short of vindication for Bobby Labonte. A past champion who was unceremoniously semi-released from his Cup ride in favor of a part-time Nationwide Series driver, Labonte did exactly what any driver in his shoes would like to have done; he flat outran his …

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“Brisdull?!” The New Thunder Valley Roars Under the Lights

Rewind back to 2007, and the first night race at the “new” Bristol. I wasn’t even on staff at Frontstretch at the time, but I distinctly remember reading Jeff Meyer’s column on the split that existed everywhere, between the fans, the media, and even apparently Bristol track personnel, as to whether or not the progressive …

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