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Driven to the Past: “Deliberate” Cautions?

Amid all the discussion about NASCAR’s perceived “invisible” debris cautions, or cautions for debris that wouldn’t really affect the race, one of our Frontstretch writers raised a question a couple of weeks ago. The writer asked whether the rest of us thought one particular driver might have deliberately spun out another to get a caution …

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Driven to the Past: Racecars Off the Track…

We’ve all heard stories about race cars being driven on the road. In fact, back in the early days many of them were driven to the track, headlights taped up, and then raced. But some of my favorite memories are cars that were taken for impromptu “test rides.” I think I’ve already told the one about Allan Barker …

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Potts’ Shots: 2011 Kentucky Race Wouldn’t Be the 1st in the State

I’m not promising that this is going to be a weekly column, but Tom Bowles asked me to comment anytime I thought I had something to say. Well, that fits me pretty much all the time, but the key is having something to say that people might want to hear. As one of the announcers …

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Driven to the Past: Just What Is Stock?

That UPS commercial with David Ragan pulling a couple of trailers in the racecar, drove me back to the past on Sunday. We had a series in the 1970s we called the “Amateur” division at the old Fairgrounds Motor Speedway in Louisville. Nowadays they’d be called “Bombers” or “Slammers” or something like that. Anyway, it was what (also …

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Potts’s Shots: Practice Makes Perfect for Kevin Harvick

A couple of words in S.D. Grady’s weekly commentary got my attention this week. As a foreword, I always read her commentary because I love that perspective. My position as a race official, most often as a flagman, was somewhere between the fan’s view and that of a competitor, and I always identified with what …

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Driven to the Past: Something Really Different…

When I did a column mentioning some indoor venues I’d worked, it was all about cars – TQ midgets indoors, and even ASA late models in the Pontiac Silverdome. Back in the early 1980s, however, I got asked to help out with something that took me way off my beaten path. Big Ed Beckley, who billed himself as …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2010 Subway Fresh Fit 600 at Phoenix

The duel in the desert Saturday night came packaged with a sudden late-night plot twist that led to a green-white-checkered finish for the ages. When the smoke cleared, it was a shocking winner (Ryan Newman) whose 77-race losing streak came to an end while allowing the frustration from other victory droughts (Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon) …

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Driven to the Past: What a Lot of People Are Missing…

Gonna do something a little different this week. In addition to being entertaining, one of the things a columnist is supposed to do is to make you think. My compatriot Amy Henderson did that for me earlier this week with a column about the K&N Series, and why people should watch it even if NASCAR isn’t paying attention. …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 Up & Coming NASCAR Stars

The second off week of the season gives us a chance to take a step back, get a little creative, and play the role of “talent scout” for the power rankings this week. This time, our experts were asked to look into their crystal ball, ranking the top-20 prospects coming up the ranks that could …

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Driven to the Past: A Little History, Here…

We’re driving back more than 40 years this week. One of my favorite sayings is attributed to Harry S. Truman – “The only thing you don’t know is the history you haven’t read yet.” Whether the late President said that or not, it’s pretty profound. This was brought to mind by all the comments about Jimmie Johnson‘s “domination” …

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