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Talking NASCAR TV: Lack of Focus Hurts ESPN Broadcasts

Hello, race fans. First off, I’m sorry that it’s Thursday and you’re just getting the chance to read this critique. The rainout on Sunday has played havoc with our typical weekly schedule here at Frontstretch, with articles having their days switched up and some pieces being swapped between the website and the newsletter and vice …

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Did You Notice? Vickers Vexed By Pit Road, The 5-Lap Farce & Nationwide’s Double Standard?

Did You Notice? How much pit-road mistakes have played into the momentum of teams this season? It started in Daytona, when Dale Earnhardt Jr. missed his pit en route to what’s been a disastrous season. Between Juan Pablo Montoya’s speeding penalty causing controversy at Indy, failed gas gambles like Michigan’s 1-2 stumble by both Jimmie …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Kelly Bires – From Wisconsin to Iowa

Last season, Kelly Bires was one of the up-and-coming drivers in the Nationwide Series, finishing 13th in points with six top-10 finishes. This year… he’s been forced to take pretty much any open ride that comes up. After no sponsorship forced his No. 47 JTG Daugherty team to turn to Michael McDowell, Bires was left …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa

If there is one thing that has kept Brad Keselowski from challenging Kyle Busch for the Nationwide title in 2009, it has been an inability to keep up on the short run. The No. 88 car has been among the fastest after a few laps… but that’s all it’s been taking for the No. 18 …

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Cup Series Regular Brad Keselowski Wins Inaugural NNS Event at Iowa

A sellout crowd of nearly 60,000 fans stood cheering wildly as the green flag flew to start the Nationwide Series’ inaugural race, the U.S. Cellular 250, at Iowa Speedway Saturday afternoon near the small town of Newton. With the Cup Series appearing in Pocono this weekend, usual suspects Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards and Kevin Harvick …

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Scott Lagasse Jr.’s Release A Short-Sighted Move, Long-Term Problem for NNS

While Silly Season 2009 has so far been quieter than in years past, it hit the Nationwide Series with full force following race weekend at Gateway. And, frankly, it was one of the more convoluted moves the Series has seen in recent memory. Scott Lagasse Jr., a solid Rookie of the Year contender and a …

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What’s Vexing Vito: Chevrolet Dropping New Camaro & the Ball for Nationwide Series in 2010

The announcement that many musclecar and Mustang fans had longed to hear was made official yesterday, as Ford confirmed that it will be campaigning the 2010 Mustang next season in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. It is a welcome announcement for the NNS, which has been struggling to find its identity for about five years now: …

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Talking NASCAR TV: ORP Good, IMS Bad As ESPN Jumps Back Into Double-Duty

I know that the beginning of this week’s title sounds like something out of the 2001 movie Zoolander, starring Ben Stiller (Martial Arts good; Prime Minister bad), but it essentially drives home my point in this critique. Indianapolis is likely the biggest race weekend for NASCAR in the second half of the season. As a …

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