Recent Posts

News Flash : There Are More Than 12 Drivers – And Dale Jr. – Racing The Final 10 Races

Effective around 11:30 P.M. on a balmy Saturday night at Richmond, the 2007 Chase for the Nextel Cup officially got underway. As soon as the final two participants - Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch - clinched their spots by crossing the finish line, talk turned from who's going to get into the elusive 12-car field to who's going to win it. No doubt, the Chase formed an important storyline Saturday night - Jimmie Johnson's sixth career victory clinched his spot on top of the playoffs by 20 points over the rest of the field. Behind him in Victory Lane, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. stood sweating by his hauler, exhausted in his own right but forced to answer countless questions from every media outlet under the sun about how a season filled with promise never pulled a playoff punch. Just like 29 other drivers everyone forgot about.

Read More »

Career Run Gives Sauter Breathing Room In Top 35 Battle

One week ago, Johnny Sauter was headed straight towards the edge of a cliff. After withstanding the pressure of being on the "bubble" with Haas CNC's No. 70 for most of this season, Sauter set the pressure cooker on high by struggling to 30th in Fontana. That disappointing finish dropped the No. 70 into a tie for 34th in car owner points, just 52 ahead of the 35th and final locked in spot and in serious danger of falling out altogether. It was the closest Sauter had been in quite sometime to losing the team's automatic exemption, and with seven consecutive runs outside the Top 20, it was clear that both he and his crew needed a spark. Saturday night, the match was lit.

Read More »

Frontstretch.com Chase Challenge 07 Rules

Think you have a handle on this year's Chase for the Championship? Well, Frontstretch.com wants to put you to the test. Simply submit a list of which of the Chase drivers you believe will earn the most points in each of the ten races in the Chase.

Read More »

Chase Challenge Form Completed

*Thank you for submitting your picks. You will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours. Good luck!* By the way, if you aren’t receiving the Frontstretch Newsletter, you’re missing a lot of great Frontstretch content that isn’t available here on the website! You’ll get unique articles by your Frontstretch favorites, …

Read More »

Busch Breakdown: Emerson Radio 250

*In A Nutshell:* There's just something about Kyle Busch and Richmond that clicks. With a Nextel Cup and Busch Series track record that included nine Top 5 finishes in twelve races, Busch was clearly a man to beat entering Friday night. He didn't disappoint.

Read More »

Leilani Munter Makes Short Work of Steep Learning Curve

When racecar driver Leilani Munter made the move from stock cars to Indy cars a few months ago, she expected to face her share of challenges. Attacking the new opportunity with characteristic enthusiasm and intelligence, Munter has proven herself a quick study with great racing instincts. Leilani had an impressive debut last month in the Indy Pro Car series at Kentucky Speedway, driving for Sam Schmidt Motorsports in the #57 SMART Papers/Lucas Oil car. After turning in a 192.399 MPH qualifying lap, Munter demonstrated her ability to quickly pass cars and make her way toward the front. "I had a bad restart and dropped all the way back to 13th, but I raced my way back up to the front and was setting up to pass for fourth place, when the two guys in front of me touched wheels and I was collected in the mess."

Read More »

83 Wins, 4 Daytona 500’s, 3 Championships, and 9 Lives – Driven To The Past: Cale Yarborough

Last weekend's race at California Speedway was again largely reviled not because of what it was, but for where it wasn't. The Southern 500 traditionally ran on Labor Day weekend from 1950 to 2003. The Southern (California) 500 has consistently failed to live up to the hype or the legend of the race at Darlington. Is it the location? Is it the lack of excitement provided by the track, other than when Brad Keselowski isn't trying to go Cale Yarborough at Darlington in 1965, and exit through the first and second turns? Speaking of which, Yarborough and Darlington Raceway always made a pretty good pair. The Timmonsville, South Carolina native won the late summer classic five times during a storied career which produced 83 wins, four Daytona 500 victories, as well as the only winner of three consecutive Winston Cup Championships. As amazing as his career was, it was an even bigger surprise that he lived long enough to experience it. This week we take a look back on Cale Yarborough and not only his accomplishments, but his uncanny abillity to cheat death as well.

Read More »

Dale Junior and Casey Mears: Not Just Numbers

OK, I get a lot of things. I get how stupid the Chase is, and it's at least as bad as the Top 35 rule. I even sort of get the rulebook. Well, I can read and understand what some of it is talking about, so that should put me on par with some of the teams. How it's applied is a different story. I don't think even NASCAR gets that one. But there is one thing I just don't understand in the garage these days (not counting the groupies, but they're another story). What is the big deal over Dale Earnhardt, Jr.'s number?

Read More »

Gibbs Up To The Challenge With Toyota

When you know a piece of news is coming along for months - and you can't even report it at first - press conferences don't always work as the landmark information source you expect them to be. That's why a good journalist tries his best to read between the lines after a press conference in Huntersville, NC that, on the surface, provided more pomp and circumstance than specific details about Toyota's newest special friend. Of course, Gibbs had made no secret a partnership was on the verge of occurring...leaks were rampant about it for weeks, even though the team claims a final decision wasn't reached until last weekend. But the reasons behind and surrounding the move away from Chevrolet - that pesky little question of why - now, those answers proved a little unclear.

Read More »