Tag Archives: Richard Petty

Frontstretch Podcast: Breaking Down 200 Victories for Kyle Busch & Richard Petty, Chris Buescher Chats Hot Start

In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff break down the difference in the 200 race victories for Kyle Busch and Richard Petty with a pile of statistics, after Busch joined the 200 club last weekend at Auto Club Speedway. Without necessarily comparing the two, we dig into what …

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Full Throttle – The Good Ol’ Days Might Not Have Been So Good

After Kyle Busch won his 50th NASCAR national touring series race on his 24th birthday back in May, he made the comment that he would like to win 200 races in the top three divisions of NASCAR. Though Kyle acknowledged it would not equal the accomplishment of Richard Petty winning …

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Matt McLaughlin Mouths Off: A Pirate Looks at 50

As some of you may know, after the Pocono wrap-up I’m heading off for the annual family Jersey shore vacation. Fewer of you realize that while I’m taking this time off, I will hit a dubious milestone and turn 50 years of age. Normally, I loathe to discuss my personal life because, frankly, I know most of you could give a damn. I respect that you’re here to read about Dale, Jeff, Jimmie, Carl and the rest... not me. But as I look down the barrels of 50, it’s hard not to reflect a little on a half-century journey here on this grand blue marble we all call home. I’ve been a stock car racing fan for most of my life, getting addicted in 1964. A Southern Cousin turned me onto the sport, and it’s become a lifetime obsession.

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Matt McLaughlin Mouths Off: Hall’In Class

I’ve gotten a lot of email from readers asking me which five people I hope, or think, will make up the first set of inductees into NASCAR’s Hall of Fame. I’ve debated the topic with more than a few fans and have to agree that narrowing the group down to just five individuals is a difficult task -- though, in my mind, selecting four of the first five folks so honored is a no-brainer few can dispute. Let me preface my picks by saying that I feel no active driver, or even semi-active driver, should be considered for induction into the Hall of Fame.

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Mirror Driving: Logano A Legend Already?, Loudon’s Last Gasp, And Who’s Hall of Fame Worthy

*Joey Logano's surprise win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway made him the youngest driver ever to win a Sprint Cup race. Where does his season rank among other active drivers' rookie campaigns?* Jeff: Well, he’s probably the highest paid … But I am not surprised. Beth: He has actually surprised me.

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Fanning the Flames: NASCAR’s Trifecta Of Current Events

*Matt, my question is what is the big deal about the NEW restart? I may be a little on the old age side, but I remember that was the way it was in the old days of NASCAR or any racing for that matter. You lined up in your position in the race at any restart and just received credit for the laps actually run past the start finish line. Did I miss something, or do not understand the restart procedure?* *A:* The difference is there are no longer cars one-lap down (or more) lined up to the inside of the leaders. Instead, the lead-lap machines will line up two-by-two (as opposed to single-file) like you’d see at the start of the race. The lapped cars now line up behind the lead-lap cars. “We’ve heard the fans loud and clear,” Brian France told us last week. “‘Double-file restarts – shootout style’ are coming to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series!” Jeez, you want a medal or something?

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Mirror Driving: Does TV Owe NASCAR Underdogs? Grading The Childress Crew Swap, And Nationwide Surprises

*Kyle Busch scored his 50th win NASCAR Cup, Nationwide and Truck competition with last weekend’s two victories at Richmond. Busch says he wants to get to 200 to “beat” Richard Petty's mark. Can he get there?* Kurt: Well, does that really count? I was thinking that isn't a fair comparison. That said, it's too early to tell; but if anyone, can it's Kyle. Beth: Right, it's way too early to make that call. And besides, I wouldn't count it unless it was 200 Cup wins. Jeff: I agree — you need 200 Cup wins to beat the King.

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Side by Side: Should The Champion’s Provisional Be Dropped?

_Editor's Note : The following is a special edition of Frontstretch's Side By Side. Occasionally throughout the season, two of your favorite Frontstretch writers will duke it out in a debate concerning one of NASCAR's biggest stories. Don't let us be the only ones to speak our minds, though...be sure to read both sides and let us know what you think about the situation in the comment section below!_ *Today's Question : With the Daytona 500 the equivalent to NASCAR's "Super Bowl," should they automatically save a spot for a former champion who can't qualify into the field any other way? Or should the rule be relaxed and another, faster driver installed in their place?*.

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Racing And Politics: Not A Good Mix

Who will win the 2008 presidential election is still anybody's guess. But when it comes to NASCAR, who they _want_ to win isn't even in question these days. Considering the rash of “honorary” guests from John McCain’s presidential campaign team recently attending Sprint Cup events, the sanctioning body clearly is supporting the Republican Party ticket, and is willing to offer its services to their effort to win the White House. What NASCAR is serving up to their political party of choice is a captive audience of 100,000 motorsports fans that really came to watch a race, but are getting -- whether they want it or not -- a low-key partisan political rally as well. However, truth be told, the majority of fans in attendance have no objection to the not-so-subtle support of the Republican presidential ticket at the races.

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