Five Points to Ponder: Jimmie vs. Matt And The Best Day In Motorsports
Danny Peters on the Sprint Cup championship battle that could define NASCAR 2013.
Mike Neff · Sunday May 19, 2013
Key Moment – Jimmie Johnson’s crew threw down a money stop before the final segment, gaining him multiple spots and providing him the track position needed to try and win the race.
In a Nutshell – Kurt and Kyle Busch led the four segments that don’t pay the big money while Jimmie Johnson led the last one. The new rule about average finish position determining the order of entry for the final pit stop made things very exciting as competitors actually raced the entire event.
Thomas Bowles · Sunday May 19, 2013
When it comes to sports, the worst words a stakeholder can hear are “strike,” “lockout,” or “injury.” It’s those types of tragic moments that kill your fan following in an instant, turning popular into polarizing and plummeting ratings. But beneath the Captain Obvious level, there’s another tier of sinister adjectives in which a once-booming form of entertainment can lead itself down the mountain of death. All too often, NASCAR is afflicted with one, a word disease from which the need for a cure is reaching critical condition.
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Summer Bedgood · Sunday May 19, 2013
I just love the All-Star weekend. It’s full of excitement, glitz, glamour, and the anticipation for the event typically builds up for months. It’s a no-holds-barred, fight to the finish where the only thing that matters is the checkered flag. Everything else is simply history.
The All-Star race has quite a history in NASCAR, running yearly since 1985. It’s a traditional touch to the sport that sometimes deals with inconsistency.
As traditional as the race itself, though, is the changing of its format. The event, ranging from one segment to five since the first race, has changed roughly 11 times since the inaugural edition.
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Frontstretch Staff · Sunday May 19, 2013
Sprint Cup: Four Is The Magic Number Jeff Gordon did it three times. So did Dale Earnhardt. And then Jimmie Johnson went out and did it a fourth. Johnson’s win in the Sprint All-Star Race made him the first four-time victor in the more than 25 years the race has been run. He also became the first back-to-back winner of the event since Davey Allison won two in a row in 1991 and ’92, the only other driver to win the event consecutively. Six drivers (Johnson, Gordon, Earnhardt, Allison, Mark Martin, and Terry Labonte) have more than one win in the annual event that was formerly known as The Winston.
Amy Henderson · Sunday May 19, 2013
Looking for the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How behind Saturday night’s race? Amy Henderson has you covered with each week with the answers to six race day questions, covering all five W’s and even the H…the Big Six.
Who…gets my shoutout of the race?
Sprint Showdown How about some props to Travis Kvapil for his top-10 finish? Even in a diminished field, Kvapil was the only driver in the top 10 who drives for a small team. He outraced Danica Patrick when push came to shove, passing her in the late going to grab an eighth-place result for his effort. The finish will give his BK Racing team something they don’t often have: bragging rights among their true peers. This team needed a boost, after a flurry of DNFs to start 2013 and they got one this weekend as best in their own class.
Amy Henderson · Saturday May 18, 2013
In a Nutshell Kyle Busch overcame an engine change and a pit road penalty to lead laps win by over Brendan Gaughan. Max Gresham, Matt Crafton, and Ty Dillon rounded out the top-5 finishers.
Who Should Have Won: If you’re OK with the Sprint Cup drivers taking the wins in this series, Kyle Busch. He had a fast truck and was able to use the advantage of clean air to hold off Gaughan when it counted.
Mike Neff · Saturday May 18, 2013
When you are a living legend, some stories and statistics get blown out of proportion. Richie Evans won a ton of Modified races in his career, that is unquestioned. Whether the total is 600, 800 or 1,000 is up for debate. His championships and major event wins are well documented. The same is true for Dick Trickle. Trickle is rumored to have won over 1,500 races but it is universally accepted that he notched more than 1,200 wins in his storied short track career. He was a champion in the ASA series twice in the mid-80s when the ASA was on par with any sanctioning body in the country. He won seven ARTGO Championships, which for years was the ultimate in Midwest Late Model Racing achievements. Trickle was the Rookie of the Year in USAC Stock Car racing in 1968 and the NASCAR Series in 1989. Most drivers are lucky to have a career last 21 years, while Trickle was the best rookie in two different series that many years apart.
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Frontstretch Staff · Friday May 17, 2013
Welcome to the Frontstretch Foto Funnies! Ever see a photo that’s just begging for a caption? We see them all the time! Each week, we’ll pick a few, then let our staff give it their best shot. We’ll post the best ones for you!
Want to get in on the fun? Each week, we’ll also designate one of the photos for fan captions. Leave your best ideas in the comments below or on our Facebook page. We’ll choose our favorite one and reprint the photo next week with its new caption! Then, at the end of each month, we’ll randomly choose one winner from the four winning captions, and that person will receive a free weekend rental from our friends at FanVision during any Sprint Cup race weekend in 2013! What could be better than that? In order to be eligible, comments must include a valid email (nobody can see it but us, and we promise we’ll only use it for notification purposes!) Note while you can post as many captions as you like, you aren’t eligible for the monthly prize if you’ve won a contest from us in the last 90 days.
Holding A Pretty Wheel
Amy Henderson · Friday May 17, 2013
This weekend, NASCAR will stage its All-Star event—four 20-lap races and one final dash for all the marbles. It’s a Saturday night shootout for the sport’s elite; you have to win to get in, and that sets up quite a show. Many teams bring specially-built cars, and there is no saving the equipment for another race, so drivers have free rein to race as hard as they dare for every lap. Fans should see quite a show this weekend.
The question is, is it a little too much of a show?
There were a few changes to the format this year. Most of them make sense. With the elimination of a separate pit crew competition, a mandatory four-tire stop before the last segment will still give pit crews the chance to shine. That’s important; after all, they’re a big part of why their driver is in the race to start with; they deserve the chance to be a central part of the outcome.