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Aaron Creed
Aaron begins his first year with the Frontstretch, writing a Monday NASCAR post-race commentary. A former contributor to SBNation, Aaron handles marketing on the short track level and can be seen at a different local bullring virtually every weekend over the spring and summer, working with teams in various capacities. He’s a native of central Pennsylvania.
Playoff Problems: McMurray, Winless Drivers Stumble At Bristol Opportunity

Playoff Problems: McMurray, Winless Drivers Stumble At Bristol Opportunity

Several drivers that have already won this year saw their race go sour fairly early on during the running of Saturday’s Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.  That left the window open for many, who have not been as fortunate to win a race this season, to capitalize on the opportunity to punch their definite ticket into contention for the last ten races.  One of them was a driver who is no stranger to winning some major races ... Read More »

The Curious Case of Kyle Busch

The Curious Case of Kyle Busch

While household names such as Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Brad Keselowski continue on a road to success even with a few speed bumps along the way, Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 saw Kyle Busch put out of contention early for the third race in a row.  His talent has never been questioned and he has the ability to win on any track, but the result hasn’t been there lately.  The problems have each appeared to be mechanical, driver-related, and ... Read More »

Cracking the Case: NASCAR Star Involvement in Racing’s Proving Grounds an Extremely Tricky Situation

Cracking the Case: NASCAR Star Involvement in Racing’s Proving Grounds an Extremely Tricky Situation

On a Wednesday evening in Kalamazoo, Mich., a packed house of fans watched NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Kyle Busch race twice in one night. David Ragan was also in the field for the CRA Super Series race and has been known to dabble quite a bit with his Super Late Model. This trend is a somewhat frequent occurrence when it fits in the schedule for the drivers of the top divisions; however, given recent events in the last couple ... Read More »

Beyond the Cockpit: Erik Jones on Success with KBM, Where It All Started, and Super Late Model Racing

Beyond the Cockpit: Erik Jones on Success with KBM, Where It All Started, and Super Late Model Racing

Erik Jones shocked the short track racing world in 2012 at the age of 16 when he outdueled Kyle Busch at his own game in a thrilling finish to the annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida. Months later he was hired to drive for Kyle Busch Motorsports and continued to turn heads when he outran Chase Elliott in the Winchester 400. Jones continued to impress, beating drivers with more years of experience for his first career NASCAR Camping ... Read More »

Earnhardt’s Pocono Win Raises Question of Strategy vs. Speed

Earnhardt’s Pocono Win Raises Question of Strategy vs. Speed

Sunday afternoon (Aug. 3), Pocono Raceway saw one of its most engaging races. From the get-go, the GoBowling.com 400’s start time was moved up due to the uncertainty of weather, causing teams to think twice about whether they were racing to a conclusion on lap 160. In fact, it was the story the entire weekend, with each of the three races going the entire scheduled distance – resulting in varying pit strategies. With the skies brightening and the question of ... Read More »

Independent Teams: Is There Still a Place for Them?

Independent Teams: Is There Still a Place for Them?

Those that have followed NASCAR for decades remember names like Jimmy Means, H.B. Bailey, and J.D. McDuffie; all were owner/drivers in which at least one of them was seen at a speedway each race weekend.  There have been several others, some of which acquired full time national sponsors and had success and even rose to fame.  These three names were the first to pop into mind though they never had a realistic shot for a race win.  For these guys, a ... Read More »

Keselowski’s Dominance: What Does it Mean for September?

Keselowski’s Dominance: What Does it Mean for September?

For the second time in the last three races, Team Penske was on top of their game.  Brad Keselowski turned in a dominating performance, seeming to easily weave his way to the front no matter what  others strategies were thrown at him.  Joey Logano was making a valiant attempt at keeping up with his teammate and running in the runner up spot when taken out of the race.  It is the prime time of the year to be peaking, especially ... Read More »

Open Wheel Wednesday: Montoya’s IndyCar Return Officially a Success

Open Wheel Wednesday: Montoya’s IndyCar Return Officially a Success

Last September when Juan Pablo Montoya made the official announcement regarding his return to the Verizon IndyCar Series, many questioned whether he could return to prominence.  A driver who has shown a great deal of versatility in his racing career turns 39 this September, an age that is often over the hill in the open wheel ranks.  Nevertheless, team owner Roger Penske had faith in his ability and Montoya’s confidence showed with continued steady improvement. On a somewhat strange weekend ... Read More »

Do Not Count Out the “Other” Teams Just Yet

Do Not Count Out the “Other” Teams Just Yet

Hendrick Motorsports went on a tear at the intermediate tracks recently, leaving us, at times, to  question if anyone else had anything for the team that seemed to be hitting on everything with the new rules package. The Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway proved that conclusions shouldn’t be drawn for year’s end just yet. Sure, Kentucky is not a track that the Hendrick organization has performed their best at in the track’s short Cup series history. Nevertheless, it is a ... Read More »

Road Racing Winners Club: Not for a Select Few Anymore

Road Racing Winners Club: Not for a Select Few Anymore

It wasn’t many years ago that when heading into either one of the two road races during the Cup season only a handful of drivers would be mentioned about having a realistic shot for the victory.  Even going into this weekend at Sonoma Raceway, many had their “favorites” to win and perhaps steal a Chase spot for championship contention late in the year.  Once again, after Sunday’s Toyota / Save Mart 350, all of those predictions did not mean a thing ... Read More »