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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.
Search for On-Track Improvement Needed after Off-Track Drama

Search for On-Track Improvement Needed after Off-Track Drama

We have heard it all too much recently: the fan commenting to the world that “the race was boring, but what happened afterward was awesome!” For those with an eye for excitement, one would have to agree to a point. In the short term, drama draws attention to the sport and may even increase viewership from race to race. In the long run, though, there is a bit of a problem. Post-race shenanigans between competitors should not be overshadowing the story ... Read More »

Does the Future Continue to Look Bright for Jamie McMurray?

Does the Future Continue to Look Bright for Jamie McMurray?

Can you believe it has been 12 years since we witnessed Joplin, Mo.’s Jamie McMurray shock the masses with a win at Charlotte Motor Speedway in his second career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start? Here he is in 2014, still virtually with the same team owners and still with a shot to win many weekends, yet we have never witnessed him on the stage at season’s end with a top 10 finish in the standings. He has been victorious in ... Read More »

NASCAR Rule Changes Creating Some Fascinating Conundrums

NASCAR Rule Changes Creating Some Fascinating Conundrums

It was January of 1990, and one of what I’m sure were several children traveled with his family to an annual motorsports show in Valley Forge, Pa., to see high-profile drivers such as Dale Earnhardt, Richard Petty, Rusty Wallace, Terry Labonte, Harry Gant and Kyle Petty. In the weeks leading up and following, these drivers were fine-tuning their machines for the upcoming season at the shop and at Daytona International Speedway. Now the private test sessions have been scrapped, starting ... Read More »

Larson Shows That “Challenger Round” is Not Only for Chase Challengers on Race Day

Larson Shows That “Challenger Round” is Not Only for Chase Challengers on Race Day

  Kyle Larson turned up the aggression and performed remarkably in the closing stages and during much of the MyAFibStory.com 400. In his first Sprint Cup Series start at Chicagoland Speedway, the rookie who just missed out on a spot in the new ten-race Chase format showed no weakness as he fought season-long championship contenders Brad Keselowski and Jeff Gordon for the win down the stretch. While he lost out on the battle in the end, it could have very ... Read More »

Fans in Attendance Following the Richmond Race the Big Winners

Fans in Attendance Following the Richmond Race the Big Winners

With all of the Chase hype resulting in Brad Keselowski’s domination and the lack of any outcome-altering position changes, a rather anticlimactic 400 laps was not an entire loss if you were at Richmond International Raceway. I like to see the positive in things, and after the Federated Auto Parts 400 (and with one fan climbing the fence) it was easy to see that the folks in charge at RIR have things nailed down when it comes to promotion. In the spring, ... Read More »

Playoff Success: Winless Wonders Have Their Day at Atlanta

Playoff Success: Winless Wonders Have Their Day at Atlanta

Last week, a running theme from Bristol revolved around teams missing their season-long opportunity to capitalize on a win. Several winless drivers, whose best shot might have been at Thunder Valley, instead looked like they were struck by lightning, thrown backwards while the sport’s best teams padded their playoff spots. My, what a difference eight days makes following the running of Atlanta’s Oral-B USA 500. During the closing laps, it looked like a matter of same story, different week, when ... Read More »

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 »