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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.
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 »

Frequency of Cautions and Debris the Recent Norm at Michigan

Frequency of Cautions and Debris the Recent Norm at Michigan

Only ten laps into the 2014 Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway, it looked like the race would be filled with an above average amount of attrition and survival.  Contenders Brian Vickers, Kasey Kahne, and Kyle Larson were among those suffering early damage to their cars.  In the end however, it was a typical event at the facility.  The statistics show that it’s actually a usual situation at the two-mile speedway, with most of the Cup teams involved, as resilient as ... Read More »

Time for Roush Fenway Racing to Step Up Its Game — And Fast

Time for Roush Fenway Racing to Step Up Its Game — And Fast

After several weeks of continuous questions about the importance of winning, Hendrick Motorsports backed up its consistent efforts with Jeff Gordon taking his 89th career victory — and first of the 2014 season — at Kansas Speedway on Saturday night. This makes Hendrick the fourth organization that has joined the two-drivers-with-at-least-one-win club, which leaves one winning team with a single driver to visit victory lane: Roush Fenway Racing. With several teams not even getting a sniff of a trophy, it ... Read More »

Short Track Racing Should Encourage Summer Viewership

Short Track Racing Should Encourage Summer Viewership

Who needs a green-white-checkered for some close racing at the finish? The Sprint Cup drivers proved they could keep their cars pointed in the right direction during a breath-taking nine laps of green-flag competition that concluded Saturday night’s Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond. No one could have been thinking about a manipulated outcome, as the drivers took care of any doubt of that on the racetrack. Two- and three-wide jockeying for position took place throughout the field, and every position ... Read More »

Sprint Cup Series Facilities Can Build Upon Fan Experience by Looking to Their Roots

Sprint Cup Series Facilities Can Build Upon Fan Experience by Looking to Their Roots

NASCAR’s Home Tracks program has been known as “The Soul of NASCAR.” Unfortunately, when looking at some of the top tracks in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and what they have to offer, there seems to be a link lost between the fans and the track, one that once defined the heart and soul of stock car racing. The short tracks of America are where a vast majority of drivers cut their teeth from their start all the way up to today… and ... Read More »

Chase Elliott No Surprise To Those Who’ve Watched Him Rise

Chase Elliott No Surprise To Those Who’ve Watched Him Rise

Although the rainy weather pushed back the Duck Commander 500 to Monday, there was already some excitement headlining the NASCAR weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. Page back to Friday night, where a high school senior conserved, outran, and beat drivers with over 150 Nationwide Series and over 100 Sprint Cup Series wins combined. It is a tremendous feat that is almost unheard of, and a driver’s win in only their sixth career start in any series is certainly newsworthy. On the other hand, with it being ... Read More »

Petty and Martinsville: A Continued Success Story

Petty and Martinsville: A Continued Success Story

The last several years have not been the best for the Ford Motor Company on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series shortest circuits. A manufacturer that has been known most for their intermediate track success, in part by the powerful and durable Roush-Yates engines, has struggled at the end of the day on tracks where engine performance isn’t as important. Until two weeks ago at Bristol, Ford was winless at that track since Edwards’ previous victory in August 2008. At Martinsville, ... Read More »

Talent Outweighs Money – Larson Continuously Showing He Can Get the Job Done

Talent Outweighs Money – Larson Continuously Showing He Can Get the Job Done

In his home state of California, Kyle Larson turned in his best overall NASCAR performance of his brief stock car career at Auto Club Speedway. After the jumble that was the green-white-checkered finish on Sunday, even Larson tweeted out to fans “I’m still trying to figure out how I got to second.” Nevertheless, it should be to no one’s surprise that a win at the highest level is within reach so soon. Kyle Larson, one of NASCAR’s newest stars, has ... Read More »