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Brett Poirier
Brett starts his fourth year with the Frontstretch in 2014, writing the popular Racing To The Point commentary on Tuesdays. An award-winning Connecticut Sportswriter and Editor, Brett resides in the Constitution State while working towards his dream of getting involved in racing full-time.
Racing to the Point: It’s Go Time for Jimmie Johnson

Racing to the Point: It’s Go Time for Jimmie Johnson

Don’t let that Kansas Speedway post-accident smile fool you; Jimmie Johnson’s back is against the wall. Here’s why: There are two races left before the next Chase cutoff – except Talladega isn’t really a race at all, but an embarrassing crapshoot where Steve Grissom had just as good of a chance at winning as Johnson. So that leaves one real race where a driver can control his own destiny and advance to the next round with a win. After Johnson’s ... Read More »

Racing to the Point: Ward Family Still Searching for Answers

Racing to the Point: Ward Family Still Searching for Answers

While just about everybody else was throwing in their two cents about the Kevin Ward, Jr. tragedy and the ensuing grand jury case against Tony Stewart, I chose to hold back, sensing that adding my opinion to the fray wasn’t helping the Wards any in their healing process. Ward’s aunt Wendi Ward’s open letter in USA Today on Sunday changed my perspective. As frustrated as I had been about how the case had been handled, the letter gave me some insight ... Read More »

Racing to the Point: BK, Swan Racing Strategies Have Failed

Racing to the Point: BK, Swan Racing Strategies Have Failed

You know when you’re about 4 years old and you want to go in the pool, but you don’t know how to swim, so you’re just kind of standing by it, and then all of a sudden a family member takes you and throws you into the water because he or she thinks the best the way to teach you how to swim is to put you in a life-or-death situation? Only you don’t magically figure out how to swim ... Read More »

Racing to the Point: What Kept Marcos Ambrose from Becoming a Great?

Racing to the Point: What Kept Marcos Ambrose from Becoming a Great?

With all of the spotlight on the winner-take-all race for the title at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Marcos Ambrose probably won’t receive much attention in what will most likely be his final Sprint Cup race. He’ll run 29th, slip into the shadows and a year from now we’ll be trying to remember his name. Was it Marcus Ericsson? No, he’s a Swedish Formula 1 driver. Ambrose’s quiet exit will be fitting. Much like Austin Powers, Ambrose is an international man of mystery. ... Read More »

Racing to the Point: Separating the Chase Contenders & Pretenders

Racing to the Point: Separating the Chase Contenders & Pretenders

This new elimination-style playoff format has many people believing that some of the Chase underdogs have a chance at the title as along as they keep their noses clean and survive each round. I want to dispel that rumor right now. The cream is still going to rise to the top, as it always does. With that said, here’s a handy guide to all your Chase competitors, sleepers and also-rans entering Chicagoland. I couldn’t win the title if the rest ... Read More »

Racing to the Point: Revisiting Spingate, One Year Later For Michael Waltrip Racing

Racing to the Point: Revisiting Spingate, One Year Later For Michael Waltrip Racing

The spin, like an earthquake, lasted about five seconds. Its aftershock is still being felt. This was no ordinary I-want-to-be-a-NASCAR-driver spin. When Clint Bowyer followed orders to itch his arm and went sideways off turn 4 in the final laps of the regular season finale at Richmond last season, he set his organization back three years, cost Michael Waltrip Racing millions of dollars, cost employees their jobs and altered the course of his teammate’s career. “That’s the craziest thing I ... Read More »

Racing to the Point: The Wait Continues for the New Kyle Busch

Racing to the Point: The Wait Continues for the New Kyle Busch

We’ve been waiting a long time for the new Kyle Busch. You know the one I’m talking about: the guy that plows through adversity because his maturity matches his talent. It’s the new Kyle Busch that is going to realize his potential, pile up Sprint Cup wins and score championships with ease. Unfortunately, he’s a fictional character. Every once in awhile, like the Loch Ness Monster, someone thinks they’ve spotted the new Kyle Busch, but they can’t be certain and ... Read More »

Racing to the Point: Fireworks Ready to Ease Frustration at Bristol

Racing to the Point: Fireworks Ready to Ease Frustration at Bristol

Who is going to crack first? Frustration is mounting in the NASCAR Sprint Cup garage and there are only three races until the new playoffs start. If Sunday’s race at Michigan was any indication, buckle your seat belts – and stay in your car until a safety worker arrives – because you know what is about to hit the fan this weekend. There were two confrontations on pit road following the race at Michigan International Speedway, a fast two-mile track ... Read More »

Racing to the Point: Risk Worth The Reward for JTG-Daugherty Racing

Racing to the Point: Risk Worth The Reward for JTG-Daugherty Racing

Can you imagine the conversation between the JTG-Daugherty Racing owners — Tad Geschickter, Jodi Geschickter and Brad Daugherty — and Bobby Labonte in June of last year? I assume it went something like this: Owners: Bobby, we’re going to bring in AJ Allmendinger to run some races in order to evaluate the program. Labonte: You’re replacing me, a former champion and icon in the sport, with the guy who recently served a drug suspension and has never won a race? ... Read More »

Racing to the Point: The Never-Ending Road Course Chase Debate

Racing to the Point: The Never-Ending Road Course Chase Debate

Every time NASCAR shows up at a road course, the same question is asked. And no, it isn’t who is going to want to knock out Jacque Villeneuve afterward? Well, maybe there are two. The bigger question is should a road course race be included in the Chase for the Sprint Cup? The resounding answer is yes. Fans want to see it. Yet, we keep going in circles, both literally and figuratively. We ask a question about change, the majority vote ... Read More »