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Newsletter Stuff 04-30-13

What To Watch: Tuesday - Carl Edwards will be a special guest, making a third appearance on the syndicated talk show Kelly & Michael. Expected to talk everything from current NASCAR issues to his time as a “chauffeur,” Edwards will join actor Robert Downey, Jr. as celebrities spending time on Tuesday’s show. - Matt Kenseth will hold a national media teleconference to discuss his current season, NASCAR’s recent penalties against his team at Joe Gibbs Racing and plenty of other ... Read More »

NASCAR Forgot to Tell Them, “Keep it Clean, Boys.”

“Boys, have at it.” Brian France and Co. all agreed this ought to be the credo of NASCAR several years ago. Collectively, the fan base proceeded to cheer. At long last, our heroes would not be fined and suspended for failing to control their tongues in moments of extreme stress, or worry that rubbing a little too hard would sit them down for an inordinate amount of time. Awesome. However, it has come to my attention that while no official ... Read More »

Mirror Driving: NASCAR Engine Aggravation Among Richmond Realizations

Mirror Driving: NASCAR Engine Aggravation Among Richmond Realizations

*After the No. 20 engine failed postrace teardown, NASCAR slapped the team, which won the race in Kansas, with a 50-point penalty along with a six-week suspension and fine for crew chief Jason Ratcliffe. Did NASCAR make the right call?* Phil: Knowing what we know now, I think it seems incredibly draconian. However, they've definitely sent a message. Don't cross us. Amy: Given that it was an engine and NASCAR has _never_ taken engine infractions lightly, I think it's close to being right. I think they should have taken only points earned in that race, though. Read More »

Mirror Driving: NASCAR Stuck In A Box… Have We Reached Maximum Speed?

Mirror Driving: NASCAR Stuck In A Box… Have We Reached Maximum Speed?

*NASCAR has announced the penalties for three teams following last week’s pre- and post-race failures. Martin Truex Jr. was fined six points and crew chief Chad Johnston was $25,000 and placed on probation until June 5th. Meanwhile, Penske Racing teammates Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski were each docked 25 points and both of their crew chiefs were suspended for the next six races, though they will be in Kansas as Penske Racing is appealing. Are these penalties fair? Why or why not?* Amy: The Truex penalty was fair, provided they couldn't prove something broke. If the rear ends on the 2 and 22 were illegal, the penalty is fine. But NASCAR has not said what was illegal, or how it was discovered, so we'll never really know. Summer: I guess all the penalties were "fair", though I think it's ridiculous how sensitive NASCAR is with these cars. Let me put it this way. I thought the points penalty and fine were OK, but the fact that they suspended as many people as they did with Penske seemed excessive. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Six After Six? Female Favorites And Historic Moments

Mirror Driving: Six After Six? Female Favorites And Historic Moments

Welcome to "Mirror Driving." Every Wednesday, your favorite columnists sit down and give their opinion about the latest NASCAR news, rumors, and controversy. Love us or hate us, make a comment below and tell us how you feel about what we've said! *Jimmie Johnson’s win at Martinsville made him the first repeat winner of 2013. Though we’re only six races in, are we possibly looking at a sixth championship from the No. 48 team?* Read More »

Mirror Driving: Unpredictability And Unusual Circumstances

Mirror Driving: Unpredictability And Unusual Circumstances

k horse that we may be overlooking?* Amy: I think of the top 10, I like Dale Earnhardt, Jr.'s chances. He’s always been strong at Martinsville, and he's on a roll. Summer: I think I'm going to go with Keselowski. He's not known as much of a "short track" guy, but after winning the championship, there's not much he still can't do. Phil: I'm going with Keselowski for the driver most likely in the front bunch. Don't count out Earnhardt Jr., though. Read More »

Mirror Driving: NASCAR Surprises And Disappointments In 2013

Mirror Driving: NASCAR Surprises And Disappointments In 2013

*NASCAR has announced they will not penalize any of the drivers involved in both Fontana’s last-lap mayhem and post-race fracas. Did they make the right call?* Phil: I'm surprised that no one got probation. That is what I thought would happen. It does show some consistency, for once. Amy: With Hamlin and Logano, you can't penalize hard racing or you undermine the heart and soul of the sport. Read More »

Mirror Driving: 2013 NASCAR Crossroads On Attendance, Talent, Rivalries

Mirror Driving: 2013 NASCAR Crossroads On Attendance, Talent, Rivalries

*We’ve already seen former teammates Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano butt heads at least twice in only four races this season. Going forward, should we expect this phenomenon to rear its head again at tracks like Martinsville -- or is this rivalry just a bunch of hot air?* Phil: I wouldn't be surprised if they “had at it” again at some point this year. The Twitter Duel looks ridiculous, though. That probably didn't need to be public. Summer: That whole thing was ridiculous. It was fun to watch, but it was ridiculous. Read More »

Pace Laps: A Returning Rookie, Action-Packed Bristol And Tragedy Out West

Pace Laps: A Returning Rookie, Action-Packed Bristol And Tragedy Out West

_Did you miss an event during this busy week in racing? How about a late-night press release, an important sponsorship rumor, or a juicy piece of news? If you did, you’ve come to the right place! Each week, The Frontstretch will break down the racing, series by series, to bring you the biggest stories that you need to watch going forward for the week ahead. Let our experts help you get up to speed for the coming week, no matter what series you might have missed, all in this edition of Pace Laps!_ *Sprint Cup: Action-Packed Sunday* Kasey Kahne ended the day in Victory Lane at Bristol Motor Speedway for the first time in his Sprint Cup career. Read More »

Frontstretch Foto Funnies: Who, Me?!

_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.\":https://www.facebook.com/Frontstretch 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 w on a contest from us in the last 90 days._ _This week's Fan Foto is Photo No. 1 (the one with Jeff Gordon is laughing at an apparently grossed-out Clint Bowyer.) Ready, set… caption that!_ <div style=\"float:left; width:540px; margin: 20px; border: black solid 1px; padding: 3px;\"><img src=\"http://www.frontstretch.com/images/15547.jpg\" width=\"540\" height=\"360\"/><p style=\"margin: 3px; text-align: left; font-weight:bold;\">\"Wow, that giant pigeon really seems to like your car, Clint!\"</p></div> <div style=\"float:left; width:400px; margin: 20px; border: black solid 1px; padding: 3px;\"><img src=\"http://www.frontstretch.com/images/15546.jpg\" width=\"400\" height=\"521\"/><p style=\"margin: 3px; text-align: left; font-weight:bold;\">\"So I'm driving back to the garage after the wreck, and there's Johnson, thumbing a ride, like this! So I pick him up and then he's all like 'slow down!' Next time he does that, I'm doing donuts…\"</p></div> <div style=\"float:left; width:540px; margin: 20px; border: black solid 1px; padding: 3px;\"><img src=\"http://www.frontstretch.com/images/15545.jpg\" width=\"540\" height=\"360\"/><p style=\"margin: 3px; text-align: left; font-weight:bold;\">\"What? Someone stole Junior's last Diet Dew? Now, _who_ would do a terrible thing like that? Junior LOVES the taste of Diet Dew! What a (burp) dastardly deed!\"</p></div> <div style=\"float:left; width:540px; margin: 20px; border: black solid 1px; padding: 3px;\"><img src=\"http://www.frontstretch.com/images/15544.jpg\" width=\"540\" height=\"360\"/><p style=\"margin: 3px; text-align: left; font-weight:bold;\">\" Dude, those Indy cars are teeny! How on earth do you get in and out of one of those?\"</p></div> <div style=\"float:left; width:540px; margin: 20px; border: black solid 1px; padding: 3px;\"><img src=\"http://www.frontstretch.com/images/15543.jpg\" width=\"540\" height=\"360\"/><p style=\"margin: 3px; text-align: left; font-weight:bold;\">\"You should have seen their faces when I requested garage passes for my cousin Inigo!\"</p></div> <div style=\"float:left; width:540px; margin: 20px; border: black solid 1px; padding: 3px;\"><img src=\"http://www.frontstretch.com/images/15542.jpg\" width=\"540\" height=\"360\"/><p style=\"margin: 3px; text-align: left; font-weight:bold;\">\"I don't believe it. I drew him a map. I pasted it to his dashboard. And he STILL got lost.\"</p></div> <div style=\"float:left; width:540px; margin: 20px; border: black solid 1px; padding: 3px;\"><img src=\"http://www.frontstretch.com/images/15511.jpg\" width=\"540\" height=\"429\"/><p style=\"margin: 3px; text-align: left; font-weight:bold;\">This week's Fan Foto winner, from Rowdy KitKat: Would you trust this man with your car insurance?! Coz I'm not sure I would…</p></div> Read More »