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The Frontstretch Staff is made up of a group of talented men and women spread out all over the United States and Canada. Residing in 15 states throughout the country, plus Ontario, and widely ranging in age, the staff showcases a wide variety of diverse opinions that will keep you coming back for more week in and week out.
Mirror Driving: Where Do Penske, Piquet, Scott, And Hamlin Go From Here?

Mirror Driving: Where Do Penske, Piquet, Scott, And Hamlin Go From Here?

*Shocker! (sarcasm) A NASCAR-appointed appeals board has unanimously upheld the penalties against Penske Racing from pre-race inspection at Texas Motor Speedway. As a result, Penske Racing will appeal to Chief Appellate Officer John Middlebrook on May 7th. Did NASCAR get one this right… or is Penske right to continue fighting?* Summer: I think the penalties were too severe, so yes, I think they should keep fighting. That doesn't mean I think it will do a damn bit of good. Phil: I'd argue that the point penalties might not be worth appealing further at this point. I don't even think Penske cares about them. It's those suspensions that get you. That's why he's still going on, because I don't think they needed to suspend that many people. Read More »

Penske Racing LOSES Penalty Case, Will Appeal To NSCRC John Middlebrook

Penske Racing LOSES Penalty Case, Will Appeal To NSCRC John Middlebrook

A three-member panel Wednesday unanimously upheld penalties assessed to Penske Racing after pre-race inspection at Texas Motor Speedway. Comprised of Pocono President Brandon Igdalsky, Bowman-Gray President Dale Pinilis and former NASCAR VP Paul Brooks, the trio determined the sanctioning body’s evidence was enough to “convict” Penske to the tune of points lost, suspensions given and $200,000 in fines. Roger Penske, in response has pledged to send a final appeal to National Stock Car Racing Commissioner John Middlebrook. That hearing will ... Read More »

Side By Side: Can A Single-Car Team Find A NASCAR Winner’s Circle?

Side By Side: Can A Single-Car Team Find A NASCAR Winner’s Circle?

*This Week's Question: It's been nearly two seasons since a single-car team was able to break into Victory Lane at NASCAR's highest level, though a few have flirted with a win. Could we see a single-car team get back there this year?* Amy Henderson, Managing Editor: You Could See It This Week in Talladega, As a Matter of Fact While several of NASCAR's smaller teams got off to a fast start in 2013, wins by those organizations are few and far between. It isn't a lack of talent or ambition that keeps them out of Victory Lane; it's one thing and one thing only: money, or the lack thereof. Read More »

NASCAR Writer Power Rankings: Top 15 After Richmond I

NASCAR Writer Power Rankings: Top 15 After Richmond I

Frontstretch Power Rankings Kevin Harvick proved once again why he’s called “Mr. Where Did He Come From!?” and “The Closer.” Harvick took four tires during the final caution, charging from seventh place on the green-white-checkered restart to take the lead. That divebomb move gave him his first race of the 2013 season and 20th victory of his Cup Series career. Behind them, Kurt Busch and Tony Stewart took part in some post-race extracurricular activities after a bump-and-run during the two-lap shootout shook up the finishing order. But perhaps the biggest side story was Juan Pablo Montoya, who led 67 laps and finished fourth, his first top 5 in a points-paying race since a fourth-place result at Martinsville in April 2011. Jeff Burton also ran well, finishing fifth, his first top-5 result of the season. Read More »

WTF Wednesday Awaiting The Big One: Improving Fan Safety at Talladega Superspeedway

As both the NASCAR Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series head to their next set of restrictor plate races at one of the more anticipated racing venues of the season, many may be holding their breath for the “Big One”. While some of this anticipation is often due to the excitement that surrounds Talladega Superspeedway, the majority of those fans will be waiting and wondering if the recent reinforcements made to the crossover gate will truly keep fans, cheering on their ... Read More »

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 »