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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: Offense Or Defense, NASCAR’s Win Starved Vets & Regan’s Rise

Mirror Driving: Offense Or Defense, NASCAR’s Win Starved Vets & Regan’s Rise

*Jimmie Johnson's win at Martinsville propels him into the points lead with three races to go in the season -- will the change from defensive mode to offensive for opponent Brad Keselowski change the outlook from here on out?* Phil: Well, I think they'll both be on the offensive this weekend in Texas. Summer: I've been saying for a few months now that Jimmie Johnson will win the championship and I'm sticking by that. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Progress Or Problems? Make-Or Break Moments And Eldora, 2013

Mirror Driving: Progress Or Problems? Make-Or Break Moments And Eldora, 2013

*Kansas Speedway was the latest racetrack to add progressive banking in hopes of producing a more competitive race. Did it work, and are there other ways that tracks and track owners should be looking towards to beef up the competition?* Phil: Not really. There were faster speeds and a lot of wrecking. Overall, it wasn't any more competitive. Amy: There wasn't any more passing on Sunday. Read More »

Mirror Driving: NASCAR’s Unpredictability Week

Mirror Driving: NASCAR’s Unpredictability Week

*A third of the way through this year's championship battle, which drivers are looking like they'll still be there going into Homestead... and whose bid is toast already?* Phil: Well, Matt Kenseth for sure. That dude can't buy a break. I've never heard a sound like the one produced when his track bar broke. Amy: I know, Phil, that was crazy. I could almost hear the conversation at the shop: "Hey, what do you want to do with these weird track bars? Toss 'em?" "Nah, we'll just use them on Matt's car, why waste them?" Read More »

Mirror Driving: Championship Consistency, Regan’s Release and Turning a Blind Eye

Mirror Driving: Championship Consistency, Regan’s Release and Turning a Blind Eye

*In 2011, Tony Stewart won the championship on the strength of five Chase victories. After two races this year, Jimmie Johnson leads the points after finishing second twice. Will that type of consistency near the front be enough to capture a Chase title... or will it take multiple wins?* Mike: It all depends on what happens around Johnson. In reality, most every year if you can average a top-5 finish you're going to be right there. Amy: I think it will take multiple wins...but will it take five? That's a stretch to think it will go that way again with so many teams capable of winning two or more races. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Who Can Rebound, On And Off The Track In NASCAR

Mirror Driving: Who Can Rebound, On And Off The Track In NASCAR

*Jeff Gordon's Chicagoland race was cut short when he hit the wall after the throttle stuck on the No. 24. Is Gordon's Chase bid over already, or is it too early to count anyone out?* Kevin: It's too early to count anyone out completely, I think. But it's not looking good for him. Another race like this, say this week or next... then I'll be more likely to count him out. Mike N.: He's done. I know it seems ludicrous to say that but Gordon's already a full race behind with 11 drivers in front of him. The odds of overcoming that are ridiculous. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Chase Scenarios, Best Of The Rest And Down The Stretch

Mirror Driving: Chase Scenarios, Best Of The Rest And Down The Stretch

Summer: Well, for starters I think you have to look at Hamlin. I would say _the_ favorite, though, is Jimmie. Mike N.: You can't ignore Hamlin. He's been on fire the last few races, but Johnson has been strong since Indy and I just think they are poised for another one. The early favorites are Johnson, Hamlin, Kenseth and Biffle. In theory, none of the top 12 can be counted out, but I honestly don't think Harvick, Kahne, Truex or Bowyer have a shot. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Kenseth’s Big Move, Wild Racing Ahead And Who’s Got A Title Edge

Mirror Driving: Kenseth’s Big Move, Wild Racing Ahead And Who’s Got A Title Edge

*With his win at Atlanta, Denny Hamlin is guaranteed at least a tie for the top spot in the Chase. Given that Hamlin is currently a distant seventh in points, should this be the case?* Amy: Um, the words "hell, no" come to mind... it's a massive slap in the face to the guys who have been the best drivers all year long. Tom: Hamlin's pulling a Tony Stewart 2011 as we speak. What an awful summer of being completely irrelevant, but that's the way this format works -- he deserves it based on the rules given to all the teams in February. Read More »

Mirror Driving: The Bristol Verdict, Temper Temper And Silly Season Summary

Mirror Driving: The Bristol Verdict, Temper Temper And Silly Season Summary

*After Bristol Motor Speedway made changes to the track over the summer, the track promoted racing closer to what fans saw prior to 2007. But did the track live up to the hype?* Summer: Oh yeah. The helmet throw was enough for that to be a reality. Kevin: I think it did. I wasn't able to look away for both the Cup and Nationwide races, and in that regard I think the races were at least successful. Mike N.: Closer to racing before the repave? No. Closer to before they put concrete down? Yes. It was different than we've seen there in the last 20 years. Prior to the concrete, they used to diamond the corners kind of like they did Saturday night. It was great racing. Read More »