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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.
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 »

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 »