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Mirror Driving: Tire Rubber Slicks, Empty Seats and Picking on Probationers

Mirror Driving: Tire Rubber Slicks, Empty Seats and Picking on Probationers

*The second half of the Dover event was peppered with driver complaints about excessive rubber buildup on the track, caused from the tires making the racing surface too slippery. Is this something NASCAR and Goodyear need to address... or a case where the drivers need to deal with it?* Summer: Drivers will complain about anything that makes the racing difficult. Amy: In the case of Dover, definitely a "shut up and drive" situation. In the case of Bristol, there were safety issues, and in that case, obviously something needs to be done. Safety issues, like tires cording in a handful of laps, need addressing. Phil: They had the exact same issues last Fall. It did negatively affect the action since drivers had serious troubles passing people, and the COT probably didn't help things much. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Regan’s Win, Kevin vs. Kyle and Fuel Injection

*Regan Smith got his first career win on Saturday night. Could this victory be the springboard towards a ride with a team that has better resources, or is Smith better served by staying at Furniture Row, trying to develop that program into a yearly Chase contender?* Summer: I don't really see that team turning into a yearly Chase contender anytime soon. Let's remember, that win wasn't because they necessarily had a good car. It was the strategy that won them the race. Mike: Furniture Row has the resources. They can get whatever they want because their owner wants to win. He can succeed with them it would just help if they got another car. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Carl’s Contract, All-Star Racers And A Solution to Nationwide Interlopers?

Mirror Driving: Carl’s Contract, All-Star Racers And A Solution to Nationwide Interlopers?

*With Greg Biffle signed to a contract extension, the biggest free agent question mark is Carl Edwards. Is Edwards better off re-signing with Roush-Fenway or shopping his wares elsewhere; and if so, where?* Phil: I'd say he should stay in the No. 99. He'd only hurt himself by leaving. Plus, it's not like he's struggling right now. Amy: I think RFR is probably the best fit for Edwards in terms of both equipment and personality. I don't see Edwards fitting the Hendrick mold, but they don't have an open seat anyway. Gibbs could be a player, but I'm not sure how the chemistry would be. Ditto Stewart-Haas. Mike N.: Carl's not going anywhere but, if he wants to get a couple more bucks out of Jack Roush and John Henry he should shop his talents, or maybe take them to South Beach. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Playing By The Rules, Speed Dating, And Silliness

*While the finish at Talladega was one of the closest in NASCAR history, it was not without controversy; race winner Jimmie Johnson appeared to touch the yellow line as he gained position on Mark Martin on the final lap. NASCAR didn't penalize Johnson, and the rule appears in question as it's not formally published anywhere. Should NASCAR make its rules transparent for fans and competitors alike, or would that create more problems than it could hope to solve?* Amy: Absolutely, the rule should be published for all to see. Why the secrecy, if they plan on enforcing it fairly? Mike N.: The rule, as I understand it, says you cannot go below the yellow line. He was not below the line. Jeff: I was not aware there was controversy. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Ford’s Fight, Two-Car ‘Dega Drafts And Dale Jr. To Victory Lane?

Mirror Driving: Ford’s Fight, Two-Car ‘Dega Drafts And Dale Jr. To Victory Lane?

*Ford grabbed its third win with its third different driver in seven races at Texas, all on tracks of 1.5 miles or longer. Chevrolet has two different winners in 2011; Toyota one. Does this make a Ford - any Ford the odds on favorite for this year's title given the number of intermediate tracks on the schedule?* Phil: Not necessarily, but it's not going to hurt them at all. It could be arguable that this resurgence is a return to form. Remember when the intermediates were Ford's forte a couple of years ago before their simulations screwed them up? Amy: Unless the Chevy or Toyota camps can come up with something the Fords haven't hit on, I think it does make one of them a favorite. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Martinsville Excitement, Tire Troubles and Fueling Speeds

*Martinsville gave fans plenty of excitement: a thrilling finish, the Most Popular Driver returning to form, and a record number of lead changes. Was Sunday the best competition we've seen this season? And if so... what was the most important thing to take from the race, something the sport should hope happens elsewhere?* Phil: It was pretty dang sweet, I'll tell you what. I definitely want that action in other races as well. We will get that... just don't know where. Amy: It was a great race all day long. What NASCAR needs is more short tracks on the schedule. Phil: They'll have to lower sanctioning fees for that to happen. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Hidden Gems, Hiding Rookies, And Horrid Luck For Gibbs

Mirror Driving: Hidden Gems, Hiding Rookies, And Horrid Luck For Gibbs

*Auto Club Speedway has the reputation of hosting boring races, but after two great finishes this weekend, is that changing as the track ages?* Jeff: NO! Beth: Not at all. We got a few minutes of great racing, and the rest was just a bunch of follow the leader. Amy: Let's not get carried away. Sunday's race had about five good laps following 195 of crap. And it wouldn't even have been close without Bobby Labonte's blown tire. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Troubling Trends, The Best Driver Intro, And Career Suicide?

Mirror Driving: Troubling Trends, The Best Driver Intro, And Career Suicide?

*Bristol Motor Speedway, a track that once had a waiting list years long for tickets, had a lot of empty seats on Sunday. Has the racing really changed that much since the resurfacing, or is the real problem something else?* Phil: Well, racing might play a small role. Really, everything else is playing a bigger one. Amy: A huge part of the problem is the price gouging going on at the hotels. People had to stay in Asheville, North Carolina, an hour and a half away to get a normal room rate. Jeff: The Spring race was never hard to get tickets to. It was the night race in August that had years of waiting. Beth: I don't think the real problem can be nailed down to just one thing. Sure, price gouging plays a role, but that happens around most tracks. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Can Early Surprises Stick, And A Women Only NASCAR Series?

*Kasey Kahne won the CWTS race at Darlington in convincing fashion - but can Kahne parley his winning ways into the Cup Series this season?* Jeff: Magic 8 ball answer... could be. Phil: Kahne was a toughy all night Saturday, and winning definitely gave him some confidence. However, it's the Truck Series. Only so much can translate to Sprint Cup. Amy: I could see him winning one. I don't think it will be consistently, though; he's Red Bull's number 2 guy AND a lame duck. Read More »