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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: Livening Up A Lost Cause And Defining The Chase Going Forward

Mirror Driving: Livening Up A Lost Cause And Defining The Chase Going Forward

*In the past four years, since the tire debacle of 2008 NASCAR attendance at Indianapolis Motor Speedway has dropped by almost 50 percent. What does the sport, or the track need to do in order to bring back prestige and popularity to what was the second-biggest race?* Phil: I think that godawfulness from 2008 is still playing a role, along with a bunch of other factors. Indianapolis is also the toughest track to pass at in NASCAR. Tom: I think the biggest problem has been the changeover to the Car of Tomorrow. This particular chassis just has never adapted to Indy; I mean, passing is almost impossible. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Head Wrench Head Scratchers, Missing IRP And Buescher’s Title Push

Mirror Driving: Head Wrench Head Scratchers, Missing IRP And Buescher’s Title Push

Beth: I wouldn't mind having that hype, Mike. At least there'd be some excitement for the ten race playoff that (with the exception of last year) hasn't been all that exciting. Phil: This isn't even the longest consecutive race stretch ever. I seem to recall a nasty 20 race stretch at one point. Amy: Honestly, I think the best plan would be to have one now AND one in September. Mike N.: Assuming they want to have two breaks, I'd rather see them do one after 13 weeks and another before the Chase. Amy: I like that idea, Mike. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Kyle’s Recovery Prospects, Amber In The Way And Drug Bans

Mirror Driving: Kyle’s Recovery Prospects, Amber In The Way And Drug Bans

*What looked like a dominant day for Kyle Busch early went away after a speeding penalty and an untimely caution. Can Busch recover to win a championship, or is even his Chase berth in danger?* Amy: Here's the thing with Busch this year. He's had some bad luck lately but is fast enough to win, and another victory would solidify the “wild card” for him. The thing I still see with Busch is that sometimes you have to back off a notch and be patient to be fast at the end, and I don't know that he can do that for 10 races. The Chase is just not suited to his style. Read More »

Mirror Driving: NASCAR’s Scarlet Letter, Qualifying Questions And Title Talk

Mirror Driving: NASCAR’s Scarlet Letter, Qualifying Questions And Title Talk

*Speculation still swirls around AJ Allmendinger's suspension for a positive drug test. Can a driver make a successful comeback from a positive test, or is his career forever tainted?* Mike N.: His career is forever tainted, there is no question about that. But that doesn't mean he can't make a successful comeback. Kevin: It all depends on what ended up triggering the positive test. If it was some sort of recreational drug, then yeah, for sure. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Chasing Brad, Silly Season Rumors And A Toast To NASCAR’s King

Mirror Driving: Chasing Brad, Silly Season Rumors And A Toast To NASCAR’s King

*Brad Keselowski had a dominating win at Kentucky on Saturday night and leads all Cup drivers with 3 wins this season. But is the No. 2 team a championship contender?* Rick: I'd say yes. Brad does have a tendency to run well, and rarely has equipment issues. Beth: Not quite. Keselowski may have three victories, but he still sits tenth in points, meaning there hasn't been a ton of consistency on the No. 2 team's part. However, what they did this weekend was nothing short of impressive. To lose their primary car within the first lap of practice and be forced to pull out the backup, then pull off that win… that was nice. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Maneuvering Through Kentucky Traffic, Roadkill & Silly Season

Mirror Driving: Maneuvering Through Kentucky Traffic, Roadkill & Silly Season

*Sonoma had a bit of a surprise ending, with Kurt Busch and Tony Stewart left to settle second place behind a dominant Clint Bowyer. Does Busch's rousing run mean that Phoenix Racing can contend for wins on a regular basis -- and did Sonoma change the Chase picture at all?* Phil: Well, Kurt Busch finally had a weekend where nothing stupid happened. Also, Sonoma is the kind of place where you can overcome a dodgy car and really show off your personal skills. This is just one more display of just how good Kurt Busch can be. Amy: I don't think Phoenix is a contender on the intermediate ovals yet. Watkins Glen or a plate track, though, yes, they could certainly be in it. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Maintaining Earnhardt Momentum, Fans’ Fear Of FOX And A Rookie Champ?

*Dale Earnhardt, Jr. won for the first time in four years on Sunday. The last time he did so, in 2008 he was also in the top 5 in the points standings... only to tank and finish dead last in this season's Chase. What does Earnhardt and team have to do differently this time around in order not to repeat the same mistakes?* Mike N.: Finish better. Kevin: Keep the consistency they've had this year and win some more races, for sure. Amy: I think it's what they _are_ doing that's different. They're communicating. Instead of shutting down when the car isn't right, they're working through it. Read More »

Mirror Driving: A Winless Champion?, Finch’s Decision, And Your Next First-Time Winner

*The big story for many teams at Pocono was the record 22 pit road speeding penalties handed out. Was it a case of that many drivers being impatient -- or does NASCAR need to look deeper at the issue before they return in August?* Mike N.: I'm sure there was some kind of issue with the spacing of the lines in the last segment. That said, the teams are given a five mph cushion. They should be able to make that work. Phil: I don't know, Mike. So many of the penalties were right at the end of pit road, even after strategy changes were made. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Lesson Learned?, NASCAR Survivor, And “Testing” The Waters

Mirror Driving: Lesson Learned?, NASCAR Survivor, And “Testing” The Waters

*NASCAR handed down a 10-day suspension to driver Kurt Busch on Monday, after Busch violated a section of the NASCAR rulebook while on probation for an incident at Darlington. Was NASCAR's decision the right one, and will this punishment ultimately bring about a change to Busch's behavior?* Phil: Well, I suppose we now know that probation isn't useless. In the past, it was always regarded as "toothless," a slap on the wrist. Kevin: Yes, definitely the right decision. In fact, I kind of see it as a “last straw” type of move. They've tried probation, and it didn't work. Now, it's a suspension. If this punishment doesn't work either, there could be some really serious consequences. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Schedule Slash, Middle Class Mediocrity And A Cautionary Tale

Mirror Driving: Schedule Slash, Middle Class Mediocrity And A Cautionary Tale

*After the fastest Coca-Cola 600 on record, runner-up Denny Hamlin and third-place finisher Kyle Busch said that they believed the lack of cautions is due mainly to drivers having learned the limits of the new cars, along with their fellow drivers competing within those limits. Is this assessment a fair one?* Phil: Sure, it's fair. I believe Ryan Newman said something very similar on Thursday. Honestly, that's not exactly a bad thing. Kevin: That's probably a good part of it. Certainly makes some sense. Read More »