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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: Rating The Champions, Keeping The King’s Legacy Intact,More

*There was a lot of hype leading into Sunday's Ford 400, with the closest Chase in history. The Chase aside, did the race live up to expectations, or was the bar set too high to ever realistically be cleared?* Jeff: The race was fine. Phil: No, it didn't live up to the hype. There was way too much to begin with. Amy: I alternated between thinking that stupid points ticker was really cool and wanting to shoot my TV. Read More »

Mirror Driving: An End For Earnhardt, Celebration Station And Fuel Mileage Follies

Mirror Driving: An End For Earnhardt, Celebration Station And Fuel Mileage Follies

*When Phoenix became a fuel mileage gamble, Denny Hamlin came up the loser, and his 12th-place finish cut Hamlin's points lead in half. Which driver — Jimmie Johnson or Kevin Harvick — has the best chance of knocking Hamlin off the top spot at Homestead?* Summer: You can't bet against a four-time champion. Amy: Anywhere else it would be Jimmie Johnson, but I'm going with Harvick for two reasons. 1) He's the best of the three historically at Homestead and 2) He has absolutely nothing to lose. Mike N.: The obvious answer is Johnson because he can actually do it without any help from Hamlin. Harvick, even if he wins the race, still needs a bunch of help from the other two guys. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Who’s Your Chase Favorite? And Changing The Points… For Nationwide

Mirror Driving: Who’s Your Chase Favorite? And Changing The Points… For Nationwide

*The race at Texas featured a swap of the point lead, with Denny Hamlin taking the top spot by a margin of 33 markers over Jimmie Johnson. Is it safe to say he's got this one in the bag, or can J.J. or Kevin Harvick make a comeback?* Amy: Hamlin’s had it in the bag since Loudon - just didn't tip his hand. If you look at his late Chase stats last year, you knew he was going to be a contender. Phil: But Johnson or Harvick could make a comeback; any of the three could easily walk out of Phoenix with the lead. Plus Johnson is very, very strong in Phoenix. Garrett: I think Hamlin has it in the bag, because if he finishes 15th… of course it’s not in the bag! Read More »

Mirror Driving: Shortened Fields, New Car Blues, And Crying Over Kyle?

*Sunday's race at Talladega was kind to the top three Chase contenders, with all three finishing in the top 10. Both Denny Hamlin and Jimmie Johnson achieved their finishes in part by running at the back of the field for much of the day, with Johnson "turning it on" and jumping from 23rd to second in eight laps. Can NASCAR encourage drivers to race all day at Daytona and Talladega, or is it a lost cause? And does 87 lead changes still make for a good race with the real contenders in the back, just biding their time?* Phil: Well, NASCAR can't force the drivers to race the way they want them to. Jeff: People have been “riding it out” at plate tracks forever. Dale Jarrett was famous for it. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Who’s Got The Chase Edge? Is Hornaday A Hall of Famer? And R-P-M

Mirror Driving: Who’s Got The Chase Edge? Is Hornaday A Hall of Famer? And R-P-M

*As usual, Martinsville didn't disappoint, with plenty of frayed tempers and surprise finishers throughout the top 20. Who has the most reason to be upset at whom, and what name near the top of the finishing order surprised you the most?* Jeff: Dale Jr. surprised me. Jeff Gordon has the biggest reason to be upset. Amy: Regan Smith should be the most upset. Speed and Hornish's little pissing match ended up with him in the wall. Beth: I agree with Amy here: Regan Smith got screwed. Phil: Yep, Regan was running decent and not doing anything wrong. He just happened to be in the wrong place when Speed and Hornish got wrecked. Regan seems to be a nice guy, based on the three minutes I got with him in Watkins Glen. I guess they really do finish last. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Final Grades On The Nationwide CoT, Chase Surprises, And “Favorites”

Mirror Driving: Final Grades On The Nationwide CoT, Chase Surprises, And “Favorites”

*The Chase field was set at Richmond. Looking back to the beginning of the year, are there any surprises?* Summer: I think people were surprised at how well and how quickly RCR rebounded. Mark Martin is another one. After his season last year, 2010 has been basically catastrophic.
 Garrett: Yeah, Mark Martin not making it is a big surprise. Phil: I'm not surprised at anyone in this group. They've all been there before. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Tony The Tiger, The Quiet Fight (Kahne-Newman), And Dirty Deeds

Mirror Driving: Tony The Tiger, The Quiet Fight (Kahne-Newman), And Dirty Deeds

*Tony Stewart took home his first win of 2010 with just one race to go before points reset for the Chase. Does that give Stewart an advantage, with momentum on his side at Richmond and beyond... or would you rather be in someone like Kevin Harvick's shoes, where Stewart was one year ago?* Amy: I'd rather be Jimmie Johnson. But if Stewart still has the momentum after Richmond, he's in a great spot as he's a very streaky driver. Phil: Well, I think I'd rather be Harvick as compared to Stewart, since he'll have more bonus points at the start of the Chase. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Funding Gordon, Driver Vs. Team, And Park, Please Come Back!

currently without a full-time sponsor for 2011. Just how troubling is that in the context of the sport as a whole? And who will end up on the side of his car next year?* Phil: Very troubling. Gordon's a marketable person. He should be able to get something. Summer: Well it sounds like Wal-Mart won't be. I don't know, though, and I find that kind of scary. You hear people calling Gordon and Jimmie Johnson “corporate robots” all the time. You'd think someone would want him! Read More »

Mirror Driving: Setting the Chase, Kyle Busch’s Trifecta, and Cutting Nationwide Purses

Mirror Driving: Setting the Chase, Kyle Busch’s Trifecta, and Cutting Nationwide Purses

*Just two races remain on the schedule before the start of the Chase. Is the field set, or can someone else still squeeze in?* Mike: It is all but set. It would take a pretty major malfunction by one of the 12 who are in to have them drop out since there is such a gap between 12th and 13th. Amy: I think it's set, but Jamie Mac could still be a surprise contestant if he can win at Atlanta or Richmond and run top 5 at the other. 100 points is a lot for two races, but it's been a weird year and anything is possible. Summer: It's set. I thought it was set a couple of weeks ago. Kyle: The Chase field is set for this year. Jamie McMurray can't provide the performance needed to make up 100 points. Neither can Mark Martin or the other guys still mathematically eligible. Phil: The top 11 guys are in. McMurray could boot Bowyer, but he needs to run well and get some help. That goes for Martin as well, since he's only one point behind McMurray. However, Martin just hasn't shown much lately. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Bad Boys In Bristol, NASCAR In Canada, And A Lady’s Future

Mirror Driving: Bad Boys In Bristol, NASCAR In Canada, And A Lady’s Future

*Kevin Harvick has led the point standings for much of the season, but he’s been overlooked by many fans and media as a true title favorite. Did his victory at Michigan elevate Harvick to the role of a championship threat in a year when no team has been able to find much consistency?* Mike N.: Well, Johnson is still the favorite until someone beats him, but Harvick has been certainly driving like a championship threat as of late. Not only does he have some wins, but he's been finishing up front when he doesn't win. Kyle: I considered him as a true title favorite before the Michigan victory. Beth: He’d be the favorite if they weren't resetting the points in a few races. Read More »