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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: 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 »

Mirror Driving: Ford’s Future, Keeping Momentum, And Truckin’ To Darlington

*NASCAR's ratings are up in double-digit percentages over the first three races a year ago. What is the reason for the renewed interest; and more importantly, can it last?* Mike N.: I'm sure it is all because of the simple point system. No wait, it is because drivers can only run for one title... hang on, it is because of the wildcards for the Chase. That must be it. Phil: Not having a pothole derail the Daytona 500 helps. Does it have staying power? I hope so. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Time To Kill The Repave, And Can Millions Make A Difference

*Phoenix was the second race with the new points system, and it began and ended with several drivers having to climb out of a points hole. Considering the number of early cautions at Phoenix, is the new points system going to make the racing better or is it already making drivers too aggressive early on?* Beth: Too aggressive? Really? Summer: Yeah... Seriously. Mike N.: I think the opposite is going to be true. I think they're going to be more conservative because a bad day is so much worse now than with the old system. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Tire Talk, Daytona’s Feel-Good Stories And Nati-sui-cide

*Trevor Bayne got his season off to the right start, winning the Daytona 500 in just his second Cup race. What does it mean for the 20-year-old, and where should he go from here?* Tom: It means ... a lot. Honestly, we may look back at the second-to-last restart, where David Ragan jumped it and gave Bayne the lead it became the defining moment in both their careers. Phil: Well, from here, he'll be on Cloud 9 for awhile. Summer: He should milk it for all it's worth. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Hendrick Horsepower, Kill The Duels, And Hard Cards Run Amok?

*The Budweiser Shootout was the first race at Daytona since the repave job. How did it rate, what does it tell us about the Daytona 500, and was the rules change to limit cooling airflow to stop these two-car breakaways necessary?* Phil:: The changes were probably necessary if only because the blowover risk was very high. With the speeds being reached Saturday night, if someone spun in the right way, the car pushing from behind could just lift the first car up and over. Amy:: I thought it was a great race - probably the best plate race since the current car. As for the 500, it will either be a great race or a total cluster. Depends on how smart they drive. Read More »

Mirror Driving: On DWIs, Changing Times And Shootout Silliness

*Criteria for entering the Budweiser Shootout have changed (again) in 2011. Current rules allow the twelve Chasers from 2010, former Cup champions (must have competed during the last two seasons in the series to be eligible), past Shootout winners, past winners of any points race at Daytona, and Rookie of the Year drivers from the last ten years. Given this expanded format, are there too many now eligible for what was meant to be a race for the sport's elite?* 
Phil: Yeah, I think so. We're over 30 now. Cope just declared his participation on Monday. 
Amy: I've said for a while they need to revamp it and run it like a short track. Allow everyone to enter, run heats, a B Main and an A Main for the real money. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Shortened Races, Puzzling Points, And The Real NASCAR Rookie Race

Mirror Driving: Shortened Races, Puzzling Points, And The Real NASCAR Rookie Race

*Brian France appears set to announce a major points change on Wednesday, some variation of a 43-to-1 back-to-basics system that makes it simpler for fans to understand. But will it make them more likely to tune into the sport, and should this adjustment be what they're focusing on in the face of larger problems?* 
Phil: No, I don't think it’s going to help anything. Jeff: They need to focus on larger problems. 
Amy: NASCAR is overlooking the bigger issue in all of this - the Chase. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Turning The Page Towards Testing And 2011

Mirror Driving: Turning The Page Towards Testing And 2011

*Taking a final look back at the 2010 season, what was the biggest story of the year, and why?* 
Amy: I have to go with Jimmie Johnson's fifth in a row. The odds against that have to be astronomical.
 Mike N.: I agree with Johnson. It is an unprecedented feat that we may never see again… at least until he wins number six this year. Jeff: Obviously not unprecedented with this system. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Earnhardt Extension, Delaying Drama, And A TV-Less Banquet?

Mirror Driving: Earnhardt Extension, Delaying Drama, And A TV-Less Banquet?

*The banquet has gotten a lot of flak in recent years for being, well, too boring; even a recent switch to Las Vegas hasn't helped. But should the banquet even be a made-for-television event in the first place?* Amy: If you hate this question, blame Bowles the editor... he made me replace a good one about Scott Speed with it. Phil: It should be televised to a certain extent, but it doesn't need to be a sideshow. 
Kyle: Well, 1) it's not made for television. 2) it needs to be tweaked if it's going to be on TV.
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