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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: California Snoozin’ While Johnson’s Cruisin’

Mirror Driving: California Snoozin’ While Johnson’s Cruisin’

*Once again, Auto Club Speedway produced a less-than-stellar race for the sparsely-attended Pepsi 500. What makes the track race so different than it’s multi-groove twin, Michigan International Speedway and was this week’s race simply the product of the CoT and one team stinking up the proverbial show?* Vito : Well, it's a stones throw from the largest metropolitan area in North America, and still nobody shows up. Kurt : I don't actually think it was a bad race. I like when one guy dominates. Jimmie darn near threw a shutout last night. Vito : 70,000 people. That's it. More people go to Wrestlemania. Kurt : But I was noticing that it was difficult to pass again, which I think is going to be a problem with this car forever. Vito : MIS is in Detroit's backyard so there is interest, (albeit tepid) from fans and the auto industry alike. And it's difficult to pass in Fontana because of a stupid car with tires that are not designed with said stupid car in mind. Amy: Michigan races better, though. There are more passes. Kurt : I can't understand how Fontana got a Chase date. That is beyond my comprehension. That would be like giving Mexico City the second to last race of the season. Read More »

Mirror Driving : Bristol Bust? Are Owners Impatient? And Was Patience Needed For Logano?

Mirror Driving : Bristol Bust? Are Owners Impatient? And Was Patience Needed For Logano?

*The Sharpie 500 featured by far the fewest number of leaders (three) since the introduction of the CoT. Passing for the lead can be difficult with the new car on bigger tracks, but was that the case at Bristol… or was it just that uncompetitive at the front?* Amy: I think... it was just that uncompetitive. It was good at the back... but at the front, it was the worst Bristol race I've ever seen. Tony: Busch had them pretty much covered up front, coupled with the fact that it seemed like the top was the better groove -- making it harder to pass. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Gibbs’ Cheating, Busch Takes A Beating, And Dyno Tweaking

*The empty seats at Michigan were the latest in a trend that has seen attendance declining at many tracks on the Cup circuit. With the 2009 schedule coming out this week, would it be in NASCAR's — and the tracks’ — best interest to hold one race at some of these venues with hopes of a sellout, allowing the series to travel to tracks like Kentucky and Nashville for one-race shows -- or are stands that are a quarter or more empty still worth the trouble?* Amy: I almost think so. Yes, you sell more tickets with two dates even at 3/4 full, but operating costs, like electric and water, are astronomical times two with two races. Matt T.: I'd love to see a few tracks lose one date for variety's sake and to cater to more people. Read More »

Mirror Driving : Road Ringers Lose, Mears On The Move, And Young Guns Get The Boot

Mirror Driving : Road Ringers Lose, Mears On The Move, And Young Guns Get The Boot

*The Watkins Glen race had several road course ringers in the field but, as usual, a Sprint Cup regular won the race. Is there really any advantage for replacing a team’s full-time driver with a road course specialist?* Matt T.: Ask the Wood Brothers. Kurt: Of course there is; there's money involved. Racing is expensive. Plus, there is the matter of getting the car in the Top 35 in owner points, and a good finish will do that. Bryan: The No. 01 team would agree with you, Kurt. Read More »

Mirror Driving : No More Green-White-Yellow?, Truex’s Face Turns Green, And Red Flagging NASCAR Scoring

Mirror Driving : No More Green-White-Yellow?, Truex’s Face Turns Green, And Red Flagging NASCAR Scoring

*Did NASCAR make the right call by throwing the yellow flag and stopping the race with Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch running side-by-side on the last lap?* Kurt: No, no, no. In fact, the caution should have flown when Jeff Gordon spun. Any dangerous situation on the track should merit a caution flag. No exceptions. Bryan: Kurt, I couldn’t disagree more. Jeff was so far removed from the action that there was no reason for a yellow. If the drivers are OK with changing this rule, I say yes. Read More »

Mirror Driving : Martin’s Big Move, Harvick’s Big Mistake, And NASCAR’s Big Attendance Problem

Mirror Driving : Martin’s Big Move, Harvick’s Big Mistake, And NASCAR’s Big Attendance Problem

*Kevin Harvick's bonzai move at the end of the race at Infineon could be the difference between both he and Tony Stewart making the Chase three months from now. Was that move over the line, and does it paint the No. 29 team in the most trouble of all 17 Chase contenders?* Amy: I don't think Harvick was over the line, per se — it was an accident, not intentional — but it was a stupid move. And I blame him for having to watch that insufferable little puke taking a bow on the Start / Finish line. Tony: I don't think he was planning a bonzai move when he started. Harvick just got in over his head, which is a little surprising given his experience. Tommy: Harvick made a mistake — a bad one. Clearly, he was driving hard to clear Gilliland and just didn't get it slowed down in time. Not too late to recover, though. Read More »

Mirror Driving : Junior’s Pace Car Problem, Kyle Busch’s Solution, And NASCAR’s Tight-Lipped Meeting

Mirror Driving : Junior’s Pace Car Problem, Kyle Busch’s Solution, And NASCAR’s Tight-Lipped Meeting

*Dale Earnhardt, Jr. snapped a 76-race losing streak at Michigan on Sunday with a fuel mileage win; but should NASCAR have allowed Junior, who passed the pace car on more than one occasion in an effort to conserve fuel, to retain the top spot?* Kurt: Aye, this is a tough one. Whatever the penalty is for passing the pace car should have been applied. Tony: I don't think so, but I’m with Kurt -- I have yet to hear what the penalty _should’ve_ been. Amy: Yes and no. I agree with letting the win stand — sort of — but in that case, NASCAR needs to rewrite the rule. To your question Tony, 10-4-D is the exact violation from the NASCAR Rule Book: “Cars may not pass the caution vehicle unless directed to do so by a NASCAR official. Any cars illegally passing the caution vehicle or race leader will be black-flagged or repositioned at the discretion of NASCAR officials.” So, according to that, he should have been black-flagged. Read More »

Mirror Driving : Can Humpy Be Replaced? Gordon, Johnson Off The Pace? And How Will Logano Race?

*The Coca-Cola 600 produced long green flag runs, tire and fuel strategy, and seventeen on-track green flag passes for the lead. Why was it so much better then the rest of the races on the cookie cutter tracks this year?* Vito: Because four of those passes were for tires blowing out on the leader. I didn't find it all that compelling... although 600 miles is more of an endurance contest than a normal race. Tom: I definitely felt that -- although we all complained the whole time -- the extra test at the beginning of May finally made a difference for the 600. We may have had to suffer through a horrible All-Star Race, but it seems teams might finally be making a little progress on the new car. Read More »

Mirror Driving : Judging The Lady In Black, Throwing Your Crew Under The Bus, And Yaw. Yes, Yaw

Mirror Driving : Judging The Lady In Black, Throwing Your Crew Under The Bus, And Yaw. Yes, Yaw

*Darlington's new paving job produced speeds never touched before at the track, and tires held up longer than ever. Darlington stripes came back into fashion, too. Was this the best race at the track held in years, and what does it mean for the future of NASCAR's original superspeedway?* Vito: Not the best race ever... but acceptable. I think the new car is almost too resilient. You can bounce it off the wall all night and still win. Mike: I don't think it was the best it’s been in years. Passing was rather difficult. At least the durability of the tire added a little pit strategy. But give it two more years on the track for this pavement to settle, and the racing will be awesome. Read More »

Mirror Driving : Did Busch Pass Below The Line? Will Tony Stewart Leave? And Will Lepage Ever Regain Respect?

Mirror Driving : Did Busch Pass Below The Line? Will Tony Stewart Leave? And Will Lepage Ever Regain Respect?

*Some drivers complained on Sunday that they did not get enough drafting help from their teammates at key points during the race. Should teammates be expected to help out until the closing laps, or is "every man for himself" the way to go all race long?* Mike: Teammates should help out when they can, but in the end, all that help goes out the window. Sunday wasn't the first time Junior has hung his teammate out during a plate race … and it won’t be the last. Amy: Junior has never been much of a help to anyone in a plate race, either; at least since Mikey won Daytona. Kurt: What about Stewart? Amy: He's out for himself - which is fine. Just don't complain when you get hung by him down the road. Read More »