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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: Keselowski’s Sprint Cup Future, Yanking The Yellow-Line Rule, And Super Bowl-Sized Issues For Daytona

Mirror Driving: Keselowski’s Sprint Cup Future, Yanking The Yellow-Line Rule, And Super Bowl-Sized Issues For Daytona

*Brad Keselowski won in just his fifth career Sprint Cup start at Talladega this past weekend. With Mark Martin now contemplating staying in the No. 5 — a ride many expect Keselowski to inherit — in 2010 and possibly beyond, what does Keselowski's Cup Series future hold?* Bryan: It’s very bright, for one thing. And if Martin does come back, I don't think there'd be much trouble getting him a ride in a third Stewart-Haas Racing car. Amy: I agree, he has a very bright future. I think HMS needs to give Mark Martin a gentle shove to get him in the seat at least part-time next year. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Coming Clean At Roush Fenway, Cleaning Up NASCAR’s Ratings Decline, And More

*Continuing a recent trend, the race at Phoenix saw an 18% drop in ratings from over a year ago despite a popular Mark Martin victory. Why are ratings continuing to plummet, and is there any way to stop the trend?* Vito: People can't pay their cable bill. Seriously, Phoenix is typically an uncompetitive and boring race. The racing this year has been endured, not enjoyed. Kurt: Reason No. 1: Junior is running very mediocre-like. Reason No. 2: People don't like this car and the way it drives. Reason No. 3: It takes seven months just to get to the playoffs, which diminishes the value of individual races. Read More »

Mirror Driving: NASCAR Safety Gone Overboard, Catching Hendrick, And Steve Wallace … Cup Driver?

*Saturday's Nationwide Series race saw Joey Logano grab just his second career victory in the series. Is this the confidence builder he needs to get his Cup career on track, or was it simply further proof this series is where he should have been all along?* Amy: He should be in the Nationwide Series. NASCAR needs to require a full year of Nationwide experience before even considering a Cup license. Kurt: No and yes. Let's start with his having probably the best car on the track in the Nationwide Series... Driving the Cup car is a totally different animal. Read More »

Mirror Driving: How The Cookie Cutter Crumbles, Jeff Gordon’s Place In History, And Big Apple Blues

*Jeff Gordon notched his 82nd career victory in the Samsung 500 last weekend. Where will he end up on the all-time wins list, and what will Gordon be remembered for years down the line?* Jeff: Well gee, let me look in my crystal ball! While you wait, here are the next lotto numbers … Bryan: Depends on how long he chooses to stay behind the wheel. If he stays another five years, I could see him getting to No. 2 on the wins list without a problem. He'll definitely be remembered among the all-time greats -- no questions asked. Read More »

Mirror Driving : Killing The Competition Caution?, Brainstorming New Sponsors, And Jimmie Johnson vs Denny Hamlin … NOT!

Mirror Driving : Killing The Competition Caution?, Brainstorming New Sponsors, And Jimmie Johnson vs Denny Hamlin … NOT!

*After Sunday's race, many people were looking for rivalry or animosity between Denny Hamlin and Jimmie Johnson -- but didn't get any. Are people making something out of nothing, or should there have been more emotion out of the drivers?* Bryan: It would have been nice to see some kind of excitement from the drivers after that great of a race. Beth: I disagree. It was Martinsville, and both drivers were beating and banging. I don't really see where there should be a rivalry. Jeff: The emotion was fine. If Denny could have got back to him, though, you would have seen him move Jimmie for sure. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Final Thoughts On The New Bristol And Digesting The New Top 35

*It's clear that 18 months after repaving, this isn't the same old Bristol. That's led to some mixed reviews from fans -- but is the new Bristol a classic or a total flop?* Amy: Personally, I like it. Fewer wrecks… but still some good passing. Mike N.: Most of the fans I have talked to are not liking it at all … but I personally like the new Bristol. I find it to be better racing with actual passing instead of bumping people out of the way. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Grading NASCAR In 2009, Why Kvapil’s Cryin’, And Pushing For A Pension Fund

Mirror Driving: Grading NASCAR In 2009, Why Kvapil’s Cryin’, And Pushing For A Pension Fund

*Four races in, how would you grade the 2009 Cup season to date? And what, if anything, can be done to make things better?* Kurt: Hmmm. Well, we didn't have much of a Daytona 500, and Atlanta wasn't a bad one. But the rest of the season has been average -- with sprinkles of good racing thrown in. Beth: Overall, the racing seems slightly better than last season, but that's about it. Don't get me wrong, there's definitely more passing in the pack; but once the leader gets out front, he tends to drive away from the rest of the field. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Substitute Drivers, Runaway Tires, And Are The Buschs The Best Siblings Ever?

*Both NASCAR and a crewman from the No. 47 team, Jimmy Watts, took a lot of flack for the yellow flag that flew in the midst of a pit cycle as a result of the crewman chasing a tire, causing several good cars to be trapped a lap or more down. But was either one really wrong in their decision?* Vito: I think his cousin is that guy who ran up to Kenseth's car at Watkins Glen under a red flag and asked for an autograph. At least he had that BMX helmet on. Beth: It was just plain dangerous, and Watts didn't think. All he saw was a tire rolling out of control. NASCAR had no choice but to throw that caution. Read More »

Mirror Driving: NASCAR’s Red Flag Fiasco, Gordon’s Great Start, And Which Small Teams Can Survive?

*NASCAR had an up and down weekend in Las Vegas. There were three red flags during the Nationwide race, but none in the Sprint Cup Series event the following day despite several late crashes. Should NASCAR have thrown the red when Paul Menard pounded the wall with 17 laps to go, or was keeping the cars under caution the right thing to do?* Kurt: It didn't make too much difference. I believe Kyle was ahead for good then, wasn't he? Although I think they may have underestimated how long it would take to clean up that wreck. Beth: NASCAR made the right call, but it was frustrating just waiting for them to clean up what should have been a small mess. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Discussing Michael Waltrip’s Surprise, Kyle Busch’s “Historical” Moment, And Driver Responsibility

Mirror Driving: Discussing Michael Waltrip’s Surprise, Kyle Busch’s “Historical” Moment, And Driver Responsibility

*NASCAR has kept two races on the schedule at Auto Club Speedway despite faltering attendance and fan complaints about the quality of racing, claiming that it needs to have these dates in the California market. But is it _really_ better for the sport to have a presence in certain cities than it is to provide a better product to the larger number of fans who tune in on television each week?* Amy: Apparently, it must… but I wasn't a marketing major, so I don't see how. I would think that in the long run, you’d get more revenue from TV ratings instead. Bryan: Presence in a market is important -- but not enough to harm your base. Fontana is a big market, but subjecting the majority of the fan base to an extremely late start time for a terrible race is just not worth it. Read More »