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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: 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 »

Mirror Driving: Multi-Car=Bad?, Do Fans Care About Kahne?, And RCR A.D.

Mirror Driving: Multi-Car=Bad?, Do Fans Care About Kahne?, And RCR A.D.

*Watkins Glen made a number of safety changes that sharply reduced the number of accidents on the Cup side, as well as the number of cautions. That resulted in what several drivers called a "tamer than normal" Glen race on Sunday, behind the Ambrose-Montoya battle up front. Do you agree? Or was this just an aberration on a day where the Nos. 47 and 42 cars had everyone covered?* Phil: Generally, yes I do. That was the talk all weekend at the track. There weren't even that many spins in the race, either. Even the Nationwide race was fairly clean (outside of that big one). Mike N.: Actually, I thought the racing in the pack was a little more aggressive because the danger of getting stuck in the gravel was no longer a problem. Several drivers made the comment that people were willing to take bigger chances and run harder because there was far less risk. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Elliott Sadler Survived … But Can Richard Petty Motorsports?

Mirror Driving: Elliott Sadler Survived … But Can Richard Petty Motorsports?

*Following a nasty wreck for Elliott Sadler at Pocono, there was an outcry about the lack of a SAFER barrier at the point where Sadler hit. Is it time for NASCAR to mandate set safety standards for all its tracks, or should the tracks themselves bear full responsibility considering the cost involved?* Jeff: The tracks are up to NASCAR's standards. If NASCAR needs more, that is their problem. Amy: I think it should be a combination, but there should be some leeway on different types of tracks. Summer: I'm not usually in favor of the sport instituting any more rules, but in this case it needs to happen. NASCAR should not race at a track that isn't up to certain safety standards. Beth: To be fair to Pocono, they had previously announced safety upgrades coming to the track. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Triple Crowns, Scheduling Snafus, And Censorship Central

Mirror Driving: Triple Crowns, Scheduling Snafus, And Censorship Central

*Jamie McMurray won his second race of 2010 Sunday, becoming only the third driver to win the Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400 in the same year. Why does McMurray run so much better for Chip Ganassi? And can he finally make the Chase?* Tom: Simple: because he has an owner and a team who's passionate about his success. Not that Roush was bad ... it was just a different type of style that just didn't work for Jamie. And I don't know if Ganassi ever had a goal of making the Chase this year, guys. They don’t have sponsorship signed beyond this November for the No. 1 … Jeff: He won’t make the Chase, but maybe he’s running better because he’s the top dog at EGR. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Racing’s Version Of The Triple Crown, Kenseth’s Collapse, And More

*Chip Ganassi is going for a triple crown of sorts as a car owner. He’s already won the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500 this season ... does he have a chance at the Brickyard 400, as well?* Beth: After Montoya’s dominance last year, it wouldn’t surprise me to see him do the same again this weekend. Kurt: Yeah, Juan Pablo could pull it off, and he has something to prove, although he isn’t running as well as last year. Phil: If last year is any indication, yes. However, Montoya hasn’t really shown anything this year that makes it look like he could do it. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Attacking The Asterisk, Bubble Momentum, And NASCAR On Wednesday?

Mirror Driving: Attacking The Asterisk, Bubble Momentum, And NASCAR On Wednesday?

*David Reutimann commented after his win at Chicagoland that some people called his first career win in the 2009 Coca-Cola 600 "undeserved" because it was a rain-shortened race. Would you agree with that assessment, and should any win in the NASCAR record book ever come with that type of asterisk?* Amy: Absolutely not. Jeff: No. Those people are morons. Garrett: No. It’s part of the rules, so no asterisk should come with it. Beth: The only wins that should come with an asterisk should be ones where the winning car was found to be in violation of the rules. I don't care if you run 251 miles in a 500-mile race. By NASCAR's rules, that's an official race, and no driver should be punished because he/she won by NASCAR's rules. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Bumper Cars or Exciting Endings?, Chase Choices, And Judging Dale

Mirror Driving: Bumper Cars or Exciting Endings?, Chase Choices, And Judging Dale

*NASCAR's policy of allowing unlimited bump drafting and letting drivers police themselves was put to the test at Daytona. Did it pass or fail based on the racing it produced?* Summer: It passed right up until the end. But that's normal for Daytona. I don't want NASCAR regulating the racing that way. Drivers are going to get excitable at the end, and it's going to cause some issues. Amy: At Daytona, it was a fail. It's OK everywhere else. Beth: There were some issues at the end, but I thought it was all right. The biggest problem wasn't the bump drafting, but the slipping and sliding all over the track. Read More »

Mirror Driving: 2011 Hall Candidates, Who Loses A Date, And Respect, Baby

*Sunday's race was won with a bump and run from series champion Jimmie Johnson to Kurt Busch in a classic short track battle. But on Friday, Mark Martin and Jeff Burton both commented that lack of respect on the racetrack is becoming a huge problem in NASCAR, changing how the game is played in a bad way. Are they correct, or were the comments just leftover frustration from a wreck-filled race at Sonoma?* Garrett: I don't agree with Jeff and Mark. Nowadays, we have factors such as double-file restarts and GWCs that cause harder racing. Jeff: I don’t agree with Jeff and Mark, either, but I’m gonna puke if people keep blaming double-file restarts. Amy: Overall, the veterans are absolutely right. There are so many drivers now, most of them young, who know how to take but not when to give. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Historic Blunders, Road America Wonders, And Bad Behavior

*Marcos Ambrose lost the race on Sunday after shutting his motor off on the middle of an uphill straightaway, losing his track position under NASCAR's rules. Was that the correct call, and where does this blunder rank in the sport's all-time history?* Summer: Based on the NASCAR rule book, yes it was the correct call. Garrett: It was the right call. It was very heartbreaking to see, but NASCAR got it right. Beth: Yeah. As much as it stinks to say so. Read More »