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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 : 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 »

Mirror Driving : Mexico’s Blown Save, Jon Wood … Savior? And Saving Excitement At Talladega

*The Sprint Cup Series was idle this week while the Nationwide Series teams went to Mexico City. Given the huge cost of the trip, should it be the other way around? Is it time for the Cup Series to have a race out of the country?* Amy: I think it's too expensive for anyone, but better the Cup guys than Nationwide. Bryan: I don’t think so. It’d be harder for Mexican drivers to get rides in the race, and that’s bound to hurt the event itself. Vito: Racing outside of the United States is a huge waste of time, effort, money, and resources. There are plenty of tracks that could use a race here and gain exposure. After all, whose economy are we truly trying to benefit? I'm guessing a smaller track in the Midwest could use a date more than Mexico City. Read More »

Mirror Driving : Is Gas Mileage Great? The Drug Testing Debate, And Mexico’s Upcoming Fate

*Saturday's race came down to a fuel mileage gamble, with a crew chief begging his driver to slow down for the win. Is fuel mileage racing good for the sport -- or should NASCAR be looking for the invisible debris instead?* Amy: It doesn't hurt the sport in the least. In fact, I thought the last 10 laps were really exciting. Kurt: I hate when races turn into fuel mileage runs. I wish it didn't happen, but it's part of the game, and Jimmie and the No. 48 team played it brilliantly. Mike: Invisible debris is crap in my view. Fuel mileage is a great strategy call; and no one thought that anyone was going to be close to making it to the finish. The No. 48 did a great job of stretching it and making it work. There are usually two or three races per year that are fuel mileage races like that; and it is always enjoyable seeing if that will work out when it happens. Read More »

Mirror Driving : The CoT — Both Safe AND Boring, Toughing Out Texas, And Managing RCR’s Future

Mirror Driving : The CoT — Both Safe AND Boring, Toughing Out Texas, And Managing RCR’s Future

*The CoT did its job at Texas, disintegrating to absorb Michael McDowell's horrific crash during qualifying while the driver compartment remained completely intact. The racing on Sunday, while lackluster, was no worse than some past Texas races with the old car. With that said … is it time to stop complaining about the CoT and realize the role it plays in today's NASCAR?* Tony: Yes, I think so; and everyone has to remember that as much as we hate them, snoozer races are a part of this sport and will never completely go away. Kurt: I think the drivers complain on television for the same reason Tony Stewart complained about Goodyear: so that their criticisms would be heard, and they would be on record saying the car still needs a lot of work. Matt T.: But we're stuck with it, Kurt, so why continue to complain… right? Read More »

Mirror Driving : Veterans Driving Junk, Who’s In A Funk, And Will Chrissy Wallace Flunk?

Mirror Driving : Veterans Driving Junk, Who’s In A Funk, And Will Chrissy Wallace Flunk?

*In light of recent developments, which included Tony Raines and Kenny Wallace both moving to lesser-funded, single-car operations, is it better for series veterans to sit out completely, waiting for the right opportunity that will get them a competitive ride? Or should they take any ride offered to them, hoping against hope that the underdog will, in fact, triumph?* Matt T.: Shall we ask Ward Burton this question? Tony: Yep; one has to look no further than Ward to find the answer. Amy: I think they should take the ride, though, because some teams forget about drivers sitting around on the sidelines. Danny: Right. It keeps a driver in the spotlight for when other opportunities arise. Read More »