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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: FOX’s Final Grade, Charlotte Crashing, And The Chase At Halfway

Mirror Driving: FOX’s Final Grade, Charlotte Crashing, And The Chase At Halfway

*The Coke 600 lived up to its name as the "Beast of the Southeast," taking out several superstars in wrecks not of their own making. Which one were you most surprised by, and did track conditions where drivers seemed to be running on the ragged edge make for better racing?* Phil: I was most surprised by Johnson wiping out. Previously, he'd never so much as twitched at CMS. Summer: I think Jimmie Johnson wrecking (twice!) surprised everybody. What has happened to that team? Matt T.: I guess Jimmie Johnson is the obvious answer, but I'd have liked to have seen what Hamlin and Logano had for 'em. And I think they're on a ragged edge every week, so I didn't so much notice anything out of the ordinary there. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Empty Seats, Empty Punishments, And Learning From Mayfield

Mirror Driving: Empty Seats, Empty Punishments, And Learning From Mayfield

*It was impossible to watch the race at Dover and not notice the empty seats. While Dover does not appear to be in immediate danger of losing a date, should future schedule realignment be based on attendance, or is that alone an unfair indicator?* Jeff: No. You can’t schedule anything going by that. Mike N.: Obviously attendance is part of it, but there has to be competition and historical factors as well. Amy: I think it is a factor, but not the only one. And I think you need to look at percentages rather than just the number. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Gibbs vs. Hendrick, Spicy Sponsor Deals, & Hall Not Hauling $$

Mirror Driving: Gibbs vs. Hendrick, Spicy Sponsor Deals, & Hall Not Hauling $$

*While Denny Hamlin is on fire after winning at Darlington for his third win this year (and taking the first weekend sweep at the Lady in Black in 17 years), reigning champion Jimmie Johnson has posted two DNFs in the last three races. Have the tables finally turned?* 
Kurt: No, the tables haven't turned. Two races do not a season make. Let's talk when the Chase starts. DNFs at Darlington and Talladega are hardly the mark of a driver losing his edge.
 Phil: No, I don't think so. That was a freak incident.
 Amy: The tables turned awhile ago. I said Hamlin would win it all in January, and I stand by that now. Read More »

Mirror Driving: “Taming” Richmond, Debris Disaster, And Kyle’s Truck Future

Mirror Driving: “Taming” Richmond, Debris Disaster, And Kyle’s Truck Future

*The Richmond race is often one of NASCAR's most competitive. Instead, its 12 lead changes were the fewest we've had all season. Cause for concern, or still a great race - just without enough passes for the lead?* Summer: It was a boring race, but that's not cause for concern. It happens sometimes. Jeff: I agree, Summer. Amy: I wasn't impressed. Actually, I was disappointed because I usually count on Richmond to be a great race. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Best Race Ever?, Finicky Felix, And Doubleheader Dangers

*The Aaron's 499 featured a record 88 lead changes and three green-white-checkered attempts. Did that make it one of the best races ever, or was it just more of the same at a restrictor plate track?* Kurt: Sigh … Lots of lead changes — couldn't be because no one could stay up front. It's plate racing. All 88 lead changes means is that leading doesn't matter.
 Jeff: It was a good race actually, but I still assert that one GWC is enough.
 Amy: I agree with Kurt, and that anyone could lead if you hooked up with the right guy. It was about 450 miles longer than it needed to be to produce the same result.
 Summer: I think it was both! But it's not likely you'd see even half that many lead changes on any other type of track. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Grading The Spoiler, Raising Kahne, And Teammate Drama

Mirror Driving: Grading The Spoiler, Raising Kahne, And Teammate Drama

*Texas was the first real test of the new spoiler. What grade does it get?* Amy: I give it a solid B. I don't think the racing was much different overall. Summer: It's almost too soon to give a grade on the spoiler. It was only the first race on an intermediate racetrack after the change. But so far, so good. Phil: Well, I said that I wanted to wait until after Texas before giving a grade. I waited. A solid B. It didn't adversely affect the racing at all. Summer: I also didn't notice a big difference as far as the aesthetics; and honestly, the drivers didn't seem to notice much of a difference in the way it drove. The race was pretty competitive, though, and if that's to be attributed to no wing, I'm all for it! Read More »

Mirror Driving: Jumping The Gun On Restarts, Race Length, And Hamlin’s Knee

*Phoenix added 100 kilometers to its race on Saturday night. Did the extra laps give fans more bang for their buck, or was lengthening the race a mistake — one that could even cost them a second date with NASCAR's restructuring?* Summer: Well, I liked their reasoning for making it longer, but it had already been dark by the time they got to their originally scheduled distance. At the same time, we got a better finish with the added laps than we would have had without them. Amy:: I think it was good. Of course, I say that because take off 60-whatever laps and Kyle Busch wins in a yawner. Matt T: Amy, if the race is 60 laps shorter, someone gets crazy and wrecks then. It's all relative. I typically enjoy the racing at Phoenix but, looking back, I didn't think the extra distance was necessary. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Gordon’s Wasted Win, Real Rivalries, And Hornaday vs Sauter

Mirror Driving: Gordon’s Wasted Win, Real Rivalries, And Hornaday vs Sauter

*Martinsville gave us one of the wilder finishes in recent memory, with Denny Hamlin charging from ninth to first after a bad call to pit for fresh tires. But with so many drivers that had a shot at it, which one should be cursing themselves over the "one that got away?"* Kurt: Jeff Burton. Especially given that he had such a great car all day. Matt T.: Wow, that's tough. It'd come down to Gordon and Burton in my book. Mike N.: I’ve got a problem with the question. How is it a bad call for Denny if he won the race? Read More »

Mirror Driving: Jimmie The “Great?” Earnhardt The Enraged, And Spoilers

Mirror Driving: Jimmie The “Great?” Earnhardt The Enraged, And Spoilers

*After his driver Jimmie Johnson won his 50th race in 296 starts, car owner Rick Hendrick wondered why Johnson is not being mentioned among the sport's all-time greats. Why isn't he? And at what point in a driver's career is such talk appropriate?* Amy: At 50 wins, it's certainly appropriate. I remember when Rusty got to 50, it was a big deal — and it's a big deal now. 
Jeff: You should be done with your career first before you start attaching labels.
 Bryan: Why isn’t he? 1) The Chase. 2) The perception (and rightfully so) that the crew chief is the magic behind the No. 48 team far more than the driver.
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Mirror Driving: NASCAR Senior Tour?, Faltering Gibbs, And Swapping Dates

Mirror Driving: NASCAR Senior Tour?, Faltering Gibbs, And Swapping Dates

*Four races into the new season, NASCAR has made several changes to improve competition in 2010. What has worked, what hasn't, and what is the biggest thing they still need to do?* 
Tony: Multi-green-white-checkered (GWC) finishes have been tested the most… and worked. The new restrictor plate at Daytona also seemed to work very well. Jeff: The GWC finishes don’t need three tries, though. Two would be enough. Amy: I agree, Jeff. A total of four attempts to finish a race is a couple too many. Read More »