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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: Daytona Debrief, Shocking Starts, & Bad Bump Drafts … In Trucks?

*NASCAR made several rules changes in the offseason to improve the racing at Daytona and Talladega — allowing bump drafting anywhere on track, adding more attempts at a green-flag finish, and pushing out a larger restrictor plate. Did the new rules do enough to provide great racing?* Summer: Could they have done anymore? The racing was amazing! Bryan: Yes. The 500 was a great race. Take away the pothole and we had a classic on our hands. Amy: For the plate tracks, absolutely, that was a great race. Best 500 I've seen in a long time. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Penny-Pinching Purses, Penske Power, And…Pena?

Mirror Driving: Penny-Pinching Purses, Penske Power, And…Pena?

*NASCAR announced late last week a 10% cut in race purses, with the money instead going to the racetracks. How does this affect the sport's outlook, given the sagging economy and increasing cost of competition?* Amy: Since I'm guessing that's not all coming from the winner's cut … way to screw the smaller teams even more. Jeff: Can’t give it to the teams, they’ve got to keep ISC alive! Most of the tracks are owned by ISC, anyway, so who's getting the biggest benefit? Tom: I give NASCAR credit for being the only sport to adjust to the recession (how in the hell have baseball salaries gone up during this whole economic mess?) With that said, it never looks good to the casually viewing public when you're cutting anything. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Making Sense Of “Major” Changes In 2010

Mirror Driving: Making Sense Of “Major” Changes In 2010

*NASCAR announced several changes this offseason, including an eventual change from a rear wing to a blade spoiler and new rules at restrictor plate tracks that allow bump drafting in all zones. Did NASCAR make the best, and safest, changes they could to improve the racing, or should they have stayed at the drawing board and come up with something else?* Kurt: I say the bump drafting leniency lasts exactly one Talladega race. But I'm glad the wing is gone. It was ugly — it looked like it was slapped on just before the race. Jeff: They did what was right. They are starting to rectify all the stupid things they shouldn’t have messed with in the first place. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Banquet Sins In Sin City, Kyle’s Truck Temptation, And 2009 NASCAR Awards

Mirror Driving: Banquet Sins In Sin City, Kyle’s Truck Temptation, And 2009 NASCAR Awards

*NASCAR held its Champion's Week festivities in Las Vegas for the first time in 2009. Rate the events up to and including the banquet - what worked, and what needs to change?* Bryan: Just stick with Vegas and end the stupid banquet. There's no need to have a banquet in the first place… all it does is put a bunch of people that look ridiculous in tuxes on a stage to say canned lines about their sponsors and teams. Phil: The banquet definitely looked put together at the last minute, and as a result, most everything had nothing to do with the sport. I guess that's what happens when you announce a host a week beforehand. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Too Much Teamwork?, Curbing NASCAR Criticism, And A Tall Order For Townley

Mirror Driving: Too Much Teamwork?, Curbing NASCAR Criticism, And A Tall Order For Townley

*After Jimmie Johnson's crash, crew members from both the Nos. 88 and 24 were in the garage helping to repair Johnson's car -- despite the fact that Jeff Gordon is still in championship contention. Is this a sign of favoritism in the Hendrick camp?* Beth: It's not favoritism, it's called TEAMWORK. Amazing that a team would work together to get a championship contender back out on the track. Go figure. Amy: No, it isn't. It is why Hendrick teams win. Had that been Junior or Jeff in the wall, there would have been crewmen from the No. 48 over there, too. Jeff: I doubt that, Amy. Vito: It's like those old U.S. Army commercials during NFL Games: "Teammates ... working to be the best they can be!" Read More »

Mirror Driving: Addington Angst, Rewarding Wins, And Is Jeff Gordon Over The Hill?

Mirror Driving: Addington Angst, Rewarding Wins, And Is Jeff Gordon Over The Hill?

*Sunday's race at Martinsville Speedway illustrated the frustration that many fans have with the current points system, as race winner Denny Hamlin gained two spots but made little headway against point leader Jimmie Johnson -- who stretched his lead over Mark Martin by finishing second. How should NASCAR reward winning in its top series?* Kurt: Exactly as they do now, with a win in the win column. Seriously, what if there were 30 extra points for a win? Jimmie's lead would be even bigger! Amy: Is it REALLY not working? The guy with the most wins is the point leader. Jeff: How about the old points system, with a 100-point bonus over second for a win. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Grading Two-Day Shows, Two-Race Chases, And NASCAR’s Promotional Power

*Some mentioned at Dover that 2009 is shaping up to be the best Chase since the format began. Two races in, does it deserve that billing?* Phil: No. I don't think it's the best. However, I can't think of a better example at the moment. Honestly, it's too early to tell after only two races. Amy: It's looking to be close, and Montoya makes it exciting because he will race no holds barred but calling it the best Chase ever is roughly equivalent to calling it the best turd on the manure pile. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Atlanta’s Fan Frenzy, Picking The Chasers, And Morgan Shepherd’s Swan Song?

Mirror Driving: Atlanta’s Fan Frenzy, Picking The Chasers, And Morgan Shepherd’s Swan Song?

*Swapping Atlanta Motor Speedway’s date to Labor Day weekend certainly improved attendance at AMS. But did the quality of racing match the fans’ enthusiasm?* Beth: It was a fantastic race. For the first time in a long time, drivers were actually able to race down and pass the leader. Bryan: It was fun racing to watch. There wasn't a driver out there who wasn't manhandling his car. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Montreal To Cup?, Atlanta Angst, And Where Have All The Rookies Gone?

Mirror Driving: Montreal To Cup?, Atlanta Angst, And Where Have All The Rookies Gone?

*The Nationwide Series ran a wild and crazy race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Sunday, with rain tires and a roller coaster running order jumbling up the finish. Was the competition overall better than last year, and is this a venue where NASCAR should explore sending the Cup teams at this point?* Beth: It wasn't bad, but I wouldn't be too quick to move the Cup Series there. Jeff: I agree; while I liked the race, the circuit is just not ready for Cup. Amy: I’m with you two. I thought the race was decent, but in my opinion, it's a good venue for a NNS standalone -- and that’s it. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Fuel-Injection Firestorm, Tackling Team Orders, And Why Bash Bristol?

*Saturday's race at Bristol featured green flag passing as well as several on-track run-ins, although many fans still said afterward that the race was boring. So was it boring, or are fans’ expectations out of line?* Phil: It wasn't boring. I just think the fans are still used to constant bump and running at Bristol. Jeff: 99 percent of the fans that say that are watching it on TV. Read More »