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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: Kahne Turns Right, Chase Contenders & Pretenders, and Cup Teams Take a Hit…in Nationwide?

Mirror Driving: Kahne Turns Right, Chase Contenders & Pretenders, and Cup Teams Take a Hit…in Nationwide?

*The first road course of the year is in the books. Were there any surprises at Infineon, and did we learn anything from this one?* Mike: Um yeah, Kasey Kahne freaking won. Jeff: Kasey Kahne! Kurt: Kasey winning — now that was a surprise! And not just winning but holding off Tony Stewart of all drivers. Beth: Yeah, Kasey Kahne shocked me, that's for sure. Amy: RPM having three cars in the top 10 was definitely a surprise! Bryan: That performance Kahne made to win the race was very impressive. Stewart was chomping at the bit and Kahne was flawless. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Cutting The Cord On Fuel Mileage, Foreign Fan Suicide, And Reviewing Road Courses

Mirror Driving: Cutting The Cord On Fuel Mileage, Foreign Fan Suicide, And Reviewing Road Courses

*One of the fans' biggest complaints after Michigan was that, again, it was a fuel mileage race. Is there anything NASCAR can do to change the fact that many races come down to how much gas is in the tank?* Kurt: Throw more cautions for debris? I understand not liking to see your guy run out of gas, but it's part of it. Mike: No, they can't. Michigan lends itself to long, green-flag runs, and that can lead to fuel mileage races. I've complained about them in the past, but this one was very exciting. I didn't have a problem this weekend. Beth: Running out of fuel is part of the racing game. If you take the risk, then you also take the consequences.
Jeff: Any race can be a fuel mileage race if the green-flag runs are long enough. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Judging Double-File Restarts, Benson’s Pink Slip, And, Of Course … Busch And Earnhardt

Mirror Driving: Judging Double-File Restarts, Benson’s Pink Slip, And, Of Course … Busch And Earnhardt

*NASCAR appeared to listen to drivers and fans with the new double-file restart rule. Did they make the right call?* Beth: Absolutely. Bryan: Yes. Next question. Kurt: You know, it really wasn't that big a deal to me. I don't care either way. Amy: Yes. I've wanted to see that for years. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Roush’s Rough Start, Prelude To More Dreams At Eldora, And… Pimping Pocono Out?

*After getting of to a fast start and winning the first two events, Roush Fenway Racing has struggled somewhat, which was apparent at Dover where the organization has often dominated races, including last Fall’s. What does Roush need to do to regain the balance of power with Hendrick Motorsports and its satellite operation, Stewart-Haas Racing?* Kurt: Have NASCAR make another serious car change. Seriously, Roush's strength is generally the speedways, and we haven't been at one of those in awhile. Amy: They did look off on Sunday, although Biffle looked OK. But the rest never looked the way I had thought they would. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Darlington On Steroids?, The Rookies Rally, And NASCAR On Drugs

Mirror Driving: Darlington On Steroids?, The Rookies Rally, And NASCAR On Drugs

*Jeremy Mayfield stated that his positive drug test was the result of a mix of legal prescription and over-the-counter drugs - in effect, a false positive. Did NASCAR do the right thing with its "suspend first, ask questions later" reaction, or should they have ordered and waited for a more complete toxicology test and report… even given that some tests may take several weeks before results are available?* Mike N.: They did the right thing. It is better for them to err on the side of caution, because you just cannot take someone's word for it when the test states something different. Kurt: All I can say is that denials are often untrue. In a perfect world, I would say wait; but in racing, I don't think NASCAR should take the chance. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Does TV Owe NASCAR Underdogs? Grading The Childress Crew Swap,  And Nationwide Surprises

Mirror Driving: Does TV Owe NASCAR Underdogs? Grading The Childress Crew Swap, And Nationwide Surprises

*Kyle Busch scored his 50th win NASCAR Cup, Nationwide and Truck competition with last weekend’s two victories at Richmond. Busch says he wants to get to 200 to “beat” Richard Petty's mark. Can he get there?* Kurt: Well, does that really count? I was thinking that isn't a fair comparison. That said, it's too early to tell; but if anyone, can it's Kyle. Beth: Right, it's way too early to make that call. And besides, I wouldn't count it unless it was 200 Cup wins. Jeff: I agree — you need 200 Cup wins to beat the King. Read More »

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 »