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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 : The Fallout Of No Testing At Daytona, Dueling For … What?, And Avoiding Short Fields

*Saturday's Budweiser Shootout featured several multi-car crashes that took out some top contenders -- including rookie sensation Joey Logano and Cup champions Bobby Labonte and Jimmie Johnson. Was this to be expected in a non-points race, or is it an ominous result of the testing ban — and is there more to come as the ban continues?* Beth: I think it was a little bit of both, actually. Amy: I think it's a sign of things to come for the 500; but after that, not so much. Teams need the track time, but they'll get that the first few weeks. Read More »

Mirror Driving : Sadler’s Last Stand, Diversity’s Shocking Surprise, And NASCAR Free Agents Losing Hope

*Elliott Sadler was released from Gillett-Evernham Motorsports in favor of A.J. Allmendinger, and promptly filed suit for breach of contract. Does Sadler have a leg to stand on, and what can he hope to gain - or stand to lose - from the suit?* Doug: Is a judge going to force GEM to field Sadler? No. Phil: That's true. Unless he was given some kind of absolute guarantee that the No. 19 was his in 2009, he's got nothing. Tom: I think Sadler's just protecting himself financially. The way this whole thing went down, I'm hard-pressed to see him driving for Gillett ever again. Read More »

Mirror Driving : 2008’s Biggest Moment, 2009’s Testing Nightmare, And Judging Johnson In 2050

*Jimmie Johnson became the second driver ever to win three straight NASCAR Cup championships by clinching the Cup at Homestead. Does that cement Johnson’s place among the best ever in the history books, or is the jury still out?* Kurt: Certainly it places him among the best. And lets discuss that before we figure in the Chase factor. Jimmie has been great every year he's been in Cup. Chase or not. Amy: I agree, Bryan, but that's because you can't compare them, not because Jimmie's is any less impressive Bryan: I didn't say it wasn't impressive. It's certainly an accomplishment, but trying to compare it to, say, Cale Yarborough's three-peat, is like comparing apples to oranges. Read More »

Mirror Driving : The Intentional Wreck, Cautioning Against Cautions, And Busch Sets A Record

*Carl Edwards' win on Sunday cut his point deficit to 106 with two races to go. Too little, too late, or is there an upset in the making?* Doug: I echo the sentiments of most. It is over. Unless Johnson has bad luck, he will shuffle his way into the record books. Amy: I think it could go either way, to be honest. Bryan: Oh, it's over, Amy. NASCAR made Johnson run a restrictor plate at TMS just to keep him from clinching next week. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Chasing The Chase, Tiring Tires, And Flipping The Bird

*Carl Edwards' win at Atlanta barely closed the gap between he and point leader Jimmie Johnson. Is the championship battle officially only between these two? And what has to happen for Edwards to win?* Matt T.: Johnson, Knaus, and the No. 48 team spontaneously combust. Jeff: J.J. needs to crash often, hard, and early. Bryan: The battle is over. The only thing Carl can do is spray sterno in J.J.'s engine. Read More »

Mirror Driving : A NASCAR Spending Cap? Fixing Qualifying, And Saving The Truck Series

*Following a dominant performance on Sunday, can anyone catch Jimmie Johnson for the championship? And if so, which team will do it?* Matt T.: Nope. Jimmie is the smoothest driver and Chad is the smartest crew chief. They won't give this thing away. Doug: Just like with Jeff Gordon and Evernham, J.J. and Chad have that "magic.” They shine when the light shines on them. Vito: Unless someone slips them one of Kyle Busch's engines or Dale Jr.'s tires, this thing is over. Even then, if Johnson does pop a motor — or a tire — Burton, Biffle, and Edwards have to be on their game and virtually perfect from here on out. And none of them has shown that they or their crews can do that. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Sorting Out Burton’s Title Hopes, The Harvick-Edwards Fracas, And 28-Car Fields

*This week's race at Charlotte saw another shuffle in the point standings, as Jeff Burton took over the second spot. Is Burton, with just two wins on the season, a realistic title threat, or will it take more than that to bring home the Cup?* Kurt: Burton's a legitimate threat, but he will need Jimmie to have some bad luck; and we're headed to a few tracks where Jimmie is just awesome, especially the second time around. Amy: I think if Burton can win one more, you can't count him out. I also think whoever wins it is going to have to win at least one more race in the last five. Read More »

Mirror Driving : Kicking Talladega Out Of The Chase, How Regan Lost The Race, And Do DNFs Matter

Mirror Driving : Kicking Talladega Out Of The Chase, How Regan Lost The Race, And Do DNFs Matter

*This week's race at Talladega ended in controversy when NASCAR disallowed Regan Smith's last-lap pass on Tony Stewart, saying Smith made the pass illegally while below the yellow line. So, who really won the race?* Amy: Regan Smith absolutely won. Tom: In reality, Regan Smith crossed the finish line first. End of story. But I learned long ago that NASCAR and reality don't quite mesh all the time. Vito: Regan Smith was robbed. Not surprising, though. Seems to be the order of the day for the No. 01 car at plate tracks the last couple of years. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Who’s Losing A Date To Kansas, Who’s Already Lost The Chase, And Judging Lame Ducks

*Given that the finish at Kansas was one of the best of the year, has the track matured to the point it deserves a second date -- or was this not good enough? And if an ISC track is to lose a date at Kansas' expense, which should it be?* Kurt: What we think about whether Kansas should get a second date is irrelevant. It's going to get one. Bryan: If Fontana is the track to lose a date, I hope it happens tomorrow. Doug: The finish was good, but the rest of the race was a yawner. And Bryan, NASCAR isn’t going to axe California’s second date. Read More »

Mirror Driving : Richmond Renaissance, Dangerous Chasers, And… Doomsday For Dodge?

Mirror Driving : Richmond Renaissance, Dangerous Chasers, And… Doomsday For Dodge?

*Sunday's race at Richmond provided some tense moments for Chase contenders and a 10-lap duel to the checkered flag — a brand of racing that has been absent for much of the season. Was this due to the track, the last chance to get bonus points for the Chase, more teams finally getting a handle on the CoT, or something else?* Matt T.: Richmond always provides great racing. I have to figure that the track had a lot to do with it, because I don't think anyone has the car totally figured out yet. Vito: Typical short track racing; the first race at Richmond was the same way. You had three or four cars in that race that were very close to each other in speed. Amy: Part of it is the track for sure, but I was surprised at how many Chase contenders actually raced hard instead of stroking it home. Read More »