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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: 2011 Hall Candidates, Who Loses A Date, And Respect, Baby

*Sunday's race was won with a bump and run from series champion Jimmie Johnson to Kurt Busch in a classic short track battle. But on Friday, Mark Martin and Jeff Burton both commented that lack of respect on the racetrack is becoming a huge problem in NASCAR, changing how the game is played in a bad way. Are they correct, or were the comments just leftover frustration from a wreck-filled race at Sonoma?* Garrett: I don't agree with Jeff and Mark. Nowadays, we have factors such as double-file restarts and GWCs that cause harder racing. Jeff: I don’t agree with Jeff and Mark, either, but I’m gonna puke if people keep blaming double-file restarts. Amy: Overall, the veterans are absolutely right. There are so many drivers now, most of them young, who know how to take but not when to give. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Historic Blunders, Road America Wonders, And Bad Behavior

*Marcos Ambrose lost the race on Sunday after shutting his motor off on the middle of an uphill straightaway, losing his track position under NASCAR's rules. Was that the correct call, and where does this blunder rank in the sport's all-time history?* Summer: Based on the NASCAR rule book, yes it was the correct call. Garrett: It was the right call. It was very heartbreaking to see, but NASCAR got it right. Beth: Yeah. As much as it stinks to say so. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Jacques Debris, Can Ford Bounce Back?, And Peaking Too Soon

Mirror Driving: Jacques Debris, Can Ford Bounce Back?, And Peaking Too Soon

*After Denny Hamlin called out NASCAR for throwing what seemed to be another invisible debris caution at Michigan in the closing laps, many have complained about the frequency of these late-race yellows. But others have defended the move, saying that the fans buying tickets deserve a good finish to the race. Who's right?* Summer: That debris was there. Phil: Really, Summer? Where was it? Amy: There wasn't any debris. Summer: They showed it on RaceBuddy, and Kasey Kahne even said he saw it. There was rubber on the racetrack. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Caution-Happy, The Next Future Star, And That Other NASCAR Feud

Mirror Driving: Caution-Happy, The Next Future Star, And That Other NASCAR Feud

*Pocono’s green-white-checkered finish occurred with race leader Denny Hamlin within 100 yards of the start/finish line and the white flag. Should NASCAR have thrown that caution, and was Hamlin really even short of the line when it flew?*
 Jeff: He said he was. And yes, NASCAR did the right thing. Phil: Hamlin claims he was, but we don't know for sure because TNT dropped the ball. NASCAR basically had to throw the yellow, though, since Logano put up a giant smokescreen. Amy: There was no need for that caution. Logano didn't hit anything. Any other series, it would have stayed green. It seems backwards to me. NASCAR goes all caution happy in Cup races, but is less inclined in lower series. Read More »

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 »