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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: 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 »

Mirror Driving: G-W-C Disaster, And Does NASCAR Need Earnhardt To Win?

*Atlanta saw two attempts at a finish before the race was decided, and leader Kurt Busch expressed his displeasure at having to hold off the field twice while many cars were wrecked on the first attempt at a green-white-checker finish. After a couple of races with multiple attempts, was the “three attempt rule” the way to go?* Kurt: I didn't like the green-white-checkered rule. It usually ended under caution anyway, because everyone is going for it. Amy: I think so, but some drivers need to understand that it's not a free-for-all. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Is Jimmie’s Success NASCAR Suicide? Grading Danica, And…

Mirror Driving: Is Jimmie’s Success NASCAR Suicide? Grading Danica, And…

*Jimmie Johnson won his second race of the season Sunday, with ratings plummeting 25 percent along with it. Many fans say that one driver winning so much is bad for NASCAR, but can one athlete winning really be that bad for an entire sport?* Beth: Look at the last three years ... of course it can. It doesn't matter who it is, but in this day of instant gratification, fans aren't going to want to sit around and wait for everyone else to catch up. Amy: I disagree. That's just an excuse. The Yankees don't hurt all of baseball. Beth: You can't compare racing to baseball. When the Yankees play, there are other games to watch. When Jimmie Johnson dominates, there's not another race we can switch to. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Fontana Follies, NASCAR Sends A Message, And Danica’s Nationwide Impact… On TV?

*The racing at Fontana was somewhat improved over recent races, with the 1.5-second margin of victory in the Cup race, which was .4 second under the average. Is this a sign of a turnaround for the track? And what can it be attributed to?* Bryan: Softer tires are never a bad thing, for one. Goodyear hit the nail on the head with their new tires. Let's see them do it again. It also helped that someone was actually capable of running down the No. 48 car. Phil: Yeah, a lot of the talk on the broadcast was about the tires. That definitely helps. Read More »

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 »