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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 Death Of Road Ringers, The Great Rain Debate, And Truck Talk

Mirror Driving : The Death Of Road Ringers, The Great Rain Debate, And Truck Talk

*Goodyear says that the company could easily make a rain tire that could stand up to the pounding of the Sprint Cup cars. So is it time to bite the bullet and race in the rain at the road courses… ensuring that the teams and fans will not have to return on Monday to fit the race in?* Amy: Hell yes. Every other major racing series in the world runs rain tires. Bryan: Bring on the rain tires. Montreal was great. Tell Goodyear to get off their butts and get developing. Beth: Absolutely! It worked just fine in Nationwide last year. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Johnson’s Lucky Day The End Of The Lucky Dog?, Chasing Chasers, And Hornaday’s Heroics

*Denny Hamlin finally broke through on Monday, reaching Victory Lane after a 50-race drought. Is this the type of win that could lead to a momentum-building Chase performance ... or was this just a flash in the pan at a track he's really good at?* Tom: This was a huge, emotional win for Denny ... there's no doubt about that. But until he strings a few of these together, I'm not totally sold on him as a championship contender. Vito: I think it was the right track at the right time, and a much-needed win for a guy who was obviously overcome with emotion after winning today. Denny excels at flat tracks, but he's been knocking on the door for a few weeks now. Jeff: I'd say it’s a flash. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Inverting The Field, Road Racing At Indy, And Gauging Roush’s Future

Mirror Driving: Inverting The Field, Road Racing At Indy, And Gauging Roush’s Future

*Many fans cried foul after a speeding penalty cost Juan Pablo Montoya the lead late at Indy, though NASCAR's data shows that Montoya was clearly too fast at two pit road markers. What does the sanctioning body have to do to reagin credibility with the fans?* Mike N.: I don't know about with the fans, but it would be nice if they would post the times on the scoring monitor in the pit lane like they do with the lap times. If they could post those times on the scoring monitor it would put everyone at ease. Kurt: Be consistent. Amy: I think it was the timing that made it seem contrived. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Gauging The Importance Of Indy While Sorting Out Title Contenders In Cup, Nationwide, And Trucks

Mirror Driving: Gauging The Importance Of Indy While Sorting Out Title Contenders In Cup, Nationwide, And Trucks

*With the season just past the halfway point, who looks to be the favorite to win the Sprint Cup Championship? Also, who's your darkhorse… and who is the biggest disappointment to date?* Bryan: It will be a Hendrick-backed car, and I don't see anyone outside of Johnson, Gordon, and Stewart having a realistic shot. Amy: As of this moment, I'm thinking the title could come down to Smoke and Mark Martin, though there is none better in the Chase than Jimmie Johnson -- so I think it's one of those three. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Double-File Disaster?, Ford’s Floundering Season, And Gibbs Dominance … In Nationwide

Mirror Driving: Double-File Disaster?, Ford’s Floundering Season, And Gibbs Dominance … In Nationwide

*After several late incidents at Chicagoland Speedway, several drivers blamed the double-file restarts for the problem. Was it the rule or the drivers themselves at the root of the problems on Saturday night?* Kurt: No one knows how to handle it yet. Amy: Exactly. They need to settle down, take a deep breath and figure it out. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Logano A Legend Already?, Loudon’s Last Gasp, And Who’s Hall of Fame Worthy

*Joey Logano's surprise win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway made him the youngest driver ever to win a Sprint Cup race. Where does his season rank among other active drivers' rookie campaigns?* Jeff: Well, he’s probably the highest paid … But I am not surprised. Beth: He has actually surprised me. Read More »

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 »