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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 : Mexico’s Blown Save, Jon Wood … Savior? And Saving Excitement At Talladega

*The Sprint Cup Series was idle this week while the Nationwide Series teams went to Mexico City. Given the huge cost of the trip, should it be the other way around? Is it time for the Cup Series to have a race out of the country?* Amy: I think it's too expensive for anyone, but better the Cup guys than Nationwide. Bryan: I don’t think so. It’d be harder for Mexican drivers to get rides in the race, and that’s bound to hurt the event itself. Vito: Racing outside of the United States is a huge waste of time, effort, money, and resources. There are plenty of tracks that could use a race here and gain exposure. After all, whose economy are we truly trying to benefit? I'm guessing a smaller track in the Midwest could use a date more than Mexico City. Read More »

Mirror Driving : Is Gas Mileage Great? The Drug Testing Debate, And Mexico’s Upcoming Fate

*Saturday's race came down to a fuel mileage gamble, with a crew chief begging his driver to slow down for the win. Is fuel mileage racing good for the sport -- or should NASCAR be looking for the invisible debris instead?* Amy: It doesn't hurt the sport in the least. In fact, I thought the last 10 laps were really exciting. Kurt: I hate when races turn into fuel mileage runs. I wish it didn't happen, but it's part of the game, and Jimmie and the No. 48 team played it brilliantly. Mike: Invisible debris is crap in my view. Fuel mileage is a great strategy call; and no one thought that anyone was going to be close to making it to the finish. The No. 48 did a great job of stretching it and making it work. There are usually two or three races per year that are fuel mileage races like that; and it is always enjoyable seeing if that will work out when it happens. Read More »

Mirror Driving : The CoT — Both Safe AND Boring, Toughing Out Texas, And Managing RCR’s Future

Mirror Driving : The CoT — Both Safe AND Boring, Toughing Out Texas, And Managing RCR’s Future

*The CoT did its job at Texas, disintegrating to absorb Michael McDowell's horrific crash during qualifying while the driver compartment remained completely intact. The racing on Sunday, while lackluster, was no worse than some past Texas races with the old car. With that said … is it time to stop complaining about the CoT and realize the role it plays in today's NASCAR?* Tony: Yes, I think so; and everyone has to remember that as much as we hate them, snoozer races are a part of this sport and will never completely go away. Kurt: I think the drivers complain on television for the same reason Tony Stewart complained about Goodyear: so that their criticisms would be heard, and they would be on record saying the car still needs a lot of work. Matt T.: But we're stuck with it, Kurt, so why continue to complain… right? Read More »

Mirror Driving : Veterans Driving Junk, Who’s In A Funk, And Will Chrissy Wallace Flunk?

Mirror Driving : Veterans Driving Junk, Who’s In A Funk, And Will Chrissy Wallace Flunk?

*In light of recent developments, which included Tony Raines and Kenny Wallace both moving to lesser-funded, single-car operations, is it better for series veterans to sit out completely, waiting for the right opportunity that will get them a competitive ride? Or should they take any ride offered to them, hoping against hope that the underdog will, in fact, triumph?* Matt T.: Shall we ask Ward Burton this question? Tony: Yep; one has to look no further than Ward to find the answer. Amy: I think they should take the ride, though, because some teams forget about drivers sitting around on the sidelines. Danny: Right. It keeps a driver in the spotlight for when other opportunities arise. Read More »

Mirror Driving : Tires Making You Pout? Will Carl’s Penalty Have Some Clout? And Mark Martin … Spinning Someone Out?

Mirror Driving : Tires Making You Pout? Will Carl’s Penalty Have Some Clout? And Mark Martin … Spinning Someone Out?

*After both California and Las Vegas, it seems that tire issues could be a problem with the new car on intermediate tracks. How can this be remedied before this safety issue gets out of hand?* Tony: I think bringing a few drivers to one of these tracks for a tire session would be helpful; and with the testing restrictions, I think you will have your fair share of volunteers. Kurt: When do tire problems ever get remedied, though? It seems as though Goodyear is always struggling to bring the right "compound" to the track. Tommy: I don't think it was all that obvious that there were tire problems in the first place. Some of the faster teams had issues; but they were probably also the ones aggressive with their front end geometry. Read More »

Mirror Driving : Dodging The Charger, Who Pulls The Next Upset, And Questioning The Start Times At Daytona

*After a whole week in relative anonymity amongst their manufaturer counterparts, Dodge took six of the Top 10 spots in the Daytona 500 on Sunday. Were the Dodges merely in the right place at the right time, or are they going to be a force to reckoned with this year?* Jeff: They were never as far behind as they let on. Amy: They certainly weren't really on my radar much -- though Sorenson's Speedweeks should have been a clue. Mike: As Roger Penske stated after the race, they focused on downforce and it paid off in the end. Matt T.: Six of the Top 8 tells me they had something figured out. But Daytona is an anomaly, so let's see how Cali and Vegas go before jumping on the bandwagon. Read More »

Mirror Driving: A Lawsuit Surprise, Junior On The Rise, And Who Gets The Testing Prize?

Mirror Driving: A Lawsuit Surprise, Junior On The Rise, And Who Gets The Testing Prize?

*The Kentucky Speedway vs ISC lawsuit was thrown out Monday, with the judge awarding in favor of ISC. What does this mean for track dates in the foreseeable future, and do you agree with this decision?* Tommy: I absolutely agree with the decision - and predicted it, too. Matt T.: It means NASCAR will continue to award track dates as it sees fit. And while I think Kentucky has a nice facility and all, they went about this all wrong. Mike N.: Kentucky was told from day one that they would not get a date, and any attempt to strongarm one away from ISC should be thrown out. Now, they'll have to go about it the old fashioned way - buy Dover and move their dates. Read More »

Mirror Driving : Kahne Takes A Hit, Johnson Snakebit, And Replacing The Sponsor That Quit

Mirror Driving : Kahne Takes A Hit, Johnson Snakebit, And Replacing The Sponsor That Quit

*Kasey Kahne is getting sued for an incident in which he pushed a 62-year-old security officer to the ground. Is this another get-rich-quick scheme for private citizen versus NASCAR celebrity, or a troubling sign of a young driver's immaturity?* Tony: A bit of both. I bet if it was a run of the mill citizen, there may not be a lawsuit. However, Kasey is not off the hook; what he did was over the top. Amy: It's a lame attempt to extort money... but that does not excuse Kahne's behavior. It's not like needing credentials is something new! Vito: Maybe someone can get knocked out by Danica Patrick next year and outdo this guy. Read More »

Mirror Driving : Johnson’s Place In History, Brian France Rewriting History, And Kenseth Looking Back On History

*Jimmie Johnson took his second consecutive Nextel Cup title Sunday, joining Richard Petty, Cale Yarborough, Darrell Waltrip, Dale Earnhardt, and Jeff Gordon as the sixth driver in the modern era to put together back-to-back title runs. Should Johnson now be considered among the best drivers in the modern era?* Mike: He certainly should. He's been in the Chase every year; you can't deny that he's been strong. He's also the winningest driver since he came into the series in 2002. Tommy: Gordon, Stewart, and Johnson are the best among active drivers. Johnson hit Cup racing full speed ahead, and hasn't slowed down since. Vito: He's knocked down 33 wins already ... so I'd say so. That's more than Dale Jarrett has in his entire career. He also has a Daytona 500 and a Brickyard 400 win, to boot. Read More »

Mirror Driving : Johnson’s Place In History, Brian France Rewriting History, And Kenseth Looking Back On History

*Jimmie Johnson took his second consecutive Nextel Cup title Sunday, joining Richard Petty, Cale Yarborough, Darrell Waltrip, Dale Earnhardt, and Jeff Gordon as the sixth driver in the modern era to put together back-to-back title runs. Should Johnson now be considered among the best drivers in the modern era?* Mike: He certainly should. He's been in the Chase every year; you can't deny that he's been strong. He's also the winningest driver since he came into the series in 2002. Tommy: Gordon, Stewart, and Johnson are the best among active drivers. Johnson hit Cup racing full speed ahead, and hasn't slowed down since. Vito: He's knocked down 33 wins already ... so I'd say so. That's more than Dale Jarrett has in his entire career. He also has a Daytona 500 and a Brickyard 400 win, to boot. Read More »