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Justin Tucker
Justin starts his second year with the Frontstretch in 2014, responsible for Sprint Cup news in our e-newsletter twice a week. Also a Frontstretch Power Rankings contributor, he acts as “super sub” filling in for various columns throughout the season. He resides out in Missouri.
Joe Gibbs Racing Confirms Tuesday Press Conference About Organization’s Future

Joe Gibbs Racing Confirms Tuesday Press Conference About Organization’s Future

Is the future of Joe Gibbs Racing finally coming together? A press conference next week may hold all the answers. JGR has confirmed it will hold a press conference next Tuesday morning (Aug. 19) at 10 a.m. ET, though the fine details have not been determined. However, it is widely anticipated that it will be officially announced that Carl Edwards will join the organization for the 2015 Sprint Cup Series season. But even then, the press conference wouldn’t be all ... Read More »

Tony Stewart Sitting Out at Michigan, Jeff Burton to Drive No. 14

Tony Stewart Sitting Out at Michigan, Jeff Burton to Drive No. 14

Tony Stewart will again be absent when the Sprint Cup Series takes the green flag this Sunday. Stewart-Haas Racing has announced that Stewart, who was involved in a fatal sprint car accident in upstate New York state last weekend, will not compete in Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Sprint Cup Series veteran Jeff Burton will pilot the No. 14 Mobil1/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet in Sunday’s race. Michigan will make the second race in row that Stewart has ... Read More »

Ryan Blaney Driving for Wood Bros. Racing in 2015

Ryan Blaney Driving for Wood Bros. Racing in 2015

Wood Brothers Racing has named its guy for 2015. On Thursday (Aug. 14), the longtime race team announced it would form a technical alliance with Team Penske for the 2015 Sprint Cup Series season and will race a minimum 12-race schedule with current Camping World Truck Series points leader Ryan Blaney as the driver of the iconic No. 21 Motorcraft Ford Fusion. “Wood Brothers Racing is excited to align with Roger Penske and his team and we couldn’t be more ... Read More »

Bandit Industries, Jeffrey Earnhardt Team Up for 2-Race Deal

Bandit Industries, Jeffrey Earnhardt Team Up for 2-Race Deal

Bandit Industries announced on Thursday it has signed a two-race deal to sponsor Jeffrey Earnhardt, JD Motorsports and Earnhardt’s No. 4 Chevrolet in the Nationwide Series. Bandit will be the primary sponsor when Earnhardt takes the track at Mid-Ohio next weekend in the Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200. Bandit will return as co primary sponsor for Earnhardt in the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 at Kentucky Speedway on Sept. 20. “We are very excited to get back on the track in NASCAR, and to ... Read More »

Joe Gibbs Racing Will Not Appeal Indy Penalties

Joe Gibbs Racing Will Not Appeal Indy Penalties

On Thursday afternoon (Aug. 7), Joe Gibbs Racing announced that they would would not be appealing the penalties levied against Denny Hamlin, crew chief Darian Grubb and the No. 11 FedEx team for infractions found in postrace inspection after the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway weeks ago. NASCAR docked Hamlin 75 points, crew chief Darian Grubb and car chief Wesley Sherrill were suspended six races each and placed on probation for the next six months. Grubb was also fined ... Read More »

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Completes Season Sweep at Pocono

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Completes Season Sweep at Pocono

Earlier this week Dale Earnhardt, Jr. finally learned the identity of his new crew chief in 2015, but in the meantime he isn’t ready to close his storybook relationship with current crew chief Steve Letarte quite yet. Employing a well-conceived fuel strategy by Letarte, Earnhardt was able to hold off Kevin Harvick on a restart with three laps to go to win the GoBowling.com 400. Earnhardt’s season sweep at Pocono is the first since Denny Hamlin accomplished the feat in ... Read More »

New Look for Toyota Camry Taking Shape for 2015

New Look for Toyota Camry Taking Shape for 2015

It appears that Carl Edwards won’t be the only new face for Toyota in 2015. Well before the debut of the 2015 Toyota Camry production car at the New York Auto Show in April, Toyota Racing Development was full steam ahead in development of a vehicle for competition in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series next season. Toyota had surrendered its first rendering on the 2015 car to NASCAR earlier this month but was returned for further development. “We had a ... Read More »

Mike Wheeler to be Interim Crew Chief for Denny Hamlin in Darian Grubb’s Absence

Mike Wheeler to be Interim Crew Chief for Denny Hamlin in Darian Grubb’s Absence

Joe Gibbs Racing announced on Thursday that Mike Wheeler, the lead engineer on the No. 11 Toyota driven by Denny Hamlin, will fill in for a suspended Darian Grubb as crew chief for the next six Sprint Cup Series races starting this weekend at Pocono Raceway. It was announced on Tuesday that Grubb and car chief Wesley Sherrill would be suspended for the next six Sprint Cup Series races after Hamlin’s No. 11 car failed post race inspection after last ... Read More »

Mark Martin Returning to Roush Fenway Racing as Driver Development Coach

Mark Martin Returning to Roush Fenway Racing as Driver Development Coach

For 19 years, Roush Fenway Racing was the only place Mark Martin called home. From 1988 to 2006, Martin won 83 races across NASCAR’s top three National Series and finished runner-up in the Sprint Cup Series points standings on four different occasions (1990, 1994, 1998 and 2002) while being a big part of helping Roush Fenway Racing become one of the premier teams in NASCAR. Martin, who has been with several organizations in driving roles since such as Dale Earnhardt, Inc, Hendrick ... Read More »

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Lilly Diabetes 250

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Lilly Diabetes 250

Ty Dillon would return the legendary No. 3 back to Victory Lane at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway after gaining the lead on a late restart with just 25 laps to go to score his first career Nationwide Series win in the Lilly Diabetes 250. Dillon, who led 24 laps on the afternoon, held off a surging Kyle Busch by .833 seconds to score the victory. Matt Kenseth would come home third while Kevin Harvick, who had the dominant car most ... Read More »