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Kevin Rutherford
An editor for the Frontstretch since 2013, Kevin keeps our writing staff in check while penning a weekly column of his own, Going By The Numbers (Thursdays). He balances his love of cars driving in circles with a similar passion for music, as the news editor of CBS Radio's Radio.com and a former contributing editor at Billboard. A New York City transplant by way of Ohio, Kevin lives in Brooklyn with his fiancée.
Going By the Numbers: NASCAR Bubble Drivers “Chasing”… What, Exactly?

Going By the Numbers: NASCAR Bubble Drivers “Chasing”… What, Exactly?

You’re well aware by now of the talk surrounding the Chase for the Sprint Cup – and, most particularly, the drivers who will make it into NASCAR’s version of a playoff system. Who’s in? Who’s out? Who’s out but could make their way in? Hold on. Is there really any reason to ask that last question? The lead-up to the Chase provides fans of “bubble” drivers with a will-they, won’t-they sense of urgency, huddling at their TV sets and behind ... Read More »

Going By the Numbers: Jeff Gordon’s 2014 Emulating His Most Prosperous

Going By the Numbers: Jeff Gordon’s 2014 Emulating His Most Prosperous

Two wins in the last four races should more than do the talking for him. But here’s why you should be scared of Jeff Gordon if you’re not, well, Jeff Gordon. He hasn’t been this good in years. Not, in fact, since his runner-up points finish in 2007 and, before that, his absolute dominance in the late 1990s. The Hendrick Motorsports veteran has been lights out in the months of July and August for the most part, save for two ... Read More »

Going By the Numbers: Don’t Count Out Marcos Ambrose Just Yet

Going By the Numbers: Don’t Count Out Marcos Ambrose Just Yet

So, here’s something I can’t quite figure out exiting Watkins Glen. Why does Marcos Ambrose suddenly have zero chance to make the Chase? Look, I get it. Ambrose is a road course specialist, one who’ll be making the rounds at NASCAR’s road courses even after he leaves the Sprint Cup Series on a full-time basis. He’s scored both of his career Sprint Cup wins on tracks where one turns right, with even more added in the Nationwide Series. The dude ... Read More »

The Tony Stewart Timeline: Follow The Latest News & Info

The Tony Stewart Timeline: Follow The Latest News & Info

After a 3 a.m. ET press conference confirmed reports that Tony Stewart had struck and killed a sprint car driver at Canandaigua Motorsports Park, a dirt track in New York state, the racing world woke up Sunday morning to a plethora of information. Some of it was new, especially for those who weren’t still awake at the time of those original news briefs. RUTHERFORD: Stewart Strikes, Kills Driver at Canandaigua Motorsports Park Originally, it was determined that all would proceed ... Read More »

Driver Killed After Being Hit By Tony Stewart at New York Dirt Track

Driver Killed After Being Hit By Tony Stewart at New York Dirt Track

Update (3:04 a.m.): Local police have confirmed that an incident at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in Canandaigua, N.Y., on Saturday night (Aug. 9) involved NASCAR driver Tony Stewart. According to police in a press conference at around 3 a.m. ET – and later reiterated in a press release – Stewart made contact with a driver who had gotten out of his car and had walked down the dirt track, visibly frustrated with Stewart. The two cars had made contact a lap ... Read More »

Going By the Numbers: Five Prospects Who Should Get Major NASCAR Looks

Going By the Numbers: Five Prospects Who Should Get Major NASCAR Looks

Though it’s been by no means a full news week, one bit that may have fallen between the cracks for many NASCAR viewers pertained to a lesser-known driver making his NASCAR debut later this month. Justin Boston, a full-time competitor in ARCA over the last two years for Venturini Motorsports, will make the leap to the Camping World Truck Series come Bristol. He’ll add three additional races before 2014 is over, with spots on the entry lists at Texas, Phoenix ... Read More »

Going By the Numbers: Toyota’s NASCAR Streak Of Epic Proportions

Going By the Numbers: Toyota’s NASCAR Streak Of Epic Proportions

By now you’ve heard the story, even if you don’t follow the series on a scrutinizing level: Toyota’s Tundras are unbeatable in the Camping World Truck Series. The manufacturer has been on point in 2014 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, setting a blazing pace in the season’s first 10 races. So far, Toyota is 10 for 10 in race wins, losing only if you somehow count poles or heat races at Eldora — which, why would you? It’s ... Read More »

NASCAR Mailbox: The Sport from an Outsider’s Perspective

NASCAR Mailbox: The Sport from an Outsider’s Perspective

The cool thing about having a fairly large staff of writers here at Frontstretch means, though we’re tied together by a passion for auto racing, we come from multiple walks of life. I’ve been a NASCAR fan longer than probably anything else except really good burritos, but the thing about my chosen industry — the music industry — is that finding fellow NASCAR fans are few and far between. I have a co-worker who likes Jimmie Johnson, and one of our ... Read More »

Going By the Numbers: Final 7 Races Offer Dividends for Kahne, Kenseth Among Others

Going By the Numbers: Final 7 Races Offer Dividends for Kahne, Kenseth Among Others

Say what you will about the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule — no, really; there’s a lot to say — but one thing it’s been as of late is consistent. As the series comes off its final off-weekend of the 2014 season, there are but 17 races left in the season. A quick glance at the final rundown notes that it’s quite comparable to 2013′s final 17 races. In fact, in terms of order, it’s exactly the same. Particularly, the ... Read More »

Going By the Numbers: Ryan Newman Peaking at the Right Time

Going By the Numbers: Ryan Newman Peaking at the Right Time

Who’s the hottest driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series right now? Well, it’s Brad Keselowski, who’s won two of the last three races, of course. He’s followed by Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch, who have been equally impressive as of late. But ever so quietly, another is rattling off solid results, to the point that he’s becoming more and more of a threat when it comes to the Chase, a productive driver who can fly under the radar and ... Read More »