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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: Brad Keselowski’s Hot Pole Pace

Going By the Numbers: Brad Keselowski’s Hot Pole Pace

Back in June, we discussed the abnormality that was the average starts and finishes of drivers like Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch. At that time, both had a fairly sizable discrepancy – in Busch’s case, 10 positions – between where they started on average during a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in 2014 and where they finished. Granted, this was just prior to the June race at Pocono Raceway so the season was still youngish, but the fact remained: Harvick, ... Read More »

Going By the Numbers: Was Sam Hornish, Jr. A No-Brainer Choice for Petty?

Going By the Numbers: Was Sam Hornish, Jr. A No-Brainer Choice for Petty?

You gotta give it up for Silly Season; it’s never a dull moment. Well, maybe a little dull in this case, but certainly not uninteresting. Sam Hornish, Jr. has been confirmed as the driver of the No. 9 Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports starting in 2015. The Ohio native replaces Marcos Ambrose, who’s heading back to his native Australia to race closer to home. Hornish’s advancement to RPM comes as a shock to few. From the moment Ambrose was rumored ... Read More »

Going By the Numbers: Erik Jones Joins Exclusive Club with Third Win

Going By the Numbers: Erik Jones Joins Exclusive Club with Third Win

Erik Jones is a future star, but you already knew that. Last weekend at the Rhino Linings 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the 18-year-old Kyle Busch protege scored his third win in the Camping World Truck Series. The victory was his second of 2014 and came in just his 14th start; Jones hasn’t run a full season in the series yet, previously having been too young to compete on larger tracks. Now, he’s old enough, but is running a part-time ... Read More »

Going By the Numbers: Keselowski, Logano May Not Be Peaking at Right Time

Going By the Numbers: Keselowski, Logano May Not Be Peaking at Right Time

All hail Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano, right? That’s how it’s seemed over the past few weeks – and perhaps rightfully so. Team Penske has been on a tear this season, the former champion Keselowski driving into Victory Lane more than any other driver in the series – including a win in the final race before the Chase, providing an exclamation point on the organization’s regular season. Then came the first two races of the 2014 Chase, which Penske teams ... Read More »

Going By the Numbers: Should NASCAR Debuts Leave Fans Dazzled… Or Disinterested?

Going By the Numbers: Should NASCAR Debuts Leave Fans Dazzled… Or Disinterested?

For the fourth week in a row, there’s a new face on the entry list in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. First there was Ty Dillon, younger brother of Austin, grandson of Richard Childress and competitor in the Nationwide Series, whose debut had been anticipated for months – if not years – at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Then there was Clay Rogers, a veteran of the country’s short tracks who attempted his debut with Beard Racing, a startup in the series ... Read More »

Going By the Numbers: No Dancing Around Issue of Michael Waltrip Racing’s Sudden Decline

Going By the Numbers: No Dancing Around Issue of Michael Waltrip Racing’s Sudden Decline

When millions of people turn on Dancing with the Stars this fall, many will be introduced to Michael Waltrip. Those unfamiliar with him – non-NASCAR fans, mostly – will become acquainted with the part-time driver and full-time owner, some taking a liking to him due to his ebullient, lively nature. Waltrip’s personality should translate well, especially among the show’s older viewing demographic (come on, you know your non-NASCAR-savvy mom or grandmother will call you all the time to tell you ... Read More »

Going By the Numbers: Why Stewart Still Sits In Perfect Chase Position

Going By the Numbers: Why Stewart Still Sits In Perfect Chase Position

When it’s all said and done, Ryan Newman will be part of the 2014 Chase for the Sprint Cup. But you already figured – perhaps knew – that, didn’t you? After all, all Newman has a 19-point lead on Greg Biffle entering Richmond, the final race before the Chase begins. Even if, Biffle made up those points, the Richard Childress Racing driver would still have a cushion on Clint Bowyer, who is currently 42 points behind. His only troubling scenario is if ... Read More »

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 »