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The Frontstretch Foto Funnies! Daytona, July 2010

The Frontstretch Foto Funnies! Daytona, July 2010

_Editor’s Note: Starting this week, Frontstretch is proud to bring back the popular Foto Funnies! Every Wednesday, our Kurt Smith will take a handful of funny pictures from last weekend’s race and tell us what “really” happened in those special moments! We chose to restart this feature right as the sport recharged at Daytona; so, in honor of Saturday night’s race, here’s a few behind-the-scenes captions from what happened during a wild weekend of restrictor plate racing!_ NASCAR, through the ... Read More »

Tracking the Trucks: VFW 200

Tracking the Trucks: VFW 200

*In a Nutshell:* In a race that featured a track record 20 lead changes, as well as a 40-minute red flag for rain, over the course of 100 laps, Aric Almirola beat out truck series stars Todd Bodine and Kyle Busch. Almirola came through with a three-wide charge through the middle on lap 93 and never looked back, scoring his second win of the truck season and of his career. Bodine, Busch, Ron Hornaday and polesitter Austin Dillon rounded out the top 5. *Who Should Have Won:* Todd Bodine. He came into the weekend with all of the momentum after winning at Texas Motor Speedway for the umpteenth time, led the most laps, and was driving away before a lap 89 incident between Nelson Piquet Jr. and Justin Lofton brought out a late-race caution. It was on this late-race restart that Busch and Almirola were able to snatch the lead...and the race, from the “Onion.” Despite losing the win, Bodine did manage to maintain the points lead. Read More »

Harvick Offers Insight To War of Words – and Bumpers – With Joey Logano

With the images still fresh in everybody’s memory of Joey Logano being sent for a long lurid four-wheel drift through the fourth turn at Pocono last Sunday, and the who where’s the firesuit in the family crack still ringing in our ears, Kevin Harvick held court in the Media Center yesterday at Michigan International Speedway and cleared the air on how things got to this point with the 20-year old phenom. Following the well documented last lap tap that sent ... Read More »

Tracking the Trucks: WinStar World Casino 400K

Tracking the Trucks: WinStar World Casino 400K

*In a Nutshell:* Todd Bodine took the checkered flag 1.007 seconds ahead of Johnny Sauter to win the WinStar World Casino 400K at Texas Motor Speedway Friday night. Bodine held the lead through one green-white-checkered finish to score his sixth career win at the mile and a half track. Rookie Austin Dillon, Mike Skinner and Ken Schrader rounded out the top 5. *Who Should Have Won:* Todd Bodine. Bodine started fourth and caught a lucky break when the first caution flew on lap 19. Prior to that yellow flag, the driver of the No. 30 Toyota reported a severe vibration on his truck, but it took just eight laps after the field restarted for Bodine to take the lead for the first time on lap 32. At one point he pulled out to over a six second lead in the first half of the race. He went on to lead three times for a total of 106 of 169 laps. Read More »

Red Bull Racing Swaps Crew Chiefs on Nos. 82 and 83 Toyotas

On Tuesday, Red Bull Racing officials announced the swap of crew chiefs and supporting personnel between the Nos. 82 and 83 Toyotas, effective immediately. “Due to the circumstances of our current situation, we have an opportunity to experiment with different personnel combinations,” Jay Frye, Red Bull Racing Team General Manager and Vice President, said. Scott Speed, driver of the No. 82 machine, will now be paired with Ryan Pemberton. Jimmy Elledge will assume crew chief duties for the No. 83 ... Read More »

Qualifying – TECH-NET Auto Service 300 Powered by Carquest

Qualifying – TECH-NET Auto Service 300 Powered by Carquest An overcast sky precluded the cars with the earliest draw from having too much of an advantage during qualifying for the Nationwide race at Charlotte. The track temperature didn’t climb as dramatically as it would have with direct sun so all of the drivers had a fair shot at taking the pole. When it was all said and done, Carl Edwards took the pole with a lap of 28.889 seconds for ... Read More »

Tracking the Trucks: North Carolina Education Lottery 200

Tracking the Trucks: North Carolina Education Lottery 200

*In a Nutshell:* After a three-hour rain delay, Kyle Busch took the checkered flag 0.228 seconds ahead of Todd Bodine to win the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 in the early hours of Saturday morning. Busch started on the pole and never dropped out the top 10 on the way to his 18th career Camping World Truck Series win. Ron Hornaday, Jr., James Buescher and Elliott Sadler rounded out the top 5. *Who Should Have Won:* Kyle Busch. Busch led much of the early part of the race before brushing the wall and damaging the right side of his No. 18 Z-Line Designs Toyota on lap 41. Under the third caution, the 25-year-old driver made an extended pit stop to repair the damage, and that was enough for him to work through the field and into the lead on lap 118. He went on to become the first pole sitter to visit Victory Lane at Charlotte and is now tied with Dennis Setzer for fourth on the truck series all-time win list. Read More »

Tracking the Trucks : Dover 200

Tracking the Trucks : Dover 200

*In a Nutshell:* Aric Almirola took the checkered flag 0.898 seconds ahead of James Buescher to win the Dover 200 Friday afternoon at Dover International Speedway. Almirola came from two laps down and maintained the lead on a green-white-checkered finish to score his first career Camping World Truck Series win. Rookie Justin Lofton, Ricky Carmichael and Todd Bodine rounded out the top 5. *Who Should Have Won:* Kyle Busch. Busch's No. 18 Toyota-sponsored Tundra was the truck to beat from the moment on-track activities began Thursday afternoon. Busch led both practice sessions before qualifying on the pole Friday morning. Read More »

Tracking the Trucks: O’Reilly Auto Parts 250

Tracking the Trucks: O’Reilly Auto Parts 250

*In a Nutshell:* After a month off and an hour-long rain delay, Johnny Sauter took the checkered flag 5.032 seconds ahead of Ron Hornaday, Jr. to win the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 Sunday afternoon at Kansas Speedway. Sauter started third and remained inside the top 10 all afternoon on the way to his second career Truck Series victory the day after his 32nd birthday. Todd Bodine, Brian Ickler and Johnny Benson rounded out the top 5. *Who Should Have Won:* Johnny Sauter. Sauter started third and led multiple times Sunday afternoon for a total of 101 laps. If there was any doubt the No. 13 Chevrolet was one of the two strongest trucks on the track, that was proven in the closing laps of the race when Sauter pulled out to as much as a five-second lead over second place. And even though there were tense moments with the defending series champion, Sauter managed to keep his head and drive on to his first win this season. Read More »

Buescher says Phoenix Racing will run rest of ’10 season

James Buescher is not worried about his future with the No. 1 Phoenix Racing Nationwide Series team. FoxSports broke news last week that James Finch’s Phoenix Racing team, a longtime NASCAR fixture, is up for sale. The 20 year-old Buescher tells Frontstretch.com that this news has no effect on the team’s operations this season. “I don’t have any doubt,” said Buescher at Talladega Sunday morning, in regard to whether or not the No. 1 Chevy will complete the rest of ... Read More »