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Summer Bedgood
Promoted to editor in 2013, Summer is one of Frontstretch’s fast-rising young talents. While contributing to social media efforts, she anchors the site’s breaking news coverage while writing NASCAR Mailbox, a fan question & answer column (Wednesdays). A Kansas native, Summer goes to school full-time while also contributing to other racing outlets such as Popular Speed.
NASCAR Mailbox: The Absence of Dale Earnhardt, Jr. from Chase Doesn’t Change Anything

NASCAR Mailbox: The Absence of Dale Earnhardt, Jr. from Chase Doesn’t Change Anything

Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s failure to move onto the next round in the Chase Grid might perhaps be the best thing to happen to the Chase detractors who want to see the end of it all. I mean, Earnhardt was doing so well and was poised to potentially win his first career Sprint Cup Series championship, a huge storyline for a sport trying to pull in and maintain a mainstream audience. Now that Earnhardt is out of the running for the ... Read More »

Marching Tar Heels Will Play National Anthem at Martinsville Speeday

Marching Tar Heels Will Play National Anthem at Martinsville Speeday

NASCAR is filled with many timeless traditions that fans participate in. Tailgating outside the track, infield camping, cheering loudly during driver intros for the ones you like, booing those you don’t, standing respectfully while listening to the national anthem… …complaining about it afterwards. No tradition is more valued or sacred to NASCAR fans than the pre-race ceremonies, and no habit is harder to break than the tendency to gripe loudly on social media when the anthem isn’t played or sung ... Read More »

NASCAR Mailbox: Chase or No Chase, Using Car as a Weapon is Still Wrong

NASCAR Mailbox: Chase or No Chase, Using Car as a Weapon is Still Wrong

Drama. Brad Keselowski. Those two seem to go hand-in-hand, don’t they? In fact, the two were a perfect match last Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway, as Keselowski managed to tick off no less than three drivers by the end of the night. He even lit the fuse of the generally mild-mannered Matt Kenseth, with a rare physical altercation taking place in the garage between the two. I never have been a fan of drivers using their cars as weapons, so ... Read More »

NASCAR, Xfinity Unveil Logo for New Entitlement Sponsor

NASCAR, Xfinity Unveil Logo for New Entitlement Sponsor

We already know the NASCAR Nationwide Series is going to become the NASCAR XFINITY Series next season. However, until Tuesday, we had yet to see the new logo. The new logo was finally unveiled and it reflects the same design and structure of the previous Nationwide Series logo as well as the logos for the Camping World Truck and Sprint Cup Series. The new logo was unveiled early in order to allow Nationwide/XFINITY Series teams to prepare for the next season ... Read More »

Beyond the Cockpit: Mason Mitchell Makes History in the ARCA Racing Series

Beyond the Cockpit: Mason Mitchell Makes History in the ARCA Racing Series

Mason Mitchell may be a youngster, but he drives like a veteran and proved that by winning the 2014 ARCA Racing Series championship in only his second season. Though the team only won one race all year, Mason Mitchell Motorsports–a team that didn’t even exist a year ago–showed speed all season and was able to win the championship against other talented drivers such as Grant Enfinger, Tom Hessert III, and Frank Kimmel. On Friday night at Kansas Speedway for the ... Read More »

NASCAR Mailbox: Championship Frontrunners are Now Chase Backmarkers

NASCAR Mailbox: Championship Frontrunners are Now Chase Backmarkers

When the new Chase format was announced, no other round instilled so much fear as that of the Contender round. The Contender round involved the treacherous and unforgiving Talladega Superspeedway, a track known more for its crapshoot tendencies than its exciting racing. What’s worse is that Talladega is the final race of this round, adding pressure to the Chase drivers to win a race in order to confirm their advancement on to the next round. Put yourself in a bad ... Read More »

The Big Six: Questions Answered After the Hollywood Casino 400

The Big Six: Questions Answered After the Hollywood Casino 400

Looking for the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How behind Sunday’s race? Summer Bedgood has you covered with the answers to six race day questions, covering all five W’s and even the H… the Big Six.  Who … gets my shout-out of the race? Though rookie Kyle Larson was incredibly impressive, nearly earning his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory in the Hollywood Casino 400, my shout-out has to go to Martin Truex, Jr. Truex very quietly earned his ... Read More »

Nationwide Breakdown: Kansas Lottery 300

Nationwide Breakdown: Kansas Lottery 300

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Or not. While seeing Kyle Busch win a NASCAR Nationwide Series race isn’t necessarily unusual, Busch winning at Kansas is more of a rarity. Though Busch does have a Nationwide Series victory at the track from back in 2007, a variety of bad luck and poor performance in both NNS and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition has turned Busch’s relationship with Kansas Speedway into a rather contentious one. While Busch ... Read More »

Non-Chasers Fast In Early Saturday Practice Session

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series completed one of two practice sessions Saturday morning and the non-Chasers stole the spotlight. Marcos Ambrose was the quickest with a time of 28.176 sec at 191.652 mph. Earnhardt Ganassi Racing teammates Jamie McMurray and Kyle Larson were second and third, respectively. One would have to glance down to fourth-place to find the fastest Chase driver. Carl Edwards and teammate Ricky Stenhouse Jr. were fourth and fifth, respectively, putting three Fords in the top five in ... Read More »

Kevin Harvick Wins Eighth Pole Position of Season at Kansas Speedway

For the eighth time this season, Kevin Harvick will lead the field to the green in this Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway. This is Harvick’s third pole in a row at this particular racetrack, posting a speed of 197.621 mph—a new track record. Second-fastest Brian Vickers will line up alongside Harvick, while Aric Almirola—who failed to advance to the next round in the Chase last weekend in Dover—will start third. Joey Logano and last week’s winner ... Read More »