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Toni Montgomery
An editor for the Frontstretch since 2006, Toni heads up the open-wheel portion of the website along with its NHRA coverage. Creative Director for Open-Wheel Wednesdays, she’s also responsible for pre- and post-race columns along with special features highlighting IndyCar and Formula One. An award-winning writer for the Presbyterian Church, Toni freelances with both writing and web design in North Carolina.
Open Wheel Wednesday: Building Momentum and the Final Stretch Run

Open Wheel Wednesday: Building Momentum and the Final Stretch Run

Welcome to the IndyCar Round Table! Several times throughout the season, your favorite writers will get together to discuss the latest IndyCar news, rumors, and so much more! This Week’s Participants: Toni Montgomery Frontstretch IndyCar Editor/NHRA Pace Laps) Matt Stallknecht(Frontstretch IndyCar Writer/NASCAR’s Four Burning Questions) Huston Ladner (Frontstretch IndyCar Writer/Happiness Is) Toni: Is there a lot to talk about anyway? Matt: Not a whole lot. I personally think Milwaukee is shaping up to be a fine race Huston: Stretch run ... Read More »

Championship Gimmicks: When Is it An Enhancement?

Championship Gimmicks: When Is it An Enhancement?

I’m not a big fan of gimmicks. Which is why, when the announcement came down from INDYCAR that the three Triple Crown races would be worth double points, I wasn’t particularly keen on the concept. It seemed manufactured, among other issues. “Adding more weight to the 500-mile events rewards teams and drivers that continually rise to the occasion at key times of the year,” said INDYCAR President of Competition and Operations Derrick Walker. “We looked at various ways to improve ... Read More »

IndyCar Preview: Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio

IndyCar Preview: Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio

What’s News? The biggest news is the encouraging upswing in the television ratings, covered by our Matt Stallknecht in this week’s Open Wheel Wednesday column. “INDYCAR is definitely on the upswing, whether it’s ratings or putting buns in the seats,” defending series champion Scott Dixon said. “(This season) has been up and down with so many different drivers winning and even a rookie winning. It’s strong for the sport and fun for the fans to see different cars at the ... Read More »

Open Wheel Wednesday: Blown Calls, Great Racing, and Marketing 101

Open Wheel Wednesday: Blown Calls, Great Racing, and Marketing 101

Welcome to the IndyCar Round Table! Several times throughout the season, your favorite writers will get together to discuss the latest IndyCar news, rumors, and so much more! This Week’s Participants: Toni Montgomery Frontstretch IndyCar Editor/NHRA Pace Laps) Matt Stallknecht(Frontstretch IndyCar Writer/NASCAR’s Four Burning Questions) Huston Ladner (Frontstretch IndyCar Writer/Happiness Is) Toni: Last time there was nothing, this time there are many things to talk about! Partly thanks to four races since the last time we were here. And good ... Read More »

IndyCar Breakdown: Iowa Corn Indy 300

IndyCar Breakdown: Iowa Corn Indy 300

In A Nutshell: From the “Where did HE come from” category, Ryan Hunter-Reay and team pulled off the steal with a sprint to the finish at Iowa Speedway. Hunter-Reay pitted for fresh rubber on lap 284 under caution, giving up four spots in the gamble, and it paid off. Restarting on lap 292 in tenth, RHR sliced his way through the field, passing Tony Kanaan, who’d led 242 laps on the night, with just two laps remaining. Those were the ... Read More »

IndyCar Breakdown: Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston Doubleheader

IndyCar Breakdown: Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston Doubleheader

In A Nutshell: Carlos who? Carlos Huertas, rookie driver for Dale Coyne Racing, rode the team’s strategy to the front and had the fuel to make it work, hanging on through a caution in the closing minutes and an aborted restart with about one lap remaining to claim his first Verizon IndyCar Series win in Race 1 of the double weekend. Huertas started 19th in the race that started under wet conditions, but team owner Dale Coyne opted to play ... Read More »

The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly Of The Verizon IndyCar Series

The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly Of The Verizon IndyCar Series

After an exhausting stretch that saw the Verizon IndyCar Series run four races in three weeks in three different states, and on three different kinds of tracks, drivers and teams finally get a well-deserved summer vacation as the series takes the next two weekends off. It’s right about the halfway point of the 2014 season for IndyCar, with eight races in the book and ten to go, so it’s a good time to hand out the midseason report card so ... Read More »

IndyCar Preview: Firestone 600

IndyCar Preview: Firestone 600

The easiest way to explain what the Verizon IndyCar Series is looking at this weekend is that it’s their version of the Talladega debate. The race at Texas Motor Speedway has simultaneously been looked at as one of the most exciting events on the circuit and also as one of the most absolutely terrifying where we just hope no one gets seriously hurt or killed. Over the years, there has been some intense racing, some spectacular finishes, some nasty wrecks ... Read More »

IndyCar Preview: Grand Prix of Indianapolis

IndyCar Preview: Grand Prix of Indianapolis

What’s News? The big news this week is… this race. It’s a first-time event that’s led to some strong opinions from various corners of the open wheel world. Our own Huston Ladner andMike Neff provided good arguments both for and against this event, taking into account what it means for the month of May at Indianapolis and what the value of tradition is. No matter what observers think, though, the drivers have had nothing but stellar reviews for the revamped road circuit. Scott ... Read More »

IndyCar Breakdown: Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

IndyCar Breakdown: Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

In A Nutshell: A two-and-a-half-hour rain delay. A shortened timed race of one hour and 40 minutes. And a wet start. That’s the kind of day it was at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama. Perhaps not unexpected in such wet conditions, 5 cautions slowed the pace, including one for a hard crash by Mikhail Aleshin with just eight minutes left on the clock. The race ended under yellow, although it probably only served to make the margin of victory smaller as Ryan Hunter-Reay was happily driving away ... Read More »