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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.
Beyond the Cockpit: John Force on Racing ’til You Drop and the Ladies

Beyond the Cockpit: John Force on Racing ’til You Drop and the Ladies

Frontstretch.com provided live coverage of the NHRA Pep Boys Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Concord, NC, last week. During the weekend our Toni Montgomery and Mike Neff had the chance to sit down with NHRA Funny Car legend John Force. Force talked about racing and winning, at the age of 65, told us a few of those patented John Force stories, bringing back memories of the old days in NHRA, and as the father of four daughters, two of ... Read More »

2014 IndyCar Driver Reviews Part 2

2014 IndyCar Driver Reviews Part 2

Helio Castroneves Team: Team Penske Sponsor: Hitachi/AAA/Verizon/Pennzoil/PPG Rank: 2 Wins: 1 Top 5s: 7 Top 10s: 10 Always a bridesmaid…Castroneves came up just short and finished second in the championship for the fourth time in his career, this time to teammate Will Power. It’s always consistency with Castroneves. Yes, he had one win and he had bundle of top fives and tens. The problem is the other eight races where he finished outside the top ten, including four finishes of ... Read More »

NHRA Carolina Nationals Day Two Report

NHRA Carolina Nationals Day Two Report

Qualifying for the Pep Boys Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway is in the books and four drivers have the edge on the field heading into the first round of the six race NHRA championship Countdown. Eddie Krawiec topped the field in Pro Stock Motorcycle with a 6.849 second pass at 194.30 mph, and added some extra points to his total for his fast runs, points he said could be crucial to his championship chances in the Countdown. “It’s nice to ... Read More »

Carolina Nationals Day One Report

Carolina Nationals Day One Report

Day one of the Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte, NC, is in the books. This is the first event of the six race Countdown, NHRA’s championship, so getting off to a good start is critical. “Somebody asked me earlier to give them one word to describe the Countdown and my word was ‘Ready,’” said John Force Racing driver Robert Hight who is qualified fifth after day one. “We don’t want to be at a deficit leaving Charlotte. We ... Read More »

IndyCar Preview: MAVTV 500

IndyCar Preview: MAVTV 500

What’s News? What else? This is it, the end of the season, so it’s time to decide the championship! The Verizon IndyCar Series seems to have a knack for making it come down to the final race of the season as this is the ninth year in a row that’s been the case. As our Huston Ladner pointed out the other day, both of the top contenders, points leader Will Power and second place Helio Castroneves, both driving for the ... Read More »

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 »