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Vito Pugliese
Promoted to Editor in 2012, Vito is one of the longest-tenured writers at Frontstretch, joining the staff in 2007. With his column Voice of Vito (Thursdays) he’s a contributor to several other outlets, including Athlon Sports and Popular Speed in addition to making radio appearances. He forever has a soft-spot in his heart for old Mopars, and presumably oil-soaked cardboard in his garage.
Voice of Vito: Sprint Car Tragedy Brings Media’s Worst to The Surface

Voice of Vito: Sprint Car Tragedy Brings Media’s Worst to The Surface

It’s been four days since the world learned of the tragic accident that took place on Saturday evening that claimed the life of 20-year old sprint car driver Kevin Ward, Jr., and may questions still remain surrounding the accident from how it started, to what amateur video may reveal, and how this could have happened – or been prevented. The response and attention to the story since then has been nothing less than shameful. We’ve all seen the video by ... Read More »

Voice of Vito: NASCAR Ratings Revelation – Current System Isn’t Cutting It

Voice of Vito: NASCAR Ratings Revelation – Current System Isn’t Cutting It

Television ratings for the GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono were released on Tuesday, and the picture painted is a familiar one for 2014 – and it resembles Edvard Munch’s The Scream: a final rating of 2.8, a 13% decrease from 2012. Given the relatively low ratings, a decrease of 13% may sound harmless, but a deeper delve into the numbers will show it is indeed significant. The last few years of declining ratings were prefaced with, “Well, Junior isn’t winning, so ... Read More »

Voice of Vito: Crew Chief Central – Junior’s New One, Grubb’s No-No

Voice of Vito: Crew Chief Central – Junior’s New One, Grubb’s No-No

Engineering the Future for Junior The big news that came down yesterday was the announcement that Greg Ives will be the crew chief for Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in 2015. The move comes well ahead of The Chase to avoid any distractions for the driver who will experience a rebirth under current crew chief Steve Letarte. Letarte, of course will be leaving at season’s end to join NBC Sports as a race day analyst. Many have seen him as more of ... Read More »

Midweek Mud Slinging Proves Best Ideas Come From Outside The Box

Midweek Mud Slinging Proves Best Ideas Come From Outside The Box

On Monday this week, Brian France voiced his opinion on the newly formed Race Team Alliance, the consortium of the nine largest teams in the sport, who have banded together to help speak with one voice with – although sometime presumably against – NASCAR and their decision making processes. Appearing on Sirius XM’s Sirius Speedway show Monday, France said, “Every decision we’ve ever made that’s important, the more input, the more people we heard from, the better the result. That ... Read More »

Voice of Vito: Mid-Season Musings

Voice of Vito: Mid-Season Musings

Morgan’s Meltdown      Wow the kids sure got angry over the incident with Morgan Shepherd and Joey Logano this Sunday at New Hampshire! Not sure why – between this and Jimmie Johnson blowing two tires in less than 15 laps, it was the only real action of the day. Logano’s ire was understandable, though the age issue seemed to be more of a media generated story due to Shepherd being 72 years old. I have but two points to make on ... Read More »

Method of Marginalization: RTA Shifts Power Balance in NASCAR

Method of Marginalization: RTA Shifts Power Balance in NASCAR

The biggest news this week was the announcement of the RTA – Race Team Alliance – within NASCAR’s premier Sprint Cup Series. It’s a business alliance vociferously downplayed and described as a not-a-union, one that seeks to “work together to increase revenue, spend more efficiently, and deliver more value to our partners” as declared in their press release on Monday. Isn’t that exactly what Unions do? Either way, even more peculiar was NASCAR’s nonchalant response to the announcement. “We are ... Read More »

Voice of Vito: Harvick’s Huff, Road Course Stuff, and Roush Fenway’s Futility

Voice of Vito: Harvick’s Huff, Road Course Stuff, and Roush Fenway’s Futility

You Mad Bro? Kevin Harvick wasn’t exactly what one would call chatty following this past weekend’s race at MIS. For the second time in three weeks, the No. 4 Budweiser Chevrolet was the fastest car on the track when it counted – but was too far back to do much following more problems in the pits. While you can’t really blame him given the ludicrous speed his Rodney Childers prepared SHR cars have been this season, the pouting and public ... Read More »

Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s Decade of Decline Comes Full Circle

Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s Decade of Decline Comes Full Circle

In the wake of Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s popular Pocono triumph, there was one stat that resonated this week while reviewing the turnaround the No. 88 team has enjoyed over the course of past few seasons: Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is in the midst of his first multiple win season since 2004; i.e., a decade. That 2004 season was a defining one for Junior; he won the Daytona 500, kicking off the year and suddenly was a threat to win virtually every weekend, not ... Read More »

Contract Quandary: Could Biffle And Edwards Be Ending Their Tenure At Roush Fenway?

Contract Quandary: Could Biffle And Edwards Be Ending Their Tenure At Roush Fenway?

It seems as if every two years, we have the same conversation surrounding Roush Fenway Racing. Rumors swirl due to a stretch of spotty performance, hinting that a key member of the once-dominant Ford organization might be leaving for greener pastures. This time, it’s doubly dubious, as both Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle might be prepared to exit an organization they both helped to build and sustain for over a decade. Each of their contracts expires at the conclusion of ... Read More »

Vexing Vito: Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s Championship-Caliber Sacrifice

Vexing Vito: Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s Championship-Caliber Sacrifice

With Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s 26th-place finish at Talladega Sunday, many of his fans (OK, let’s be honest — his Dad’s fans…) have taken to railing against his decision to call no-joy, doubling back to the rear in the closing laps instead of going all-out for the win. However, while it wasn’t exactly reminiscent of his father’s famous re-entry into the No. 3 rig after tumbling down the backstretch at Daytona in 1997, Junior’s push to the back, not the front might just ... Read More »