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Independent Teams: Is There Still a Place for Them?

Independent Teams: Is There Still a Place for Them?

Those that have followed NASCAR for decades remember names like Jimmy Means, H.B. Bailey, and J.D. McDuffie; all were owner/drivers in which at least one of them was seen at a speedway each race weekend.  There have been several others, some of which acquired full time national sponsors and had success and even rose to fame.  These three names were the first to pop into mind though they never had a realistic shot for a race win.  For these guys, a ... Read More »

Keselowski’s Dominance: What Does it Mean for September?

Keselowski’s Dominance: What Does it Mean for September?

For the second time in the last three races, Team Penske was on top of their game.  Brad Keselowski turned in a dominating performance, seeming to easily weave his way to the front no matter what  others strategies were thrown at him.  Joey Logano was making a valiant attempt at keeping up with his teammate and running in the runner up spot when taken out of the race.  It is the prime time of the year to be peaking, especially ... Read More »

Open Wheel Wednesday: Montoya’s IndyCar Return Officially a Success

Open Wheel Wednesday: Montoya’s IndyCar Return Officially a Success

Last September when Juan Pablo Montoya made the official announcement regarding his return to the Verizon IndyCar Series, many questioned whether he could return to prominence.  A driver who has shown a great deal of versatility in his racing career turns 39 this September, an age that is often over the hill in the open wheel ranks.  Nevertheless, team owner Roger Penske had faith in his ability and Montoya’s confidence showed with continued steady improvement. On a somewhat strange weekend ... Read More »

Do Not Count Out the “Other” Teams Just Yet

Do Not Count Out the “Other” Teams Just Yet

Hendrick Motorsports went on a tear at the intermediate tracks recently, leaving us, at times, to  question if anyone else had anything for the team that seemed to be hitting on everything with the new rules package. The Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway proved that conclusions shouldn’t be drawn for year’s end just yet. Sure, Kentucky is not a track that the Hendrick organization has performed their best at in the track’s short Cup series history. Nevertheless, it is a ... Read More »

Mirror Driving: Momentum, Right-Hand Turns, and a Sponsor Exodus?

Mirror Driving: Momentum, Right-Hand Turns, and a Sponsor Exodus?

Welcome to Mirror Driving. Every week, your favorite columnists sit down and give their opinion about the latest NASCAR news, rumors and controversy. Love us or hate us, make a comment below and tell us how you feel about what we’ve said! This Week’s Participants: Amy Henderson (Mondays / The Big Six & Wednesdays / The Frontstretch Five & Fridays / Holding A Pretty Wheel & Frontstretch Managing Editor) Phil Allaway (Tuesdays / Couch Potato Tuesday & Frontstretch Newsletter Editor) ... Read More »

Road Racing Winners Club: Not for a Select Few Anymore

Road Racing Winners Club: Not for a Select Few Anymore

It wasn’t many years ago that when heading into either one of the two road races during the Cup season only a handful of drivers would be mentioned about having a realistic shot for the victory.  Even going into this weekend at Sonoma Raceway, many had their “favorites” to win and perhaps steal a Chase spot for championship contention late in the year.  Once again, after Sunday’s Toyota / Save Mart 350, all of those predictions did not mean a thing ... Read More »

Frequency of Cautions and Debris the Recent Norm at Michigan

Frequency of Cautions and Debris the Recent Norm at Michigan

Only ten laps into the 2014 Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway, it looked like the race would be filled with an above average amount of attrition and survival.  Contenders Brian Vickers, Kasey Kahne, and Kyle Larson were among those suffering early damage to their cars.  In the end however, it was a typical event at the facility.  The statistics show that it’s actually a usual situation at the two-mile speedway, with most of the Cup teams involved, as resilient as ... Read More »

Mirror Driving: Junior a Champ, Pocono Changes and Big Surprises

Mirror Driving: Junior a Champ, Pocono Changes and Big Surprises

Welcome to Mirror Driving. Every week, your favorite columnists sit down and give their opinion about the latest NASCAR news, rumors and controversy. Love us or hate us, make a comment below and tell us how you feel about what we’ve said! This Week’s Participants: Amy Henderson (Mondays / The Big Six & Wednesdays / The Frontstretch Five & Fridays / Holding A Pretty Wheel & Frontstretch Managing Editor) Phil Allaway (Tuesdays / Couch Potato Tuesday & Frontstretch Newsletter Editor) ... Read More »

Patience Works in Brent Nelson’s Favor for Columbus Super Cup Stock Car Series Victory

Patience Works in Brent Nelson’s Favor for Columbus Super Cup Stock Car Series Victory

He may have started from the pole, but it was all about conservation for Petersburg, West Virginia’s Brent Nelson to claim the win in the Performance Fiberglass Products 75 presented by Boschett Timepieces at Columbus Motor Speedway. 2013 Rookie of the Year Codie Rohrbaugh qualified fastest, but it was Nelson who redrew the number one pill for the race. When the green flag flew Rohrbaugh jumped out to the lead, but the field was immediately slowed by caution when JJ ... Read More »

Time for Roush Fenway Racing to Step Up Its Game — And Fast

Time for Roush Fenway Racing to Step Up Its Game — And Fast

After several weeks of continuous questions about the importance of winning, Hendrick Motorsports backed up its consistent efforts with Jeff Gordon taking his 89th career victory — and first of the 2014 season — at Kansas Speedway on Saturday night. This makes Hendrick the fourth organization that has joined the two-drivers-with-at-least-one-win club, which leaves one winning team with a single driver to visit victory lane: Roush Fenway Racing. With several teams not even getting a sniff of a trophy, it ... Read More »