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Beyond the Cockpit: Michael Annett on Goals, Achievements, and the Stanley Cup

Beyond the Cockpit: Michael Annett on Goals, Achievements, and the Stanley Cup

*Amy Henderson, Frontstretch.com:* When we talked earlier this year, you had a few races under your belt as a rookie for Germain Racing. Please update us on the season-how is it going? *Michael Annett:* I think at the beginning, it didn’t start out the way we wanted it to. We had ups and downs. We had some good runs and some ones we’d like to forget! It seems like this summer it started to go really good. St. Louis was the biggest change I noticed and ever since then we’ve had some pretty good momentum and a lot of top 10 and top 15 runs. Kansas was a little bit of a hiccup, but we still ran really well there. When we unload off the truck, everybody on the team knows that we can run up there, and I think that makes everybody more excited to come to the track each week. Read More »

The Closest Thing to Earnhardt…Is Named Montoya?

The Closest Thing to Earnhardt…Is Named Montoya?

NASCAR misses Dale Earnhardt. It’s been true since Earnhardt’s death in 2001, but Earnhardt’s posthumous election to the inaugural class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame is a deep reminder of that loss. Its repercussions in NASCAR are deep-deep enough to have likely changed the face of NASCAR, and devastating for Dale Earnhardt, Inc., once a promising and elite race team, now reduced to a merger with another mediocre team just to survive. But the loss is most keenly felt on the racetrack, where, many fans are quick to lament, a bunch of boring, vanilla-flavored robots drive too carefully, too nicely-and if they don’t, well, then NASCAR reminds them of their place posthaste. NASCAR needs a driver like Earnhardt. NASCAR sorely needs an aggressor who openly admits he is the aggressor. We need someone who isn’t afraid to go WFO all the time, on the track and on camera, with no apologies, no thoughts of political correctness, no fear. In short racing needs a bad boy. But, if you really look… NASCAR has a driver a lot like Earnhardt. Read More »

These Are the Moments

These Are the Moments

I wrote last week that one thing that makes NASCAR worth watching is the moments. Those brief seconds when time seems to stop will never let you quit watching, just in case you miss one. And there have been a lot of them over the years-moments that take your breath away. Sometimes with simple beauty, sometimes with mind-numbing tragedy, but for whatever reason, there’s something defining about each one. Some moments stand out in the mind of every fan-everyone you ask can remember where they were when it happened. Others are personal, forgotten by all but the fans to whom they meant something more. It would take volumes to list all of the moments that fill our racing lives, so I’ll stick to this decade. But here are a few of my racing moments-the images that I’ll always remember. Read More »