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Big Six: Southern 500

*Who…gets my shoutout of the race?* There were several candidates for this one, including two rookies and one driver who drove much of the race feeling very ill because his team couldn’t find a relief driver small enough. But the award goes to the defending series champion after an exhausting night. After starting in the back, fighting an ill-handling car early, losing a lap when a caution flew while he was on pit road, *Jimmie Johnson* somehow got back on ... Read More »

The Things We Forget: A Richmond Revelation, Kevin Grubb, and Putting Racing Into Perspective

The Things We Forget: A Richmond Revelation, Kevin Grubb, and Putting Racing Into Perspective

Every once in a while, something happens that puts things in perspective. Something that reminds you why you’re here in the first place. It’s not necessarily a big event--it can be something as small as a child’s thank you or the smell of spring and fresh cut grass. But it’s a reminder of what is important, and right, and good. It was that kind of week. A couple of things happened to put my racing life into perspective. Read More »

Second and Third Fiddle Sharing One Bow Is A Sour Note

Second and Third Fiddle Sharing One Bow Is A Sour Note

I think it’s one of Murphy’s Laws (Murphy, I never knew you, but you were one hell of a pessimist, huh?) that just when you think things couldn’t get any worse, someone surprises you. Of course, this is NASCAR we’re talking about, the sanctioning body that has come up with so ways to fix something that wasn’t broken that it will hurt your brain trying to remember them all. But still, the latest missive from The Powers That Be might just be the worst. Well, okay, not the worst, because the worst was the top 35 rule. But pretty darn close. In a time when NASCAR ought to be marketing the hell out of the Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR’s latest decision instead sends teams in those series, their sponsors, and their fans the message that nobody gives a damn about them. Read More »

Beyond the Cockpit: NASCAR’s Hockey Player Turned Nationwide Rookie Michael Annett

Beyond the Cockpit: NASCAR’s Hockey Player Turned Nationwide Rookie Michael Annett

Amy Henderson, Frontstretch.com: For the fans who don’t know your background yet, tell me how you got into racing -- I understand you had to make a choice between racing and another sport you love. Michael Annett: Yes. I grew up my whole life playing hockey across the Midwest, around Iowa and Minnesota. I was actually born into a family that had racing in its blood. Read More »

Big Six: Aaron’s 499

*Who…gets my shoutout of the race?* Most readers know I never give this one to the race winner, because he gets enough shoutouts, but this week I’m going to make an exception. To win a race as a rookie is tough enough, but *Brad Keselowski *won’t even be a full-time rookie until next year at the earliest. Yet he raced Carl Edwards like a veteran, and had the presence of mind to hold his line when he got it. Edwards ... Read More »

The Monster Jeff Gordon Created Is the One Guarding the Door

The Monster Jeff Gordon Created Is the One Guarding the Door

You know you’re on a roll when, seven races into the season, you hold a point lead so large that you could finish dead last the next week and still leave town with it. That’s exactly where Jeff Gordon found himself last week-rolling into Phoenix with just such a lead. In the eight races so far including the Subway Fresh 500, Gordon has five top 5 finishes, including a win at Texas, the track that has been his nemesis for so long. If that’s what he does at the tracks he’s not good at, the competition must quake to think what he’ll do where he’s good. Read More »

Big Six: Subway Fresh 500

*Who…gets my shoutout of the race?* It might have been the most unnoticed top ten finish of the night, but *Sam Hornish, Jr.* grabbed his career-best finish at phoenix with his unheralded ninth-place. It was Hornish’s first top ten finish in Sprint Cup competition and the second top ten in this race for owner Roger Penske as teammate Kurt Busch finished 3rd. Stock cars have proven to have a long, tough transition time for Hornish-is this the start of a ... Read More »

For McMurray, the Writing Is On the Wall

For McMurray, the Writing Is On the Wall

When NASCAR’s four-teams-to-an-owner policy goes into effect after this year, Roush-Fenway Racing is the only major team to be affected. The organization will be forced to drop one of its five Sprint Cup teams, and that hasn’t exactly been a secret-the day has been coming for a couple of years. However, some people were taken by surprise when the news came out earlier this week that the team to go would be the No. 26, currently driven by seventh-year driver Jamie McMurray. Perhaps the timing of the news was a surprise, but the contents shouldn’t be. Read More »

Are NASCAR’s Cost Cuts Helping or Just Another Smokescreen?

Are NASCAR’s Cost Cuts Helping or Just Another Smokescreen?

NASCAR recently announced that the sanctioning body would now conduct postrace engine teardowns at their Concord facility, the latest in a series of measures designed to cut costs. I’m not really sure how this one saves teams any money, unless NASCAR is planning on delivering the inspected engines to the teams they were taken from. It might save teams and officials a little time at the track, but the cost savings can’t be much. NASCAR has implemented several rules designed to cut costs, from banning testing at sanctioned tracks to the current car itself. But do any of them really work? Read More »

Big Six: Samsung 500

*Who…gets my shoutout of the race?* I never thought it would be this good, this fast. But *Tony Stewart* has made the turnaround at Stewart-Hass Racing so fast it makes your head spin. While Ryan Newman needs a little more help to get up to speed, Stewart has shown his true mettle as a racer and just how good he really is in taking a backmarker team all the way to the front. Stewart finished fourth at Texas, but he ... Read More »