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Life Is A Team Sport, But is NASCAR?

Life Is A Team Sport, But is NASCAR?

We’ve all heard it: the winning driver in Victory Lane, thanking his teammates, without whom he surely could not have prevailed. Well, okay, maybe not in those exact words, because he’d sound like a dork, but you know the drill. Thank those teammates! So, how important are those teammates, really? In a perfect world, of course, teammates would have completely similar driving styles, share all their setup information, draft with each other, block for each other, park next to each other in the motor home lot and have a cookout every Saturday night. Maybe that’s taking it too far. As everyone knows in today’s NASCAR, success generally lies in multicar teams. But how important is it, really, for those drivers to get along? Do they need to share any and all information? And is there such a thing as taking being a team player too far? Read More »

Beyond the Cockpit: Casey Mears on Routines, RCR, and Diapering 101

Beyond the Cockpit: Casey Mears on Routines, RCR, and Diapering 101

_It’s been an eventful year for Casey Mears, and when we last talked with him, it was just the beginning. Amy Henderson caught up with the driver of the No. 07 Jack Daniel’s Chevrolet at New Hampshire International Speedway, and he had a lot to say about the past year, his new team at Richard Childress Racing, and fatherhood._ *Amy Henderson, FS.com:* Last year at this time, you were still deciding what you were going to do this year. What was the process like for you deciding to come over to Richard Childress Racing, and what has the transition been like? *Casey Mears:* The process was like any other -- you’re just trying to find the best fit, what’s going to work the best, and what’s the best opportunity. By far, RCR was the best opportunity that I had. I’m just really excited to be a part of this organization. It’s a great opportunity, and I’m just having fun so far. Read More »

Greatness Is Made Of Many Things

Greatness Is Made Of Many Things

The 25 finalists for five spots in the inaugural calls in the NASCAR Hall of Fame were released this week and I don’t envy anyone who has to narrow that list down. It did start me thinking, though, about what really makes a stock car driver great. At this level, they’re _all_ good. They wouldn’t be here if they weren’t. For all fans say about a particular driver being “bad” or “mediocre,” the fact is that to simply get to any of NASCAR’s top divisions, you’re good. But what separates the really great drivers from the masses today? This is how I break it down: Read More »

Beyond the Cockpit: Bobby Labonte on Adjusting, Winning, and… Shooting The Truck?

Beyond the Cockpit: Bobby Labonte on Adjusting, Winning, and… Shooting The Truck?

_At a time when veteran drivers are becoming a thing of the past in NASCAR, Bobby Labonte is the rare fortysomething who's remained a fixture in the series. Indeed, the sport has changed quite a bit since the Texan captured his lone Cup title nine years ago -- but one thing that hasn’t is how hard it is to win races and championships. In fact, Labonte says, it’s tougher than ever these days, evidenced by a slump of his own that's gone on far longer than anyone might have expected. He last visited Victory Lane at Homestead in November, 2003, and has yet to make the Chase since the playoff began one year later. This season to date has been the worst of his career statistically, as he's got just one top 10 finish and ranks 28th in the standings in his first year driving the No. 96 Ford._ _Still, Labonte's NASCAR Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup titles stand as a NASCAR record -- no other driver can lay claim to both. Amy Henderson sat down with Labonte to discuss whether that mark will ever be broken, why his season has been such a struggle, and how a little fun involving two brothers and a pickup truck may have been the coolest thing that's ever happened in his life._ Read More »

The Two NHMS Gems You Probably Didn’t See

The Two NHMS Gems You Probably Didn’t See

Each Monday in the "Frontstretch Newsletter,":/notice/9557/ Tom Bowles brings readers the Secret Star of the race. This is the driver who has a great run but gets little mention on television. Thinking about this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, I realized that there were two secret stars that deserve their due-and they were entire races. Friday’s Heluva Good 125 showcased the talents of the Camping World East Series and the last-lap finish rivals the best NASCAR finishes of the year period. Read More »

Big Six: Lenox Industrial Tools 301

*Who…gets my shoutout of the race?* There were a lot of candidates for the shoutout after Sunday’s race, with a variety of strategies that played out -- but coming back to finish eleventh after getting taken out on a restart trumps gambling on Mother Nature any day. *Casey Mears* looked to be finished after the eight-car fiasco on lap 176 that brought out the red flag so the carnage could be cleared... Read More »

NHMS NNS Recap

*Busch Wins Nationwide Race, Becomes 23rd Different Winner at NHMS* Kyle Busch stormed to the checkered flag in Saturday’s Camping World RV Rental 200 Presented by Turtle Wax, but his win was overshadowed by a New Hampshire Motor Speedway Milestone: Busch was the 23rd different winner in the 23 Nationwide Series races that the track has hosted. “That’s pretty cool. Not a lot of tracks can say that,” Busch said of the record which dates back to 1990 and begins ... Read More »

NHMS Saturday

*Sorenson Tops Saturday Morning Sprint Cup Practice* Saturday morning’s Sprint Cup practice session at New Hampshire Motor Speedway produced several surprises. At the top of the charts was Reed Sorenson, the only driver from Richard Petty Motorsports not to grab a top ten finish last week at Sonoma-and it looks like he’s trying to correct that this time around the track. Joe Nemechek, wo got his first career win at NHMS in 1999, was second-quick in his self-owned No 87, ... Read More »

NHMS Newsletter 6-26 PArt II

Drivers Looking Forward To Taking On The Magic Mile Drivers Looking Forward to Racing the Magic Mile New Hampshire Motor Speedway is one of the Sprint Cup Series’ northernmost stops and the track itself certainly provides a unique challenge. It’ a flat, one-mile oval with long straightaways and tight turns-think Martinsville on Popeye’s spinach. It’s notoriously hard to pass on and hard to get the setup perfected for, so it would be easy for the teams to hate the place-and ... Read More »

NHMS Newsletter content 6-26

*Stewart Grabs Pole* * Tony Stewart grabbed the pole for Sunday’s Lenox Industrial Tools 301 on Friday with a little help from Mother Nature. The skies opened over New Hampshire Motor Speedway, forcing NASCAR to cancel both Nationwide Series final practice and Sprint Cup Qualifying. Stewart will, however race his backup car after a crash in morning practice. “It’s a big motor deal,” say Stewart of making good laps at NHMS. “With the corners being so tight, you’ve got to ... Read More »