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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 »

How Five are Faring After Six: Looking at The Favorites So Far

How Five are Faring After Six: Looking at The Favorites So Far

The 2009 Sprint Cup season rolls into April, and while nothing is carved in the sand, let alone stone, things are starting to become a little clearer for several teams. While some are living up to preseason expectations, others are struggling to live up to them. I’m going to take a closer look at the seasons of five of our preseason favorites--and see where they shake down six races into the year. Read More »

Beyond the Cockpit:  Jason Keller on Racing NASCAR’s Second Series

Beyond the Cockpit: Jason Keller on Racing NASCAR’s Second Series

_While some drivers look at the Nationwide Series as a fun diversion from, or a stepping stone to the Cup series, Jason Keller has made his racing home in the series since 1991, where he has more starts than any other driver (461). Keller sat down with The Frontstretch’s Amy Henderson last week to talk about his new team, his short-lived stint as a forklift operator, and yes, even those double-dippers from the Cup series._ *Amy Henderson, Frontstretch.com:* You’re with a relatively new team with Baker-Curb Motorsports, although they have been through different incarnations before. Tell me what it’s like to be with a new team and what the growing process is. *Jason Keller:* The team as it is now came to be at the beginning of last year. Read More »

Big Six: Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500

*Who…gets my shoutout of the race?* Do you think Team Red Bull is sorry yet? While Scott Speed tangled with Kyle Busch at Martinsville and finished 39th, the man he replaced, *A.J. Allmendinger*, had another impressive finish for Richard Petty Motorsports, bringing the No. 44 home in ninth place. Someone needs to step up and sponsor this guy-it may have taken him a while to get the hang of stock cars, but now that he has, top ten finishes won’t ... Read More »

For Junior, Does Fun Trump Having It All?

For Junior, Does Fun Trump Having It All?

At the top level of NASCAR, there are so many factors to consider every week. There are sponsors to please, fans to appease, and an owner to answer to. Your job is to try to win races and ultimately the championship. And that’s not just at the top. Don’t think for a second that that is any less Robby Gordon’s goal than it is Jeff Gordon’s, because no matter how lacking the equipment might be, racers race to win, to get the best finish within their power, to bring home the highest points position they can claw their way into. Racing should never stop being fun, and as Ken Schrader said, when it stops being fun, it’s time to retire. But that doesn’t mean that fun can be the top priority anymore. I always liked that Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is the person he is. He doesn’t try to be something he’s not, and he’s always had fun, because he surrounds himself with people he has fun with. The problem is, it seems to be more about the fun than the drive to win. Read More »

Beyond the Cockpit: Chad McCumbee

He might be recognized by some fans as the actor who played Dale Earnhardt Junior in the movies 3, but Chad McCumbee is a racer through and through. He currently sits in fifth place in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver standings, and his team is on a roll. He took some time out of his CWTS schedule to sit down with the Frontstretch’s Amy Henderson to discuss everything from his start in racing to helping his team survive ... Read More »

Big Six: Food City 500

*Who…gets my shoutout of the race?* For a driver who has never had Bristol figured out in the past, *Jimmie Johnson* looked like he hit on something this time around. Johnson led 88 laps and looked comfortable with the Bristol confines even though a late race pit miscue cost him a chance at the win. To Johnson and the No. 48 team, it must have felt like one anyway. *What…exactly is the solution to lapped traffic holding up lead lap ... Read More »

TIREd…Of Goodyear’s Excuses

TIREd…Of Goodyear’s Excuses

There’s procrastinating, and then there’s procrastinating. Your average everyday procrastinating is generally no big deal. So you take out the trash tomorrow and wash the car next week (don’t do that if you run over a possum, by the way; it’s hard to get the blood off. Yes, I did learn that the hard way.). Most of the time, unless there’s an angry boss involved, a little procrastinating never really hurts anyone. But this is nuts. When NASCAR developed the new car, it was designed to handle differently-to be harder to drive, and to be able to pass. It was designed to race on a big, wide tire so that it would grip the track better in the turns, which would provide more exciting racing by allowing cars to race side-by-side in those turns. NASCAR even upped the timetable for the new car by a few months. The car is here. The problem is, the tire isn’t. In fact, it’s not even close. Read More »

Beyond the Cockpit: Johnny Sauter On Tackling The Truck Series, The Economy, And … Video Games?

Beyond the Cockpit: Johnny Sauter On Tackling The Truck Series, The Economy, And … Video Games?

Amy Henderson, Frontstretch: You are with a new team, ThorSport Racing, for 2009. How is it going so far, and what are your goals and expectations this year? Johnny Sauter: So far, so good. It’s been good. I couldn’t be happier with the way we ran at Daytona. We got to lead laps and we were running good. Obviously, we didn’t get the finish we wanted. The biggest thing that a driver looks for is potential, and the potential is there to have the kind of season that you think about, a great season. Read More »

Big Six: Kobalt Tools 500

*Who…gets my shoutout of the race?* It’s no small feat to finish in the top ten in a NASCAR Sprint Cup race. But to do it less than 24 hours after being rushed to the hospital for a painful kidney stone is even tougher. Yet that’s exactly what *Martin Truex, Jr.* did. Unsure late Saturday if he’d be able to race at all, Truex did pass the stone (an extremely painful process by all counts) and took the green flag. ... Read More »