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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »