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Danica Needs NASCAR – But Is It a Two-Way Street?

Danica Needs NASCAR – But Is It a Two-Way Street?

With it looking all but carved in stone that Danica Patrick will be joining the NASCAR ranks, there are many things NASCAR is happy about. First and foremost, they are getting a female driver who is competitive on her own skills; and let's face it, one who looks like Danica can’t hurt. She’s certainly one of the best in the country at driving an open-wheel car, and this lends legitimacy to a campaign that has rarely been successfully completed in the past. She’s already a high-profile household name despite never having raced in the nation’s premier stock car series. It seems like a perfect fit. So, just one question. Does NASCAR really need Danica Patrick? Read More »

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 »