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The Frontstretch Five: Ways Fans Have Changed During NASCAR’s Rise and Fall

The Frontstretch Five: Ways Fans Have Changed During NASCAR’s Rise and Fall

Welcome to the Frontstretch Five, a brand-new column for 2014! Each week, Amy Henderson takes a look at the racing, the drivers, and the storylines that drive NASCAR and produces a list of five people, places, things, and ideas that define the current state of our sport. In the latest edition, Amy’s got five changes she’s noticed in NASCAR fans in the last 15 years or so. 1. Fans are not as brand-loyal as they used to be. A lot ... Read More »

The Big Six: Questions Answered After the Toyota/Save Mart 350

The Big Six: Questions Answered After the Toyota/Save Mart 350

Looking for the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How behind Sunday’s race? Amy Henderson has you covered with each week with the answers to six race day questions, covering all five W’s and even the H…the Big Six. Who…gets my shoutout of the race?  With a 21.5 average finish, no top 10s previously at Sonoma, and a history of struggles a mile long at the Cailfornia road course, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. probably wasn’t on most people’s fantasy teams this ... Read More »

Holding A Pretty Wheel: Focused on Jimmie Johnson as Title Favorite?  You’re Doing It Wrong

Holding A Pretty Wheel: Focused on Jimmie Johnson as Title Favorite? You’re Doing It Wrong

Just a mere five weeks ago, media and fans alike were asking whether Jimmie Johnson and his team were behind the eight ball as Johnson had not won a race yet in 2014. Fast forward to today, and it seems like fans and foes alike are ready to engrave the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series trophy with Johnson’s name after Johnson reeled off three wins and a sixth-place finish in the last four races. And there is no doubt that the ... Read More »

The Frontstretch Five: Things You Might Not Know About Six-Time

The Frontstretch Five: Things You Might Not Know About Six-Time

Welcome to the Frontstretch Five, a brand-new column for 2014! Each week, Amy Henderson takes a look at the racing, the drivers, and the storylines that drive NASCAR and produces a list of five people, places, things, and ideas that define the current state of our sport. In the latest edition, Amy’s got five things fans might not know about six-time champion Jimmie Johnson…that make him very human. 1. He carries an old friend with him every race. Look closely ... Read More »

The Big Six: Questions Answered After the Quicken Loans 400

The Big Six: Questions Answered After the Quicken Loans 400

 Looking for the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How behind Sunday’s race? Amy Henderson has you covered each week with the answers to six race day questions, covering all five W’s and even the H…the Big Six. Who…gets my shoutout of the race? It would be easy to give this week’s pat on the back for a non-winning but outstanding performance to Kyle Larson, but the damage from the crash he was involved in likely gave him an aerodynamic ... Read More »

Holding A Pretty Wheel: NASCAR Needs Innovation, Not Restrictions

Holding A Pretty Wheel: NASCAR Needs Innovation, Not Restrictions

As fan concerns about the racing product NASCAR is putting out on track these days mount, the recurring theme remains the same: not enough passing, not enough excitement. The field gets strung out, and because the cars are more durable than diamonds these days, cautions for phantom debris are common in an attempt to tighten up the field. Everyone knows the list by now; it’s the same old song and dance. There are a lot of contributing factors, and they’re ... Read More »

Mirror Driving: Junior a Champ, Pocono Changes and Big Surprises

Mirror Driving: Junior a Champ, Pocono Changes and Big Surprises

Welcome to Mirror Driving. Every week, your favorite columnists sit down and give their opinion about the latest NASCAR news, rumors and controversy. Love us or hate us, make a comment below and tell us how you feel about what we’ve said! This Week’s Participants: Amy Henderson (Mondays / The Big Six & Wednesdays / The Frontstretch Five & Fridays / Holding A Pretty Wheel & Frontstretch Managing Editor) Phil Allaway (Tuesdays / Couch Potato Tuesday & Frontstretch Newsletter Editor) ... Read More »

The Frontstretch Five: Drivers Who Need To Pick Up Their Game

The Frontstretch Five: Drivers Who Need To Pick Up Their Game

Welcome to the Frontstretch Five, a brand-new column for 2014! Each week, Amy Henderson takes a look at the racing, the drivers, and the storylines that drive NASCAR and produces a list of five people, places, things, and ideas that define the current state of our sport. In the latest edition, Amy has five drivers who haven’t quite met expectations as spring turns into summer. 1. Matt Kenseth To be fair, Kenseth isn’t really having a bad year. In fact, ... Read More »

The Dumbing Down of NASCAR: How Television Took Fans For a Ride

The Dumbing Down of NASCAR: How Television Took Fans For a Ride

One thing about racing is that there is always something going on, always a storyline. It might be big, it might be small, but there is always something. It might be an aging star trying to hang on one more year, a rookie looking for a break, a quiet contender racing his way from the back of the pack, an underfunded team making weekly gains. It might be a thrilling battle that’s waged lap after lap or a lightning-quick pass ... Read More »

Mirror Driving: No Respect for Johnson, TV Revamps and Nationwide’s Replacement

Mirror Driving: No Respect for Johnson, TV Revamps and Nationwide’s Replacement

Welcome to “Mirror Driving.” Every week, your favorite columnists sit down and give their opinion about the latest NASCAR news, rumors and controversy. Love us or hate us, make a comment below and tell us how you feel about what we’ve said! This Week’s Participants: Amy Henderson (Mondays / The Big Six & Wednesdays / The Frontstretch Five & Fridays / Holding A Pretty Wheel & Frontstretch Managing Editor) Phil Allaway (Tuesdays / Couch Potato Tuesday & Frontstretch Newsletter Editor) Mike Neff (Mondays / Thinkin’ ... Read More »