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Ross Chastain: Beyond the Watermelon

Ross Chastain: Beyond the Watermelon

To many of our readers, and many insiders in the sport, the first that they saw of Ross Chastain was when the then 18-year-old made his Camping World Truck Series debut at Lucas Oil Raceway in 2011. Chastain qualified 15th and finished a very impressive tenth. The debut led to Michael Waltrip’s rather irritating obsession (for TV viewers) with watermelons that culminated with a piece that aired during an episode of NCWTS Setup where Chastain took Waltrip to a watermelon farm ... Read More »

Beyond the Cockpit: Landon Cassill on NASCAR Sponsorship And Home Renovation

Beyond the Cockpit: Landon Cassill on NASCAR Sponsorship And Home Renovation

Landon Cassill has had an up-and-down career in NASCAR’s top three National Series. Seven years ago, Cassill was an 18-year-old prodigy in Hendrick Motorsports’ driver development program. In 2007, he started six then-Busch Series races for Hendrick Motorsports in either their Nos. 5 or 24 Chevrolets, sponsored by the National Guard. The results showed a green driver without a lot of experience, someone who was learning on the job. However, Hendrick Motorsports gave Cassill more seat time, fielding cars for ... Read More »

Beyond the Cockpit: Trent Hindman on Fall-Line Motorsports, Testing the Audi R8

Beyond the Cockpit: Trent Hindman on Fall-Line Motorsports, Testing the Audi R8

In the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge in 2014, few drivers have had a better time of it so far as Trent Hindman, an 18-year old prodigy who shares the No. 46 BMW M3 for Fall-Line Motorsports with TUSC regular John Edwards. In the first three races of 2014, the duo won at Laguna Seca and finished second at both Daytona and Sebring. Those results were enough to give the duo a 22 point lead in the Grand Sport (GS) ... Read More »

Beyond the Pool: Tyler Clary Aims To Jump From Swimming To NASCAR

Beyond the Pool: Tyler Clary Aims To Jump From Swimming To NASCAR

These articles are normally called Beyond the Cockpit. Today’s offering is called Beyond the Pool because we’re speaking with Tyler Clary, Olympic gold medalist in swimming. He holds the Olympic record in the 200 meter backstroke and is preparing to defend it in the 2016 games. Similar to tennis and gymnastics, swimming is a young person’s sport for the most part. There are always exceptions but most of the top swimmers are done well before their 40th birthday. Clary knows ... Read More »

Marketing Magic: How A Track CMO Delivers Value To NASCAR Fans And Sponsors

Marketing Magic: How A Track CMO Delivers Value To NASCAR Fans And Sponsors

In January 2014, a management restructure at the Pocono Raceway resulted in Ben May ascending to Chief Marketing Officer. While the position is new for May, he certainly is no stranger to the Tricky Triangle, having worked with the Mattioli family since 2001. May sat down with our own Tony Lumbis during the Pocono 400 weekend earlier this month. The two discussed a variety of topics, including Pocono’s social media presence, track attendance, half-time parties, an upcoming GoBowling.com promotion with ... Read More »

Beyond The Cockpit: A Closer Look At NASCAR Economics

Beyond The Cockpit: A Closer Look At NASCAR Economics

Instead of checking out a driver this week, we’re taking a different approach to Beyond the Cockpit: looking at the health of NASCAR as a whole. Andrew Maness is the owner of RACINGnomics, a “cutting edge” website devoted to intense statistical research in the world of racing. As a longtime fan with a deep background in economic policy, Maness has undertaken a number of projects aimed at garnering a better understanding of the racing business. One of Maness’ biggest areas ... Read More »

Beyond the Cockpit: Kyle Larson on the Tricky Triangle, 2014 Aspirations and Home Ownership

Beyond the Cockpit: Kyle Larson on the Tricky Triangle, 2014 Aspirations and Home Ownership

Kyle Larson has been turning heads as a Sprint Cup Series rookie this year, nearly taking the win at Fontana earlier this season while remaining solidly in Chase contention. Larson meet with Frontstretch.com’s Tony Lumbis at Pocono Raceway, where the rookie won the ARCA 200 and brought home a fifth place finish in Sunday’s Pocono 400. The two discussed Larson’s initial impressions of the Tricky Triangle, representing a national brand in Target and home ownership. This is your first trip ... Read More »

Beyond the Cockpit: Ryan Eversley on Balance of Power, Kenzie Ruston and Introducing Fans to Sports Cars

Beyond the Cockpit: Ryan Eversley on Balance of Power, Kenzie Ruston and Introducing Fans to Sports Cars

At age 30, Ryan Eversley is a mainstay in sports car racing here in the United States. While he has never raced full-time at the top level of sports car racing (either TUSC,ALMS, or Grand-Am’s Rolex Sports Car Series), Eversley has been a regular competitor in all three series. Eversley currently races full-time in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge for Compass360 Racing, an Ontario-based team that primarily races Honda Civic Si’s in the Street Tuner class. However, at Lime Rock Park, host ... Read More »

Beyond the Cockpit: Justin Allgaier on Making Improvements While Being a Rookie and a Father

Beyond the Cockpit: Justin Allgaier on Making Improvements While Being a Rookie and a Father

Justin Allgaier made his Sprint Cup Series debut with HScott Motorsports at Chicagoland Speedway last September, a race where he finished 27th, one lap down. Fast forward to this season, and he’s running full time for the Rookie of the Year honors alongside a full crop of young drivers. In 11 starts this season, the driver of the No. 51 Chevrolet has a best finish of 17th at Bristol. Allgaier sat down with Frontstretch.com’s Beth Lunkenheimer at Kansas Speedway over ... Read More »

Beyond the Cockpit: Doug Yates on Horsepower Reduction

Beyond the Cockpit: Doug Yates on Horsepower Reduction

NASCAR Vice President Steve O’Donnell made a statement at Iowa Speedway last month that the sport will make an announcement soon about their plans to reduce horsepower in the Cup Series. As the details have been hashed out, the engine builders for all manufacturers have been involved in the process, ensuring the final solutions work for all major sides. Frontstretch took some time at Talladega this past weekend to sit down with Doug Yates from Roush Yates Racing Engines to hear ... Read More »