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NASCAR, Tires, And The Goldilocks Theory

NASCAR, Tires, And The Goldilocks Theory

ATHLON SPORTS – BOWLES: FOUR THINGS WE LEARNED AT FONTANA Once upon a time, Goldilocks attended a NASCAR race for free at a big, “cookie-cutter” superspeedway. The girl sat down and watched, politely only for the cars to never pass each other. “This racing is too boring!” she said. Her race was… too many tracks, too many repaving jobs the last few years in this sport. Phoenix, Michigan, Kansas… new pavement, plenty of single-file opportunities. Fresh asphalt makes hard tires ... Read More »

NASCAR’s Drought In The Desert… A Case Of Bad Timing

NASCAR’s Drought In The Desert… A Case Of Bad Timing

NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series swept into its West Coast swing this weekend with a sandstorm out in Arizona. Momentum, with one Most Popular Driver winning one Most Important Race, was clearly in their corner. All week, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. popped up everywhere from SportsCenter to Letterman, reminding former, current, and future supporters of stock car racing of the cool factor that can still be attached to this sport. Fans entered Phoenix Raceway in droves, looking to quench their thirst for excitement with a finish that could ... Read More »

Earnhardt’s Explosion Back Into Relevancy… At NASCAR’s Super Bowl

Earnhardt’s Explosion Back Into Relevancy… At NASCAR’s Super Bowl

The hardest thing about journalism these days is the public’s need for instant reaction. A gold medal is won, a life is lost, an Earnhardt resurrected at Daytona and immediately we need to know how to feel, often in 140 characters or less. Analysis, the kind that takes weeks to turn into well-thought out paragraphs and stories falls victim to iPhones, a funny YouTube video and overall Attention Deficit Disorder. Waiting means ignorance; we need to know the answers. It’s ... Read More »

The Underdogs Have Their Day

The Underdogs Have Their Day

JOIN OUR FANTASY RACING LEAGUE!! The Frontstretch has a big league on Yahoo!, once again and we’d like you to be a part of it. Come compete with your favorite racing experts by clicking here and signing up. Our Group ID is 10532 and the password is stenica… so don’t miss out! We learned a lot in NASCAR’s Gatorade Duels Thursday. Unfortunately, “learning” for the drivers up front leads to a roll of the dice on quality competition. The first ... Read More »

A Simple NASCAR Question: Now What?

A Simple NASCAR Question: Now What?

Monday night, after the Super Bowl. It marks the end of NFL season, but the beginning of a slow transition where NASCAR once again preps to take center stage. The next big American sporting event belongs to stock car racing; the Daytona 500 stands less than three weeks away. And no matter how far this sport has fallen, that 9.9 television rating for the Great American Race, just last season still held a larger audience than last year’s World Series. ... Read More »

Horror Story Ending To NASCAR’s Nationwide Race: Latest News & Updates

Horror Story Ending To NASCAR’s Nationwide Race: Latest News & Updates

_Saturday, NASCAR’s day at the races in Daytona turned disastrous. Here’s all the information we can gather, in question-and-answer format to the horrific ending which has left dozens of fans hurt and a long night of repairs ahead for track officials._ *Last Updated: 12:00 AM, Sunday 2/24/13* *What happened?* In NASCAR’s Nationwide race, the final corner of the final lap was a dogfight between leader Regan Smith, second-place Brad Keselowski, and other drivers behind them, closing fast. Keselowski, sensing it was time to make his move, pulled to the outside, getting even with Smith’s rear bumper before the driver came up to block. The resulting contact turned Smith hard right in front of the whole field and kick-started a vicious Demolition Derby incident that lasted all the way to the start/finish line. Read More »

Serious Incident Mars End To NASCAR Nationwide Series Race

Serious Incident Mars End To NASCAR Nationwide Series Race

A serious incident marred the end to Saturday’s Nationwide Series race at Daytona. As the cars were coming to the checkered, leader Regan Smith was turned by Brad Keselowski and “this multi-car melee ensued.”:http://deadspin.com/5986464/todays-nascar-nationwide-race-at-daytona-ended-with-kyle-larsons-car-going-through-the-security-fence-and-torn-in-half In the aftermath, Larson’s car hit Keselowski’s, head-on then turned in a dangerous angle into the outside wall where the front half of his car was virtually destroyed. While the engine got stuck in the fence, several parts and pieces went through while one of Larson’s ... Read More »

Daytona Brought To You By The Letter “L:” Lame Duck, Lucky Lady, Lots To Prove

Daytona Brought To You By The Letter “L:” Lame Duck, Lucky Lady, Lots To Prove

Kevin Harvick spent Saturday night “Happy” in Victory Lane, and why not? He’d won the first Cup race of 2013, established himself as a contender to win a second Daytona 500 and injected a much-needed boost of energy into struggling Richard Childress Racing. But the second he stepped out of that zone, into his media presser that merriness got entangled with a different type of off-track mission – one that involved holding up the middle finger. “I missed all you guys,” said the winner, a sarcastic joke tinged with reality after walking in. “Because you were all busy being TMZ the other day. So now you all have to talk to me and I can be a complete prick.” Read More »

From Tragedy To Triumph? Everyone Wins With A Moving NASCAR Newtown Tribute

From Tragedy To Triumph? Everyone Wins With A Moving NASCAR Newtown Tribute

When it comes to Valentine’s Day, I’m conflicted. Like many typical males, there’s a part of me that thinks the whole holiday is silly. If it’s the only day you ever feel compelled to get your lover flowers, should you really be with them? Shouldn’t the ways in which we all come together, for one moment in time to remind people how much we care, be something we do consistently, all 365 days a year? Believe it or not, I have many of the same feelings when it comes to something so mundane as NASCAR Media Day. In the past four weeks, we’ve had Daytona testing, the Media Tour, Acceleration Weekend and countless press conferences and public announcements. The diehard fan has been following every move; the casual one won’t pay attention to anything until Saturday night. Why, in this day and age of 24/7 social media do we need this over-the-top event down in Daytona to remind ourselves of stories that, by and large, have not changed since the last time they were reported? Read More »