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Five Points To Ponder: Keselowski Rivalries, Titans, And Short Track Success

Five Points To Ponder: Keselowski Rivalries, Titans, And Short Track Success

ONE: WE’RE OFF TO A GOOD START Six races down, 30 to go and it’s fair to say we’re off to an excellent start in 2014. Three of the races have been classics — the Daytona 500, last Sunday’s race at Martinsville and the previous week at Auto Club Speedway — while Las Vegas and Bristol were both very watchable, exciting events. So far, only Phoenix was a stinker — unless of course you’re a fan of Kevin Harvick. We’ve also seen six different ... Read More »

Five Points to Ponder: Five Winners, Fontana In The Chase And The Real Deal

Five Points to Ponder: Five Winners, Fontana In The Chase And The Real Deal

ONE: Five Winners in Five Weeks So that’s five winners in five weeks, with Kyle Busch joining Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski and Carl Edwards among those locked into the Chase — or so goes the conventional wisdom. But there’s a bit of trouble brewing with that philosophy. History had shown us that with 16 drivers guaranteed a spot in this year’s playoffs, chances are that come Richmond, we won’t have more than that number with a win. ... Read More »

Five Points To Ponder: NASCAR Gambles, And So Do Teams With Vegas Looming

Five Points To Ponder: NASCAR Gambles, And So Do Teams With Vegas Looming

ONE: NASCAR Teams Gambling Already No, I’m not talking about Las Vegas. It’s clear the new Chase format, rewarding race winners, is going to have a significant impact on the pre-playoff portion this season. We saw it take effect already this past Sunday, when Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s team was comfortable with making, had they needed to, a fuel gamble to go for a second straight victory. Crew chief Steve Letarte pulled no punches on the radio, telling Junior, “We’re here to try ... Read More »

2014 Sprint Cup Predictions: Our Staff Tells All

2014 Sprint Cup Predictions: Our Staff Tells All

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! Let’s not waste any time. Here’s a look at some of our columnists’ predictions for 2014, along with a peek at where you’ll be able to find them ... Read More »

Five Points to Ponder: Pole Conspiracies, Smoke Rising and the Great American Race

Five Points to Ponder: Pole Conspiracies, Smoke Rising and the Great American Race

ONE: And We’re Back The NASCAR offseason is just about the shortest in all of professional sports. So why does it always feel like ages between the checkered flag at Homestead-Miami Speedway and the start of Daytona Speedweeks? I’ll leave that answer to those more qualified in the study of neurosciences in the human brain, but I for one was itching for some on-track action after what was for much of the country a bitter, frigid winter. Unlike in years ... Read More »

Five Points to Ponder: Firsts, Families And Failing Pit Crews

Five Points to Ponder: Firsts, Families And Failing Pit Crews

What a weekend it was for Regan Smith who not only won the Aaron's 312 at Talladega with a thrilling last ditch push, but also established a 27-point lead in the battle for the Nationwide Series crown; the first time in his career he has led the standings. Smith was in seventh place coming to the white flag before a push from Kasey Kahne made all the difference. "Coming down the backstretch I thought, ‘Ah, we’re going to take fifth or sixth.’ I thought that’s the way it was going to go. I can’t even tell you the order of the guys who were leading,” said Smith. “I just saw cars at that point. They got all jammed up, we had a run and I made a move. I wasn’t really sure if I was clear, but I figured it was the only chance I had to win the race. I wanted to make that move to see if it was going to pay off for us, and it did." Read More »

Five Points to Ponder: Politics Surrounding Short Tracks, Injuries, And Jeff Burton

Five Points to Ponder: Politics Surrounding Short Tracks, Injuries, And Jeff Burton

*ONE: Build More Short Tracks* A lot of what you read on Twitter is not much more than garbage, but there was one tweet late Saturday night from USA Today NASCAR beat writer Jeff Gluck that really hit the mark. “The longer I’m around this sport, the more I’m convinced additional short tracks would be the solution to many of NASCAR’s problems,” "tweeted Gluck.":https://twitter.com/jeff_gluck/status/328595945480654848 Read More »

IndyCar Preview: Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

*What’s News?* It’s race number three of a 16-race schedule this weekend on the historic street course of Long Beach, CA. After a couple of races (St Pete’s and Barber) to kick off the 2012 season, the teams and drivers are gradually getting used to the new car, new chassis, new body and new engine. This process has not been without its hitches as perhaps evidenced by the fact that all eleven Chevy engines were replaced prior to the first practice; thanks, in part, to an issue discovered with James Hinchcliffe’s engine at a test at Infineon earlier this week. The resultant 10 position penalty levied for each of the Chevy drivers should give the starting grid a different look this weekend. "We are still learning the limitations of the new engine controls calibration," said Chris Berube, Chevrolet Racing's IZOD IndyCar Series program manager. "Through our testing in Sonoma, as indicated by an engine issue, we uncovered a problem that we believe could affect all engines. So, as a result, we feel it is prudent to change all engines prior to the start of the on-track activities this weekend." Read More »

IndyCar Preview: Barber Motorsports Park

IndyCar Preview: Barber Motorsports Park

The Barber Motorsports Park is a sprawling 740-acre, multi-purpose permanent racing facility in Birmingham, Alabama. It’s a 17-turn, 2.38 mile long road course and the home for the second year in a row to the second race of the season for the IndyCar Series. In 2010, the inaugural event was the third race of the year. The sample size at Barber Motorsports Park is necessarily small, and made smaller by the fact that this year we have new cars, new engines and a brand new chassis. But for the record, the first race in 2010 was won by Helio Castroneves, while Will Power lead flag-to-flag for a dominant victory in last year’s race. Read More »

IndyCar Preview: Season Opener on the Streets of St. Petersburg

IndyCar Preview: Season Opener on the Streets of St. Petersburg

*Dan Wheldon:* It’s impossible to start any kind of INDYCAR season preview without mentioning Dan Wheldon not least with the race this weekend in his adopted hometown. It is still hard to believe he is not with us. May he rest in peace and may God bless his wife and two small sons. *This Weekend:* This Sunday afternoon on the 14-turn 1.8-mile temporary street course of St Petersburg, FL the 2012 INDYCAR Series season will kick off a six month, 16-race schedule which includes stops in Canada, Brazil and, for the first time in series history, Qingdao, China. Read More »