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Nuts for Nationwide: Nationwide Series at the Brickyard Just Doesn’t Fit

Nuts for Nationwide: Nationwide Series at the Brickyard Just Doesn’t Fit

The Nationwide Series winner at Daytona International Speedway the day before the Daytona 500 doesn’t get a Harley J. Earl trophy. The victor at Darlington Raceway the day before the Southern 500 isn’t rewarded with his name and face emblazoned on the Johnny Mantz trophy. So why the Nationwide Series winner at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is allowed to kiss the bricks (thankfully the trophy is different), just like the following day’s Brickyard 400 winners, is beyond me. There has always ... Read More »

Happiness Is… Hot Head Stevens, Statistics & Making an Entrance

Happiness Is… Hot Head Stevens, Statistics & Making an Entrance

More weeknight racing, please. Other Frontstretchers have asserted that nighttime races aren’t as good as the daytime events.  That’s fine, and Sunday afternoons have their place, but maybe not every week, and Wednesday’s truck race showed how likeable mid-week racing can be. As NASCAR continues to stick its head in the sand about making any schedule changes that might excite the fanbase, weeknight racing seems to be one of the coolest ideas that gets overlooked.  During these summer months, when ... Read More »

Holding A Pretty Wheel: Everyone’s Got An Achilles’ Heel

Holding A Pretty Wheel: Everyone’s Got An Achilles’ Heel

It seems as though the 2014 Sprint Cup Series season started just last week, but suddenly it’s midsummer and the countdown to the Chase is in the single digits and clicking lower. It’s been a quirky season — teams who looked unbeatable early faded, teams who looked out to lunch surged into the spotlight. A few who have issued nary a peep in the past have made their presence known, while some who were at the top of their game ... Read More »

Mirror Driving: Playoff Pictures, Indy’s Impact, and Eldora Endures

Mirror Driving: Playoff Pictures, Indy’s Impact, and Eldora Endures

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 »

Going By the Numbers: Final 7 Races Offer Dividends for Kahne, Kenseth Among Others

Going By the Numbers: Final 7 Races Offer Dividends for Kahne, Kenseth Among Others

Say what you will about the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule — no, really; there’s a lot to say — but one thing it’s been as of late is consistent. As the series comes off its final off-weekend of the 2014 season, there are but 17 races left in the season. A quick glance at the final rundown notes that it’s quite comparable to 2013′s final 17 races. In fact, in terms of order, it’s exactly the same. Particularly, the ... Read More »

Chasing the Chase Will Influence How Teams Hit the Bricks

Chasing the Chase Will Influence How Teams Hit the Bricks

The Sprint Cup Series returns to action at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Sunday after its final week off of the season. The question now with the Chase spots being on the line,  will they be racing the same way by being worried about nothing but wins, or concerned about points? Clearly, there are going to be some drivers who will be in a go-for-it mode in the final seven regular season races, some who will play it a bit more ... Read More »

Tech Talk with Tony Gibson for Indianapolis – Tire concerns, Two Grooves and Today’s Car Compared to 1992′s

Tech Talk with Tony Gibson for Indianapolis – Tire concerns, Two Grooves and Today’s Car Compared to 1992′s

The Cup Series is heading to Indianapolis Motor Speedway this week for the 20th Anniversary of the Brickyard 400. The race at the legendary speedway has propelled many drivers to a series title and has also made a career for some others. Tony Gibson has been there for all 20 of them and he’s seen both the good and the bad. He’s also been around for the evolution of race cars from simple, raw machines to the sophisticated speed demons ... Read More »

Midweek Mud Slinging Proves Best Ideas Come From Outside The Box

Midweek Mud Slinging Proves Best Ideas Come From Outside The Box

On Monday this week, Brian France voiced his opinion on the newly formed Race Team Alliance, the consortium of the nine largest teams in the sport, who have banded together to help speak with one voice with – although sometime presumably against – NASCAR and their decision making processes. Appearing on Sirius XM’s Sirius Speedway show Monday, France said, “Every decision we’ve ever made that’s important, the more input, the more people we heard from, the better the result. That ... Read More »

Truckin’ Thursdays: An Eldora Recap

Truckin’ Thursdays: An Eldora Recap

In a Nutshell: Darrell Wallace, Jr. put on a clinic in Wednesday night’s 1800CarCash Mudsummer Classic, grabbing the victory by 5.489 seconds over Ron Hornaday, Jr. at Eldora Speedway. The driver of the No. 54 Toyota held off a hard-charging Kyle Larson until the latter’s truck couldn’t take anymore punishment and gave up, leaving Wallace to coast to his second win of the season. Ryan Blaney, Ken Schrader and Ty Dillon rounded out the top 5. Who Should Have Won: ... Read More »