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Mirror Driving: Best In Show, Can Kasey Contend & Screening Smoke

Mirror Driving: Best In Show, Can Kasey Contend & Screening Smoke

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: Why Stewart Still Sits In Perfect Chase Position

Going By the Numbers: Why Stewart Still Sits In Perfect Chase Position

When it’s all said and done, Ryan Newman will be part of the 2014 Chase for the Sprint Cup. But you already figured – perhaps knew – that, didn’t you? After all, all Newman has a 19-point lead on Greg Biffle entering Richmond, the final race before the Chase begins. Even if, Biffle made up those points, the Richard Childress Racing driver would still have a cushion on Clint Bowyer, who is currently 42 points behind. His only troubling scenario is if ... Read More »

Voice of Vito: Scouting Championship Scenarios in Pre-Chase Preview

Voice of Vito: Scouting Championship Scenarios in Pre-Chase Preview

Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway will mark the final event of the 26-week regular season and set the stage for the latest iteration of NASCAR’s Chase playoff system. It’s been 10 years and four championship scenarios now, of heading into RIR the first weekend of September to see who’s in and who’s out. Despite all the changes and new angles being advertised of the 16 “nations” that will be competing, a few constants still remain: ... Read More »

Truckin’ Thursdays: Memorable Series Moments Part IV

Truckin’ Thursdays: Memorable Series Moments Part IV

Following last week’s Turner Scott Motorsports reports, news in the Truck Series has been relatively quiet, with the exception of TSM officially shuttering the No. 30 team, leaving Ron Hornaday, Jr. and 18 members of the team unemployed. With both owners apparently embroiled in lawsuits against each other, there’s not a whole lot more that I expect to come out of the story until some kind of decision is made by a judge. In the meantime, it’s a great chance ... Read More »

Tech Talk: “Bono” Breaks Down Richmond Tires, Trends, Keys To Success

Tech Talk: “Bono” Breaks Down Richmond Tires, Trends, Keys To Success

As the series heads to Richmond for the final race of the ‘regular season’ the priorities of different teams fall all across the spectrum. While some teams are throwing caution to the wind to try and win a race to make it into the Chase, others are focused on less lofty goals, trying to score their first Top 10 of the season. The No.7 Tommy Baldwin Racing entry falls into the latter category. They have yet to put Michael Annett ... Read More »

Fantasy Insider: Chasing NASCAR’s New Chase Game

Fantasy Insider: Chasing NASCAR’s New Chase Game

NASCAR introduced its new fantasy game that will begin next week called the Perfect Chase Grid Challenge. It will give fans a chance to predict which drivers will make it through each round of the Chase, with four being eliminated after the Dover race, four more being finished after Talladega and then four more after Phoenix, leaving NASCAR with its version of the Final Four in the final race at Homestead. It sounds interesting and all, and I’ll probably give ... Read More »

Did You Notice?… Sprint Cup’s Largest Pre-Chase Disappointments

Did You Notice?… Sprint Cup’s Largest Pre-Chase Disappointments

Did You Notice?… There’s a number of drivers where Saturday will be their last chance to make the Chase. However, with only two spots available, just four drivers (Ryan Newman, Greg Biffle, Clint Bowyer, and Kyle Larson) have a shot to make it into the playoff field through points. The rest must work their way into Victory Lane, a longshot for anyone who’s spent the season well outside the top 15 in points. I figured I’d stop to take a ... Read More »

NASCAR Mailbox: The Lack of Negativity Surrounding Tony Stewart’s Return Was Refreshing

NASCAR Mailbox: The Lack of Negativity Surrounding Tony Stewart’s Return Was Refreshing

Tony Stewart’s return to NASCAR was a story that wasn’t just a big deal to the NASCAR community. It was a big deal to a lot of people who rarely pay attention to the sport, if ever. Mainstream news organizations were present at Atlanta Motor Speedway, from Friday afternoon when Stewart made his first public statement since the tragic accident at Canandaigua Motorsports Park, all the way through until Sunday night when Stewart’s race ended in the garage area. While I ... Read More »

Open Wheel Wednesday: Andretti Amiss, Ganassi Strong, Power Prevails

Open Wheel Wednesday: Andretti Amiss, Ganassi Strong, Power Prevails

Matt:  So, just to start off, can we all agree that Fontana in its current state is pretty much the perfect IndyCar track? Toni:  I certainly agree. I think it’s such a great way to end the season too. A great 500-mile event. Huston:  Interesting way to begin…but yes, the match between the cars and the track is excellent.  It makes you wonder why they’re toying with the idea of NOT concluding the season in Fontana Toni:  I don’t know, I ... Read More »

The Frontstretch Five: Reasons To Give Small Teams Another Look

The Frontstretch Five: Reasons To Give Small Teams Another Look

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. This week, Amy has five reasons to pay more attention to NASCAR’s small teams. You have to look hard to find them on the weekly television broadcast. Rarely making a blip on the ... Read More »