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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Watkins Glen A Mix Of Tony’s Tragedy, AJ’s Triumph

Thinkin’ Out Loud: Watkins Glen A Mix Of Tony’s Tragedy, AJ’s Triumph

Key Moment – On lap 78, Josh Wise stopped in the grass on the inside of the exit of the Bus Stop. Rather than throw a local caution to give Wise an opportunity to refire the car and continue on, NASCAR threw a full-course caution. As a result, AJ Allmendinger and Marcos Ambrose drew immensely closer to being able to stretch their fuel to the finish. The resulting chaos on the restart brought another caution flag and the two leaders were assured ... Read More »

Regan Smith In For Tony Stewart Today, No Charges Filed

Regan Smith In For Tony Stewart Today, No Charges Filed

Regan Smith will sub for three-time NASCAR champ Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen today, jumping in the No. 14 Chevy while an investigation continues after Stewart struck and killed fellow racer Kevin Ward, Jr. at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in New York. Competition Director Greg Zipadelli broke the news in a press conference this morning, explaining it was Stewart’s decision to skip the race after waking up with a “business as usual” mentality to start the day. RUTHERFORD: Tony Stewart Strikes, Kills ... Read More »

Driver Killed After Being Hit By Tony Stewart at New York Dirt Track

Driver Killed After Being Hit By Tony Stewart at New York Dirt Track

Update (3:04 a.m.): Local police have confirmed that an incident at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in Canandaigua, N.Y., on Saturday night (Aug. 9) involved NASCAR driver Tony Stewart. According to police in a press conference at around 3 a.m. ET – and later reiterated in a press release – Stewart made contact with a driver who had gotten out of his car and had walked down the dirt track, visibly frustrated with Stewart. The two cars had made contact a lap ... Read More »

Four Burning Questions in Watkins Glen: Scintilating Strategies and Ambrose’s Last Stand

Four Burning Questions in Watkins Glen: Scintilating Strategies and Ambrose’s Last Stand

The Sprint Cup Series is in scenic Watkins Glen, NY today for the 22nd round of the 2014 season, and for what will only be the second time this season, the drivers will be turning right. Watkins Glen International has developed into one of the finest circuits that the Sprint Cup Series visits, as the course perfectly blends high-speed oval-esque action with the much adored low-speed beating and banging that is inherent to stock car road racing. There is indeed ... Read More »

Nationwide Breakdown: Zippo 200 at the Glen

Nationwide Breakdown: Zippo 200 at the Glen

Nothing could stop Marcos Ambrose on Saturday afternoon at Watkins Glen International. The 37-year-old was entered in his first NASCAR Nationwide Series event in nearly one year, and he made the most of it. Ambrose and his crew chief Scott McDougall played the perfect strategy to win the Zippo 200 at the Glen. Leading a race-high 48 of the 82 laps, the No. 09 team brought Ambrose his fifth career victory in NASCAR’s second-tier division. The victory also marks the ... Read More »

Nuts for Nationwide: Chase Elliott Won’t Miss a Beat with New Crew Chief

Nuts for Nationwide: Chase Elliott Won’t Miss a Beat with New Crew Chief

Regardless of change, time is on the side of Chase Elliott. The 18-year-old Nationwide Series points leader will lose his crew chief, Greg Ives, following the 2014 season. Ives is set to take the reins for Sprint Cup Series driver – and Elliott’s boss – Dale Earnhardt, Jr., beginning in the 2015 season. The move means that while the void for Earnhardt has been filled, it creates one for the youngster. In just his first full-time season, Elliott leads the points ... Read More »

Mirror Driving: System Failure, Strategy vs. Speed, and Future Stars

Mirror Driving: System Failure, Strategy vs. Speed, and Future Stars

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) Beth Lunkenheimer (Thursdays / Truckin’ Thursday; Frontstretch Managing Editor) Phil Allaway ... Read More »

Happiness Is… Indifference Darian Grubb & The Glen

Happiness Is… Indifference Darian Grubb & The Glen

Well, Pocono was fun.  Or something. At one point it seemed more like bumper cars at 200 mph than actual racing.  Then again, who ever expected the Big One to happen at the triangle, a track long considered one of the most boring?  The overall culmination felt like a disjointed mess of a race, which means it’s not all that surprising that the ratings once again equaled those of a daytime re-run of Covert Affairs. No need to harp on ... Read More »

Holding A Pretty Wheel: Sponsors Finding Value in NASCAR’s Small Teams

Holding A Pretty Wheel: Sponsors Finding Value in NASCAR’s Small Teams

This week’s big announcement came from National Guard, and as most fans are aware by now, it wasn’t what they wanted to hear, as the Guard has decided to leave motorsports sponsorship after deciding that advertising on racecars in both NASCAR and IndyCar didn’t result in enough recruits to justify the cost. As sponsorship get harder to find for many teams, even among the sport’s elite, it seems like the news hasn’t been good in recent years. But it’s not ... Read More »