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Voice of Vito: Going For Broke A Recipe For Disaster?

Voice of Vito: Going For Broke A Recipe For Disaster?

Ever since NASCAR made an announcement, changing the new Chase rules for 2014, there has been a common thread to the comments made regarding team performance: Win and you’re in! You can take chances every week! Once you win, the R&D begins, and teams will get more aggressive! To quote General Hummel from The Rock, “Well here and now, the lies stop!” OK, perhaps lies is stretching things a bit – but so is the reality of teams going all ... Read More »

Tech Talk: Tony Gibson Tackles The Tire Story, Danica, And Brakes For Martinsville

Tech Talk: Tony Gibson Tackles The Tire Story, Danica, And Brakes For Martinsville

Fontana last Sunday was a challenge for most Cup teams, as soft tires had to be managed in order for them to successfully compete. It was very reminiscent of the late 1990s, when drivers had to baby the cars to make them last for full fuel runs and keep their equipment in one piece until the end. Tony Gibson was there in the ’90s, as a fast-rising mechanic and he knows the difference between quality wear and simply a high ... Read More »

Truckin’ Thursdays: A Trio Of Favorites With Something To Prove

Truckin’ Thursdays: A Trio Of Favorites With Something To Prove

This weekend, the Camping World Truck Series returns to action at Martinsville after more than a month off-track. Do you remember what happened at Daytona? Don’t worry, I had to think about it for a moment before I remembered that it was Kyle Busch who came out victorious with an impressive last-lap pass on Timothy Peters. Having grabbed the points lead with that runner-up finish, Peters looks to return to his home track and repeat his 2009 performance, where he ... Read More »

Brendan Gaughan Driver Diary: Getting Stronger, Vegas, and Fat Irish

Brendan Gaughan Driver Diary: Getting Stronger, Vegas, and Fat Irish

Starting out the season, we go to Daytona International Speedway right out of the box. Everybody always says, “Oh, it’s Daytona,” and all these great flowery things. In reality, the way the racing is — and it’s great racing — but as a driver, you just hope to make it out of there in one piece. We were able to make it out of there and have a good finish for a change. I looked at the stats. In six ... Read More »

Fantasy Insider: Hotdog Heartburn? Martinsville Madness To Upset Fantasy Standings

Fantasy Insider: Hotdog Heartburn? Martinsville Madness To Upset Fantasy Standings

OK, by a raise of hands, how many of you were screaming and cursing at the TV as one of your top fantasy picks fell by the wayside, late in Sunday’s race due to a blown tire? First, there was Jimmie Johnson, then Brad Keselowski, followed by Clint Bowyer. That final blowout/spin, in a cruel twist of fate, cost Jeff Gordon a win, along with a “locked up” Chase position this early in the season. Those kinds of things are ... Read More »

Did You Notice? … NASCAR’s Free Agent Lynchpin, Uncomfortable Reality And Gambling

Did You Notice? … NASCAR’s Free Agent Lynchpin, Uncomfortable Reality And Gambling

Before this sarcastic-laden column begins, I’d like to start by offering my deepest sympathies to the Petty family. Matriarch Lynda Petty was, by all accounts, the glue that held them together, her warmth and southern charm defining NASCAR’s first family for multiple generations. One of the sport’s good people, she will be sorely missed. Thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected. HENDERSON: Five Ways Lynda Petty’s Death Has An Impact WHAT NASCAR IS SAYING ABOUT LYNDA PETTY Did ... Read More »

NASCAR Mailbox: I Never Did Like The Taste of Crow…

NASCAR Mailbox: I Never Did Like The Taste of Crow…

Before we get started, I’d like to extend my condolences to the Petty family on the passing of Lynda Petty. I never got to see Richard Petty in his prime but I have heard enough about Lynda to know she was a wonderful human being and will be deeply missed by those in the community. The world could use more women like her. Poor Denny Hamlin. He’s going to have nightmares about Fontana hospitals and go into a spasm every ... Read More »

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 after Fontana

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 after Fontana

  The name of the game in California was tires, tires, tires! Green flag runs never lasted more than 25 laps. Like clockwork, Goodyear flats arose, and it seemed like no one was safe. Every team, it seemed, couldn’t escape the problem. Drivers from Hendrick Motorsports, Stewart-Haas Racing, Penske Racing, Roush Fenway, Michael Waltrip Racing and others were all on pit road – or in the wall – with flat tires.Almost every ranked driver after Bristol had an issue on ... Read More »

The Frontstretch Five: Ways Lynda Petty’s Death Has An Impact

The Frontstretch Five: Ways Lynda Petty’s Death Has An Impact

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. In the latest edition, Amy has five ways that the death of racing’s Queen, Lynda Petty, impacts us all. 1. Another link to the past is gone One of the things that makes ... Read More »

Open-Wheel Wednesday: Welcome to 2014! So What’s New?

Open-Wheel Wednesday: Welcome to 2014! So What’s New?

The 2014 Verizon IndyCar season kicks off this weekend in St. Petersburg and that means your Frontstretch IndyCar staff returns, starting this week to bring you all the news and storylines straight from the open-wheel world. We will once again be bringing you previews and recaps of all the racing action along with our Open-Wheel Wednesday commentaries. We’ll also be introducing a new piece, Up Close and Personal With… starting next Tuesday, April 1st, focusing on open-wheel drivers, past and ... Read More »