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The Big Six: Questions Answered After the STP 500

The Big Six: Questions Answered After the STP 500

Looking for the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How behind Sunday’s race? Amy Henderson has you covered with each week with the answers to six race day questions, covering all five W’s and even the H…the Big Six. Who…gets my shoutout of the race? During a week when the sport was mourning a loss in its Royal Family, the family race team shone through. Richard Petty Motorsports honored their boss’ wife Lynda, who passed away last week, in the ... Read More »

NASCAR’s Career-Death Experience: A Road To (Almost) Recovery

NASCAR’s Career-Death Experience: A Road To (Almost) Recovery

In the wake of Kurt Busch’s Martinsville victory, filled with more irony than Alanis Morissette could ever sing about, it’s important to remember his comeback, nearly 80 races in the making is nothing short of miraculous in modern NASCAR. For in a world where rides, let alone sponsors were growing extinct back in December 2011 this point cannot be emphasized enough: Kurt Busch was left for dead. I bring this YouTube clip back, not to disparage Busch but to remind ... Read More »

Petty and Martinsville: A Continued Success Story

Petty and Martinsville: A Continued Success Story

The last several years have not been the best for the Ford Motor Company on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series shortest circuits. A manufacturer that has been known most for their intermediate track success, in part by the powerful and durable Roush-Yates engines, has struggled at the end of the day on tracks where engine performance isn’t as important. Until two weeks ago at Bristol, Ford was winless at that track since Edwards’ previous victory in August 2008. At Martinsville, ... Read More »

IndyCar Breakdown: Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

IndyCar Breakdown: Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

In A Nutshell: It is fitting perhaps that the Verizon car with Will Power at the wheel won the season opener in St. Petersburg, the first race of Verizon’s shiny new IndyCar Series sponsorship. Power did it in dominating fashion, too, taking the lead from Takuma Sato on lap 31, holding the top spot by as much as eight seconds, and relinquishing it only during green-flag pit stops. This marks the third consecutive victory for Power going back to the ... Read More »

Pace Laps: JGR vs RPM, IndyCar Officiating, Red Horse Racing Politics, and More

Pace Laps: JGR vs RPM, IndyCar Officiating, Red Horse Racing Politics, and More

Did you miss an event during this busy week in racing? How about a late-night press release, an important sponsorship rumor, or a juicy piece of news? If you did, you’ve come to the right place! Each Monday, The Frontstretch will break down the racing, series by series, to bring you the biggest stories that you need to watch going forward for the week ahead. Let our experts help you get up to speed, no matter what series you might ... Read More »

Tracking the Trucks: Kroger 250

Tracking the Trucks: Kroger 250

In a Nutshell: Matt Crafton held off fall Martinsville winner Darrell Wallace, Jr. on two green-white-checkered finishes. It was the first win for Crafton at the speedway and his fourth overall. Rookie Ben Kennedy came home third in his second start at Martinsville, while Crafton’s teammate Johnny Sauter was fourth. Ryan Blaney, Timothy Peters, German Quiroga, Ben Rhodes, Ron Hornaday, Jr. and Brian Ickler rounded out the top 10. Matt Crafton celebrated in victory lane Sunday afternoon after winning for ... Read More »

Sights and Sounds: STP 500/Kroger 250

Sights and Sounds: STP 500/Kroger 250

Take in the sights and sounds of Martinsville Speedway with this special look at the 2014 STP 500 weekend. “I’m a winner, but I’m a loser too because I lost the next race so you’re automatically back in the losers bracket too. That’s the tough thing about this sport. We’re looking to get back on that list and go for two in a row here at Martinsville.” – Darrell Wallace, Jr., polesitter for Kroger 250 Photo: Mike Neff “It feels ... Read More »

Four Burning Questions in Martinsville: Reckless Rookies and Hendrick Stalwarts

Four Burning Questions in Martinsville: Reckless Rookies and Hendrick Stalwarts

Oh what do you know, wet weather has plagued the NASCAR world yet again. Rain has seemingly been the theme of the 2014 NASCAR season, and that theme continued yesterday as the Truck Series event at Martinsville was postponed until today. The good news of course is that today’s Cup Series event ought to go off without a hitch, and as such we have a number of stories to track. Undoubtedly the biggest story heading into today is the sheer ... Read More »

Beyond the Cockpit with Ben Rhodes

Beyond the Cockpit with Ben Rhodes

Ben Rhodes is a shining star rising quickly through the ranks of stock car racing. He is working his way up the ladder, but he’s doing it at a very rapid pace. He burst onto the national scene with two strong runs in Denny Hamlin’s Short Track Shootout. He has worked for Marcos Ambrose and with well known NASCAR crew chief Lee McCall on his way to the K&N Series. He is making his Truck Series debut this weekend in ... Read More »

“My Health Is My Business” … But Is It?

“My Health Is My Business” … But Is It?

“My health is my business.” Denny Hamlin could not have been clearer. Hamlin addressed the media Friday in Martinsville, giving a thorough explanation of the eye problem that kept him out of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race last weekend in Fontana. But the driver, who missed the event due to a shard of metal in his eye, was already under fire from some this week for not releasing information sooner. Among those critical was the sport’s Most Popular Driver, ... Read More »