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Four Burning All-Star Questions: Anti-Climatic Finishes and All-Star Underdogs

Four Burning All-Star Questions: Anti-Climatic Finishes and All-Star Underdogs

The Sprint All-Star Race is on tap for this evening, and if you’ve been watching Fox Sports 1 at all the past few weeks you’ve probably already been inundated with adverts and hype for the race. Whether or not the hype will be justified remains to be scene, but nonetheless, the All-Star Race still stands as the biggest example of pomp and circumstance that the sport has to offer. A million dollars is on the line tonight, and if you ... Read More »

Four Burning Questions in Kansas: Treacherous Track Surfaces and A Freaky Fast Harvick

Four Burning Questions in Kansas: Treacherous Track Surfaces and A Freaky Fast Harvick

Tonight, the stars and cars of NASCAR’s pinnacle division will take on the oh-so-treacherous Kansas Speedway to contest the 5-Hour Energy 400. For the first time, the Sprint Cup Series will be racing at Kansas under the lights, and with the nighttime conditions comes a whole slew of new challenges for the teams to face. Kansas is currently considered to be among the most difficult tracks to drive at the Sprint Cup level right now, and as such, tonight could ... Read More »

Four Burning Questions in Talladega: Under-Dogs and Racy Restrictor Plates

Four Burning Questions in Talladega: Under-Dogs and Racy Restrictor Plates

It’s big. It’s bad. It’s fast. It’s Talladega! This race needs little introduction. This one has been perhaps the most anticipated Talladega race in recent memory, and if practice and qualifying were any indication of what is to come today, then the hype will be justified. Plenty of stories are on the docket heading into today’s race, and there is much to cover, so let’s just dive right in, shall we? 1. Could Josh Wise and the Dogecoin car pull ... Read More »

Four Burning Questions – Richmond: Financial Follies and Revisiting Spingate

Four Burning Questions – Richmond: Financial Follies and Revisiting Spingate

The perfect race track. That’s how the drivers of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series are apt to describe the track that hosts this week’s round of racing action, Richmond International Raceway. Of course, the last Sprint Cup Series event at Richmond was decidedly not perfect, what with the cheating scandal and all. Of course, Spingate will be on the minds of many this weekend, but it still pales in comparison to the stories surrounding tonight’s actual race which in truth is shaping ... Read More »

Four Burning Questions – Southern 500: Rookies No Match For … Gordon?

Four Burning Questions – Southern 500: Rookies No Match For … Gordon?

Historic Darlington Raceway is the site of Round 8 of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, and tonight, the best stock car drivers in the world will contest one of the most prestigious races in NASCAR, the Southern 500. They’ve tried to kill it, but like cockroaches after nuclear war, the Southern 500 continues to live on after years of schedule changes, name changes, and lawsuits. Veteran drivers tend to excel at this facility, and rookies tend to, uh, not do so well. ... Read More »

Four Burning Questions in Texas: Tire Concerns and Smoke Rising

Four Burning Questions in Texas: Tire Concerns and Smoke Rising

I don’t like rain. I really, truly don’t. In fact, I hate it. I find it to be an annoying pestilence that has the capacity to ruin just about any sort of outing one can conjure up. I’m sure if I lived in some perpetually-arid desert region in New Mexico I might feel differently, but alas, I live in Central New York, a land where wet weather of all varieties leads the local news cycle each and every day. As ... 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 »

Four Burning Questions – Fontana: A Surging Veteran And NASCAR’s Tire Story

Four Burning Questions – Fontana: A Surging Veteran And NASCAR’s Tire Story

Ah, Auto Club Speedway. The facility has come a long way in its seventeen years of existence. What was once considered to be the most maligned track on the Sprint Cup circuit is now routinely hailed as one of the sport’s top tracks. The combination of long, drafty straightaways and tire-chewing bumpy corners has made Auto Club both a fan and driver favorite, and that recent history of solid racing looks primed to continue today. Of course, the on-track product ... Read More »

Four Burning Questions – Phoenix: Can Kevin Harvick Be Caught In The Desert?

Four Burning Questions – Phoenix: Can Kevin Harvick Be Caught In The Desert?

Oh, what a Speedweeks it was. NASCAR and its Sprint Cup Series have a tough task ahead of them this week as the sport attempts to replicate the excitement of one of the best Daytona 500s of this era. The stars and cars of the sport have arrived in Phoenix, Arizona to accomplish just that, taking the plates off but putting on the pressure of high expectations. Already, with a full set of practice and qualifying sessions in place, we have a ... Read More »

Four Burning Questions: Will The 2014 Daytona 500 Be One For The Ages?

Four Burning Questions: Will The 2014 Daytona 500 Be One For The Ages?

Change is in the air throughout the world of NASCAR, and pretty much anyone who follows this sport is affected by it. Frontstretch.com is certainly no different. In an effort to give you, the readers, even deeper and more accurate previews of 2014 Sprint Cup Series races, this, the long-running “Four Burning Questions” column, will now run on Sunday morning, chock-filled with all of the latest news and information from the weekend leading up to that weekend’s big race. And ... Read More »