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The Frontstretch Five: Defining Moments

The Frontstretch Five: Defining Moments

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 NASCAR moments that stand out…and a challenge for all of you. If anyone likes to peruse YouTube, you know that there is some fantastic (and  interesting) NASCAR content ... Read More »

Holding A Pretty Wheel: Everything Has Changed

Holding A Pretty Wheel: Everything Has Changed

There’s a commercial for NASCAR which talks about how everything in the sport has changed, but in the end, how nothing has really changed at all, because the spirit of the sport remains unchanged. Drivers, after all, still want to win races more than anything, and fans still want to find their racing heroes on the venues on which they race. Nothing has changed, NASCAR says, and for just a second, you want to believe it. If only that were true. ... Read More »

Holding a Pretty Wheel: Brian Vickers’ Disappointment Gives Rise to Good Idea

Holding a Pretty Wheel: Brian Vickers’ Disappointment Gives Rise to Good Idea

When the already-delayed Coke Zero 400 was ended early for rain on Sunday afternoon, some fans and even some drivers were left puzzled by the decision. After all, it wasn’t even six months since NASCAR had pledged to race late into the night to complete the scheduled distance of the Daytona 500, and there they were, calling this race before 3 p.m. For some, that left a bit of a sour taste. That’s understandable, because when rain ends a race, ... Read More »

Holding A Pretty Wheel: Daytona Optimism is What NASCAR Needs

Holding A Pretty Wheel: Daytona Optimism is What NASCAR Needs

NASCAR is in Daytona this week, at a track where the racing is intense and close. One of the attractions of Daytona International Speedway is that we believe anyone can win. The track is the great equalizer because of the restrictor plates that reduce the airflow to the engines of the racecars, reducing horsepower to a point where almost everyone can race with the top teams, if only for a day. Oh, Daytona, you tease. As much as fans love ... Read More »

Holding A Pretty Wheel: When Less Was More and Racing Was Worth Waiting For

Holding A Pretty Wheel: When Less Was More and Racing Was Worth Waiting For

Want NASCAR information? You don’t have to wait long to see all you wanted to know and then some. NASCAR is everywhere these days thanks to the Internet and social media. In the Information Age, people can instantly satisfy their curiosity on just about anything, including racing, with just a few clicks. It’s instant gratification at its finest, and it’s a great thing for race fans. Or is it? In today’s world, nobody has to wait for anything in terms ... Read More »

Holding A Pretty Wheel: Focused on Jimmie Johnson as Title Favorite?  You’re Doing It Wrong

Holding A Pretty Wheel: Focused on Jimmie Johnson as Title Favorite? You’re Doing It Wrong

Just a mere five weeks ago, media and fans alike were asking whether Jimmie Johnson and his team were behind the eight ball as Johnson had not won a race yet in 2014. Fast forward to today, and it seems like fans and foes alike are ready to engrave the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series trophy with Johnson’s name after Johnson reeled off three wins and a sixth-place finish in the last four races. And there is no doubt that the ... Read More »

Holding A Pretty Wheel: NASCAR Needs Innovation, Not Restrictions

Holding A Pretty Wheel: NASCAR Needs Innovation, Not Restrictions

As fan concerns about the racing product NASCAR is putting out on track these days mount, the recurring theme remains the same: not enough passing, not enough excitement. The field gets strung out, and because the cars are more durable than diamonds these days, cautions for phantom debris are common in an attempt to tighten up the field. Everyone knows the list by now; it’s the same old song and dance. There are a lot of contributing factors, and they’re ... Read More »

The Dumbing Down of NASCAR: How Television Took Fans For a Ride

The Dumbing Down of NASCAR: How Television Took Fans For a Ride

One thing about racing is that there is always something going on, always a storyline. It might be big, it might be small, but there is always something. It might be an aging star trying to hang on one more year, a rookie looking for a break, a quiet contender racing his way from the back of the pack, an underfunded team making weekly gains. It might be a thrilling battle that’s waged lap after lap or a lightning-quick pass ... Read More »

It’s Time To Make The All-Star Fan Vote A Thing Of The Past

It’s Time To Make The All-Star Fan Vote A Thing Of The Past

One Saturday night in May, the stars shine bright at Charlotte Motor Speedway as the best in the sport line up to race it out for a million-dollar prize. This weekend, the Sprint All-Star Race will light up the night on Saturday once again in the hometown of stock car racing, when race winners from the past two seasons, plus recent past champions and event winners, take to the track. They’ll be joined by a trio of drivers looking to ... Read More »

Racing Under the Lights: Better, or Just Hype?

Racing Under the Lights: Better, or Just Hype?

The colors are brighter, somehow. Everything is magnified, and, well, they just lookfaster. Whether there’s a full moon in the sky above or simply the stars that pale in comparison to the shining lights, watching a NASCAR race after dark is quite an experience. Night racing has become a staple on the NASCAR circuit since the first night race was held in 1978 at Bristol; nine of this year’s 36 races — a full quarter of the schedule — are scheduled after-dark affairs. Add the ... Read More »