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No Place for Complacency When It Comes To Safety

No Place for Complacency When It Comes To Safety

Several years ago, after a string of deaths and injuries in stock cars, Ricky Craven commented that someday everyone would look back at those days and wonder about how drivers were running into concrete walls. Craven’s words would prove prophetic as SAFER barriers replaced the concrete walls in the corners — the most likely place for a high speed impact at a racetrack. They’re now mandatory for tracks requesting NASCAR sanctioning for a national touring series. The sport has seen other safety advances as ... Read More »

Odds Are Long On NASCAR Going 17 for 26

Odds Are Long On NASCAR Going 17 for 26

Win and you’re in – that was the simple message NASCAR wanted to get across with the new Chase format introduced before this season. With an expanded entry list of sixteen drivers instead of twelve, the way to get in was clear: win races. There are provisions for adding drivers to the field if there are more or fewer than sixteen different winners by the time the 26th race of the year rolls around, and with six winners already in the first ... 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 »

30 Years and Counting: A Look at Rick Hendrick’s NASCAR Contributions

30 Years and Counting: A Look at Rick Hendrick’s NASCAR Contributions

On April 29, 1984, at Martinsville Speedway, Geoff Bodine took his No. 5 City Chevrolet to victory lane for a single-car program known as All-Star Racing. That organization is now known as Hendrick Motorsports, and owner Rick Hendrick will be celebrating that team’s 30th anniversary this weekend at the place it all began. Throughout the past 30 years, Hendrick has grown his organization from a small team with just five employees to the full-blown, four-car operation it is today with ... Read More »

Hiring a Driver Isn’t Just About Talent Anymore

Hiring a Driver Isn’t Just About Talent Anymore

Admit it, you’ve done it: you’ve scratched your head in bewilderment at a team’s choice of driver. After all, there were several available to choose from, and they went with… that guy? Don’t they want to put the talented veteran, up-and-coming young gun, or solid journeyman who doesn’t tear up equipment in the car? Don’t they care where they finish? If you have, you’re not alone. It’s an age-old debate among fans and media when a team hires a new driver who ... Read More »

Can NASCAR Carry Daytona Momentum Forward? Yes, If It’s Done Right

Can NASCAR Carry Daytona Momentum Forward? Yes, If It’s Done Right

Welcome to the real NASCAR Sprint Cup Season. It’s been said that the year starts in earnest at Phoenix, after the pomp and circumstance of the Daytona 500 is in the rear-view mirror and teams can get down to the type of racing they’ll do for most of the season, a different animal entirely from the tight packs and chaos of the restrictor plate races they’ll see just three more times in 2014. This year, the Daytona 500 could be ... Read More »

A Surprise in Victory Lane? That’s Exactly What the Sport Needs

A Surprise in Victory Lane? That’s Exactly What the Sport Needs

JOIN OUR FANTASY RACING LEAGUE!! The Frontstretch has a big league on Yahoo!, once again and we’d like you to be a part of it. Come compete with your favorite racing experts by clicking here and signing up. Our Group ID is 10532 and the password is stenica… so don’t miss out! Trying to pick a winner in a restrictor plate race is about as easy (or as accurate) as trying to deep fry a turkey — sure, it might ... Read More »

The Winds of NASCAR Change Blow Cold in Daytona

The Winds of NASCAR Change Blow Cold in Daytona

As NASCAR emerges at long last from its winter slumber, it’s clear that the winds of change blew strong in the sport. Little is as it was even a year ago. Old favorites closed doors while fresh-faced youngsters opened their own. Sponsors have come and gone. NASCAR made some areas more transparent only to make others murky. The season will open with a sense of optimism, but also of trepidation. Three areas of the sport underwent major overhauls for 2014. ... Read More »

One For the Ages: Looking Back At Darlington’s Most Epic Battle

One For the Ages: Looking Back At Darlington’s Most Epic Battle

Were you watching on that March Sunday as racing history was made? Were you on the edge of your seat? Did you think one or both of the drivers wouldn't make it to the finish as neither one backed down an inch? Who were you rooting for to pull out the win: the brash youngster who already had the reputation of being hotheaded and aggressive but could drive a car almost beyond the ragged edge, or the beleaguered veteran who never quite seemed to live up to his potential? Were you holding your breath as they made the final lap? Read More »

A Glimmer Of Hope For Small Teams, Sponsors

A Glimmer Of Hope For Small Teams, Sponsors

Sponsorship woes: it seems like they’re everywhere in NASCAR these days, and the reality is that they are. Even some of the sport’s biggest names, including a perennial Most Popular Driver and a three-time champion, have struggled to sell an entire schedule of races to backers this year, and many of the smaller teams are stretching race-to-race just to get to the track and sometimes even face the badge o f shame that pulling into the garage early has come ... Read More »