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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 »

IndyCar Driver Profile: Ryan Hunter-Reay

IndyCar Driver Profile: Ryan Hunter-Reay

Driver: Ryan Hunter-Reay 2014 Primary Ride: No. 28 Andretti Autosport DW12 2014 Primary Sponsor: DHL Career Verizon IndyCar Series Statistics: 111 starts, 12 wins, 22 podium finishes, 13903 laps led. Career CART/Champ Car World Series Statistics: 43 starts, 2 wins, 3 Podium Finishes, 265 laps led. Career Highlights 2012 IndyCar Series Champion Nine-time World Karting Association Champion One-time winner of the Long Beach Grand Prix (2010) 2007 IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year 12-time IndyCar race winner Biography For a driver as talented as Ryan Hunter-Reay, ... 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 »

Pace Laps: JRM Shines, RFR Fails to Impress and Hunter-Reay Silences Long Beach Critics

Pace Laps: JRM Shines, RFR Fails to Impress and Hunter-Reay Silences Long Beach Critics

Did you see all of the race action this weekend? Or, like a lot of busy fans, did you miss a late-night adventure, a Friday controversy, or a juicy piece of news? If you did, you’ve come to the right place! Each week, The Frontstretch will break down the racing, series by series, to bring you the biggest stories that you need to watch moving forward. Let our experts help you get up to speed for the coming week no ... 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 »

Open Wheel Wednesday: Controversial Moves, Long Beach Crowds, and Being a Fuddy Duddy

Open Wheel Wednesday: Controversial Moves, Long Beach Crowds, and Being a Fuddy Duddy

Welcome to the IndyCar Round Table! Several times throughout the season, your favorite writers will get together to discuss the latest IndyCar news, rumors and so much more! This Week’s Participants: Toni Montgomery (Frontstretch IndyCar Editor / NHRA Pace Laps) Matt Stallknecht (Frontstretch IndyCar Writer / NASCAR’s Four Burning Questions) Huston Ladner (Frontstretch IndyCar Writer / Happiness Is) Toni: First thing I think we should discuss is the Long Beach race. There’s a couple aspects that come to mind: Hunter-Reay’s move and the criticism of it, Mike ... 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 »

IndyCar Preview: The 2014 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

IndyCar Preview: The 2014 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

Fresh off a one-week break, the Verizon IndyCar Series is back in full force this weekend as the stars of America’s fastest motorsport tackle the fabled Long Beach Circuit. The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is one of the longest-running and most revered races in open-wheel racing, and currently stands as the most prestigious road/street race on the calendar. You can bet your house that the drivers will be all over each other trying to get a piece of ... Read More »

An Ode to INDYCAR Fans: Stop Obsessing Over TV Ratings

An Ode to INDYCAR Fans: Stop Obsessing Over TV Ratings

Let’s play a game. I am going to type out a number for your reading pleasure, and then you are going to decide in your head what that number means to you. Ready? OK, here we go. 0.6 Got that? Does that number look familiar to you? My guess is that it does. As any astute hardcore INDYCAR fan knows, that aforementioned number is the television rating that ABC earned for its coverage of last week’s INDYCAR season opener in the streets of St. Petersburg. To answer your ... Read More »

Pace Laps: Who’ll Watch The Rain, Youth, Force, Bahrain, And Icebreakers

Pace Laps: Who’ll Watch The Rain, Youth, Force, Bahrain, And Icebreakers

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 week, 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 »