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Thinkin’ Out Loud: GEICO 500 – Brad Keselowski Lives to Fight Another Day

Thinkin’ Out Loud: GEICO 500 – Brad Keselowski Lives to Fight Another Day

Key Moment – The caution flag flew with four laps to go for a piece of metal on the race track. The No. 22 of Joey Logano had it on his grill under caution and rubbed it off when the yellow flag was in the air. The end result was a green-white-checkered finish that brought on the dramatic moment of the race. In a Nutshell – Coming into Talladega, there was no consensus on how the race would unfold. For ... Read More »

Pace Laps: Chase Shakeups and Surviving Talladega

Pace Laps: Chase Shakeups and Surviving Talladega

Sprint Cup Series: Another Round of Chase Eliminations - As the checkered flag dropped over Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday afternoon, four more drivers were removed from the championship battle. Kasey Kahne, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson are now left to just fight for Victory Lane for the remainder of the season. With that said, things could still change the makeup of the eight-driver field that remains if you listen to some speculation from the Twittersphere. Ryan Newman’s No. ... Read More »

The Shrub Sprouts

The Shrub Sprouts

The Busch’s are bringing along some competition for Cash Bowyer. In a post on Facebook, Samantha Busch broke the news with a retro themed picture featuring the pink Ford Thunderbird that Kyle purchased for her at the Scottsdale Barrett-Jackson auction. The couple is wearing 50s era clothing, standing in front of the Thunderbird and a l1956 Chevrolet. There is a 50s Chevy inspired pedal car in front of the couple who are holding a sign that says “Racing at you ... Read More »

Tech Talk with Brett Bodine: More to Driving the Pace Car Than Meets the Eye

Tech Talk with Brett Bodine: More to Driving the Pace Car Than Meets the Eye

One car gets to lead the field around the track before every race and on every restart and that is the pace car. Brett Bodine has been the pace car driver for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series since 2004. A quick look at the numbers means that very early next season he’ll be setting the pace for his 400th NASCAR points race. The duties of the pace car driver are much more than just keeping the field in check while ... Read More »

Beyond the Cockpit with John and Courtney Force: May the Forces Be With You

Beyond the Cockpit with John and Courtney Force: May the Forces Be With You

Frontstretch provided live coverage of the NHRA Pep Boys Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Concord, N.C., last month. During the weekend our Toni Montgomery and Mike Neff had the chance to sit down with NHRA Funny Car legend John Force as well as his daughter Courtney Force. Force talked about racing and winning at the age of 65, and told us a few of those patented John Force stories, bringing back memories of the old days in NHRA. Plus, as ... Read More »

Beyond the Cockpit with Richie Crampton and Morgan Lucas: Drag Racing in Australia, Amazing Rookie Seasons, and MAVTV

Beyond the Cockpit with Richie Crampton and Morgan Lucas: Drag Racing in Australia, Amazing Rookie Seasons, and MAVTV

Richie Crampton came a long way to race in the NHRA. From the other side of the world, as a matter of fact. Crampton, who originally hails from Adelaide, South Australia, is in his rookie season driving the Geico Top Fuel dragster for Morgan Lucas Racing. He’s off to a fast start, scoring two victories already this season. Crampton took time out to talk to Frontstretch’s Toni Montgomery and Mike Neff at the Carolina Nationals last month about how he ... Read More »

Beyond the Cockpit with Jeg Coughlin, Jr.: How Much Can You Cram Into 11 Seconds?

Beyond the Cockpit with Jeg Coughlin, Jr.: How Much Can You Cram Into 11 Seconds?

Jeg Coughlin, Jr. is a five time champion in the NHRA’s Pro Stock class, but he’s also busy off the track with his family business. Most automotive enthusiasts are familiar with the JEGS catalog, and in more recent years, JEGS.com.  It’s a go-to supplier with just about anything you need in your garage on hand and ready to be delivered to your door. Toni Montgomery and Mike Neff talked with Jeg last month at the Carolina Nationals and learned about ... Read More »

Beyond the Cockpit with Andy Seuss, 2014 Whelen Southern Modified Tour Champion

Beyond the Cockpit with Andy Seuss, 2014 Whelen Southern Modified Tour Champion

Andy Seuss grew up in New Hampshire just a short drive from the heart of Modified country. He grew up running go-karts and progressed to Modifieds but didn’t have the resources to contend for the Tour in the North. He raced in the South because it was more affordable and caught the eye of some owners who saw that he had the talent to be successful in the very powerful, open-wheeled cars. Seuss relocated to the South this year and ... Read More »

Pace Laps: KyBu Riding Steady, NHRA Week, F1 Sochi, and More

Pace Laps: KyBu Riding Steady, NHRA Week, F1 Sochi, and More

Sprint Cup Series: Busch Hanging Tough - With all the drama that unfolded after the race at Charlotte, the storylines seem to overlook one of the more intriguing aspects developing during the Chase, that being Kyle Busch.  If there had been odds in Las Vegas on who might be involved in such postrace nuttiness, KyBu’s name would have had to be at the top of the board.  Instead, the driver most associated with the adjective tempermental, is having one of the ... Read More »

Thinkin’ Out Loud – Charlotte Chase race 5 – Wrestlemania 31

Thinkin’ Out Loud – Charlotte Chase race 5 – Wrestlemania 31

Key Moment – On lap 328, Brian Vickers‘ No. 55 done blowed up. The cleanup from the oil laid down lasted until lap 332. Rodney Childers, crew chief for Kevin Harvick, decided to leave his driver on the track. Several other cars also stayed out, so the two-lap dash to the trophy was a battle among cars with used tires. Harvick grabbed a big lead at the drop of the final green and held on to score his third win of ... Read More »