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NASCAR Mailbox: France Doesn’t Like The RTA? Say It Ain’t So!

NASCAR Mailbox: France Doesn’t Like The RTA? Say It Ain’t So!

So, NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France doesn’t like the Race Team Alliance, the new partnership between nine of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ biggest teams. Is anyone surprised? Shocked? How about stunned? No? None of the above? The fact is that an “alliance” of any sort between the teams would not be a good thing for NASCAR because it means the people who have been under the sport’s thumb all this time are attempting to gain some sort of ... Read More »

NASCAR Mailbox: Clinches, Schminches…. How Long Until Richmond?

NASCAR Mailbox: Clinches, Schminches…. How Long Until Richmond?

It doesn’t matter how new or revamped this new Chase system is, there will always be one word that crops up no matter how many revisions the points system goes through: clinch. Ah, yes. The dreaded “clinch” scenario. A complicated system of mathematics and statistics churned through a grinder and spit out through NASCAR press releases and databases. We know well before the Chase starts who is in and who is out because, inevitably, several drivers will mathematically clinch a ... Read More »

NASCAR Mailbox: NASCAR Makes LOTR Fans A-N-G-R-Y

NASCAR Mailbox: NASCAR Makes LOTR Fans A-N-G-R-Y

Many a NASCAR fan has been sent into a blinding rage when their promised NASCAR race was pre-empted by, oh, literally anything else. Say the race is on ESPN, during a given week, but the network is airing a football game that runs long and into the time slot NASCAR is scheduled for. Suddenly, the Twitter-sphere is flooded with comments like “See? ESPN doesn’t care about NASCAR” or “Stupid football, no one is watching this game anyway, it’s a blowout!” ... Read More »

NASCAR Mailbox: Like Sharks, NASCAR Media And Fans Drawn To Blood

NASCAR Mailbox: Like Sharks, NASCAR Media And Fans Drawn To Blood

“Keselowski Cuts Hand in Kentucky”  Well now, if you had never seen a good example of alliteration, this most certainly is a good place to start. Of the many wins Brad Keselowski has in his career, the headlines never quite had the same ring to them. I mean, “Keselowski Cuts Hand in … Phoenix”? No, this one was set up perfectly just for the writer’s own ears and the reader’s own pleasure. It’s amazing how no one really cared about ... Read More »

NASCAR Mailbox: Naughty Neighbor Gives NASCAR Fans a Bad Name

NASCAR Mailbox: Naughty Neighbor Gives NASCAR Fans a Bad Name

Bad neighbors are a legend in suburban America. Entire movie plots have been written about awful neighbors, meant to generate laughs but also to connect with those who really do have bad neighbors. I mean, come on, does that guy have to mow his lawn right at dawn every Saturday morning? Well leave it to a NASCAR fan to make a determined run at the title for Worst Neighbor in America. If you’re living under a rock, the “Cup” making ... Read More »

NASCAR Mailbox: Quit Engraving The Trophy, It’s Not Over Yet

NASCAR Mailbox: Quit Engraving The Trophy, It’s Not Over Yet

If you take a quick glance at NASCAR Nation through the eyes of social media, along with the various blogs, news outlets, and other media organizations that cover the sport, the Sprint Cup Series championship is all but wrapped up. The No. 48’s won three of the last four races, six of the last eight championships, and darn it if Chad Knaus and Jimmie Johnson are, amazingly enough still saying they aren’t quite where they want to be in terms ... Read More »

NASCAR Mailbox: Earnhardt’s Win Immensely Popular With Fans

NASCAR Mailbox: Earnhardt’s Win Immensely Popular With Fans

If the crowd is a good indicator of what’s going on at a racetrack during a NASCAR event—and I would like to think that they are—then Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s win was immensely popular and well-received. Quite unlike a win from Johnson, which isn’t nearly as popular, Earnhardt’s run to the checkered flag was met with a standing ovation from the fans on-site at Pocono Raceway. Everyone already knows how well-known Earnhardt is even outside of the sport, but even the ... Read More »

NASCAR Mailbox: The Glam of All-Star Weekend

If you look at 2014 Sprint Cup Series schedule, you will notice that the next two races are at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It’s not rare for NASCAR to have two races at a specific track each year, but two in a row only happens at two tracks a year: Daytona and Charlotte. Perhaps no time of year quite as closely matches the pageantry and prestige of Daytona Speedweeks, where the Sprint Unlimited, Duels, and Daytona 500 all run within two weeks that ... Read More »

NASCAR Mailbox: Double Standards For The Deuce

NASCAR Mailbox: Double Standards For The Deuce

Is it just me or is Brad Keselowski a “do as I say, not as I do” kind of racecar driver? Sunday’s race at Talladega wasn’t very friendly to Keselowski and, in turn, he wasn’t all that friendly to the rest of the competition. While the No. 2 car was racing towards the front of the field at the beginning of the race, on lap 15, contact from Danica Patrick sent Keselowski through the infield grass. He found himself several ... Read More »

NASCAR Mailbox: A “Normal” Saturday And A Valuable Lesson

Working as a writer in the world of racing means that a majority of my weekends are spoken for before the first green flag ever waves. If I’m not at a racetrack, I’m planted in front of my television and computer so as not to miss a moment of, well, anything. This isn’t a complaint but rather the reality of the industry. Everyone here at Frontstretch.com and elsewhere in motorsports experiences the same thing. However, every year, the first off-week ... Read More »