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NASCAR Mailbox: Are Drivers With The Most Wins The Early Chase Favorites?

NASCAR Mailbox: Are Drivers With The Most Wins The Early Chase Favorites?

With the new Chase format this season, everyone seems to be paying more attention to how many wins each driver has, even more so than they did in the past. Obviously it’s because wins are what truly matter in NASCAR’s new Chase grid, and as the beginning of the Chase nears ever closer, those wins count now more than ever. Jeff Gordon won his third race of the season last Sunday at Michigan, which ties him for the most this year ... Read More »

NASCAR Mailbox: Mainstream Media Should Probably Stay Away From Racing

NASCAR Mailbox: Mainstream Media Should Probably Stay Away From Racing

I’m going to preface this piece by saying that I know this rant is one that many others have already had, myself included, but I believe it absolutely bears repeating. People in racing—whether those who work in the industry or are simply motorsports fans—constantly complain that the mainstream media doesn’t give enough credibility to racing and NASCAR in particular. Even mainstream sports shows seem to struggle to maintain a working knowledge of NASCAR, and listening to anyone outside of the sport ... Read More »

NASCAR Mailbox: Dale, Jr.’s Season Has Been Impressive, But We Still Know Nothing

NASCAR Mailbox: Dale, Jr.’s Season Has Been Impressive, But We Still Know Nothing

Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s win at Pocono Raceway was his third race win of 2014, which ties his win total over the past eight seasons combined. Earnhardt, who turns 40 this year, was long thought well past his prime, yet he’s currently enjoying his most successful season since 2004 where he won a total of six races. Though there is still so much racing left, there are already whisperings and discussions surrounding the potential for Earnhardt to win his first Sprint ... Read More »

NASCAR Mailbox: The Sport from an Outsider’s Perspective

NASCAR Mailbox: The Sport from an Outsider’s Perspective

The cool thing about having a fairly large staff of writers here at Frontstretch means, though we’re tied together by a passion for auto racing, we come from multiple walks of life. I’ve been a NASCAR fan longer than probably anything else except really good burritos, but the thing about my chosen industry — the music industry — is that finding fellow NASCAR fans are few and far between. I have a co-worker who likes Jimmie Johnson, and one of our ... Read More »

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 »