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Mirror Driving: Rivalries, Hot Trucks, and a 48 Backslide?

Mirror Driving: Rivalries, Hot Trucks, and a 48 Backslide?

Welcome to “Mirror Driving.” Every week, your favorite columnists sit down and give their opinion about the latest NASCAR news, rumors and controversy. Love us or hate us, make a comment below and tell us how you feel about what we’ve said! This Week’s Participants: Amy Henderson (Mondays / The Big Six & Wednesdays / The Frontstretch Five & Fridays / Holding A Pretty Wheel & Frontstretch Managing Editor) Phil Allaway (Tuesdays / Couch Potato Tuesday & Frontstretch Newsletter Editor) Mike Neff (Mondays / Thinkin’ ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN’s Race It Didn’t Cover

Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN’s Race It Didn’t Cover

Hello, race fans. Welcome back to Couch Potato Tuesday, where race telecast opinion is the primary objective. The Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck series had an unplanned doubleheader on Sunday at Martinsville, while the Verizon IndyCar Series held its season opener on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla. Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Sunday (March 30) saw IndyCar launch a new era with the introduction of Verizon as the series’ title sponsor, as well as an ESPN return to St. ... Read More »

Pace Laps: JGR vs RPM, IndyCar Officiating, Red Horse Racing Politics, and More

Pace Laps: JGR vs RPM, IndyCar Officiating, Red Horse Racing Politics, and More

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 Monday, 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 »

Mirror Driving: Talking Tires, Hamlin’s Health, and Narrowing Numbers

Mirror Driving: Talking Tires, Hamlin’s Health, and Narrowing Numbers

Welcome to “Mirror Driving.” Every week, your favorite columnists sit down and give their opinion about the latest NASCAR news, rumors and controversy. Love us or hate us, make a comment below and tell us how you feel about what we’ve said! This Week’s Participants: Tom Bowles (Mondays / Bowles’ Eye View & Wednesdays / Did You Notice? & Frontstretch Editor-In-Chief) Amy Henderson (Mondays / The Big Six & Wednesdays / The Frontstretch Five & Fridays / Holding A Pretty ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: If You Make TMZ, It’s Never A Good Sign

Couch Potato Tuesday: If You Make TMZ, It’s Never A Good Sign

It’s hard to imagine, but today marks the 350th TV article I’ve written for Frontstretch, including both the website and our newsletter. To ring in the celebration, let’s delve into this past weekend, during which the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series were both in Fontana, California. Spoiler: despite racing at the same track, we got two completely different events due to the tire situation. However, before we start, check out an interesting ranking conducted last week: Sporting News’ Bob Pockrass ... Read More »

Pace Laps: Golden State, Kyle, INDYCAR Points, KOMA, IMSA, and More

Pace Laps: Golden State, Kyle, INDYCAR Points, KOMA, IMSA, and More

Sprint Cup Series: Inhospitable Home State — Jimmie Johnson looked to be cruising towards the checkered flag to add another victory to his already impressive stats at Auto Club Speedway, only to be felled by a blown tire. Tires turned out to be the story of the day, but Johnson had avoided issues and had stayed in the top 5 since the first green flag waved. The Californian wound up 24th due to those problems. Another Golden State native endured ... Read More »

Mirror Driving: Falling Ratings, Goodyear’s Glory and Fontana Optimism

Mirror Driving: Falling Ratings, Goodyear’s Glory and Fontana Optimism

Welcome to “Mirror Driving.” Every week, your favorite columnists sit down and give their opinion about the latest NASCAR news, rumors and controversy. Love us or hate us, make a comment below and tell us how you feel about what we’ve said! This Week’s Participants: Tom Bowles (Mondays / Bowles’ Eye View & Wednesdays / Did You Notice? & Frontstretch Editor-In-Chief) Amy Henderson (Mondays / The Big Six & Wednesdays / The Frontstretch Five & Fridays / Holding A Pretty Wheel & Frontstretch Managing ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: Why Did FOX Play NASCAR TV Roulette At Bristol?

Couch Potato Tuesday: Why Did FOX Play NASCAR TV Roulette At Bristol?

Hello, race fans. Welcome back to Couch Potato Tuesday, where we break down race broadcasts in detail. This past weekend, the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series were both in action at Bristol Motor Speedway. I don’t know about you, but I’m still a little tired from Sunday’s marathon… the second one in less than a month for NASCAR. Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 Saturday brought the Nationwide Series back to Bristol Motor Speedway for more action. When “Thunder Valley” lengthened the ... Read More »

Mirror Driving: Intermediate Expectations, Teams in Trouble, and the Bristol Bump

Mirror Driving: Intermediate Expectations, Teams in Trouble, and the Bristol Bump

Welcome to “Mirror Driving.” Every week, your favorite columnists sit down and give their opinion about the latest NASCAR news, rumors and controversy. Love us or hate us, make a comment below and tell us how you feel about what we’ve said! This Week’s Participants: Amy Henderson (Mondays / The Big Six & Wednesdays / The Frontstretch Five & Fridays / Holding A Pretty Wheel) Phil Allaway (Tuesdays / Couch Potato Tuesday & Frontstretch Newsletter Editor) Mike Neff (Mondays / Thinkin’ Out Loud & Thursdays ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: Independent Thinking Working Into Race Coverage

Couch Potato Tuesday: Independent Thinking Working Into Race Coverage

Hello, race fans. Welcome back to Couch Potato Tuesday, where race telecast critiques are our primary objective. This past weekend, the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series were both in action at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. However, before we start, there are a couple of newsy bits to mention. Starting on Wednesday, there will be a new website dedicated to streaming of lower level racing. FansChoice.tv will provide free streams of various classes of motorsports including NASCAR. On paper, you might ... Read More »