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Trivia Questions and Answers for June 8-10

By Phil Allaway *June 8 Q:* For 1995, Michigan International Speedway was repaved for the first time since 1986. In that race, Ricky Rudd had a great car and was running towards the front when it all went wrong. What happened here? *June 8 A:* _On Lap 71, Rudd was tapped by the No. 26 of Hut Stricklin entering Turn 1. Rudd spun and hit the outside wall hard on the left rear and drivers’ side. Stricklin also crashed his ... Read More »

Johnson Goes Flag-to-Flag to Win the Prelude

By Phil Allaway The Gillette Fusion ProGlide Prelude to the Dream is, for all intents and purposes, an All-Star race where some of the biggest names in auto racing come out and race for fun. Yes, there is a lot of money surrounding the event, but the drivers aren’t racing for any of it. Of course, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the drivers aren’t going to give their all. During practice, Eldora Speedway owner Tony Stewart was by far the ... Read More »

News Recap for June 9, 2010

By Phil Allaway *Front Row Motorsports’ No. 38 Penalized for Pocono Infractions* Just before the cars rolled off of pit road following the rain delay at the beginning of Sunday’s Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500, NASCAR noticed low air pressure on the No. 38 of Travis Kvapil. Post-race inspection discovered bleeder values on the valve stems, a serious infraction. On Wednesday, NASCAR came down hard on the No. 38 team, announcing that driver Travis Kvapil has been docked 150 driver points ... Read More »

2010 Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 Top 12/Top 35

By Phil Allaway Point Standings (Top 12) Kevin Harvick had a controversial fifth place finish on Sunday. A great run for sure. However, Kyle Busch finished second. This caused the point lead to contract down to just 19 points. Denny Hamlin, as a result of his victory on Sunday, moves up two places to third, 136 points out of the lead. This is a far cry from where he was back in March. Matt Kenseth is down one place this ... Read More »

Turn Back the Clock: 1998 Pocono 500

Turn Back the Clock: 1998 Pocono 500

_Editor’s Note: Have you heard of our FREE Frontstretch Newsletter, delivering more NASCAR news, commentary, trivia, and more right to your inbox every morning? If not, well, it’s time to sell you on it. Today, we’re showcasing the weekly column called Turn Back the Clock, Phil Allaway's look at a classic race from the track we're visiting each weekend. If you like what you read, well, it’s time to become a newsletter subscriber by clicking "here":/notice/9557/ to sign up!_ Hello, race fans, and welcome back to Turn Back the Clock. This week, the Sprint Cup Series races at Pocono Raceway near Long Pond, Pennsylvania. Competition here in recent years has suffered greatly, struggling after to NASCAR banned overdrive transmissions when the gear rule was instituted for 2005. Read More »

Trivia Questions and Answers for June 1-2

By Phil Allaway *June 1 Q:* Pocono Raceway is well-known for relatively strange things happening on track. For example, the 1991 Champion Spark Plug 500 was put under yellow for an unusual reason early in the race. Why did this happen? *June 1 A:* _Well, a small animal ran onto the track in Turn 1. It is unclear what it was. It was likely a chicken, or a turkey, or something along those lines. NASCAR threw the yellow to try ... Read More »

News Recap for June 2, 2010

By Phil Allaway Villeneuve to drive at least two road races for Braun Racing On Wednesday, Braun Racing announced that 1997 Formula One World Champion Jacques Villeneuve will drive the Nationwide Series No. 32 Toyota at Road America on June 19 and the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in August. Dollar General, the normal sponsor on the No. 32, will serve as the team’s primary sponsor in those races. Villeneuve is excited for this renewed NASCAR opportunity. “It’s great to be back ... Read More »

The Critic’s Annex 14- Carb Day (Freedom 100 and Pit Crew Challenge)

By Phil Allaway Hello, race fans and welcome back to The Critic’s Annex, the small portion of Thursday’s Newsletter where I cover additional race broadcasts. Friday afternoon at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was Carburetion Day, generally referred to as “Carb Day.” This used to be held on the Thursday before the Indianapolis, but was recently pushed back to Friday. Carburetion Day consists of the final practice sessions for drivers who have qualified for the Indianapolis 500. In addition, there is ... Read More »

2010 Coca-Cola 600 Secret Star/Stat of the Week

By Phil Allaway Secret Star Early on in the season, *Paul Menard* was one of the biggest surprises in his No. 98 Menards Ford. Great runs early on, including a fifth at Atlanta allowed him to move into the Top 10 in points and give him additional media responsibilities. However, once April came along, Menard’s performance began to drop off. A great run at Texas was ruined when he got involved in the big crash with Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart ... Read More »

2010 Coca-Cola 600 Point Standings (Top 12)/Top 35

By Phil Allaway Point Standings (Top 12) Point leader Kevin Harvick had an up and down night on Sunday. After starting 23rd, he slowly moved up through the field, eventually reaching the Top 10. However, an unscheduled pit stop dropped Harvick off of the lead lap. A wave around allowed Kevin to get that lap back. From there, Harvick quickly moved up from 25th to 11th, where he ultimately finished the race. That performance was enough to keep his points ... Read More »