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Racing to the Point: Fireworks Ready to Ease Frustration at Bristol

Racing to the Point: Fireworks Ready to Ease Frustration at Bristol

Who is going to crack first? Frustration is mounting in the NASCAR Sprint Cup garage and there are only three races until the new playoffs start. If Sunday’s race at Michigan was any indication, buckle your seat belts – and stay in your car until a safety worker arrives – because you know what is about to hit the fan this weekend. There were two confrontations on pit road following the race at Michigan International Speedway, a fast two-mile track ... Read More »

Voices from the Cheap Seats: NASCAR Only Goes Halfway with New Rule

Voices from the Cheap Seats: NASCAR Only Goes Halfway with New Rule

Last week, I put out there that, while tragic, the death of Kevin Ward, Jr. was totally avoidable on two separate fronts. First, don’t do insanely stupid things like Ward did; and second, a sanctioning body could have had a rule that makes enraged drivers think twice about doing insanely stupid things when it is not obvious to themselves. I even gave said body a template to work with… “… unless threatened by fire or other perceived life threatening circumstances, ... Read More »

Five Points to Ponder: RCR at 45, No Sponsor Mentions & The Xfinity Series?

Five Points to Ponder: RCR at 45, No Sponsor Mentions & The Xfinity Series?

ONE: THREE WEEKS OFF It’s been three weeks since I last penned a Five Points to Ponder column and in NASCAR terms, that feels like an absolute age. The reason for my lack of scribing is that I’ve been on an absolutely epic 15-day cross-country road trip from San Francisco to Boston. In all, we drove for some 5,142 miles starting in Golden Gate Fields in San Francisco with overnight stops in Reno, Wendover, Grand Junction, Albuquerque, Lubbock, Austin, Dallas, ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Makes A Few Michigan Mistakes

Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Makes A Few Michigan Mistakes

All three NASCAR national series took to the track last weekend, just a mere state border – and then some – away from each other. The Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck series battled at Michigan International Speedway while the Nationwide Series took its second trip to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Unfortunately, having everything in one region of the United States didn’t eliminate the problems that have plagued NASCAR broadcasts throughout the season. Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200 Fuel strategy played ... Read More »

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Michigan–Bristol Edition

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Michigan–Bristol Edition

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not is pretty cut and dry this week. Much of the action occurred on the bubble, with rookie drivers like Kyle Larson and Austin Dillon failing to make any ground on potential Chase berths. Veterans fighting to make the playoffs benefited from their lack of experience, while drivers with a lot of momentum remained on top. That’s not to say that this post-Michigan International Speedway edition is completely uneventful. A few stars already in the 16-driver ... Read More »

New Official NASCAR Rule Manages On-Track Incidents

New Official NASCAR Rule Manages On-Track Incidents

The following (Rule 9-16) was added to the NASCAR Rulebook this morning… During an event, if a car is involved in an on-track incident and/or is stopped on or near the racing surface and unable to continue to make forward progress, unless extenuating emergency conditions exist with the car (i.e. fire, smoke in cockpit, etc.) the driver should take the following steps: • Shut off electrical power and, if driver is uninjured, lower window net. • Do not loosen, disconnect ... 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 »

The Frontstretch Five: Things We Have NOT Learned So Far in 2014

The Frontstretch Five: Things We Have NOT Learned So Far in 2014

Welcome to the Frontstretch Five, a brand-new column for 2014! Each week, Amy Henderson takes a look at the racing, the drivers, and the storylines that drive NASCAR and produces a list of five people, places, things, and ideas that define the current state of our sport. This week, Amy has five things we have not (yet) learned in NASCAR 2014. 1. Who the title favorite is. All the usual suspects are, of course, on the list: Jimmie Johnson, Brad ... Read More »

Racing to the Point: Risk Worth The Reward for JTG-Daugherty Racing

Racing to the Point: Risk Worth The Reward for JTG-Daugherty Racing

Can you imagine the conversation between the JTG-Daugherty Racing owners — Tad Geschickter, Jodi Geschickter and Brad Daugherty — and Bobby Labonte in June of last year? I assume it went something like this: Owners: Bobby, we’re going to bring in AJ Allmendinger to run some races in order to evaluate the program. Labonte: You’re replacing me, a former champion and icon in the sport, with the guy who recently served a drug suspension and has never won a race? ... Read More »

Voices From The Cheap Seats: Reason Must Prevail Over Emotion

Voices From The Cheap Seats: Reason Must Prevail Over Emotion

The recent events at Canandaigua Motorsports Park involving Tony Stewart and the death of Kevin Ward, Jr. are nothing short of tragic. What is even more tragic is that it all could have been avoided. Now, while what I have to say may seem callous to some, it needs to be said among all the media hype about this incident that we are going to have to endure for the coming months. Hey, America, y’all are so enamored with so-called reality ... Read More »