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It’s Time for a New NASCAR Storefront at the Track

It’s Time for a New NASCAR Storefront at the Track

Signed up for the FREE Frontstretch Newsletter? If not, let’s give you a sneak preview of what you’re missing out on. S.D. Grady writes her Fan’s View Commentary, every Tuesday for our dedicated readership and this week, she’s taking a second look at souvenir row. To sign up for the Newsletter, click here. This past week, NASCAR announced that it is looking into revamping souvenir row — the collection of colorfully decaled semis that sell the T-Shirts of your favorite ... Read More »

Voices from the Cheap (or Not!) Seats: A Mixed Bag of Corporate Nuts

Voices from the Cheap (or Not!) Seats: A Mixed Bag of Corporate Nuts

As you may or may not have noticed, I have been away for awhile. First was a four-day binge in Bristol with my two BFFs from high school, Brian and Brian, for the NHRA weekend and a refresher course on which one of us can consume the most beverages without being the biggest a-hole ever. Then it was off to Canada for ten days to debate the merits of American vs. Canadian beverages and to show a few friends up ... Read More »

Five Points to Ponder: Race Team Alliance, TNT’s Final Race & the Importance of Points

Five Points to Ponder: Race Team Alliance, TNT’s Final Race & the Importance of Points

ONE: THE RACE TEAM ALLIANCE Across the course of a regular NASCAR seasons, there are approximately a billion stories seemingly every day. Some are humdrum, mundane; some are frivolous; some very worthy of consideration. And then some you don’t really know just how big they are until way after the fact — and I can’t help but feel that yesterday’s announcement of a Race Team Alliance (RTA) might just be in that category. The specifics are these: a group of ... Read More »

Racing to the Point: Aric Almirola Adds Another Asterisk

Racing to the Point: Aric Almirola Adds Another Asterisk

Every sport has its share of asterisks. There are always going to be games, races and matches that don’t end to our satisfaction, records that are cheaply broken and even legacies that are called into question. Baseball deals with the term more than any other sport. Alex Rodriguez could actually trademark the asterisk at this point, and one of the game’s most revered records is held by Barry Bonds, a man regarded by many as a cheater. In basketball, there ... Read More »

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not: Daytona-New Hampshire Edition

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not: Daytona-New Hampshire Edition

Remember when you were a kid at the beach — Daytona Beach, perhaps, and went into the surf only to have a huge wave rock everyone? Well, that happened at Daytona International Speedway this weekend in many ways. Rain forced officials to move the race back to Sunday, but precipitation continued to come into play despite NASCAR’s planning.  The constant threat of more bad weather led to a “race to halfway” strategy administered by many teams that contributed to a ... Read More »

Brian France Addresses Media in Daytona

Brian France Addresses Media in Daytona

NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France doesn’t often address the media at events.  However, he likes to come to Daytona International Speedway each year and give an update on NASCAR.  France’s State of the Sport address has since become an annual part of the Coke Zero 400 weekend. On Saturday, France did not make any big announcements during his roughly 30 minutes of media availability, but he did talk about a number of topics pertainent to the Sprint Cup Series ... Read More »

Central Florida Weather, Uncertainity Breeds Aggressiveness

Central Florida Weather, Uncertainity Breeds Aggressiveness

In NASCAR, restrictor plate races, even under ideal circumstances, are quite unpredictable. The draft allows almost anyone that can spark their engine and afford tires ($2000 a set these days) a chance to win if they can play their cards right. But, all plate races are not the same. Even with the repave prior to the 2011 season at Daytona, races on the older 2.5-mile tri-oval still tend to be less competitive than at Talladega. Why is that? The fact that ... Read More »

Thinkin’ Out Loud – Coke Zero 400

Thinkin’ Out Loud – Coke Zero 400

Key Moment - The only set of green flag pit stops occurred from lap 83 through 87 Sunday. Aric Almirola was running near the end of the top 10 when he peeled off to pit lane. He was the second car off in the group of cars he came down with, and slotted into second when the entire cycle of stops continued. That quick stop put the No. 43 in position to win the race. In a Nutshell - Combine a ... Read More »

Pace Laps: First-Time Winners, Long-Time Winners and Ferrari’s Forgettable Race

Pace Laps: First-Time Winners, Long-Time Winners and Ferrari’s Forgettable Race

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 »

The Big Six: Questions Answered After the Coke Zero 400

The Big Six: Questions Answered After the Coke Zero 400

Looking for the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How behind Sunday’s race? Amy Henderson has you covered each week with the answers to six race day questions, covering all five W’s and even the H…the Big Six. Who…gets my shoutout of the race? Casey Mears deserves the shoutout for delivering his team its best finish ever and his own first top-5 finish in six years. Austin Dillon deserves it for scoring his career best Cup finish and first career ... Read More »