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Coke Zero 400 Postponed to 11 AM Sunday

Coke Zero 400 Postponed to 11 AM Sunday

Saturday afternoon at Daytona International Speedway dawned warm and sunny.  Unfortunately, the thunderstorms first showed up at the track around 1:30 in the afternoon.  Lightning struck close to the track, forcing many of the activities for fans in the Midway to shut down prematurely. The rains eventually stopped, but rain clouds were never all that far away from the track.  Around 4pm, the rains returned.  This time, they had staying power, delaying Lee Brice’s pre-race concert and driver introductions.  However, ... Read More »

Four Burning Questions at the Coke Zero 400

Four Burning Questions at the Coke Zero 400

The Daytona Night race. It is the jewel of NASCAR’s summer stretch. The race formerly known as the Firecracker 400 has been a staple of the NASCAR schedule for over three decades, and over time this race has grown to be one of the biggest and most prestigious races on the schedule. Admittedly, the past few weeks of NASCAR action have been tepid, to say the least. The 2014 season has been a great one overall, but the TNT stretch ... Read More »

Gilliland Claims Coke Zero 400 Pole In Rain-Shortened Session

Gilliland Claims Coke Zero 400 Pole In Rain-Shortened Session

Despite the rain shower (and multi-car crash caused by it) that ended Nationwide Series Qualifying early, the track was dry and ready to go for Group Qualifying for the Sprint Cup Series.  Unfortunately, it didn’t stay that way for long. The first usage of group qualifying at Daytona for Cup resulted in a series of fast laps, followed by posturing and gamesmanship.  Large packs of cars would drive around the 2.5-mile tri-oval at speeds normally seen on the nearby interstates, ... Read More »

McMurray Quickest in Sprint Cup Practice, Happy Hour Rained Out

McMurray Quickest in Sprint Cup Practice, Happy Hour Rained Out

As midday gradually moved towards late afternoon at Daytona International Speedway, somewhat traditional storm clouds gathered to the west over the Pine Barrens of Central and Western Volusia County.  Those storms just strafed the track right as teams were about to pull out onto pit road for the start of practice.  About eight to ten cars made it out to pit road before NASCAR announced the suspension of the session.  Those drivers had to hang a U-turn and drive back ... Read More »

Holding A Pretty Wheel: Daytona Optimism is What NASCAR Needs

Holding A Pretty Wheel: Daytona Optimism is What NASCAR Needs

NASCAR is in Daytona this week, at a track where the racing is intense and close. One of the attractions of Daytona International Speedway is that we believe anyone can win. The track is the great equalizer because of the restrictor plates that reduce the airflow to the engines of the racecars, reducing horsepower to a point where almost everyone can race with the top teams, if only for a day. Oh, Daytona, you tease. As much as fans love ... Read More »

Happiness Is… Vacation, Luck & Making Friends

Happiness Is… Vacation, Luck & Making Friends

Ahhh.  It’s time for a pause.  One of those moments of reflection or something like that.  People who practice yoga might consider it a time to get centered.  Those who are taking a different path to enlightenment might feel it’s time to grab a beer and change the channel.  Duly noted. One of the things that has confounded Happiness Is in recent weeks are the frequent comments about how the media covering NASCAR is just a shill for the product. ... Read More »

Mirror Driving: Repaving Kentucky, Shopping Center, and Bubba Moving Up?

Mirror Driving: Repaving Kentucky, Shopping Center, and Bubba Moving Up?

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) ... Read More »

Menard Crashes in New Hamphire Test

Menard Crashes in New Hamphire Test

This week, Michael Waltrip Racing and Richard Childress Racing spent Tuesday and Wednesday testing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway ahead of July 12th’s Camping World RV Sales 301. For most of the drivers, the test went fine. However, Paul Menard wasn’t so lucky. NASCAR.com is reporting that late in Wednesday’s session on track, Menard spun his No. 27 in Turn 2 and hit the wall on the driver’s side. Menard was uninjured in the crash, but reports from the track ... Read More »

Going By the Numbers: Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne Offer Opposite Sides of the Spectrum in June

Going By the Numbers: Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne Offer Opposite Sides of the Spectrum in June

With winners vaulting themselves into the Chase and the points system conducive to drivers falling into and out of favor within a handful of races, a few good — or bad — races can make all the difference in the Sprint Cup Series. Just tell that to Denny Hamlin and Kasey Kahne. Each are on opposite sides of the spectrum when it comes to the last few races. Departing Pocono, Kahne was down in the dumps, having finished 42nd and ... Read More »