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Frequency of Cautions and Debris the Recent Norm at Michigan

Frequency of Cautions and Debris the Recent Norm at Michigan

Only ten laps into the 2014 Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway, it looked like the race would be filled with an above average amount of attrition and survival.  Contenders Brian Vickers, Kasey Kahne, and Kyle Larson were among those suffering early damage to their cars.  In the end however, it was a typical event at the facility.  The statistics show that it’s actually a usual situation at the two-mile speedway, with most of the Cup teams involved, as resilient as ... Read More »

Pace Laps: Hendrick Horsepower, RHR’s Rebound and a Surprise Nationwide Winner

Pace Laps: Hendrick Horsepower, RHR’s Rebound and a Surprise Nationwide Winner

Sprint Cup Series: Power and Tires - Enzo Ferrari once stated that aerodynamics are for people who don’t know how to build engines.  That may be a paraphrasing of the Italian icon’s words, but you get the idea.  This concept could not be found in better evidence than after the Sprint Cup race at Michigan.  How’s that?  Because Hendrick engines powered nine of the top 13 cars.  That’s nearly 70% of the top of the order.  Throw in Danica Patrick’s 17th-place ... Read More »

Four Burning Questions in Michigan: High Speeds, Stakes & Attrition

Four Burning Questions in Michigan: High Speeds, Stakes & Attrition

Do you like speed? Do you like it when race car drivers pilot their beastly machines on the very limit of traction? If you answered yes to the above questions, this weekend’s Quicken Loans 400 from Michigan International Speedway will likely be of interest to you. Record speeds have been the big story of the weekend, with Stewart-Haas Racing driver Kevin Harvick blistering the track record in qualifying with a lap of 204.557 mph. The speeds are faster than ever, ... Read More »

Kevin Harvick Wins Pole for Quicken Loans 400

Kevin Harvick Wins Pole for Quicken Loans 400

In a blistering fast lap during Friday’s qualifying session at Michigan, Kevin Harvick earned the pole position for Sunday’s race after pacing all three qualifying rounds. Harvick set a new track record in the third and final qualifying round, with a speed of 204.557 mph, the fastest qualifying lap since Bill Elliott’s lap of 212.809 mph in April of 1987 at Talladega Superspeedway. This is Harvick’s third pole of the season and eighth of his career. “Obviously, it was a ... Read More »

Kyle Larson, Girlfriend Expecting First Child

Kyle Larson, Girlfriend Expecting First Child

Kyle Larson, driver of the No. 42 Chevrolet for Chip Ganassi Racing, announced via Twitter that he and girlfriend Katelyn Sweet are expecting their first child in December of 2014. Really exciting news for @Katelyn_Sweet and I!! pic.twitter.com/r8WOvjrMYu — Kyle Larson (@KyleLarsonRacin) June 13, 2014 The 21-year-old Larson is currently in his rookie season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. After 14 races this season, he is sitting 10th in points with three top 5s and six top 10s. Larson ... Read More »

Mark ‘Hollywood’ Armstrong to Miss Time With Injury

Mark ‘Hollywood’ Armstrong to Miss Time With Injury

Mark “Hollywood” Armstrong will miss a few weeks in the garage after suffering a torn meniscus on Wednesday evening during pit practice in preparation for this weekend’s races at Michigan. He’ll be sidelined four to six weeks. Armstrong has been a fixture on NASCAR’s pit roads for over two decades. More recently, Armstrong has worked as a tire changer for Kyle Busch’s No. 54 Monster Energy Nationwide Series team at Joe Gibbs Racing and on the No. 26 car of Cole Whitt in ... Read More »

Mustang to Continue Celebration at Michigan

Mustang to Continue Celebration at Michigan

In tribute of the 50th anniversary celebration of Ford’s most iconic and recognized brand, the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang GT will lead the field to green in Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Joe Hinrichs, Ford Motor Company president of the Americas, will do the honors behind the wheel of the new Mustang GT fastback to start the race. The sixth generation rear-wheel drive Mustang, built in Flat Rock, Michigan boasts many of the iconic features that Ford ... Read More »

Holding A Pretty Wheel: NASCAR Needs Innovation, Not Restrictions

Holding A Pretty Wheel: NASCAR Needs Innovation, Not Restrictions

As fan concerns about the racing product NASCAR is putting out on track these days mount, the recurring theme remains the same: not enough passing, not enough excitement. The field gets strung out, and because the cars are more durable than diamonds these days, cautions for phantom debris are common in an attempt to tighten up the field. Everyone knows the list by now; it’s the same old song and dance. There are a lot of contributing factors, and they’re ... Read More »

Happiness Is… Car Counts, Pocono & ’1′

Happiness Is… Car Counts, Pocono & ’1′

Blah, blah, blah.  Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. If anyone saw last year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, they’ll understand that opening.  As the band Rush accepted its long-awaited entrance to the hall, guitarist Alex Lifeson gave a speech that consisted of just one word — blah — used in an oratory performance that seemed like an actual speech.  Brilliant. Unfortunately, there’s no great witticism here; blah, blah, blah seems about right for what’s happening in ... Read More »

Frontstretch Foto Funnies: That’s Just Wrong…

Frontstretch Foto Funnies: That’s Just Wrong…

Welcome to the Frontstretch Foto Funnies! Ever see a photo that’s just begging for a caption? We see them all the time! Each week, we’ll pick a few, then let our staff give it their best shot. We’ll post the best ones for you! Want to get in on the fun? Each week, we’ll also designate one of the photos for fan captions. Leave your best ideas in the comments below or on our Facebook page. We’ll choose our favorite one and ... Read More »