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Mirror Driving: Junior a Champ, Pocono Changes and Big Surprises

Mirror Driving: Junior a Champ, Pocono Changes and Big Surprises

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 »

Best Bet in Brooklyn is Junior’s Michigan Magic

Best Bet in Brooklyn is Junior’s Michigan Magic

As the Sprint Cup Series heads off to Michigan International Speedway, it’s certainly possible Dale Earnhardt, Jr. could post back-to-back victories for the first time in his career. Having capitalized on a mistake by Brad Keselowski, the driver of the No. 88 Chevrolet knocked Pocono off of the list of tracks he’d never won at, and given his history at Michigan, there’s always that possibility that he could visit victory lane once again. When it comes to making your fantasy ... Read More »

Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s Decade of Decline Comes Full Circle

Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s Decade of Decline Comes Full Circle

In the wake of Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s popular Pocono triumph, there was one stat that resonated this week while reviewing the turnaround the No. 88 team has enjoyed over the course of past few seasons: Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is in the midst of his first multiple win season since 2004; i.e., a decade. That 2004 season was a defining one for Junior; he won the Daytona 500, kicking off the year and suddenly was a threat to win virtually every weekend, not ... Read More »

Tech Talk: Jason Ratcliff On Michigan Speed, Fuel Mileage And The Rules Box

Tech Talk: Jason Ratcliff On Michigan Speed, Fuel Mileage And The Rules Box

The No. 20 team was faced with some very difficult circumstances this past weekend at Pocono. Their car was severely damaged early in the race, through contact with Jamie McMurray and they were forced to make extensive band-aid repairs to try and get their car to the finish. Remarkably, driver Matt Kenseth was not only able to limp home, despite a mashed-up front end but he did so while staying on the lead lap. While the points don’t matter like ... Read More »

Going By the Numbers: A Rookie’s Way To Stay Relevant… Laps Completed?

Going By the Numbers: A Rookie’s Way To Stay Relevant… Laps Completed?

Consistency can be a cruel mistress. On the one hand, you have Mark Martin, nicknamed Mr. Consistency for his steady performance over a healthy 25+-year career. Martin wasn’t always the winner, but he was near the top constantly, gaining the respect of fans, drivers and owners for simply being there at the finish almost all the time and at a better clip than the competition. The flip side is a bit drastic but not uncommon. Sure, maybe a racer gets ... Read More »

Did You Notice? … NASCAR’s Battle With Attrition And Aerodynamics

Did You Notice? … NASCAR’s Battle With Attrition And Aerodynamics

Did You Notice?… How lack of attrition can sometimes lead to a lack of excitement? When I think Pocono and Dover, in the old days their unpredictability was built, in part, on whether or not cars would finish the race. At Dover, it was the difficulty of the track that was the problem. At Pocono, it was the high RPMs heading into Turn 1, the longest frontstretch in motorsports, which would cook engines like hamburgers on a hot summer day. ... Read More »

The Frontstretch Five: Drivers Who Need To Pick Up Their Game

The Frontstretch Five: Drivers Who Need To Pick Up Their Game

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. In the latest edition, Amy has five drivers who haven’t quite met expectations as spring turns into summer. 1. Matt Kenseth To be fair, Kenseth isn’t really having a bad year. In fact, ... Read More »

NASCAR Mailbox: Earnhardt’s Win Immensely Popular With Fans

NASCAR Mailbox: Earnhardt’s Win Immensely Popular With Fans

If the crowd is a good indicator of what’s going on at a racetrack during a NASCAR event—and I would like to think that they are—then Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s win was immensely popular and well-received. Quite unlike a win from Johnson, which isn’t nearly as popular, Earnhardt’s run to the checkered flag was met with a standing ovation from the fans on-site at Pocono Raceway. Everyone already knows how well-known Earnhardt is even outside of the sport, but even the ... Read More »

Carcoons Storage Solutions To Sponsor Justin Allgaier At Michigan

Carcoons Storage Solutions To Sponsor Justin Allgaier At Michigan

HScott Motorsports announced today that Carcoons Storage Solutions will sponsor Justin Allgaier’s No. 55 Chevrolet SS this weekend in the Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway. Allgaier will make his first career Sprint Cup Series start at Michigan this weekend as he continues to contend for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award. In five Nationwide Series events at MIS, he has one top-five and two top-10s. “I’m excited to have Carcoon Storage Solutions  on the car at ... Read More »

Panasonic to Be Gordon’s Primary Sponsor Later This Year?

Panasonic to Be Gordon’s Primary Sponsor Later This Year?

Jayski is reporting Panasonic as a potential primary sponsorship for Jeff Gordon in the Spring Cup Series races at  Sonoma Raceway and/or New Hampshire Motor Speedway  in July. An anonymous source submitted an image of what the car may look like to Jayski, which can be viewed here. Panasonic is currently an associate sponsor of Hendrick Motorsports. Gordon has featured primary sponsorship from Drive to End Hunger, Pepsi Max and Axalta Coating Systems thus far in 2014. The pair of races ... Read More »