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Did You Notice? … A Return To Richmond, Post-Spingate And Quick Hits

Did You Notice? … A Return To Richmond, Post-Spingate And Quick Hits

Did You Notice?… This weekend marks the first Cup race at Richmond since last Fall’s Chase “cheating” controversy? It’s a perfect time for a “Where Are They Now?” addressing all sides of a scandal whose aftershocks still occasionally shake the sport. The Spinner: Clint Bowyer Bowyer, who has never fully admitted to wrecking intentionally, seems to have gotten past the magnitude of the moment. If not for his No. 15 turning around on its own during the final laps at Richmond, we ... Read More »

The Frontstretch Five: Pleasant Surprises of 2014 So Far

The Frontstretch Five: Pleasant Surprises of 2014 So Far

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 NASCARand 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 surprises to smile about in 2014 so far. 1. The racing has been really good. Yes, some people are going to complain about the competition unless every finish ... Read More »

Racing to the Point: NASCAR Has Its Own Heartbreak Kid

Racing to the Point: NASCAR Has Its Own Heartbreak Kid

Ben Stiller is no longer the Heartbreak Kid. The role now belongs to 23-year-old Parker Kligerman. Kligerman didn’t marry a crazy woman after knowing her for six weeks, then fall in love with someone else on his honeymoon, nor did he act in a subpar comedy. His story is full of heartbreak, though, just the same. The latest scene, yet to be completed has Kligerman uncertain of his future — and probably soon without a ride — eight races into ... Read More »

Voices From The Cheap Seats: Advertising For Dummies

Since we are on an off week and there is little to no real NASCAR news, other than maybe Brad Keselowski’s almost tearful revelation at how utterly heartbroken and betrayed he felt by Rick Hendrick in 2010, I want to talk about commercials. Yes, they are an evil that we all have to live with and that will never change. Thankfully, with modern technology, if you can exercise self-control but still want to watch the race, you can always hit the pause ... Read More »

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: Off Week-Richmond Edition

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: Off Week-Richmond Edition

Let’s get this one out of the way first: there was no NASCAR race to cover over Easter weekend. Sad, isn’t it? No worries, Hot or Not isn’t taking a break. Instead, here’s what to expect when the Sprint Cup Series returns to action at Richmond International Raceway in the coming days. Note: drivers featured in last week’s edition aren’t highlighted this time around. The rules are set, so here’s Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: HOT Carl Edwards is the perfect leadoff candidate. Not only has Edwards been ... Read More »

A Swan’s Broken Wings Equal NASCAR’s Next Concern?

A Swan’s Broken Wings Equal NASCAR’s Next Concern?

Is Swan Racing writing their Swan Song as we speak? That’s been the story during a slow NASCAR off week, the two-car team leaning more towards extinction with each tip. News broke Thursday in the form of an official statement, the upstart, two-car Cup Series organization claiming they were “evaluating their program” in the midst of financial troubles. The Richmond entry list, released Monday may initially have their Nos. 26 and 30 listed but who knows whether they’ll actually show up at ... Read More »

Thinkin’ Out Loud – The Off Week Season Review

Thinkin’ Out Loud – The Off Week Season Review

Key Moment – The key moment of the 2014 season came during the Media Tour in Charlotte, when Brian France came to the podium and announced more changes to the Chase. NASCAR’s tried in vain, for years to emphasize winning, and it never came to fruition… until that very speech. The adjustments announced that cold day in January, ever since have seemed to heat up both the fans and the teams. The “win and you’re in” mantra was heard loud and clear by each ... Read More »

Pace Laps: Swan Racing’s Future, Fast Females and Dropping Out

Pace Laps: Swan Racing’s Future, Fast Females and Dropping Out

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 week, 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 »

Sprint Cup Series Facilities Can Build Upon Fan Experience by Looking to Their Roots

Sprint Cup Series Facilities Can Build Upon Fan Experience by Looking to Their Roots

NASCAR’s Home Tracks program has been known as “The Soul of NASCAR.” Unfortunately, when looking at some of the top tracks in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and what they have to offer, there seems to be a link lost between the fans and the track, one that once defined the heart and soul of stock car racing. The short tracks of America are where a vast majority of drivers cut their teeth from their start all the way up to today… and ... Read More »

Championship Caliber? What Does That Even Mean?

Championship Caliber? What Does That Even Mean?

With all the talk surrounding NASCAR’s new Chase, a lot has been focused on Stewart-Haas Racing, one of two organizations with multiple race winners, the only driver with more than one win, and, at least for now, more than one car in the Chase. On the one hand, that should make SHR a title favorite; after all, with two winning teams, they’re a step ahead of Hendrick Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing and Roush Fenway Racing. On the other hand, well, have you looked ... Read More »