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Pace Laps: JRM Shines, RFR Fails to Impress and Hunter-Reay Silences Long Beach Critics

Pace Laps: JRM Shines, RFR Fails to Impress and Hunter-Reay Silences Long Beach Critics

Did you see all of the race action this weekend? Or, like a lot of busy fans, did you miss a late-night adventure, a Friday controversy, 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 moving forward. Let our experts help you get up to speed for the coming week no ... Read More »

Short Track Racing Should Encourage Summer Viewership

Short Track Racing Should Encourage Summer Viewership

Who needs a green-white-checkered for some close racing at the finish? The Sprint Cup drivers proved they could keep their cars pointed in the right direction during a breath-taking nine laps of green-flag competition that concluded Saturday night’s Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond. No one could have been thinking about a manipulated outcome, as the drivers took care of any doubt of that on the racetrack. Two- and three-wide jockeying for position took place throughout the field, and every position ... Read More »

NASCAR Mailbox: A “Normal” Saturday And A Valuable Lesson

Working as a writer in the world of racing means that a majority of my weekends are spoken for before the first green flag ever waves. If I’m not at a racetrack, I’m planted in front of my television and computer so as not to miss a moment of, well, anything. This isn’t a complaint but rather the reality of the industry. Everyone here at Frontstretch.com and elsewhere in motorsports experiences the same thing. However, every year, the first off-week ... Read More »

Beyond the Cockpit: Tommy Baldwin on Owning His Team, Hall of Fame and the Number Seven

Beyond the Cockpit: Tommy Baldwin on Owning His Team, Hall of Fame and the Number Seven

Tommy Baldwin has been involved in racing since he was a youngster, an innovative mechanic who worked his way up to NASCAR Cup crew chief by 1997. In 2008, he was working in that role for Bill Davis when he was informed that the team was closing. He purchased the equipment and took advantage of the downsizing of many teams in the garage to put a lot of talented minds behind a startup organization of his own, Tommy Baldwin Racing. Some wondered ... Read More »

Short Track Racing Should Encourage Summer Viewership

Short Track Racing Should Encourage Summer Viewership

Who needs a green-white-checkered for some close racing at the finish? The Sprint Cup drivers proved they could keep their cars pointed in the right direction during a breath-taking nine laps of green-flag competition that concluded Saturday night’s Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond. No one could have been thinking about a manipulated outcome, as the drivers took care of any doubt of that on the racetrack. Two- and three-wide jockeying for position took place throughout the field, and every position ... Read More »

Four Burning Questions – Richmond: Financial Follies and Revisiting Spingate

Four Burning Questions – Richmond: Financial Follies and Revisiting Spingate

The perfect race track. That’s how the drivers of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series are apt to describe the track that hosts this week’s round of racing action, Richmond International Raceway. Of course, the last Sprint Cup Series event at Richmond was decidedly not perfect, what with the cheating scandal and all. Of course, Spingate will be on the minds of many this weekend, but it still pales in comparison to the stories surrounding tonight’s actual race which in truth is shaping ... Read More »

A Reminder of What Really Matters…the Racing

A Reminder of What Really Matters…the Racing

Author’s Note: I wrote the original version of this column in 2010, but I’m realizing that we still need a reminder of what’s right with the sport. Yeah, there’s a lot wrong with it, too. But at the end of the day, there are 43 men and women out there on the racetrack risking their lives because they want to compete at the highest level of a sport they’ve loved since childhood. Not every one of them in making a ... Read More »

Happiness Is… Franchises, Barber, Work and Wrigley

Happiness Is… Franchises, Barber, Work and Wrigley

So it was an off week in NASCAR. Did anyone miss it? Aww, c’mon, a little break never hurt. Of course, the difficulty in writing anything worthwhile about the sport becomes problematic when, you know, nothing really happened. But wait, something did. The demise of Swan Racing has taken center stage in the news cycle — which tells you that either A) nothing actually happened or B) it’s actually worth writing about. OK, it’s not to pick on the drivers, crewmen, ... Read More »

Frontstretch Foto Funnies: No, Take A Left!

Frontstretch Foto Funnies: No, Take A Left!

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 »

Mirror Driving: Surprises, Too Much Too Soon, and Are NASCAR Drivers Overpaid?

Mirror Driving: Surprises, Too Much Too Soon, and Are NASCAR Drivers Overpaid?

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) Mike Neff (Mondays / Thinkin’ ... Read More »