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Five Points To Ponder: NASCAR’s Take-A-Breath Moment

Five Points To Ponder: NASCAR’s Take-A-Breath Moment

Time For a Breather: After a frenetic first eight weeks of the mammoth ten-month NASCAR season we get our first moment to breathe this weekend as the engines go silent in honor of Easter. And so far, even the strongest and most vociferous of critics would have trouble denying it’s been anything other than a fantastic start to the 2014 campaign. We’ve had seven winners in eight races, eight different pole sitters, three or four genuinely terrific races and only one real ... Read More »

Going By the Numbers: A Week Without Racing Can Bring Relief But Kill Momentum

Going By the Numbers: A Week Without Racing Can Bring Relief But Kill Momentum

Some say momentum doesn’t exist in sports. They’ll say it’s nothing more than a feeling, a faux sense of confidence that doesn’t actually propel a player — or in this case, a driver — to anything more than what they would have achieved on skill, luck or other circumstance alone. Whatever happens was going to happen anyway, whether the player had a strong lead-in or not. I’m a little more in favor of momentum. Doesn’t a heightened sense of confidence ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: Moving NASCAR Coverage Onto The Web

Couch Potato Tuesday: Moving NASCAR Coverage Onto The Web

Hello, race fans. Welcome back to Couch Potato Tuesday, where race telecast critique is the main objective. This past weekend, the Sprint Cup and Nationwide series were both in action at Darlington Raceway. Meanwhile, the Verizon IndyCar Series made its 2014 debut on the NBC Sports Network in Long Beach. Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach On Sunday afternoon, NBC Sports Network began its 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series coverage from the Streets of Long Beach, Calif. It also welcomed two ... Read More »

Four Burning Questions – Southern 500: Rookies No Match For … Gordon?

Four Burning Questions – Southern 500: Rookies No Match For … Gordon?

Historic Darlington Raceway is the site of Round 8 of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, and tonight, the best stock car drivers in the world will contest one of the most prestigious races in NASCAR, the Southern 500. They’ve tried to kill it, but like cockroaches after nuclear war, the Southern 500 continues to live on after years of schedule changes, name changes, and lawsuits. Veteran drivers tend to excel at this facility, and rookies tend to, uh, not do so well. ... Read More »

Mirror Driving: How Fast Is Too Fast, Team Troubles, and NNS Balance

Mirror Driving: How Fast Is Too Fast, Team Troubles, and NNS Balance

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: Tom Bowles (Mondays / Bowles’ Eye View & Wednesdays / Did You Notice? & Frontstretch Editor-In-Chief) Amy Henderson (Mondays / The Big Six & Wednesdays / The Frontstretch Five & Fridays / Holding A Pretty Wheel & Frontstretch Managing ... Read More »

No Place for Complacency When It Comes To Safety

No Place for Complacency When It Comes To Safety

Several years ago, after a string of deaths and injuries in stock cars, Ricky Craven commented that someday everyone would look back at those days and wonder about how drivers were running into concrete walls. Craven’s words would prove prophetic as SAFER barriers replaced the concrete walls in the corners — the most likely place for a high speed impact at a racetrack. They’re now mandatory for tracks requesting NASCAR sanctioning for a national touring series. The sport has seen other safety advances as ... Read More »

Going By the Numbers: A Rookie Winning at Darlington? You’re Funny

Going By the Numbers: A Rookie Winning at Darlington? You’re Funny

You’ve already heard plenty of people run down the extensive list of nicknames Darlington Raceway has made for itself over the years, so I’ll spare you. I will not, however, hold off on talking about how goddamn tough of a track this place can be. When one points at the hardest speedways to traverse in NASCAR, Darlington’s always near the top — if not running point. Its layout is strange. Its racing grooves are few. By the end of the day, ... Read More »

Happiness Is… The DVR, Will Robinson, Not Mercedes & Long Beach.

Happiness Is… The DVR, Will Robinson, Not Mercedes & Long Beach.

One of the easy ways to fill space in a NASCAR column for the past couple years has been to debate the role of Cup drivers in the Nationwide Series. The oft-used comparison in this argument is that drivers who dabble in Nationwide are like Major League Baseball players dropping down into the minor leagues. First, let’s ignore the fact that too many writers feel the need to compare the sport to so-called stick-and-ball sports. Second, let’s also ignore the fact that ... Read More »

Tech Talk With “Bono” Manion: Has NASCAR’s Track Too Tough To Tame Gone… Too Nice?

Tech Talk With “Bono” Manion: Has NASCAR’s Track Too Tough To Tame Gone… Too Nice?

Tommy Baldwin racing continues to chase the dream on a fraction of the budget of the big race teams. A strategy call that goes wrong can cost them half a dozen positions on the race track and that can drop them into the perilous ‘must qualify on time’ area of the point standings. However, the little team that could is still comprised of racers who are in this business for the right reasons. As they continue to chase the dream, ... Read More »