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Pace Laps: Golden State, Kyle, INDYCAR Points, KOMA, IMSA, and More

Pace Laps: Golden State, Kyle, INDYCAR Points, KOMA, IMSA, and More

Sprint Cup Series: Inhospitable Home State — Jimmie Johnson looked to be cruising towards the checkered flag to add another victory to his already impressive stats at Auto Club Speedway, only to be felled by a blown tire. Tires turned out to be the story of the day, but Johnson had avoided issues and had stayed in the top 5 since the first green flag waved. The Californian wound up 24th due to those problems. Another Golden State native endured ... Read More »

The Big Six: Questions Answered After the Auto Club 400

The Big Six: Questions Answered After the Auto Club 400

Looking for the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How behind Sunday’s race? Amy Henderson has you covered with each week with the answers to six race day questions, covering all five W’s and even the H…the Big Six. Who…gets my shoutout of the race? Kyle Larson grabbed his first NASCAR Nationwide Series win on Saturday, and he looked like he might pull off the weekend sweep on Sunday, getting a strong restart on the green-white-checkered and making a run ... Read More »

Four Burning Questions – Fontana: A Surging Veteran And NASCAR’s Tire Story

Four Burning Questions – Fontana: A Surging Veteran And NASCAR’s Tire Story

Ah, Auto Club Speedway. The facility has come a long way in its seventeen years of existence. What was once considered to be the most maligned track on the Sprint Cup circuit is now routinely hailed as one of the sport’s top tracks. The combination of long, drafty straightaways and tire-chewing bumpy corners has made Auto Club both a fan and driver favorite, and that recent history of solid racing looks primed to continue today. Of course, the on-track product ... Read More »

Hiring a Driver Isn’t Just About Talent Anymore

Hiring a Driver Isn’t Just About Talent Anymore

Admit it, you’ve done it: you’ve scratched your head in bewilderment at a team’s choice of driver. After all, there were several available to choose from, and they went with… that guy? Don’t they want to put the talented veteran, up-and-coming young gun, or solid journeyman who doesn’t tear up equipment in the car? Don’t they care where they finish? If you have, you’re not alone. It’s an age-old debate among fans and media when a team hires a new driver who ... Read More »

Happiness Is… FOX, F1, California, and Points

Happiness Is… FOX, F1, California, and Points

This racing season is off to a fantastic start. Really. Two 12-hour races in Cup. The last three Nationwide races were won by Cup drivers. The Truck Series… wait, do they still race? Even Formula One is rolling hot with derision over its new six-cylinder engine and the lack of noise it produces. And INDYCAR hasn’t even gotten started — what’s taking them so long?! Good times all around then. You betcha. Tom Bowles usually does a Did You Notice column each week, found here. ... Read More »

Mirror Driving: Falling Ratings, Goodyear’s Glory and Fontana Optimism

Mirror Driving: Falling Ratings, Goodyear’s Glory and Fontana Optimism

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 »

Going By the Numbers: Will Consistency Still Matter In NASCAR?

Going By the Numbers: Will Consistency Still Matter In NASCAR?

The 2010s haven’t been a subject of derision for Jeff Gordon and his fans, but the decade hasn’t exactly been kind to the four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, either. Look: 17, 18, 18, 17. Those are the amounts of top-10 finishes Jeff Gordon has accrued each of the past four seasons. While respectable, those aren’t the numbers of yesteryear, when it was downright unsettling if he didn’t hit at least 20 top 10s — let alone his blistering late-‘90s career, when ... Read More »

Roush Fenway Racing: Resurgence or Regression?

Roush Fenway Racing: Resurgence or Regression?

A couple of weeks ago during the Las Vegas Race, I noted that the Roush Fenway Racing teams – and any Ford outside of the Team Penske tandem of Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano were seemingly out to lunch. Carl Edwards managed a Top 5 atLVMS largely on the strength of some late race pit strategy, while for most of the race there were no other Fords other than the Nos. 2 and 22 in the Top 17. At Bristol however ... Read More »

Tech Talk: Jason Ratcliff On Toyota Troubles And Tire Management

Tech Talk: Jason Ratcliff On Toyota Troubles And Tire Management

The No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing team led the Sprint Cup Series in victories in 2013. Over the first four races of the season, they have shown some flashes of their brilliance from last year, including leading the most laps this past weekend at Bristol. While they haven’t broken into Victory Lane yet, they are still in the top 10 in points and a threat for the championship simply based off of their 2013 success. For this week’s Tech Talk ... Read More »

NASCAR Fantasy Insider: Which Favorites Will Figure Out Fontana

NASCAR Fantasy Insider: Which Favorites Will Figure Out Fontana

The Sprint Cup Series moves on to California Sunday with a 3:00pm start time onFOX. The Sprint Cup circuit visits this two-mile oval just once a year, with the 2013 event being a most memorable one. Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin got into on the final lap, with Logano eventually winning out in the personal battle and sending Hamlin and his car into the inside wall. Hamlin took a hard head-on hit and suffered a back injury that caused him ... Read More »