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Independent Teams: Is There Still a Place for Them?

Independent Teams: Is There Still a Place for Them?

Those that have followed NASCAR for decades remember names like Jimmy Means, H.B. Bailey, and J.D. McDuffie; all were owner/drivers in which at least one of them was seen at a speedway each race weekend.  There have been several others, some of which acquired full time national sponsors and had success and even rose to fame.  These three names were the first to pop into mind though they never had a realistic shot for a race win.  For these guys, a ... Read More »

Four Burning Questions on the Off-Week: Title Favorites, Silly Season Rumors, and Chase Predictions

Four Burning Questions on the Off-Week: Title Favorites, Silly Season Rumors, and Chase Predictions

It’s a rare off-week in NASCAR-land, and as the men and women who make up the Sprint Cup Series enjoy some well-earned vacation time, the sport’s observers are left to reflect on the season that’s been as we sit at the de facto halfway point of the schedule. The 2014 season has been an interesting one to say the least, with plenty of storylines and drama to keep everyone occupied until the Chase starts eight weeks from now. With 18 ... Read More »

Holding A Pretty Wheel: Everything Has Changed

Holding A Pretty Wheel: Everything Has Changed

There’s a commercial for NASCAR which talks about how everything in the sport has changed, but in the end, how nothing has really changed at all, because the spirit of the sport remains unchanged. Drivers, after all, still want to win races more than anything, and fans still want to find their racing heroes on the venues on which they race. Nothing has changed, NASCAR says, and for just a second, you want to believe it. If only that were true. ... Read More »

Happiness Is…Ford, Foreign Countries and Getting Paid

Happiness Is…Ford, Foreign Countries and Getting Paid

It’s time to hammer down on NASCAR’s superficial Topic of the Week, sponsored by Prune Candy.  For this week’s edition, it’s the Joey Logano – Morgan Shepherd incident.  Heard enough about it?  Read enough about it?  Any fan of the sport should be able to check the Yes box on that one. Much of the redress has been supportive for Shepherd, stating that by NASCAR’s rules he had every right to be out on the track at New Hampshire.  Then ... Read More »

RTA To Speak to NASCAR via Lawyers Only

Last Monday, the creation of the Race Team Alliance (RTA) was announced.  It was said to be a way for owners to band together to lower the prices for essentials for their operations (plane tickets, rental cars, hotel rooms, materials, etc.).  However, it already appears to be involving into more than that. NASCAR President Mike Helton stressed during a media availability last weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway that NASCAR has no animosity towards the RTA and reinforced the idea ... Read More »

NASCAR to Test Potential 2015 Rule Changes at Michigan

MRN’s Dustin Long is reporting that NASCAR has scheduled an open test at Michigan International Speedway for August 18th, the day after the Sprint Cup Series’ Pure Michigan 400. The goal will be to evaluate potential changes to the rules ahead of next season. According to a statement from NASCAR, the test is just another step in the ongoing evolution of technical regulations. “The test at Michigan International Speedway will be a great opportunity to gather more information, help us ... Read More »

Going By the Numbers: Ryan Newman Peaking at the Right Time

Going By the Numbers: Ryan Newman Peaking at the Right Time

Who’s the hottest driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series right now? Well, it’s Brad Keselowski, who’s won two of the last three races, of course. He’s followed by Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch, who have been equally impressive as of late. But ever so quietly, another is rattling off solid results, to the point that he’s becoming more and more of a threat when it comes to the Chase, a productive driver who can fly under the radar and ... Read More »

Voice of Vito: Mid-Season Musings

Voice of Vito: Mid-Season Musings

Morgan’s Meltdown      Wow the kids sure got angry over the incident with Morgan Shepherd and Joey Logano this Sunday at New Hampshire! Not sure why – between this and Jimmie Johnson blowing two tires in less than 15 laps, it was the only real action of the day. Logano’s ire was understandable, though the age issue seemed to be more of a media generated story due to Shepherd being 72 years old. I have but two points to make on ... Read More »

Mirror Driving: Dominance, Age Limits, and This Is Only a Test?

Mirror Driving: Dominance, Age Limits, and This Is Only a Test?

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 »

Listen!  What’s That Sound?

Listen! What’s That Sound?

Hey readers! Do you receive the Frontstretch email newsletter in your inbox each day so you can keep up on the latest in racing news, commentary, trivia and more? If you don’t, here’s just a sneak peek of what you’re missing out on. It’s absolutely free! Just click here to sign up! Listen! Do you hear that? What’s that whirring sound? Now that the organizational gauntlet has been thrown down by the biggest of the big in NASCAR Sprint Cup ... Read More »