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An Ill Wind Blew in Charlotte

An Ill Wind Blew in Charlotte

CONCORD, N.C. – The Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway started at around 7:50 p.m. A scant three hours later, we knew that Matt Kenseth had won, Jimmie Johnson had crashed and that the Chase would go to Talladega with a flipped script. What did you miss in between? Not much, in the way of racing, but plenty of opportunities to hit the fridge and observe ESPN’s split-screen commercials/live action. Read More »

Fuel Injection is Right Around the Corner

NASCAR announced in February that the Sprint Cup series would be going to electronic fuel injection as of Daytona in February 2012. In anticipation of that change the series is conducting several testing sessions for teams to wrap their arms around the new technology. The latest of those sessions was Monday at Charlotte Motor Speedway with teams from Hendrick Motorsports, Stewart Haas Racing, Michael Waltrip Racing, Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, Joe Gibbs Racing and Roush Fenway Racing all ... Read More »

Tony Stewart Wins the Pole for Saturday’s Bank of America 500

Tony Stewart went out on the track 36th in qualifying and laid down a lap of 28.131 seconds for a speed of 191.959 mph. 10 people hit the track after that to try and better the effort but no one was able to top lap. Matt Kenseth went out even earlier than Stewart but laid down an equally impressive lap of 28.137 seconds and a speed of 191.918 mph. The second row will be made up of Carl Edwards who ... Read More »

What You See is What You Get: Chase Picture Won’t Change Before Richmond

What You See is What You Get: Chase Picture Won’t Change Before Richmond

Currently, the two wild card spots are held by Brad Keselowski in 11th (3 wins) and Denny Hamlin in 13th (one win). The only other potential wild card driver in the top 20 is Paul Menard, and he’s barely hanging onto that spot (3 points ahead of David Ragan in 21st). The way I see it, the top 12 that are in the Chase now are the top 12 who will be posing for pictures following the conclusion of the race at Richmond in a couple of weeks. “Now wait a minute, Summer,” I can hear you saying. “There are still two races to go! Anything can happen!” Yes, there are still two races to go… _only_ two races. If there were five races, I might feel differently but as of now the stage has been set. Read More »

The View From The Top: Quotes From The Top 12 In Points

Every week the top 12 drivers in Sprint Cup points make themselves available to the media. The results of those press conferences can be interesting, boring, funny, sad or even contentious. Here are some of the questions and answers that struck our fancy from Bristol. *Jimmie Johnson* – What is it going to mean for the sport to play in front of a full house here this weekend? It’s important everywhere we go. The spring race here was an eye-opener ... Read More »

Sprint Cup Qualifying Recap – Irwin Tools Night Race

Ryan Newman has long been known for winning pole positions but it has been a less frequent occurrence over the last few years. Friday afternoon he was able to get the job done again, laying down a lap of 15.624 seconds for a speed of 122.811 mph. Starting next to Newman on the front row will be Carl Edwards who was the last car out during qualifying. Edwards came up 18 thousandths of a second short with a lap of ... Read More »

Five Points to Ponder: Did Logano Save Himself…and to Hell With Racing’s Elite

Five Points to Ponder: Did Logano Save Himself…and to Hell With Racing’s Elite

*ONE: The Importance of Joey Logano’s Playing Rough* Though it largely was overshadowed for the rest of Sunday afternoon in the smoke clouds that were the Brian Vickers/Tony Stewart and Juan Pablo Montoya vs. the living bouts, Joey Logano showed perhaps the fiercest edge NASCAR has seen him employ on the track this Sunday, taking offense to rough racing early by Robby Gordon and shoving him out of turn 11 for his troubles. As far as bumps go, it was about as clean as they come, but it certainly messed up Gordon’s day, and was a departure of character for a driver who’s been pushed around about as much as anyone would expect an 18-year-old to be who is suddenly playing with the big boys. Read More »

Owners Should Know Better Than Drivers

Owners Should Know Better Than Drivers

There is no question that NASCAR racing, that racing in general, is much more interesting when there is rivalry and confrontation involved. Seeing drivers turn things up even another notch when they get near a driver they openly dislike gets the fans even further on the edge of their seats than they already are during a race. While drivers getting into fist fights in the garage and on pit road isn’t nearly as common now as it was in the early rough and tumble days of NASCAR, there are still personalities that mix like oil and water. And they seem to somehow always end up near each other on the track during a race. The competition aspect of auto racing naturally brings out raw emotion and drivers can sometimes lose control of those emotions. However, while there is some leeway that is afforded those drivers because of the nature of the sport, that leeway isn’t extended to team owners. Read More »

Choosing Your Battles

The irony of both falling-from-victory cars being sponsored by the National Guard has been addressed by several of my colleagues, as has the controversy (spurred on by hundreds of thousands of #88 fans) over NASCAR’s assumed failure to throw a yellow after the final restart at the 600. With all machines under way and no debris to avoid, staying green was an obvious choice, even though the decision cost Dale Jr. an almost certain (and much anticipated) victory. If positive energy could have willed Junior across the line first, it would have happened. The disappointment of Junior Nation, once the #88 ran dry near the end of the backstretch, served as a reminder of the fickle nature of automobile racing; no matter what the name, nor how lengthy the losing streak, if it’s not your time to win, it ain’t gonna happen. Read More »

Who Am I? A Return To NASCAR Writing

Who Am I? A Return To NASCAR Writing

As the newest addition to the staff at Frontstretch.com, I thought it might be a good idea to introduce myself. Some of our readers may remember me from past online writing gigs; most of you – on the other hand – won’t know me at all. Allow me to take this opportunity to say hello and warn you about what looms ahead. I have been around stock car racing my entire life, as a fan, a participant, and as a writer. Much of my childhood was spent sitting with my parents on a horizontal telephone pole at Herb Harvey’s Speedway (Racetrack? Bull ring?) in Lemon, Pa. Read More »