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NASCAR on YouTube: Fans Shouldn’t Be The Ones Filling The Gaps

As some of you may know, my NASCAR weekends "begin on YouTube":http://www.youtube.com/nadeau1064 where I produce videos that introduce the starting lineup for each Cup race. In Grid No. 1, I set the field for the 50th Daytona 500, using a format similar to the grids from old CBS broadcasts as I tried my hand at impersonating Ken Squier. Even though the four-minute slide-show was my first attempt into video editing, the positive response I received from viewers took me aback. Not just what they were saying in each comment, but who was saying them. I had hoped my videos would attract older fans who remembered Squier’s booming calls, but I was surprised that they mostly struck a chord with younger fans, some of whom were half my age. In the two-and-a-half years since, these younger fans have not only been tremendously supportive of my work, but have kept me honest, verifying my statistics and historical references. It is because of them that “Brock’s Starting Grid Network,” or BSGN, has grown. Read More »

Bubble Breakdown: Road Rage Pulls Bubble Battle Up The Leaderboard At Sonoma

_A 150-point penalty for Travis Kvapil topped the Bubble headlines last week, knocking the No. 38 team out of the Top 35 and putting Robby Gordon’s No. 7 back in for the first time since Dover. Gordon played defense at Michigan and successfully guaranteed himself a starting spot at Sonoma, a strategy that worked to perfection when Kvapil had more problems of his own. Struggling to hang on to the lead lap, he slumped throughout the 400-miler and ended up even closer to Latitude 43's No. 26 in a heated battle for 36th in Owner Points._ _Front Row Motorsports was unable to secure a successful appeal of their penalty in time for Sunday, so David Gilliland jumped back in the No. 38 at Sonoma, scene of his best career Cup finish in 2008. However, Gilliland would have to bring his "A" game at the winding road course, as a driver with even more experience at Infineon Raceway climbed back behind the wheel of the No. 26. Which of these cars came out on top in the Napa Valley? Read on to find out in this week's edition of the Bubble Breakdown!_ Read More »

Potts’ Shots: NASCAR Odds ‘N’ Ends From Michigan … And Beyond

Potts’ Shots: NASCAR Odds ‘N’ Ends From Michigan … And Beyond

_Editor's Note: Our popular Driven To The Past columnist, Corbin Speedway's John Potts, has a new column where he'll give his thoughts from time to time on small little tidbits within the racing world. Written in an "Odds 'N' Ends" style, each comment's got a little bit of racing humor, analysis, or even history attached to it as he sorts through the small stuff like only a true racing insider can. So, without further ado ... enjoy the latest edition of "Potts' Shots."_ ------ By a unanimous vote of those participating on the Frontstretch live blog, the Adam Sandler/Kevin James rendition of the command to start engines for the Michigan Cup race was voted "the worst ever." Personally, I'm just a little tired of all the snarling and yelling out the command, but then I'm probably something of a traditionalist (ya think?). I still think the late Wilbur Shaw had it down best - a dignified announcement. I try my best to emulate that whenever I have the opportunity to do it. Read More »

Fantasy Insider: Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth Michigan Fuel Mileage Masters

Fantasy Insider: Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth Michigan Fuel Mileage Masters

Welcome back, everyone, to The Frontstretch Fantasy Insider, the column that puts your virtual racing team in position to win. This week, we break down the numbers on who rules the roost at Michigan International Speedway. Most races are built on speed, but this one has a history of turning into a fuel mileage race, with the top-5 drivers running at half speed for the last dozen or so laps. Keep in mind that leaves room for the underdog, a place where slow and steady can trump raw horsepower time and time again. So, without further delay, here’s who you want and who you don’t setting your roster for this Sunday’s Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400! Read More »

Mirror Driving: What’s Next In Silly Season, Grading The Hall, And Fixing Sabotage

Mirror Driving: What’s Next In Silly Season, Grading The Hall, And Fixing Sabotage

*Saturday’s Sprint All-Star Race featured four segments, but most of the racing — and the wrecking — happened in the last 10-lap shootout. Does the format need another tweak?* Kurt: It doesn’t really matter. Whatever the rules are, there’s going to be some eventful and some uneventful races. Amy: I think it does need tweaking. 70-75 laps total is plenty for races like these; there’s no need for 100. Less than 70, and the fans at the track aren’t getting their money’s worth. But the first three segments were boring. Nobody was willing to mix it up. Read More »

The Problem With PRISM: Start-And-Park Secrecy

The Problem With PRISM: Start-And-Park Secrecy

It is no secret that PRISM Motorsports has become the lightning rod of today’s “start-and-park” debate. Much of this controversy stems from what little we know about the team: PRISM’s Cup operation consists of two unsponsored Toyotas, receiving some technical help from the Michael Waltrip Racing stable, that are outstanding in qualifying but are invariably among the first to leave the race early. However, the real reason for this controversy may be more about what most of us _don’t_ know. Read More »

Grading The Pack, Part II: Drivers A-Kenseth

Grading The Pack, Part II: Drivers A-Kenseth

*25. A.J. Allmendinger (-566 behind Kevin Harvick):* There’s something so hugely likable about the ‘Dinger (and I’m not talking about Mrs. Allmendinger here) but for some reason, he can’t quite get it done on-track despite early promise in a number of races this year. It would be great to see the No. 43 back in Victory Lane. Never. Gonna. Happen. Grade... Read More »

Grading The Pack, Part III: Drivers Keselowski – Vickers

Grading The Pack, Part III: Drivers Keselowski – Vickers

*24. Brad Keselowski (-558 behind Kevin Harvick):* Other than the little incident with Edwards at Atlanta and a few solid runs, Keselowski has settled into his first full season with Penske Racing without really impressing or ripping up too many trees. Still waiting on his first top 10 of the year, once Kes learns some patience he’ll have a long, likely fulfilling, Cup career. Grade... Read More »

Joe Gibbs Racing Tandem Makes a Statement at Dover

Joe Gibbs Racing Tandem Makes a Statement at Dover

It was a day of tandems at the Dover International Speedway on Sunday. For the Earnhardt Ganassi Racing camp, it was Juan Pablo Montoya and Jamie McMurray suffering seemingly identical rear suspension failures within five laps of each other. For Penske Racing teammates Sam Hornish Jr. and Kurt Busch, it was suffering hard wrecks at the hands of blown tires, and the inevitable frustration they bring; Hornish exclaimed “I am so done with this” after his first of multiple brushes with the wall, while Kurt Busch told his crew they would pit when the next right front tire blew on his Dodge. Read More »