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The Ups and Downs Continue for the Other Keselowski

To say it's been a season of extremes for Brian Keselowski three months into 2011 is a gross understatement. The underdog story of the Daytona 500 was a top 5 finisher in the Gatorade Duels, only to be wrecked out of the Daytona 500 very early in the running. The No. 92 team accomplished the unthinkable in making the 500, only to DNQ for both the next two races at Phoenix and Las Vegas. Then, in the week leading up to Bristol, the elder Keselowski had to pull himself out of his own car, suffering from gallstones that required surgery to remove his gallbladder. Read More »

Shakedown Session: Who Will Be the Odd Man Out at Roush Fenway?

Shakedown Session: Who Will Be the Odd Man Out at Roush Fenway?

Over the years, there have been many great debates in American society. Whether it’s Coke or Pepsi, chocolate or vanilla ice cream, the Red Sox or the Yankees, Hulk Hogan or The Rock, Sammy Hagar or David Lee Roth, or even the debate of paper or plastic, our society likes to debate which side is better. In the world of NASCAR, there is a potential debate brewing that, amazingly, few have publicly addressed. And what is this debate, pray tell? ... Read More »

Talking NASCAR TV: Old Dogs, New Tricks For FOX At Texas

Talking NASCAR TV: Old Dogs, New Tricks For FOX At Texas

Hello, race fans. Welcome back to Talking NASCAR TV, your source at Frontstretch for television commentary. Last weekend was a very busy one. I think I should have just put all the stuff from Malaysia on the DV-R and watched it on my own time (intentionally waking up at 4 AM to watch qualifying Saturday morning left me very tired for the Cup race in Texas, if you know what I mean). Of course, the F1 race - which we will not be covering here today - is only one event from the past weekend. The Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series each had night races at Texas Motor Speedway, while the Izod IndyCar Series made its season debut on Versus from Barber Motorsports Park. Read More »

Shakedown Session:  Fast Times At Texas Motor Speedway

Shakedown Session: Fast Times At Texas Motor Speedway

There is an old saying that goes along the lines of "Everything is bigger in Texas." Such phrasing can be applied to Texas Motor Speedway, located on the northern outskirts of Fort Worth. A 1.5-mile, intermediate oval, it looks innocent enough, like another NASCAR cookie cutter until you stop and take a look at the speed chart - it's currently the fastest unrestricted track on the Sprint Cup schedule, even faster than Atlanta Motor Speedway. Over the course of its 14-year history on the NASCAR circuit, drivers and fans have given it mixed reviews. It's basically a carbon copy of two other Speedway Motorsports, Inc. tracks in Charlotte and Atlanta, but generally, the racing at Texas has been rather exciting and the speeds are consistently fast. Plus, having the modern era’s version of the great Humpy Wheeler in Eddie Gossage’s unique and innovative fan-friendly promotions and management has helped the track’s credibility by leaps and bounds. This edition of the “Shakedown Session” will uncover some little known facts about the Texas Motor Speedway and analyze the good, the bad, and the ugly about the facility. Read More »

Shakedown Session: Can Cousin Carl Keep His Mojo Working?

Shakedown Session: Can Cousin Carl Keep His Mojo Working?

The old Jerry Reed song “When You’re Hot, You’re Hot” most certainly applies, not just as of late, but throughout the Sprint Cup career of Carl Edwards. When he’s been winning, he’s been one of the more dominant drivers in the series. But when he’s in a drought, it has taken him time to get back on track. At the moment? Carl Edwards is the talk of the circuit right now with his runner-up finish to Trevor Bayne at Daytona, ... Read More »

Five Most Exciting Daytona 500s

This year’s Daytona 500 is a couple of days away and some are already hyping it to be potentially the best ever. The new pavement is the biggest reason, as handling will not be a factor and it will be all about drafting. After Saturday night's Bud Shootout that saw a record 28 lead changes, but also the disappearance of the 30 car pack that was replaced with two car drafts, it seems many are split on what to expect Sunday. For the record, I really enjoyed the two car breakaways. I don’t want it to permanently replace the tight packs we are used to seeing at the restrictor plate tracks, but it was nice to see something different. It eliminated the chance of the “big one” drivers hate to see (that Edwards-Earnhardt wreck last Saturday was not a “big one”) but it also allowed the drivers to pass at will. Read More »

Who’s In, Who Isn’t: Daytona 500

Who’s In, Who Isn’t: Daytona 500

Greetings race fans, happy Friday to everyone. The Bud Shootout is less than 48 hours away, and qualifying for the Daytona 500 begins on Sunday. Even though it only locks in the front row, I have always thought it is the most dramatic qualifying session we have all year. It gives us the starting line up for the Gatorade Duels and it also gives three teams outside the top-35 cutoff a chance to secure a starting spot in the Great American Race. Earlier this week I wrote in the "Bubble Breakdown":http://www.frontstretch.com/ghorton/32582/ about some of the teams that went through some sort of points exchange in the offseason. In somewhat of a sequel to that, here is a look at the teams that finished 26th or worse in owner points last year – and who will get to race and who will have to race their way in. Read More »

Final Day News and Notes – NASCAR Sprint Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway

*NASCAR.com* The fourth and final day of the annual Sprint Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway kicked off with an announcement from NASCAR.com. The 24/7/365 NASCAR portal is going to enhance their portfolio of fan friendly offerings in 2011 with an improved Race Buddy and a new Live fantasy program which will offer even broader and more detailed data for fans updated continuously during races. Every Camping World Truck race will have a Race Buddy associated with it during ... Read More »

NASCAR Sprint Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway – News and Notes

*Furniture Row* Furniture Row Motorsports is a fully funded single car team but is actively searching for sponsorship to expand to two cars. They operate their operation on Eastern Time so that they’re working on the same schedules as the teams that are located in the Charlotte area. Regan Smith is surprisingly a very excitable driver who tends to get upset in the car when things go wrong, but has learned to cool down quickly. He feels NASCAR is a ... Read More »