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Mirror Driving: Attacking 2013 Concerns And Enticing A NASCAR Fan Base

Mirror Driving: Attacking 2013 Concerns And Enticing A NASCAR Fan Base

*With 2013 on the horizon, what was the biggest issue in NASCAR that has, thus far, gone unresolved?* Matt S.: Aero push. Mike N.: Aero dependency. Amy: Aero dependency and late season ratings. Summer: The way these cars race (even with the new ones coming). No one likes them. Not the drivers, not the crews, not the fans. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Champions, Challenges, And NASCAR’s Memorable Moments

Mirror Driving: Champions, Challenges, And NASCAR’s Memorable Moments

*Brad Keselowski is the 2012 Sprint Cup champion, and is a bit polarizing with his "Bad Brad" moniker. How do you think Keselowski will be remembered as champion...and how many more will he win?* Phil: Especially since Brad's only 28, it's a little early to say how many he'll win. But I wouldn't be surprised if he snags a couple of more. Mike N.: Keselowski is going to be a great spokesperson for the sport. I believe he'll be able to effect change, unlike some other champs because he is extremely smart and very introspective. I believe he'll be remembered for changing the social media aspect of the sport, making it mainstream and speaking his mind. That, and drinking out of the biggest Miller Lite glass he could find after winning. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Final Word On The Brawl, Crawling To A Title And Caution Controversy

Mirror Driving: Final Word On The Brawl, Crawling To A Title And Caution Controversy

*After Sunday's tangle between Clint Bowyer and Jeff Gordon, and the subsequent fights among crews -- not to mention an obscenity-laden tirade by Brad Keselowski afterward -- are the penalties NASCAR levied sufficient?* Amy: Sufficient? More like over the top. Pattie's fine for not controlling his crew, I agree with, because the way they ambushed Gordon was not cool. The penalties for Gordon and Keselowski were both over the top. Mike N.: I thought the fine for Gordon was too much. I was surprised at Gustafson; I thought he would get some money taken, too. Other than that, I thought Pattie's was fair. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Rating The Restart, Dillon vs. Hamlin And Tough Times At EGR

Mirror Driving: Rating The Restart, Dillon vs. Hamlin And Tough Times At EGR

*Other drivers and race fans were quick to accuse both Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson, respectively, of jumping the final two restarts on Sunday, though NASCAR says neither driver broke any rules. Did either one gain an unfair advantage on a restart... and should NASCAR consider a return to single-file restarts late in Cup races?* Summer: Oh, my gosh _no_ do _not_ go back to single-file restarts. Double-file restarts are the best change NASCAR has made. Also, I watched both replays and I didn't see either of them do anything wrong. They both did what they needed to do. Tom: Well, you know I'm the first to say the double-file, lead-lap restart system is a total gimmick. But in terms of what happened Sunday night... couldn't agree more with Brad Keselowski when he said, "Fair play on both sides." Read More »

Frontstretch Fan Q&A: NASCAR Mulligans And Night Racing

Frontstretch Fan Q&A: NASCAR Mulligans And Night Racing

As a writer, I do my best to stay objective and look at the broad picture when it comes to these championship runs. But I have to admit, I was disappointed when I saw Denny Hamlin come to a dead stop on the frontstretch because of a mechanical failure at Martinsville. It wasn’t because I wanted him to win the championship or even the race for that matter. Rather, I was hoping for a three-man joust for the title at Homestead to one-up the riveting battle between Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards last season. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Offense Or Defense, NASCAR’s Win Starved Vets & Regan’s Rise

Mirror Driving: Offense Or Defense, NASCAR’s Win Starved Vets & Regan’s Rise

*Jimmie Johnson's win at Martinsville propels him into the points lead with three races to go in the season -- will the change from defensive mode to offensive for opponent Brad Keselowski change the outlook from here on out?* Phil: Well, I think they'll both be on the offensive this weekend in Texas. Summer: I've been saying for a few months now that Jimmie Johnson will win the championship and I'm sticking by that. Read More »

Mirror Driving: Progress Or Problems? Make-Or Break Moments And Eldora, 2013

Mirror Driving: Progress Or Problems? Make-Or Break Moments And Eldora, 2013

*Kansas Speedway was the latest racetrack to add progressive banking in hopes of producing a more competitive race. Did it work, and are there other ways that tracks and track owners should be looking towards to beef up the competition?* Phil: Not really. There were faster speeds and a lot of wrecking. Overall, it wasn't any more competitive. Amy: There wasn't any more passing on Sunday. Read More »