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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 »

NASCAR Mailbox: Clinches, Schminches…. How Long Until Richmond?

NASCAR Mailbox: Clinches, Schminches…. How Long Until Richmond?

It doesn’t matter how new or revamped this new Chase system is, there will always be one word that crops up no matter how many revisions the points system goes through: clinch. Ah, yes. The dreaded “clinch” scenario. A complicated system of mathematics and statistics churned through a grinder and spit out through NASCAR press releases and databases. We know well before the Chase starts who is in and who is out because, inevitably, several drivers will mathematically clinch a ... Read More »

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After New Hampshire

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After New Hampshire

For the second time in three weeks Brad Keselowski gave what he called a “championship performance”. The Penske driver dominated the race, leading the most laps from the pole position and picking up his third win of the season. If the Chase points reset now, he would lead the standings. Jimmie Johnson is the only other driver this season with three wins. New Hampshire proved to be a rebound race after the carnage from Daytona. Four of the top 10 ... Read More »

The Frontstretch Five: NASCAR Fallacies

The Frontstretch Five: NASCAR Fallacies

Welcome to the Frontstretch Five, a brand-new column for 2014! Each week, Amy Henderson takes a look at the racing, the drivers, and the storylines that drive NASCAR and produces a list of five people, places, things, and ideas that define the current state of our sport. In the latest edition, there are some beliefs that Amy says NASCAR (and sometimes fans and media) just won’t let go of. 1. NASCAR needs to be like other sports to be successful. ... Read More »

Chase for the Sprint Cup Drivers to Have Special Paint Schemes During Chase

Chase for the Sprint Cup Drivers to Have Special Paint Schemes During Chase

In order to help the Chase for the Sprint Cup drivers stand out once the postseason begins, NASCAR has announced a series of special elements for their paint schemes throughout the 10-week playoffs. The car of each driver will feature a roof number, front splitter, and windshield header all bright yellow, along with a Chase for the Sprint Cup logo adorned on the front quarter panel. The Chase-centric paint schemes will be on all 16 Chase cars beginning with the first race ... Read More »

Racing to the Point: The Flatter the Track, the More the Debris

Racing to the Point: The Flatter the Track, the More the Debris

Following the second caution for debris in turn 3 of Sunday’s race, the fan standing in front of me at New Hampshire Motor Speedway turned and suggested the safety worker probably went out and picked up the same piece he picked up last time. He was in the same exact spot. In other words, the fan suggested the safety worker must’ve thrown that first piece back to give NASCAR officials an excuse to throw the caution later in the race. ... Read More »

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: New Hampshire – Off Week Edition

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: New Hampshire – Off Week Edition

A stop at New Hampshire Motor Speedway marked the end of TNT’s Summer Series and a served as a precursor to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ last off-week, or calm before the storm that is the wicked countdown to the Chase and the highly anticipated playoff eliminators. This edition of Who’s Hot and Who’s Not marks a return to good old-fashioned short track racing, after Mother Nature played a predominant role in the outcome in Daytona. HOT Brad Keselowski is ... Read More »