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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 »

Couch Potato Tuesday: TNT’s Swan Song Exposes More Cost Cutting?

Couch Potato Tuesday: TNT’s Swan Song Exposes More Cost Cutting?

It was the end of an era Sunday afternoon in Loudon, N.H. The Sprint Cup Series ran a race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, as it does twice a year. But Sunday wasn’t just the final race for TNT’s 2014 Summer Series — it was also the final scheduled race for TNT in NASCAR broadcasting, period. The network and Turner Sports will not air a race in 2015, for the first time in over 30 years. As such, there was ... Read More »

Five Points to Ponder: A Week Off, the Lost Shepherd and Burton’s (Possibly) Final Run

Five Points to Ponder: A Week Off, the Lost Shepherd and Burton’s (Possibly) Final Run

ONE: A MUCH DESERVED WEEK OFF It’s a temporary respite this weekend for the Sprint Cup circus as NASCAR’s top series goes dark for one final time before the stretch run to the finish in November. For the drivers, crews and teams it’s a chance to catch their collective breath ahead of a grueling 17 straight weeks of racing before we crown a champion at the one-and-a-half-mile Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 16. Expect, then, over the next few days a ... Read More »

Voices From the Cheap Seats: You May Be a NASCAR Fan If…

Voices From the Cheap Seats: You May Be a NASCAR Fan If…

We are all familiar with Jeff Foxworthy’s trademark redneck jokes. In fact, you probably are one if you are reading this now. Now I not about to assert that I, even though we share the same first name, am anywhere close to Foxworthy’s status, but like him, I too have made a few observations over the years that I have been a fan of NASCAR. Some are more obvious than others; however, even when I’m nowhere near a race track, ... Read More »

The Big Six: Questions Answered After the Camping World RV Sales 301

The Big Six: Questions Answered After the Camping World RV Sales 301

Looking for the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How behind Sunday’s race? Amy Henderson has you covered each week with the answers to six race day questions, covering all five W’s and even the H…the Big Six. Who…gets my shoutout of the race? He may not have had a top finish, but he deserves everybody’s respect. The sport said farewell to a driver who seemed to always be a threat to win and one who became a great spokesman ... Read More »

Pace Laps: NASCAR Innovation, IndyCar Iowa, and More

Pace Laps: NASCAR Innovation, IndyCar Iowa, and More

Did you miss an event during this busy week in racing? How about a late-night press release, an important sponsorship rumor, or a juicy piece of news? If you did, you’ve come to the right place! Each Monday, The Frontstretch will break down the racing, series by series, to bring you the biggest stories that you need to watch going forward for the week ahead. Let our experts help you get up to speed, no matter what series you might ... Read More »

Holding a Pretty Wheel: Brian Vickers’ Disappointment Gives Rise to Good Idea

Holding a Pretty Wheel: Brian Vickers’ Disappointment Gives Rise to Good Idea

When the already-delayed Coke Zero 400 was ended early for rain on Sunday afternoon, some fans and even some drivers were left puzzled by the decision. After all, it wasn’t even six months since NASCAR had pledged to race late into the night to complete the scheduled distance of the Daytona 500, and there they were, calling this race before 3 p.m. For some, that left a bit of a sour taste. That’s understandable, because when rain ends a race, ... Read More »