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Pace Laps: Pocono Oddity, Iowa Adventures, Ohio Excellence, and More

Cup: Strange Results from Pocono It’s not a surprise that Dale Earnhardt, Jr. won at Pocono.  He raced with the leaders all race long and his crew chief, Steve Letarte, made a brilliant strategy call that put him in the best position to win. But what about the rest of the field? Kyle Busch completed just 23 laps before his engine lost its song and he parked his car. And in Jimmie Johnson‘s case, is Chad Knaus testing out some ... Read More »

Marketing Magic: How A Track CMO Delivers Value To NASCAR Fans And Sponsors

Marketing Magic: How A Track CMO Delivers Value To NASCAR Fans And Sponsors

In January 2014, a management restructure at the Pocono Raceway resulted in Ben May ascending to Chief Marketing Officer. While the position is new for May, he certainly is no stranger to the Tricky Triangle, having worked with the Mattioli family since 2001. May sat down with our own Tony Lumbis during the Pocono 400 weekend earlier this month. The two discussed a variety of topics, including Pocono’s social media presence, track attendance, half-time parties, an upcoming GoBowling.com promotion with ... Read More »

Beyond the Cockpit: Kyle Larson on the Tricky Triangle, 2014 Aspirations and Home Ownership

Beyond the Cockpit: Kyle Larson on the Tricky Triangle, 2014 Aspirations and Home Ownership

Kyle Larson has been turning heads as a Sprint Cup Series rookie this year, nearly taking the win at Fontana earlier this season while remaining solidly in Chase contention. Larson meet with Frontstretch.com’s Tony Lumbis at Pocono Raceway, where the rookie won the ARCA 200 and brought home a fifth place finish in Sunday’s Pocono 400. The two discussed Larson’s initial impressions of the Tricky Triangle, representing a national brand in Target and home ownership. This is your first trip ... Read More »

2014 Sprint Cup Predictions: Our Staff Tells All

2014 Sprint Cup Predictions: Our Staff Tells All

JOIN OUR FANTASY RACING LEAGUE!! The Frontstretch has a big league on Yahoo!, once again and we’d like you to be a part of it. Come compete with your favorite racing experts by clicking here and signing up. Our Group ID is 10532 and the password is stenica… so don’t miss out! Let’s not waste any time. Here’s a look at some of our columnists’ predictions for 2014, along with a peek at where you’ll be able to find them ... Read More »

NASCAR 2014 Season Preview: The Rookie of the Year Battle

NASCAR 2014 Season Preview: The Rookie of the Year Battle

New playoff system. New qualifying procedure. New attitude. As NASCAR heads towards Daytona in 2014, all around the sport are focused on the positive, looking for the perfect season to recapture a nation currently preoccupied with other sports, along with the Olympics in Sochi. Can they do it? As Speedweeks dawn, both NASCAR’s Sprint Unlimited and the 56th Daytona 500 usher in a long list of questions along with them, the answers to which could define the sport for not ... Read More »

2010 Autism Speaks 400 Secret Star of the Race/Stat of the Week

*Secret Star of the Race: The Best Run You Never Saw* One would not expect that the Sprint Cup points leader going into Sunday’s Autism Speaks 400 presented by Hershey’s, *Kevin Harvick*, would fly under the radar for virtually the entire event. However, the No. 29 team had recorded only one top 10 finish at the Monster Mile since 2007 (a sixth place finish in the Fall of 2008) and after a 30th place qualifying run on Friday, nobody was ... Read More »

Big Six: 2010 Samsung Mobile 500

By Tony Lumbis *Who…gets my shout out of the race?*   For one of the most remarkable performances by an injured driver, *Denny Hamlin* gets my shout out for pulling off a win just two and half weeks removed from ACL surgery. This is the same surgery that many athletes take as many 18 months to recover from and in fact, most people can’t even driver their street car for over a month after the same procedure. Hamlin turned in ... Read More »

2009 Season Review: Kasey Kahne

2009 Season Review: Kasey Kahne

*2009 Ride:* No. 9 Richard Petty Motorsports Dodge *2009 Primary Sponsor:* Budweiser *2009 Owners:* Richard Petty, George Gillett, Jr., Ray Evernham *2009 Crew Chief:* Kenny Francis *2009 Stats:* 36 Starts, 2 Wins, 7 Top 5s, 14 Top 10s, 10th in points. *Best Finish:* 1st - Infineon, Atlanta (Fall). *Average Finish:* 15.3. *High Points:* There are actually two high points for Kasey Kahne and his Budweiser team that essentially helped define their 2009 season. Read More »

Yellow Tail and Lambrusco Pace the Rookie Field at NASCAR’s Wine and Cheese Event

Yellow Tail and Lambrusco Pace the Rookie Field at NASCAR’s Wine and Cheese Event

*Max Papis:* *Start: 16th; Finish: 8th* *Summary:* When Max Papis qualified in the 16th position on Friday, it set a career best for the Italian road racing specialist. However, the extraordinary weekend would not stop there for the GEICO team. When the race finally began, Papis progressed forward from the drop of the green flag and by the time the event reached the one-third mark, the No. 13 Camry was in the top 10. Read More »

Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Logano earns his third 9th place finish at the “Lake at Lowe’s”

Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Logano earns his third 9th place finish at the “Lake at Lowe’s”

*Joey Logano:* *Start: 14th; Finish: 9th* *Summary:* Joey Logano rolled off the starting grid in the 14th position when the green flag finally waived for the Coca-Cola 600 on Monday afternoon. The rookie, who just turned 19 years young on Sunday, celebrated by keeping his name mixed with the leaders for virtually the entire afternoon. By lap 15 he was already in the top 10 battling with the likes of Juan Pablo Montoya, Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson among others. On lap 133, crew chief Greg Zipadelli elected to keep his driver out during a pit stop cycle just long enough to lead one lap. It was the second race in a row that Logano lead. Read More »