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Well, That About Wraps It Up For Ganassi – The Sequel

Well, That About Wraps It Up For Ganassi – The Sequel

Being the egotistical sort of creature that I am, I often -- upon hearing certain news items come out of the NASCAR garage -- go back through my archives to assure myself that I do, in fact, know what I am talking about. Turns out that's the case once again this week, as another set of my opinions came true after hearing the blithering idiocy recently spouted by none other than Felix Sabates of Chip Ganassi Racing with... Felix Sabates. Why, it was just over two years ago that the "first" production of this article was written and, looking back, it amazes even a man of my hat size that I can be so darned right all the time! Read More »

Only The Racing Has Gotten Better At Bristol

Only The Racing Has Gotten Better At Bristol

Last year about this time, I penned a column about the racing at Bristol that eventually led to the severe hair loss of several senior members of the Frontstretch Editorial staff. The problem, it seems, was my calling into question the professionalism of another journalist after he boldly proclaimed that he -- and the masses of fans that attended last year’s Sharpie 500 -- thought that the newly repaved surface of BMS caused some of the most boring racing he had ever seen. Read More »

In Less Than a Year, An Overrated Driver is Found Out

In Less Than a Year, An Overrated Driver is Found Out

Once in awhile, something happens in the world of NASCAR that affords me the opportunity to be one of those annoying guys that no one wants to share a beverage with. You know the kind – the guy who says "Ha Ha! Told you so!" I try not to be that guy too often -- even though I am mostly right about most things -- because let’s face it, I like people to share their beverages with me! However, since I recently discovered the petty cash box here at Frontstretch.com’s Iowa office and took a crowbar to it, I have bought my own box of beverages, and can now sit here and say… “Ha Ha! Told you so!” Read More »

Biggest BSNEWS Scoop of the Year! One Word: Indianapolis

Biggest BSNEWS Scoop of the Year! One Word: Indianapolis

(BSNEWS – Indianapolis) -- Last Sunday’s Allstate 400, presented by NASCAR and Goodyear at the fabled "Brickyard…" And now, back to our regularly scheduled column… In all seriousness, the big news this week was, as so aptly covered by the BSNEWS team, the fiasco that was Indianapolis. But since it is now so late in the week, and you are probably sick of hearing about it, all I am going to do is throw in a couple of observations -- and maybe make fun of a few Goodyear quotes. First of all, there was no need for NASCAR to keep using the competition caution throughout the whole race. Read More »

Racing On History : A Look At Life At Greenville-Pickens Speedway

Racing On History : A Look At Life At Greenville-Pickens Speedway

_Editor's Note: Jeff Meyer is off from Voices From The Heartland this week. Instead, good friend Mike Neff fills in with a unique voice of his own, about life working at one of the country's most unique tracks. Look for Jeff to return next week with his usual sarcastic humor!_ One of the coolest things about working on a Late Model race team in the Southeast is you get the opportunity to run on some of the tracks where NASCAR first put down its roots 60 years ago ... places like Hickory, Martinsville, and Concord, to name a few. But quite possibly the coolest track to race on is Greenville-Pickens Speedway outside of Greenville, South Carolina. It is an ultra-flat, half-mile oval that is about as slick as an ice skating rink, and will put even the best drivers to the test. GPS hosted its first NASCAR race in 1951. Bob Flock won $3,325 that day, finishing first in an Oldsmobile to begin what would be a long, fruitful partnership between stock car racing and the track. The oval was dirt from its opening until 1970 -- when it was paved and maintained to its current half-mile length. Read More »

Voices From the Heartland : Time To Get The Manufacturers Out of NASCAR

Voices From the Heartland : Time To Get The Manufacturers Out of NASCAR

Wow! That’s a pretty bold headline! But the time has come to be honest with ourselves. Time to call a spade a spade. Time to open your eyes and actually see what your eyes are looking at every week. Time to stop being a narrow minded, automotive bigot! Time to admit that it _IS_ going to happen down the road, so we might as well embrace it and not stupidly act all surprised about it later. You are smarter than that. Consider some facts: GM stock has lost 75 percent of its value in the last nine months and is trading at an all time 54 year low. Fifty-four years people! That’s almost _BEFORE_ NASCAR was ‘invented’! Read More »

An Honest Assessment of the Discrimination Lawsuit

An Honest Assessment of the Discrimination Lawsuit

As much as Brian France would like to fuggiddaboutit, it is well known throughout the racing world that NASCAR is now facing a huge, multimillion dollar lawsuit claiming, among other things, sexual harassment and racial discrimination. The suit is being brought on by one Mauricia Grant, or “Mo” as she is more commonly called. “Mo” was a NASCAR Official in the now Nationwide Series for about two-and-a-half years -- from 2005 until her termination in 2007 -- and “Mo” is a 32-year-old Afro-American female. Those are all facts. Now, before I get to far along in all this, I want to say that I have read the 43-page lawsuit in it’s entirety and I have read Mo’s comments from her first face-to-face interview since filing the lawsuit. I am not writing this to proclaim guilt or innocence upon anyone involved; I am merely sharing with you some of the questions and concerns that I have after reading all the material. Read More »

Running On Empty? No, Running On Faith!

Running On Empty? No, Running On Faith!

In the NASCAR world -- no matter which of the three top series you happen to be talking about -- the news of multi-million dollar sponsorship deals are the norm. Take, for instance, the recently announced Roush-Fenway Racing/Aflac deal. Aflac has stepped up to be the primary sponsor for Carl Edwards and the No. 99 team for the next three years, to the tune of about 25.3 million dollars a year. Speed, they say, costs money; and lots of sponsors out there are shelling out big bucks to see their name go by really, really fast. But at the other end of the spectrum, you have arguably the biggest, most important sponsor of all time. This "sponsor" does not sit down every few years and negotiate a new contract for x amount of dollars. No, they wrote their first contract many, many years ago and, in fact, have never "renegotiated" it since. That sponsor is God ... and his team is Faith Motorsports. Read More »

Voices From the Heartland: Silly Sponsors and Another Nail In the “Manufacturer’s” Coffin

Voices From the Heartland: Silly Sponsors and Another Nail In the “Manufacturer’s” Coffin

As usual following an "off" NASCAR week, finding things to write about can be pretty slow. There were, however, a few things that did pique my interest enough for me to share my opinion on them with you my lucky readers. Of course there has been the whole Jack Roush vs. The World Toyota saga, but since I am running a day late this week, you've probably read all you want on that subject anyway. Not that there is much of an actual story there. The way I see it, if Jack Roush has the lugnuts enough to make accusations of theft, he should at least "put up or shut up". Don't throw little barbs out there and then not tell the whole story. If they stole something, tell us what it is! Until Jack comes clean, to me he appears to be just a sniveling little crybaby. (And now, to use a phrase that I detest, but seems to be one of our editor's favorites, and would have probably been thrown in here anyway…) But I digress. Read More »

The Best Of The Frontstretch : TNT “F Bomb” Squad Snips Wrong Wire!

The explosion of an "F bomb" at last Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350 in Sonoma, CA is a prime example of what seemed like a brilliant idea at the time go horribly awry. The idea was to have Kyle Petty be part of the race broadcast team, not from the booth, but actually while he competed in the race itself. Brilliant! So far, so good. This could be really cool. However, not long into the broadcast, a few problems began to manifest themselves. Initially, due to some technical gremlins, booth announcers Wally Dallenbach and Bill Weber were having some difficulty establishing contact with racer / analyst Petty. At one point, once contact was made, they broke in and surprised Kyle while he was leading the team in a pre-race prayer. Oops! But after the initial awkwardness, breaking in on the team prayer could seem like a great thing as far as ratings go. Read More »