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Tech Talk: Get Prepped for the Chase With Kenseth Crew Chief Jason Ratcliff

Tech Talk: Get Prepped for the Chase With Kenseth Crew Chief Jason Ratcliff

Matt Kenseth is the top driver going into the Chase without a win this season. Ironically he was the winningest driver in 2013 in the Cup series. While the new Chase format is designed to put an emphasis on winning, it is possible to advance without winning races. The Chase was born the year after Kenseth won the 2003 title while only winning one race during the season. The possibility now exists that he could do that again or even ... Read More »

Mirror Driving: Best In Show, Can Kasey Contend & Screening Smoke

Mirror Driving: Best In Show, Can Kasey Contend & Screening Smoke

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 »

NASCAR Mailbox: The Lack of Negativity Surrounding Tony Stewart’s Return Was Refreshing

NASCAR Mailbox: The Lack of Negativity Surrounding Tony Stewart’s Return Was Refreshing

Tony Stewart’s return to NASCAR was a story that wasn’t just a big deal to the NASCAR community. It was a big deal to a lot of people who rarely pay attention to the sport, if ever. Mainstream news organizations were present at Atlanta Motor Speedway, from Friday afternoon when Stewart made his first public statement since the tragic accident at Canandaigua Motorsports Park, all the way through until Sunday night when Stewart’s race ended in the garage area. While I ... Read More »

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Atlanta

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Atlanta

And then there were two. Two non-point positions remain as Kasey Kahne made two tremendous restarts en route to his first win of the 2014 season, locking himself into the Chase. This season marks the first time all four Hendrick Motorsports drivers go into Richmond guaranteed a Chase berth.  A winless Matt Kenseth also clinched a Chase berth on points. If Atlanta was any indication of the urgency for good finishes and momentum, the Bristol Power Rankings top 10 didn’t ... Read More »

Thinkin’ Out Loud – Atlanta Oral-B 500: Stewart Makes His Return

Thinkin’ Out Loud – Atlanta Oral-B 500: Stewart Makes His Return

Key Moment – Kyle Busch and Martin Truex, Jr. had a dispute in Turn 1 with two laps to go. Busch hit Truex in the back bumper and put him into the wall. The resulting contact brought out the caution flag, which prompted a Green-White-Checkered finish. Kasey Kahne, who was headed to a potential victory and a berth in the Chase, came out of the pits fifth and looked to have lost his shot at the win. Fortunately for him, ... Read More »

The Big Six: Questions Answered After the Oral-B USA 500

The Big Six: Questions Answered After the Oral-B USA 500

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 shout-out of the race? Several drivers had noteworthy nights in Atlanta, but one surprisingly quiet run was that of Danica Patrick, whose sixth-place finish was a career best for the second-year driver. Patrick’s top 10 was not given a ... Read More »

Nationwide Breakdown: Great Clips 300 at Atlanta

Nationwide Breakdown: Great Clips 300 at Atlanta

JR Motorsports was dominant on Saturday evening at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Kevin Harvick piloted the No. 5 Chevrolet to Victory Lane as he set the pace throughout the 300-mile event. Making his 11th NASCAR Nationwide Series start of the year, the 38-year-old won his third race of the season for Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s organization. Harvick and his teammate Chase Elliott led every one of the 195 laps at Atlanta in a race that saw just two caution flags. After he ... Read More »

Bass Pro Shops Founder Releases Statement on Tony Stewart’s Return

Bass Pro Shops Founder Releases Statement on Tony Stewart’s Return

On Saturday morning, Bass Pro Shops Founder Johnny Morris released a statement about Tony Stewart’s return to racing. The driver of the No. 14 Chevrolet will make his first start this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway since his involvement in the fatal accident that took Kevin Ward, Jr.’s life three weeks ago. Today our thoughts are with our friend and fishing buddy Tony Stewart as he prepares to return to racing after what has been a difficult time in his ... Read More »

Tony Stewart Gives Verbal Statement on Ward Incident, Returning to the Racetrack

Tony Stewart Gives Verbal Statement on Ward Incident, Returning to the Racetrack

For the first time since a tragic sprint car accident took the live of 20-year-old Kevin Ward, Jr., Tony Stewart will return to the racetrack to compete in this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Prior to the beginning of Friday’s practice sessions, Tony Stewart and Stewart-Haas Racing‘s Executive VP Brett Frood spoke to the media during a press conference. An emotional Stewart wrote a brief statement by his own hand that he read during the ... Read More »

Happiness Is… Denny Hamlin, the Schedule & Tony Stewart’s Return

Happiness Is… Denny Hamlin, the Schedule & Tony Stewart’s Return

The schedule came out this past week and it gave everyone who follows NASCAR something to gripe about.  In truth, all the criticisms are valid because NASCAR, due to the way the business is run, is unable to make serious changes that would make people feel happy, though that can be a moving target. The one big positive is that the Darlington race, has once again moved back to its fabled spot on the calendar: Labor Day weekend.  In discussing ... Read More »