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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Pure Michigan 400

Thinkin’ Out Loud: Pure Michigan 400

Key Moment - On the penultimate restart of the day, Kurt Busch was alongside Joey Logano when the green flag flew. Busch laid it all on the line trying to get past the car of his former employer but broke loose and bounced his car off of the wall. His rear tire ultimately failed, bringing out the final caution of the race. That restart led to the dramatic moment of the race. In a Nutshell - The majority of the race ... Read More »

The Big Six: Questions Answered After the Pure Michigan 400

The Big Six: Questions Answered After the Pure Michigan 400

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? Jimmie Johnson‘s luck at Michigan International Speedway has never been great. He finally got his first win there in June, but Sunday was an up-and-down day for Johnson, to say the least. He and his team ... Read More »

Four Burning Questions in Michigan: Stewart’s Absence and High Speed Perils

Four Burning Questions in Michigan: Stewart’s Absence and High Speed Perils

Racing is a dangerous sport. That is something that will never change for as long as cars are competitively raced against each other on circuit tracks. But over the years, we seem to have lost sight of this fact. When drivers crash into walls at over 200 mph and jump out of the car without a scratch, we delude ourselves into believing that these heroes we watch on a weekly basis are invincible. Unfortunately, tragic accidents are still a near inevitability in ... Read More »

Happiness Is… Napping, the Fight for the Chase & Cheese and Beer

Happiness Is… Napping, the Fight for the Chase & Cheese and Beer

Ugh. Yep, that’s the best opener that Happiness Is could deliver to start the column. The tenor of the past week has been deflating.  The Tony Stewart-Kevin Ward, Jr. incident has loomed large over auto racing, finding itself a continual headline in the news outlets.  Even Yahoo had coverage of Ward’s funeral on its homepage Thursday. What is to be made of all of this stuff? Too difficult to tell, and the one person that could bring any clarity – ... Read More »

Truckin’ Thursdays: Can Kvapil Turn Back The Clock In Townley’s Ride?

Truckin’ Thursdays: Can Kvapil Turn Back The Clock In Townley’s Ride?

After taking a weekend off, the Camping World Truck Series is back on track this weekend alongside the Sprint Cup Series at Michigan International Speedway. The track has produce 12 different winners in 14 previous events, leaving Travis Kvapil and Greg Biffle as the only competitors to have visited Victory Lane twice. Since the facility has favored a variety of different victors, this weekend’s race is really anyone’s to win … or lose. And that’s where Travis Kvapil‘s name comes ... Read More »

Tech Talk: Jason Ratcliff Talks Shocks, Drafting And Setup At Michigan

Tech Talk: Jason Ratcliff Talks Shocks, Drafting And Setup At Michigan

As the Sprint Cup series heads back to Michigan International Speedway, the tires and aerodynamics of the race cars will be the big topics of discussion this week. The speeds at Michigan earlier this year were the highest we’ve seen all season. The tires used have been heavily scrutinized due to the repaving of the track, and issues encountered with the tires last season with the high speeds and lack of heat dissipation in the tires. The skins and the ... Read More »

Martin Truex, Jr. To Miss Friday Action at Michigan after Girlfriend’s Cancer Diagnosis

Martin Truex, Jr. To Miss Friday Action at Michigan after Girlfriend’s Cancer Diagnosis

On Wednesday, Furniture Row Racing announced that driver Martin Truex, Jr. will sit out practice and qualifying at Michigan International Speedway on Friday.  Truex’s girlfriend, Sherry Pollex, was recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer and Truex is planning to stay back in North Carolina in order to spend more time with her. In Truex’s absence, defending Camping World Truck Series Champion Matt Crafton will practice and qualify the No. 78 Furniture Row Chevrolet.  Truex currently plans to be in Michigan on ... Read More »

Open Wheel Wednesday: Crickets, Ed Carpenter and Double Headers

Open Wheel Wednesday: Crickets, Ed Carpenter and Double Headers

Welcome to the IndyCar Round Table! Several times throughout the season, your favorite writers will get together to discuss the latest IndyCar news, rumors and so much more! This Week’s Participants: Toni Montgomery (Frontstretch IndyCar Editor/NHRA Pace Laps) Matt Stallknecht (Frontstretch IndyCar Writer / NASCAR’s Four Burning Questions) Huston Ladner (Frontstretch IndyCar Writer / Happiness Is) Toni:  This one may not be terribly long anyway since it’s been so slow…. Huston:  Indycar = crickets. Matt:  IndyCar could learn a thing ... Read More »

Great Racing at Michigan – It’s All a Matter of Perception

Great Racing at Michigan – It’s All a Matter of Perception

There’s been many a year where I’ve teetered on the see-saw of loving or merely dismissing the racing at Michigan. In decades past, horsepower and engine durability was king at this two-mile track.  With a wide racing surface combined with high banks, drivers could almost hold the pedal down all the way around. Who would win?  It wasn’t so much a who as a what. Whichever engine did not detonate was a fairly safe answer. For the past few years, life has ... Read More »

Thinkin’ Out Loud: Quicken Loans 400

Thinkin’ Out Loud: Quicken Loans 400

Key Moment - On lap 150, caution period pit stops took place for the last time. Jimmie Johnson, Paul Menard, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jamie McMurray stayed out. They would pit with 35 or so laps to go and run the remainder of the laps to the finish. That strategy paid off in top 7-finishes for all five drivers, including the win for Johnson. In a Nutshell - Michigan’s racing surface hasn’t aged enough yet for Goodyear to bring tires other than ... Read More »