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Four Burning Questions in Sonoma: Unpredictability and an Aussie on the Hot Seat

Four Burning Questions in Sonoma: Unpredictability and an Aussie on the Hot Seat

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is doing something rare today. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, they will be turning right! 15 years ago, that would have drawn groans of disgust from stock car racing fans, used to the frenetic competition on ovals. Oh, how things have changed. Due to an increased focus on Sonoma and Watkins Glen, the drivers and teams of NASCAR have gotten markedly better at road course racing over the past ten years, and that has made both ... Read More »

Mirror Driving: NASCAR At A Crossroads With Debris, Alliances

Mirror Driving: NASCAR At A Crossroads With Debris, Alliances

Amy Henderson (Mondays / The Big Six & Wednesdays / The Frontstretch Five & Fridays / Holding A Pretty Wheel & Frontstretch Managing Editor) Tom Bowles (Monday / Bowles-Eye View & Wednesdays / Did You Notice? & Frontstretch Editor-In-Chief) Phil Allaway (Tuesdays / Couch Potato Tuesday & Frontstretch Newsletter Editor) Summer Bedgood (Wednesdays / NASCAR Mailbox & Frontstretch Senior Editor) Sunday’s race at Michigan featured several cautions for crashes and debris, but no caution was thrown in the closing laps ... Read More »

Voice of Vito: Harvick’s Huff, Road Course Stuff, and Roush Fenway’s Futility

Voice of Vito: Harvick’s Huff, Road Course Stuff, and Roush Fenway’s Futility

You Mad Bro? Kevin Harvick wasn’t exactly what one would call chatty following this past weekend’s race at MIS. For the second time in three weeks, the No. 4 Budweiser Chevrolet was the fastest car on the track when it counted – but was too far back to do much following more problems in the pits. While you can’t really blame him given the ludicrous speed his Rodney Childers prepared SHR cars have been this season, the pouting and public ... Read More »

Going By The Numbers: NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Disappearance On The Road

Going By The Numbers: NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Disappearance On The Road

When I first started watching NASCAR, the road course races were among the best of the year. Not only were the tracks — Sonoma and Watkins Glen — the only instances all year in the Sprint Cup Series where one could watch drivers actually take a right turn every lap. They were also chock full of interesting new talent, drivers who weren’t going to be found anywhere else on the schedule. Whether they were sports car racers, aces known for ... Read More »

Truckin’ Thursdays: Memorable Series Moments Part I

Truckin’ Thursdays: Memorable Series Moments Part I

While the Nationwide and Cup series head out west for a visit to Sonoma, the Camping World Truck Series once again sits idle, and until NASCAR adjusts the schedule so these off weeks come along much less frequently, fans are left with quite a bit of downtime in between events. After watching the battle between John Hunter Nemechek and Matt Crafton, German Quiroga and Timothy Peters from Gateway International Speedway last week, I was left thinking about some of the ... Read More »

NASCAR Tech Talk – Danica’s Tony Gibson On Sonoma Setup & Execution

NASCAR Tech Talk – Danica’s Tony Gibson On Sonoma Setup & Execution

Heading to a road course is a different race preparation from any other race on the schedule. The cars have to be set up to run in a straight line where they are designed to naturally turn on ovals. Shocks and springs are designed to bear the load equally vs. the uneven rates of springs on ovals. The fuel mileage strategy has been part of the equation since Geoff Bodine taught the series how to run the races from back ... Read More »

Fantasy Insider: Road to Rebound Runs Through Sonoma

Fantasy Insider: Road to Rebound Runs Through Sonoma

It’s a totally different ballgame this week when the NASCAR Sprint Cup series visits Sonoma for the first of two road-course races on the roster. Yes, we’ve got right turns, and left turns, and more right turns and just knowing who to pick this week could very well turn your season around if you have been in a bit of a slump lately, or if your season has gone bad and you’re just looking for something positive. The 1.99-mile track ... Read More »

NASCAR Mailbox: Quit Engraving The Trophy, It’s Not Over Yet

NASCAR Mailbox: Quit Engraving The Trophy, It’s Not Over Yet

If you take a quick glance at NASCAR Nation through the eyes of social media, along with the various blogs, news outlets, and other media organizations that cover the sport, the Sprint Cup Series championship is all but wrapped up. The No. 48’s won three of the last four races, six of the last eight championships, and darn it if Chad Knaus and Jimmie Johnson are, amazingly enough still saying they aren’t quite where they want to be in terms ... Read More »

IndyCar, Quiet But Still There

IndyCar, Quiet But Still There

There’s little in the way of news for IndyCar this week.  Heck, there’s been little in the way of news for a few weeks now.  There’s been no Silly Season discussions, no big sponsorship deals, and no big announcements regarding tracks.  There have been some rumblings of a different schedule for next year, but it has yet to be fully realized.  And now the series is in the second week of a break. IndyCar decided to take a break at ... Read More »

Top 15 Power Rankings After Michigan

Top 15 Power Rankings After Michigan

Remember when all anyone could talk about was the fact Jimmie Johnson hadn’t won a race yet in 2014, and he kept saying over and over again not to worry? Looks like he was right. Johnson played the late-race pit strategy perfectly en route to his first career win at Michigan and third overall in 2014. Six-Time has now become the first driver this season to win three races and has only four tracks at which he remains winless: Kentucky, ... Read More »