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Mirror Driving: Momentum, Right-Hand Turns, and a Sponsor Exodus?

Mirror Driving: Momentum, Right-Hand Turns, and a Sponsor Exodus?

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 Underdogs Had Their Chances

NASCAR Underdogs Had Their Chances

“Wild card.” Fans heard that term, leading up to Sonoma, more than “wine country,” “road course,” or “Boris Said.” It’s a modern reality of the Chase format, designed to give “underdogs their day” at the select few races left where they can actually go out and compete for the win. No longer will a David Ragan victory at Talladega go unrecognized, says NASCAR! He’ll now get a spot in the postseason field, three weeks of sponsor recognition and then graciously ... Read More »

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 »

Happiness Is… Jimmie Johnson, Road Courses & More Road Courses

Happiness Is… Jimmie Johnson, Road Courses & More Road Courses

Angriness Is, brother to Happiness Is, sent a text after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ Michigan race last weekend that summed up everything in a more succinct fashion than us purported wordsmiths could: “What did fathers do to deserve that f*^#ing race?” Yup.  As entertainment, races are supposed to be some form of escape and provide, on some level, enjoyment and their best a sense of catharsis.  But Michigan once again provided little or none of those things.  If NASCAR ... 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 »

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 »