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Chasing the Chase Will Influence How Teams Hit the Bricks

Chasing the Chase Will Influence How Teams Hit the Bricks

The Sprint Cup Series returns to action at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Sunday after its final week off of the season. The question now with the Chase spots being on the line,  will they be racing the same way by being worried about nothing but wins, or concerned about points? Clearly, there are going to be some drivers who will be in a go-for-it mode in the final seven regular season races, some who will play it a bit more ... Read More »

Holding A Pretty Wheel: Everything Has Changed

Holding A Pretty Wheel: Everything Has Changed

There’s a commercial for NASCAR which talks about how everything in the sport has changed, but in the end, how nothing has really changed at all, because the spirit of the sport remains unchanged. Drivers, after all, still want to win races more than anything, and fans still want to find their racing heroes on the venues on which they race. Nothing has changed, NASCAR says, and for just a second, you want to believe it. If only that were true. ... Read More »

Mirror Driving: Dominance, Age Limits, and This Is Only a Test?

Mirror Driving: Dominance, Age Limits, and This Is Only a Test?

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 »

Beyond the Cockpit: Landon Cassill on NASCAR Sponsorship And Home Renovation

Beyond the Cockpit: Landon Cassill on NASCAR Sponsorship And Home Renovation

Landon Cassill has had an up-and-down career in NASCAR’s top three National Series. Seven years ago, Cassill was an 18-year-old prodigy in Hendrick Motorsports’ driver development program. In 2007, he started six then-Busch Series races for Hendrick Motorsports in either their Nos. 5 or 24 Chevrolets, sponsored by the National Guard. The results showed a green driver without a lot of experience, someone who was learning on the job. However, Hendrick Motorsports gave Cassill more seat time, fielding cars for ... Read More »

Thinkin’ Out Loud – Coke Zero 400

Thinkin’ Out Loud – Coke Zero 400

Key Moment - The only set of green flag pit stops occurred from lap 83 through 87 Sunday. Aric Almirola was running near the end of the top 10 when he peeled off to pit lane. He was the second car off in the group of cars he came down with, and slotted into second when the entire cycle of stops continued. That quick stop put the No. 43 in position to win the race. In a Nutshell - Combine a ... Read More »

Pace Laps: First-Time Winners, Long-Time Winners and Ferrari’s Forgettable Race

Pace Laps: First-Time Winners, Long-Time Winners and Ferrari’s Forgettable Race

Did you miss an event during this busy week in racing? How about a late-night press release, an important sponsorship rumor, or a juicy piece of news? If you did, you’ve come to the right place! Each Monday, The Frontstretch will break down the racing, series by series, to bring you the biggest stories that you need to watch going forward for the week ahead. Let our experts help you get up to speed, no matter what series you might ... Read More »

Going By the Numbers: Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne Offer Opposite Sides of the Spectrum in June

Going By the Numbers: Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne Offer Opposite Sides of the Spectrum in June

With winners vaulting themselves into the Chase and the points system conducive to drivers falling into and out of favor within a handful of races, a few good — or bad — races can make all the difference in the Sprint Cup Series. Just tell that to Denny Hamlin and Kasey Kahne. Each are on opposite sides of the spectrum when it comes to the last few races. Departing Pocono, Kahne was down in the dumps, having finished 42nd and ... Read More »

Tech Talk with Bono Manion: Daytona – Splitters, Tires and Engine Cooling

Tech Talk with Bono Manion: Daytona – Splitters, Tires and Engine Cooling

The No. 7 team of Tommy Baldwin Racing is continuing to show improvement most every week. This past weekend the teamy scored an 18th-place finish at Kentucky Speedway with driver Michael Annett. It was the team’s fourth Top 20 finish of the season and their best non-restrictor plate finish of the season. Crew Chief Kevin ‘Bono’ Manion has been quite candid about the goals of the team this year, and notes to Mike Neff this week in Tech Talk that ... Read More »

The Big Six: Questions Answered After the Quaker State 400

The Big Six: Questions Answered After the Quaker State 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? After a tire issue, getting caught on pit road when the yellow flag flew, and being mired in traffic for much of the middle part of the race, you’d think a driver would be driving for ... 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 »