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The Frontstretch Five: Reasons To Give Small Teams Another Look

The Frontstretch Five: Reasons To Give Small Teams Another Look

Welcome to the Frontstretch Five, a brand-new column for 2014! Each week, Amy Henderson takes a look at the racing, the drivers, and the storylines that drive NASCAR and produces a list of five people, places, things, and ideas that define the current state of our sport. This week, Amy has five reasons to pay more attention to NASCAR’s small teams. You have to look hard to find them on the weekly television broadcast. Rarely making a blip on the ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Makes A Few Michigan Mistakes

Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Makes A Few Michigan Mistakes

All three NASCAR national series took to the track last weekend, just a mere state border – and then some – away from each other. The Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck series battled at Michigan International Speedway while the Nationwide Series took its second trip to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Unfortunately, having everything in one region of the United States didn’t eliminate the problems that have plagued NASCAR broadcasts throughout the season. Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200 Fuel strategy played ... 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 »

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 »

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not In Sprint Cup: Michigan-Sonoma Edition

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not In Sprint Cup: Michigan-Sonoma Edition

Move over Talladega — Michigan International Speedway deserves some of the spotlight now. NASCAR’s fastest non-restrictor plate track took a step up with the assistance of Sprint Cup’s new rules package, and Who’s Hot and Who’s Not shows that other than the faster speeds, nothing really changed.  Long green flag runs were prevalent, and smart strategy won the day.  Watch out Ford, this trip to Michigan was dominated by Chevrolet. HOT Well, this is an easy choice: Jimmie Johnson. Johnson’s ... Read More »

The Big Six: Questions Answered After the Quicken Loans 400

The Big Six: Questions Answered After the Quicken Loans 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? It would be easy to give this week’s pat on the back for a non-winning but outstanding performance to Kyle Larson, but the damage from the crash he was involved in likely gave him an aerodynamic ... 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 »