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NHRA for Everyone: Diversity Done Right

NHRA 2014 4 Wides Brittany Force intros

(Credit: Mike Neff)

Race cars don’t know what color or sex their drivers are. But the fans in the stands do and the realization over the years across the board has pretty much been this: get a diverse range of drivers on the track, draw a diverse, and larger, base of fans who are interested in seeing those …

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Beyond the Cockpit with Erica Enders-Stevens: Momentum, Movies and Who’s In the Other Lane?

NHRA 2014 4 Wides Erica Enders Stevens media center

(Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch)

The competitiveness of female drivers across all the classes of the NHRA’s Mello Yello series this season has been a huge story. Women have been competing in the NHRA since Shirley Muldowney broke through the gender barrier over 40 years ago, and starting with Muldowney, they have enjoyed success, winning races, and, in the cases …

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NHRA’s Family Affair

zMax Dragway Carolina Nationals John and Courtney Force 2014 Mike Neff-006

Father’s racing sons, brothers racing brothers. It’s been done in pretty much every form of racing. Daughter’s racing father’s, sisters racing sisters, and wives racing husbands is a bit more unusual. The fact that all of these things take place on every level of NHRA competition at every event means that the phrase “it’s a …

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2014 IndyCar Driver Reviews Part 3

2014 IndyCar Auto Club Will Power trophy kiss credit Huston Ladner

Simon Pagenaud Team: Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports Sponsor: Oculus Transport/Lucas Oil/MAV TV Rank: 5 Wins: 2 Top 5s: 8 Top 10s: 12 Pagenaud ended up as the highest ranking driver who was not part of one of the three powerhouse organizations of Penske, Ganassi or Andretti. He wasn’t just the highest ranking though, as he …

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Beyond the Cockpit: John Force on Racing ’til You Drop and the Ladies

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Credit: Mike Neff

Frontstretch.com provided live coverage of the NHRA Pep Boys Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Concord, NC, last week. During the weekend our Toni Montgomery and Mike Neff had the chance to sit down with NHRA Funny Car legend John Force. Force talked about racing and winning, at the age of 65, told us a …

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2014 IndyCar Driver Reviews Part 2

2014 IndyCar Milwaukee Castroneves on track

Helio Castroneves Team: Team Penske Sponsor: Hitachi/AAA/Verizon/Pennzoil/PPG Rank: 2 Wins: 1 Top 5s: 7 Top 10s: 10 Always a bridesmaid…Castroneves came up just short and finished second in the championship for the fourth time in his career, this time to teammate Will Power. It’s always consistency with Castroneves. Yes, he had one win and he …

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IndyCar Preview: MAVTV 500

2014 IndyCar Milwaukee Will Power Roger Penske congrats

What’s News? What else? This is it, the end of the season, so it’s time to decide the championship! The Verizon IndyCar Series seems to have a knack for making it come down to the final race of the season as this is the ninth year in a row that’s been the case. As our …

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Open Wheel Wednesday: Building Momentum and the Final Stretch Run

2014 IndyCar Iowa Kanaan leading

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: Is there a …

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Championship Gimmicks: When Is it An Enhancement?

2014 IndyCar MidOhio Simon Pagenaud on track

I’m not a big fan of gimmicks. Which is why, when the announcement came down from INDYCAR that the three Triple Crown races would be worth double points, I wasn’t particularly keen on the concept. It seemed manufactured, among other issues. “Adding more weight to the 500-mile events rewards teams and drivers that continually rise …

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