Friday, September 30, 2016

The Frontstretch Newsletter: Dover Tries to Get Underway

THE FRONTSTRETCH NEWSLETTER
Presented by Frontstretch.com
The Best Seat at the Track, The Best View on the Net!
Sep. 30, 2016
Volume X, Edition CLXXII
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What to Watch: Friday


- Today, practice gets underway at Dover International Speedway.  Meanwhile, the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge holds their season finale this afternoon at Road Atlanta.  We'll have updates from both Dover and Road Atlanta at Frontstretch.

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This weekend's TV Schedule can be found
 here.

Top News
by The Frontstretch Staff
 
John Hunter Nemechek Penalized 10 Points

On Thursday, NASCAR released their weekly penalty report.  In it, John Hunter Nemechek was penalized ten points for failing the height sticks after last Saturday's UNOH 175 in Loudon.  He drops to seventh in points as a result.  Read more

Michael Shank Racing Takes First 2 Road Atlanta IWSC Sessions

The Michael Shank Racing team, bidding the Prototype class farewell at Road Atlanta, has dominated so far.  Olivier Pla was fastest overall in the first session, while teammate Oswaldo Negri, Jr. was fastest in the second session.  Read more

Michael Shank Racing Completes Practice Sweep at Road Atlanta

During nighttime practice, Michael Shank Racing kept up their form with the fastest lap of the whole weekend.  Olivier Pla turned in a lap at 73.541 seconds (124.339 mph) to top the charts.  Read more

Scott Maxwell Wins Road Atlanta 150 Pole in Wild Session

Thursday afternoon saw Scott Maxwell win the overall pole for the Road Atlanta 150 in a shortened session.  Both the GS and ST sessions were cut short due to crashes.  Read more

 
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Frontstretch Folio: Citizen Solider 400
by Phil Allaway

This weekend, the Sprint Cup Series returns to Dover for the last race of the Round of 16.  Coverage of the Citizen Solider 400 begins with Countdown to Green at 1:30 p.m. The green should fly around 2:16 p.m.  Radio coverage will be provided by local MRN radio affiliates and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Channel 90).

Records and facts

In last year's AAA 400, Kevin Harvick needed to win to advance in the Chase.  He did that and more, leading 355 of the 400 laps to take a dominant win.  Kyle Busch finished second, followed by Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Jamie McMurray and Aric Almirola.

All-time, Jimmie Johnson is the winningest driver at Dover International Speedway, claiming ten victories on the concrete high banks.  Richard Petty and Bobby Allison each have seven wins at Dover, tied for the most on the asphalt version of Dover (the track was converted to a concrete surface for 1995).  David Pearson and Jeff Gordon each have five wins at Dover.

Track Facts
Track / Race Length: 1 mile oval, 400 laps (400 miles)
Banking: 24 degrees

Straightaways: 1,076 ft., banked 2 degrees

Grandstand Seating: 95,500

Pit Road Speed: 35 mph
Pace Car Speed: 45 mph
Opened: 1969

Website: http://www.doverspeedway.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DoverInternationalSpeedway

Twitter: http://twitter.com/MonsterMile

Pre-Race Schedule:

Practice No. 1: Friday, September 30, 10 - 11:25 a.m. on NBCSN

Qualifying: Friday, September 30 at 3:45 p.m. on NBCSN

Practice No. 2: Saturday, October 1, 10:30 - 11:25 a.m. on CNBC

Happy Hour: Saturday, October 1, 1:30  - 2:20 p.m. on NBCSN

Say What?!

"There is no doubt Dover is my favorite track. I wish we raced there every single weekend. It suits my driving style. I anticipate it to be a tough race since it's a cutoff race and there will be guys driving their hearts out to stay in the Chase. This Lowe's team is due for a win. I would love to get number 11 at Dover this weekend." - Jimmie Johnson

"I think, when I started running Dover, it was quite a bit different than it is now. What I like about it now is that it seems we race all over the racetrack. When we started, you were pretty much stuck around the bottom. The winner was the guy who could get his car working around the bottom. Now, guys are moving around. The guys who are still fastest are still on the bottom but, if your car is a little bit off, you can move around and not be stuck in that one spot.

"I didn't like it in an Indy car at all. It was like driving across a washboard. I remember the first race we ran there, the PI-dash breaking off in the front of the tub and laying in my lap. When you came in and did your pit stop, you have to reset the fuel on that gauge. I had to pick it up off my right leg, hold it with my left hand, hold the steering wheel with my right hand to keep it from turning while the guys were doing the pit stop, then use my other hand to reset the fuel gauge. It wasn't my favorite track in an Indy car, by any means." - Tony Stewart

"A roller coaster is about the best way to describe Dover. That's the feeling you get driving down into the corner. Kind of like Baja 500 when you launch it down into the corner and land. It's one of the very few racetracks where we do talk about the landing. That's pretty unique. I do like Dover. We got a win there on the XFINITY side. It's a fun racetrack and it widens out a lot.

"There was a wild race there earlier this season where it took out a ton of cars on a restart. So, we've got to make sure we stay out of that kind of mess but maybe be able to benefit from it. We had a good finish there earlier this season, so we'll go there and see what we can do to get a win with our CSX 'Play It Safe' team and try to move on to the second round of the Chase." - Chris Buescher

Phil Allaway is the Newsletter Manager and a Senior Writer for Frontstretch.com.  He can be reached via e-mail at ashland10@mail.com.
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TODAY ON FRONTSTRETCH:

by Zach Catanzareti

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FRONTSTRETCH TRIVIA:

Q: IMSA's 1995 visit to Road Atlanta is best known for the crash that ended the careers of Jeremy Dale and Fabrizio Barbazza.  However, their careers weren't the only ones that ended that day.  What else led to a retirement during that race?

Check back Monday for the answer, here in the Frontstretch Newsletter!

Thursday's Answer:
 
Q:  Road Atlanta, the site of this weekend's Petit Le Mans, has pit lanes on both sides of the pit straight.  Why is this so?

A: When Dr. Don Panoz acquired Road Atlanta back in the 1990's, the facility was not in top condition. The current support pit lane was the original pit lane, but it was no longer up to scratch in order to hold major events.  A major renovation to the facility was undertaken.  In addition to terracing for seating, the current chicane was created at the end of the backstretch and the new pit road was created on the inside of the pit straight.  It is more modern, wider and flatter.

There is actually a rule that if a certain number of cars are entered in Petit Le Mans, both pit lanes will be utilized.  However, that has yet to come into play.

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COMING MONDAY
In The Frontstretch Newsletter:
We'll have recaps of the Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series races from Dover, the Camping World Truck Series' DC Solar 350k from Las Vegas and Petit Le Mans in Georgia.  In addition, we'll also cover other news that breaks.

On Frontstretch.com:
We'll have a series of post-race commentaries analyzing this weekend's action at Dover International Speedway.
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Digest for rec.games.trivia@googlegroups.com - 11 updates in 3 topics

Calvin <334152@gmail.com>: Sep 29 09:02PM -0700

1 In musical notation, how many lines are in a stave?
2 In which country did Barack Obama live from the age of 6 to 10?
3 Which 18th century Scottish philosopher is considered the father of modern economics?
4 Based on Ian Fleming's novel, which British author wrote the screenplay for the 1967 James Bond film "You Only Live Twice"?
5 In medicine, for what does the abbreviation "MRI" stand for?
6 The Frankfurt Galaxy, Barcelona Dragons and Scottish Claymores competed in which defunct sports league?
7 Which 1954 film won eight Oscars, including Best Actor for Marlon Brando?
8 How long is one period of play in a standard ice hockey match?
9 Which form of traditional medicine draws on "meridian theory"?
10 Which comic strip duo were created by Bill Watterson?
 
cheers,
calvin
msb@vex.net (Mark Brader): Sep 29 11:37PM -0500

"Calvin":
> 1 In musical notation, how many lines are in a stave?
 
5.
 
> 2 In which country did Barack Obama live from the age of 6 to 10?
 
Indonesia.
 
> 3 Which 18th century Scottish philosopher is considered the
> father of modern economics?
 
Smith.
 
> 4 Based on Ian Fleming's novel, which British author wrote the
> screenplay for the 1967 James Bond film "You Only Live Twice"?
 
No idea. Deighton?
 
> 5 In medicine, for what does the abbreviation "MRI" stand for?
 
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance. Only that was too scary, so they decided
to call it Magnetic Resonance Imaging instead.
 
> 6 The Frankfurt Galaxy, Barcelona Dragons and Scottish Claymores
> competed in which defunct sports league?
 
World Football League?
 
> 7 Which 1954 film won eight Oscars, including Best Actor for
> Marlon Brando?
 
"On the Waterfront".
 
> 8 How long is one period of play in a standard ice hockey match?
 
20 minutes, which used to take about 35 minutes until they started
having commercial breaks, and is now more like 45 minutes.
 
> 9 Which form of traditional medicine draws on "meridian theory"?
 
Acupuncture.
 
> 10 Which comic strip duo were created by Bill Watterson?
 
"Calvin & Hobbes".
--
Mark Brader "You have a truly warped mind.
Toronto I admire that in a person."
msb@vex.net -- Bill Davidsen
 
My text in this article is in the public domain.
Erland Sommarskog <esquel@sommarskog.se>: Sep 30 07:27AM

> 1 In musical notation, how many lines are in a stave?
 
5
 
> 2 In which country did Barack Obama live from the age of 6 to 10?
 
Indonesia
 
> 3 Which 18th century Scottish philosopher is considered the father
> of modern economics?
 
John Stuart Mill
 
> 6 The Frankfurt Galaxy, Barcelona Dragons and Scottish Claymores
> competed in which defunct sports league?
 
European Rugby League
 
> 8 How long is one period of play in a standard ice hockey match?
 
20 minutes
 
 
 
--
Erland Sommarskog, Stockholm, esquel@sommarskog.se
Marc Dashevsky <usenet@MarcDashevsky.com>: Sep 30 02:30AM -0500

In article <69c43904-613e-4122-af76-6237fb87d776@googlegroups.com>, 334152@gmail.com says...
 
> 1 In musical notation, how many lines are in a stave?
5
 
> 2 In which country did Barack Obama live from the age of 6 to 10?
Indonesia
 
> 3 Which 18th century Scottish philosopher is considered the father of modern economics?
Adam Smith
 
> 4 Based on Ian Fleming's novel, which British author wrote the screenplay for the 1967 James Bond film "You Only Live Twice"?
> 5 In medicine, for what does the abbreviation "MRI" stand for?
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
 
> 6 The Frankfurt Galaxy, Barcelona Dragons and Scottish Claymores competed in which defunct sports league?
> 7 Which 1954 film won eight Oscars, including Best Actor for Marlon Brando?
On The Waterfront
 
> 8 How long is one period of play in a standard ice hockey match?
20 min
 
> 9 Which form of traditional medicine draws on "meridian theory"?
> 10 Which comic strip duo were created by Bill Watterson?
Calvin & Hobbes
 
 
--
Replace "usenet" with "marc" in the e-mail address.
Dan Tilque <dtilque@frontier.com>: Sep 30 02:20AM -0700

Calvin wrote:
> 1 In musical notation, how many lines are in a stave?
 
5
 
> 2 In which country did Barack Obama live from the age of 6 to 10?
 
Indonesia
 
> 3 Which 18th century Scottish philosopher is considered the father of modern economics?
 
Adam Smith
 
> 4 Based on Ian Fleming's novel, which British author wrote the screenplay for the 1967 James Bond film "You Only Live Twice"?
> 5 In medicine, for what does the abbreviation "MRI" stand for?
 
magnetic resonance imaging
 
> 6 The Frankfurt Galaxy, Barcelona Dragons and Scottish Claymores competed in which defunct sports league?
 
NFL Europe
 
> 7 Which 1954 film won eight Oscars, including Best Actor for Marlon Brando?
 
On the Waterfront
 
> 8 How long is one period of play in a standard ice hockey match?
 
20 minutes
 
> 9 Which form of traditional medicine draws on "meridian theory"?
 
acupuncture
 
> 10 Which comic strip duo were created by Bill Watterson?
 
Calvin and Hobbes
 
 
--
Dan Tilque
msb@vex.net (Mark Brader): Sep 29 11:57PM -0500

Mark Brader:
> > 1. Donald Trump's oldest son caused an uproar on social media this
> > week by comparing Syrian refugees to which fruit-flavored candy?

Erland Sommarskog:
> When I saw the pictures, I thought it was what is known as Non-Stop
> over here, but they are not fruit-flavoured. And I've forgotten
> the name.
 
If Wikipedia <http://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non_stop_(godis)> is correct,
Non-Stops are in fact fruit-flavored, and while they do look something
like Skittles, what they they look more like is Smarties.
 
Anyway, they're not the same thing as Skittles, and so not a correct answer.
--
Mark Brader | "[Jupiter's] satellites are invisible to the naked eye
Toronto | and therefore can have no influence on the Earth
msb@vex.net | and therefore would be useless
| and therefore do not exist." -- Francesco Sizi
 
My text in this article is in the public domain.
Erland Sommarskog <esquel@sommarskog.se>: Sep 30 07:24AM

> If Wikipedia <http://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non_stop_(godis)> is correct,
> Non-Stops are in fact fruit-flavored, and while they do look something
> like Skittles, what they they look more like is Smarties.
 
The article indeed suggests that the various colours are related to fruits.
I will have to admit that I never discerned any difference between the
different colours. In any case, that would only be the outer shell. The
main ingredient, inside the shell, is chocolate.
 
 
--
Erland Sommarskog, Stockholm, esquel@sommarskog.se
msb@vex.net (Mark Brader): Sep 30 04:15AM -0500

Mark Brader:
 
> * Game 1 (2016-09-19), Round 1 - Current Events
 
> 1. How many goals did Canada score in their victory over Czechia
> at the World Cup of Hockey?
 
6. 4 for Erland and Stephen.
 
> 2. In the 100 m freestyle, this Paralympic swimmer won her third
> gold medal of the Rio games and set a world record. Name her,
> please.
 
Aurélie Rivard. 4 for Stephen.
 
> 3. The judge read the verdict on television. The bodies have
> never been found. Name the man convicted of killing Lyle and
> Marie McCann.
 
Travis Vader. 4 for Stephen.
 
> 4. Born in Edmonton on May 25, 1935, this author of nearly 30 books
> -- and Officer of the Order of Canada -- died Friday by assisted
> suicide. Who?
 
William Patrick Kinsella. 4 for Stephen.
 
> 5. Visiting Ottawa, she expressed a wish that the Trudeau
> government's economic policies would "go viral". Name the
> *institution* that she's the managing director of.
 
International Monetary Fund. (Christine Lagarde.) 4 for Peter
and Stephen. 3 for Dan Blum.
 
> 6. What has Peter McKay announced that he will not be doing between
> now and next May 27?
 
Seeking the leadership of the Conservative Party.
 
> 7. What was the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell doing at Queen's
> Park last Monday afternoon?
 
Reading the Speech from the Throne (for the new session of the
provincial parliament).
 
> 8. What did the Seattle-based Nordstrom, Inc. do for the first
> time on Friday?
 
Open a store in Toronto. (Accepting "GTA" instead of "Toronto",
but "Canada" is wrong.) 4 for Stephen.
 
> 9. Kevin Garratt returned to Canada on Thursday after 2 years'
> imprisonment in which country?
 
China. 4 for Stephen.
 
> 10. Which company's smartphones are named in a recall order by
> the US Consumer Product Safety Commission?
 
Samsung. 4 for Dan Blum, Pete, Peter, Joshua, Stephen, Dan Tilque,
and Marc.
 
 
> * Game 2 (2016-09-26), Round 1 - Current Events
 
> 1. Donald Trump's oldest son caused an uproar on social media this
> week by comparing Syrian refugees to which fruit-flavored candy?
 
Skittles. 4 for Dan Blum, Pete, Peter, Joshua, Stephen, Dan Tilque,
and Marc.
 
> 2. Name either of the two top advisors to Trudeau who have offered
> to pay back some of the expense money they received for moving
> from Toronto to Ottawa.
 
Gerald Butts, Katie Telford. 4 for Stephen.
 
> 3. Which Canadian won the Emmy for best actress in a drama series?
 
Tatiana Maslany. ("Orphan Black".)
 
> 4. The former long-time captain of the Ottawa Senators became a
> Canadian citizen this week, along with his wife. Name him.
 
Daniel Alfredson. 4 for Pete, Erland, and Stephen.
 
> 5. Archeologists on Okinawa have discovered the oldest example,
> dating from 23,000 years ago, of *which item*, made from
> sea-snail shells?
 
Fishhook. 4 for Stephen.
 
> forced to leave the plane for safety concerns after *which*
> unwelcome "guests" were discovered on board? Be sufficiently
> specific.
 
Iguanas. 4 for Stephen.
 
> 7. Greta Vosper, a minister at West Hill United Church for nearly
> 2 decades, was deemed "unsuitable to continue serving" by the
> United Church. Why?
 
She's an atheist. 4 for Stephen.
 
> 8. In the second such case inside of a month, actor Richard
> Hong was found dead at the Los Angeles condo of which Canadian
> TV personality?
 
George Stroumboulopoulos. 3 for Stephen.
 
It's apparently a homicide. Strombo himself was out of town at
the time.
 
> 9. In a reversal of a previous announcement, the Ontario government
> announced Friday that they would *not* be selling all or part
> of which asset?
 
Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. ("OLG" was sufficient, and since
"Ontario Lottery Commission" was deemed close enough on a protest,
I'll score "lottery business" as almost correct.) 3 for Stephen.
 
> in these parts since 2010. Which visitor was here to help
> provide views of the Blue Jays game and the world hockey
> celebrations?
 
A Goodyear blimp. 4 for Dan Blum, Pete, Joshua, Stephen, Dan Tilque,
and Marc.
 
 
Scores, if there are no errors:
 
GAMES-> 1 2 TOTALS
Stephen Perry 32 34 66
Pete Gayde 4 12 16
Dan Blum 7 8 15
Joshua Kreitzer 4 8 12
Peter Smyth 8 4 12
Marc Dashevsky 4 8 12
Dan Tilque 4 8 12
Erland Sommarskog 4 4 8
 
--
Mark Brader, Toronto "People say I'm a skeptic --
msb@vex.net but I find that hard to believe."
 
My text in this article is in the public domain.
Calvin <334152@gmail.com>: Sep 29 09:00PM -0700

On Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 12:48:56 PM UTC+10, Calvin wrote:
 
> 1 Which Trinidad and Tobago politician and businessman was vice president of FIFA and president of CONCACAF until his suspension and eventual resignation from these roles in 2011?
 
Jack Warner
 
> 2 Reflecting the company's background in weapons manufacturing, which British brand of motorcycle is "made like a gun"?
 
[Royal] Enfield
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Enfield
Apologies if the weapons clue misled anyone [since BSA was a popular wrong answer]
 
> 3 Which British director created the animated characters Wallace, Grommet and Shaun the Sheep?
 
Nick Park
 
> 4 Which 1951 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical features the songs "Shall We Dance?" and "Getting to Know You"?
 
The King and I
accepting eye :-)
 
> 5 Felipe Calderón and Vicente Fox are former presidents of which country?
 
Mexico
 
> 6 Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon co-starred in which 2005 bio-pic?
 
Walk the Line
 
> 7 Another name for a helium nucleus, which particle containing two protons and two neutrons is most commonly produced by radioactive decay?
 
Alpha
 
> 8 Those born on April Fools' Day fall under what star sign?
 
Aries
also accepting the Swedish equivalent which I have already forgotten
 
> 9 What is both a musical instrument and the French word for a paper clip?
 
Trombone
 
> 10 Turks head, Granny and Bowline are types of what?
 
Knot
 
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q5 Q6 Q7 Q8 Q9 Q10 TOTAL TB Quiz 458
1 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 8 46 Gareth Owen
1 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 7 41 Peter Smyth
0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 7 45 Chris Johnson
0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 7 45 Mark Brader
0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 7 45 Marc Dashevsky
0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 4 22 Joe
1 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 4 25 Erland S
1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 4 25 Pete Gayde
0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 4 26 Dan Tilque
- - - - - - - - - - --- ----------
4 0 3 6 8 6 7 6 5 7 52 58%
 
Congratulations Gareth. It was a tougher than average set which perhaps explains the bi-modal distribution.
 
cheers,
calvin
msb@vex.net (Mark Brader): Sep 29 11:32PM -0500

"Calvin":
> 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 7 45 Mark Brader
 
Wrong.
--
Mark Brader And as in nerdish thought he stood,
Toronto the Jargontalk, with awk and grep,
msb@vex.net Came geeking through the Cobol wood,
and edlin as it schlepped.
--Larry Colen (after Lewis Carroll)
Calvin <334152@gmail.com>: Sep 29 09:59PM -0700

On Friday, September 30, 2016 at 2:32:55 PM UTC+10, Mark Brader wrote:
> "Calvin":
> > 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 7 45 Mark Brader
 
> Wrong.
 
Thanks- corrected scores are:
 
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q5 Q6 Q7 Q8 Q9 Q10 TOTAL TB Quiz 458
1 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 8 45 Gareth Owen
1 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 7 41 Peter Smyth
0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 7 44 Chris Johnson
0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 7 44 Marc Dashevsky
0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 6 39 Mark Brader
0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 4 21 Joe
1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 4 24 Pete Gayde
1 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 4 25 Erland S
0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 4 26 Dan Tilque
- - - - - - - - - - --- ----------
4 0 3 5 8 6 7 6 5 7 51 57%
 
cheers,
calvin
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Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Frontstretch Newsletter: Ryan Reed to Attempt Talladega

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Sep. 29, 2016
Volume X, Edition CLXXI
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What to Watch: Thursday
 
- Its parking day at Dover International Speedway for the Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series.  No on-track activity for the two National-level series is scheduled for today.

- Meanwhile, in Georgia, the race weekend gets into full swing at Road Atlanta as the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship has three practices scheduled for today.  The IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge also qualifies later today for their season finale.
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Thursday's TV Schedule can be found here.

Top News
by the Frontstretch Staff

Ryan Reed to Attempt Sprint Cup Debut at Talladega

On Wednesday, Roush Fenway Racing announced that Ryan Reed, who currently drives for the team in the XFINITY Series, will attempt to make his Sprint Cup Series debut at Talladega in October.  He will drive a fourth entry for the team sponsored by Lilly Diabetes.  Read more

Josef Newgarden Confirmed Out at Ed Carpenter Racing

On Thursday morning, Ed Carpenter Racing confirmed that Josef Newgarden will not return to the No. 21 in 2017.  This may open Newgarden up for a move to Team Penske.  Read more

Trent Hindman Fastest in Opening Road Atlanta CTSC Practice

On Wednesday, the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge held their opening practice session at Road Atlanta for Friday's Road Atlanta 150.  Trent Hindman was fastest overall with a lap of 91.396 seconds (100.048 mph).  Read more

Hindman, Foss Continue Dominance in CTSC Road Atlanta Happy Hour

Thursday morning saw Trent Hindman continue his dominance of the timesheets, turning in a lap of 90.806 seconds (100.698 mph) to top the charts by six-tenths of a second.  Eric Foss for Murillo Racing was fastest in ST.  Read more

Have news for the Frontstretch? Don't hesitate to let us know; email us at phil.allaway@frontstretch.com with a promising lead or tip.

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by Phil Allaway

Last weekend, the XFINITY Series had their final standalone race of the 2016 season at Kentucky Speedway.  The race was quite the doozy, but how did NBCSN do with it?

As you all know, Saturday night was the first race of the XFINITY Series Chase.  Still don't believe it should exist, but I don't really think it affected the action that we ended up getting.  To that end, there was a lot of discussion about how the drivers should approach the first round.  Viewers also got interviews with most of the Chasers.

However, that was not all.  There was also a feature about Matt Tifft's recovery from his brain tumor (and the open brain surgery required to remove it).  Here, viewers got to see the uplifting, positive attitude that Tifft maintained throughout the ordeal.  Benign or not, open brain surgery is most definitely "a thing."  It is possible that complications could have occurred and he might not have been the same afterwards.  Tifft's perseverance through this should earn him some fans.

During the race itself, you had a much different feel than with a normal XFINITY Series race.  Kyle Busch wasn't around to try to hoard trophies like he's Gollum.  As a result, viewers saw a much more competitive race than normal.  Yes, Ryan Blaney was still there and quite competitive, but he wasn't destroying the field by any means.

NBCSN did a decent job in showing viewers the action through the field.  As a result, the race was more enjoyable for me to watch than some recent events.  I could have done without the wrecking, but those are legitimate cautions.

I did have a couple of issues with the broadcast.  One was the fact that viewers weren't really notified that there was going to be a Competition Caution on lap 25 until lap 15 of the race.  I've stated this multiple times in the past, but if there's going to be a competition caution, it needs to be stated on-air before the start of the race.  Of note, the decision was made for purely man-made reasons; track crews at Kentucky Speedway washed the track after the ARCA race on Friday night.

The third yellow flew just as Ryan Reed was going to pit due to an unwound tire.  The coverage of Matt Waltz's fire on pit road briefly pre-empted the tire issue, but this was an outlier as no one else of note had tire issues Saturday night.  However, NBCSN still did a pretty good job covering the issue.  Looking back, that yellow saved Reed's tail.  He would have been stuck a lap or more down otherwise.

Post-race coverage was relatively brief since the race went over its slot by quite a bit.  That happens when you have 12 cautions.  As a result, viewers only got interviews with the top two finishers (Elliott Sadler and Daniel Suarez) and Ty Dillon, who crashed out late with Erik Jones.  There was also a check of the points before NBCSN left the air.

Yes, there was still a fair amount of focus on the Chase, but not as much as we've seen on Cup broadcasts.  The result was a far more enjoyable race to watch that was focused more on the actual racing.  There were still a couple of issues here and there, but it was much more enjoyable than what we've been getting on Sundays recently.

Phil Allaway is the Newsletter Manager and a Senior Writer for Frontstretch.com.  He can be reached via e-mail at ashland10@mail.com.
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From Beyond The Cockpit: Michael Annett Trying to Prove Himself on the Track

"The biggest thing is even though we're frustrated and not having the performance we want, we have a lot of fun. This team is like a family to me. I wouldn't say it's been a bad year because of the people that I'm surrounded with but the performance isn't where we wanted it." - Michael Annett tries to put a positive spin on his 2016 season
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TODAY AT FRONTSTRETCH:

by Sean Fesko and Michael Finley

by Huston Ladner

by Joseph Wolkin

by Bryan Gable

by Beth Lunkenheimer

by Toni Montgomery
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FRONTSTRETCH TRIVIA:

Q: Road Atlanta, the site of this weekend's Petit Le Mans, has pit lanes on both sides of the pit straight.  Why is this so?

Check back Friday for the answer, here in the Frontstretch Newsletter!

Wednesday's Answer:

Q:  In the 1994 SplitFire Spark Plugs 500 at Dover, Jeff Burton was one of the best drivers on track until he blew a tire and crashed hard on lap 190.  He wasn't the only rook that was a contender that day as Joe Nemechek was also very quick.  Unfortunately, he couldn't keep it up all day.  What happened to put Nemechek out?

A: Nemechek had been leading up until a round of stops on lap 216.  He rejoined a ways down the order, but with a very loose car.  Nemechek eventually spun and hit the wall hard in turn 2.  The crash can be seen here.

Unfortunately, the crash put Nemechek out on the spot.  He was not a happy camper afterwards, smacking the roof of his Chevrolet Lumina in disgust..
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COMING TOMORROW
In The Frontstretch Newsletter:
We'll preview the Sprint Cup Series' Citizen Solider 400 while also providing news from Thursday.

On Frontstretch.com:
We'll have Four Burning Questions for you to think about heading into this weekend's action in Dover.
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Digest for rec.games.trivia@googlegroups.com - 4 updates in 2 topics

"Björn Lundin" <b.f.lundin@gmail.com>: Sep 28 03:36PM +0200

On 2016-09-27 22:13, Mark Brader wrote:
> was employed as a Hollywood screenwriter in the 1930s and 1940s,
> receiving credits on movies such as "The Big Sleep" and "To
> Have and Have Not".
 
Raymond Chandler ?
 
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Marc Dashevsky <usenet@MarcDashevsky.com>: Sep 28 12:49PM -0500

In article <WridnTXy3IVgT3fKnZ2dnUU7-LPNnZ2d@giganews.com>, msb@vex.net says...
 
> 1. This 7'6"-tall player's 8-season career in the NBA with the
> Houston Rockets is said to have sparked increased interest in
> the sport in his home country of China.
Yao Ming
 
> He won the NBA championship in 2011 and the MVP award in 2007.
> His entire NBA career, 18 seasons so far, has been with the
> Dallas Mavericks.
Dirk Nowitzki
 
> Lakers in 2009 and '10. That's two more than his younger
> brother, named Marc, has managed so far in his career with the
> Memphis Grizzlies. Give their surname.
Gasol
 
> international play but won 4 NBA championship titles with the
> San Antonio Spurs. He is also known in entertainment news
> circles as the ex-husband of Eva Longoria.
Tony Parker
 
 
> 2. Prior to <answer 1>, Canada's only claim to a Nobel in Literature
> was this Canadian-born American novelist of works such as
> "Herzog", "Humboldt's Gift", and "Henderson the Rain King".
Saul Bellow
 
> was employed as a Hollywood screenwriter in the 1930s and 1940s,
> receiving credits on movies such as "The Big Sleep" and "To
> Have and Have Not".
Raymond Chandler
 
 
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Pete <pagrsg@wowway.com>: Sep 29 02:25AM

msb@vex.net (Mark Brader) wrote in news:WridnTXy3IVgT3fKnZ2dnUU7-
 
> 1. This 7'6"-tall player's 8-season career in the NBA with the
> Houston Rockets is said to have sparked increased interest in
> the sport in his home country of China.
 
Yao Ming
 
> He won the NBA championship in 2011 and the MVP award in 2007.
> His entire NBA career, 18 seasons so far, has been with the
> Dallas Mavericks.
 
Nowitzki
 
> Lakers in 2009 and '10. That's two more than his younger
> brother, named Marc, has managed so far in his career with the
> Memphis Grizzlies. Give their surname.
 
Gasol
 
> international play but won 4 NBA championship titles with the
> San Antonio Spurs. He is also known in entertainment news
> circles as the ex-husband of Eva Longoria.
 
Parker
 
> He was an integral part of the 2004 Argentinian Olympic team
> that won gold by beating the USA in the semifinals and Italy
> in the finals.
 
Ginoboli
 
> EuroLeague and won two Olympic silver medals before coming to
> the NBA and winning 3 NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls,
> where he often played the role of the "sixth man".
 
Kukoc
 
 
> 9. The only person so far to win both a Nobel Prize and an Oscar
> is this Irish dramatist. He won the Oscar in 1938 for adapting
> his own play.
 
Joyce
 
> was employed as a Hollywood screenwriter in the 1930s and 1940s,
> receiving credits on movies such as "The Big Sleep" and "To
> Have and Have Not".
 
Hammett
 
 
Pete Gayde
Marc Dashevsky <usenet@MarcDashevsky.com>: Sep 28 12:31PM -0500

In article <nZqdnQBDHoSr1HfKnZ2dnUU7-N_NnZ2d@giganews.com>, msb@vex.net says...
> imprisonment in which country?
 
> 10. Which company's smartphones are named in a recall order by
> the US Consumer Product Safety Commission?
Samsung
 
> * Game 2 (2016-09-26), Round 1 - Current Events
 
> 1. Donald Trump's oldest son caused an uproar on social media this
> week by comparing Syrian refugees to which fruit-flavored candy?
Skittles
 
> in these parts since 2010. Which visitor was here to help
> provide views of the Blue Jays game and the world hockey
> celebrations?
Goodyear blimp
 
 
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