Thursday, July 28, 2016

The Frontstretch Newsletter: 2017 Rules are in for Michigan

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Jul. 28, 2016
Volume X, Edition CXXVI
What to Watch: Thursday
- Today, Sprint Cup and XFINITY teams are parking their haulers and loading in at Pocono Raceway.  It should be a relatively quiet day, but if any additional news breaks, we'll have it for you at Frontstretch.

Thursday's TV Schedule can be found here.

Top News
by the Frontstretch Staff

Sprint Cup to Use 2017 Rules at Michigan

On Thursday morning, NASCAR announced that the Sprint Cup Series will use the provisional 2017 rules package at the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway on Aug. 28.  It will be the third race of the year with the proposed rules.  Read more

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Editor's Note: Potts' Shots will return soon.
The Critic's Annex: Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200
by Phil Allaway

Welcome back, race fans.  Last weekend, while the Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series were racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards was headlining multiple nights of racing at nearby Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.  This is essentially a standalone ARCA race, so coverage was perhaps a tad limited.  For instance, only one pit reporter was used on the broadcast (Jim Tretow) as opposed to the usual two.

Prior to the race, FOX Sports 1 ran a piece on Myatt Snider, the son of Marty Snider who has a part-time deal to drive the No. 22 for Cunningham Motorsports.  Here, we learn a bit about Snider's background in motorsports, which is to say that it's a pretty rich history that dates back to the early years of NASCAR.  Snider also talked a little bit about his career to this point and his adjustment to ARCA.  I found the piece to be a little quick, but informative.

Once the race got underway, viewers saw a decent amount of racing for position.  Granted, I do need to preface that we're talking about ARCA here.  There's roughly 18-20 competitive cars out there.  Granted, they had much better car count than races like Madison, but it's not like watching a Cup race.

Due to the long 27 minute red flag due to a multi-car crash, the race ran long.  Post-race coverage was fairly brief.  Viewers got interviews with the top 2 finishers (winner Chase Briscoe and Travis Miller), a result check and a point check before FOX Sports 1 signed off to get to FOX Sports Live with Jay and Dan.

The somewhat limited production is more or less what can be afforded when ARCA isn't piggybacking off of Sprint Cup, XFINITY or the Camping World Truck Series.  The production has to be scaled back to cut costs.  That's why FOX Sports 1 didn't have a second pit reporter on Friday night.  Same for why the ASN broadcasts don't have in-car cameras (although I'm told that they're working on it).  Problem is, Tretow can only do so much at a time.  I feel like viewers (and myself, for that matter, since I watched the race no less than twice all the way through) missed out on a lot of information.

We'll use the Big One as an example.  We did get an interview with Brady Boswell, who got caught up with it.  However, I don't recall any updates on Ray Ciccarelli, who appeared to be in a fair bit of pain when he got out of his No. 2 Chevrolet.  Ciccarelli obviously wasn't a frontrunner in the race, but as far as I'm concerned, it's a story that FOX Sports 1 should be covering.  It's situations like this where someone needs to step up and add to the narrative.  If that means FOX Sports 1 has to bring in a freelancer who would have been at the race anyway to provide additional content and context, so be it.

We did get a lot of coverage of the tire situation and how it affected the race.  This was a good move because it more or less determined who won the race (and in Parker Kligerman's case, it determined whether he could finish on the lead lap or not).

Personally, I enjoyed watching the race, but I do admit to being exhausted when it was on originally because it aired live after I got home from Lime Rock Park last Friday.  There was some good action out there.  Myatt Snider brought his A-game, but that just wasn't enough.  Also, I think that FOX Sports 1 was expecting a little more out of Ty Majeski last weekend, but he just didn't have it.

Phil Allaway is the Newsletter Manager and a Senior Writer for  He can be reached via e-mail at
Frontstretch Line of the Week
From Beyond the Cockpit: Jeff Green on the State of the XFINITY Series, His Lasting Legacy

"I really didn't know back then. I was so young – I say I was young, I was late 20's or early 30's, that's old these days! I really didn't realize what opportunity I had. I had Dale Earnhardt on the other end of the phone trying to get me to drive his Busch car and Junior Johnson wanting to come drive for him.

Between '94 and '95, that was a big year for me and it gave me an opportunity to get my face out there and get my recognition I needed to get to the next level, the Cup Series. Without Dale Earnhardt or Junior Johnson, Earl Sadler out of Nashville gave me an opportunity to drive some Cup races before all that even happened."  - Jeff Green, on his busy times in late 1994, juggling offers to race for Sadler Racing, Junior Johnson and DEI.


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Q: In the 1994 Miller Genuine Draft 500 at Pocono, Geoff Bodine led 156 laps on his way to his first win of the season.  What was notable about this victory and the finishing order?

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

Wednesday's Answer:

Q:  Here's a random question that might be easy on the surface.  Who got to race in what is now Sprint Cup first?  Wally Dallenbach, Jr., or his wife?

A: Dallenbach's wife is Robin Dallenbach.  Before the two were married in the mid-1980's, she was known as Robin McCall.  As McCall, Robin Dallenbach made her Winston Cup debut at the age of 18 at Michigan in 1982 in the No. 5 Buick for the infamous J.D. Stacy, eight years before Wally did. 

Finding footage on YouTube of Robin Dallenbach's racing career is difficult to say the least.  She made her Cup debut in the Gabriel 400, which had a 5+ hour rain delay.  She did compete in the other Michigan race that as well, which is on YouTube.  In addition, there is also this race from 1986 for the IMSA Kelly American Challenge where she competes in an Oldsmobile Calais.

In The Frontstretch Newsletter:
We'll preview the Sprint Cup Series' return engagement at Pocono Raceway, while also providing news from Thursday.

Zach Catanzareti returns to answer Four Burning Questions heading into this weekend's action in Pocono.
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