Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The Frontstretch Newsletter: Bristol Entry Lists are Out

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Aug. 16, 2016
Volume X, Edition CXXXIX
What to Watch: Tuesday

- Today, Camping World Truck Series teams enter the property at Bristol Motor Speedway and get set up for tomorrow's UNOH 200.  37 teams will attempt to qualify for the race.  There is no on-track action scheduled for today, but teams are at work.


Tuesday's TV Schedule can be found here.
Top News
by the Frontstretch Staff

Entry List: Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race

On Monday, NASCAR released the entry list for Saturday night's Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race.  40 teams are entered.  The only change of note sees Jeffrey Earnhardt back in the No. 32, replacing Boris Said.  Read more

Entry List: Food City 300

The entry list for Friday night's Food City 300 has been released.  42 teams are fighting for 40 spots in the 300-lap race.  Notable changes include Regan Smith in the No. 88 and Hermie Sadler making his season debut in the TriStar Motorsports No. 14.  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.

Today's Featured Commentary
NASCAR Olympiad Update from Mid-Ohio
Sitting in the Stands: A Fan's View
by S.D. Grady

What?  The Olympics aren't in Rio?  Did I miss a PR announcement?

No, just having some off-week fun with the XFINITY cars and the persistent precipitation.  With the rain tires, windshield wipers and Mother Nature collaborating, the annual Mid-Ohio Challenge presented more than a pedestrian road course race.  In fact, as you watched the cars spin, swerve and dig their way through the mud, I was reminded of a few other sports, besides racing.  What event in the Summer or Winter games could our steel machines audition for when playing in puddles? I provided some YouTubes for example.

Synchronized Swimming: There's a certain elegance when a pair of stock cars go sliding off the track side by side, don't you think?
Speed Skating--short track: You know when the competitors go down into the corner really hard and the guy on the inside wipes out, taking out the rest of the field with him? Well, NASCAR drivers are really good at that. Add water on the road course, and they get to practice the maneuver all day long.
Super Speed Boat: Okay, it's not part of the Olympic schedule, but it should be. The XFINITY cars were putting up rooster tails almost as large as some of those hot rod watercraft.

Figure Skating: Somehow I think with a bit more repetition, Sam Hornish, Jr. should be able to do quite a few spins in his No. 2 without hitting anything or anybody.

Steeplechase: We so often ignore this fun track & field event.  The athletes tend not to stay in their lane and they have to go over or through quite a few obstacles.  That sand pit had about half the field visit it at some point during the race on Saturday.  Also, nobody ever seems to be in much of a hurry during a steeplechase.  It's more about staying on course...sound familiar?

Benny Hill: I did say we were just having fun. This should be added to every classic NASCAR highlight reel library.

And we now return you to your usual NASCAR programming...


During a charity fundraiser at the Knoxville Nationals supporting Bryan Clauson's family last week, Tony Stewart won in an auction one of Clauson's racing helmets for $32,000.  As soon as he received the piece of equipment, he turned right around and gave it to Clauson's grieving fiancée, Lauren Stewart.  Class act.

S.D. Grady is a Senior Writer for Frontstretch and runs a NASCAR blog called the S-Curves. She can be reached via email at sonya.grady@frontstretch.com. Follow her on Twitter at @laregna and on her Facebook page (she's an author, too!) at https://www.facebook.com/Author.SDGrady.



by Danny Peters

by Jeff Wolfe

The Underdog House: Why NASCAR's Small Teams Matter
by Amy Henderson


Q: If you look at the 1990 Busch 500 on Racing-reference, you'll see that Kyle Petty is listed as having failed to finish due to fatigue.  To be fair, it appears that have been a very hot night in Bristol.  What happened to him that night?

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

Monday's Answer:

Q:  The 1992 Bud 500 was the first Cup race at Bristol after the track was concreted.  Ernie Irvan won the pole, but didn't even make it to lap 10 before everything went wrong.  What happened?

A: Irvan was leading and was not being challenged when he simply wiped out exiting turn 2 and hit the inside wall.  ESPN's Ned Jarrett mentioned that the new concrete surface had a "washboard" feel exiting turn 2 (meaning bumpy), which likely contributed to the crash.  The wreck can be seen here.

Irvan drove the car back to the pits, but the Morgan-McClure team took it behind the wall for repairs.  Irvan later returned to the race over 150 laps down.  He would continue until he reached the point where he could no longer progress up the order and pulled out, finishing 28th.
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