Monday, August 15, 2016

The Frontstretch Newsletter: Justin Marks Slides His Way to Mid-Ohio Spoils

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Aug. 15, 2016
Volume X, Edition CXXXIII

What to Watch: Monday

- With the off-week now over, preparations now resume for this week's races at Bristol Motor Speedway.  If anything of note breaks, we'll have it for you at Frontstretch.

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

Justin Marks Rides Rain to Mid-Ohio XFINITY Win

On Saturday, Justin Marks slogged his way through the wet weather at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and led 43 laps on the way to his first career XFINITY Series win.  Sam Hornish, Jr. was second, followed by Ryan Blaney, Ty Dillon and Justin Allgaier.  Read more

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Chasing the Chase: Off Week No. 3 Update
by Phil Allaway

Naturally, since the Sprint Cup Series was off last weekend, the points did not change.  Brad Keselowski continues to hold the points lead that he picked up in Watkins Glen by nine points over Kevin Harvick.  Kurt Busch is the only other driver within a full race of Keselowski.

Point Standings (1-16): 1) Brad Keselowski 727, 2) Kevin Harvick -9, 3) Kurt Busch -38, 4) Kyle Busch -57, 5) Carl Edwards -74, 6) Joey Logano -75, 7) Denny Hamlin -107, 8) Martin Truex, Jr. -115, 9) Matt Kenseth -127, 10) Jimmie Johnson -149, 11) Ryan Newman -165, 12) Chase Elliott -166, 13) Austin Dillon -168, 14) Jamie McMurray -177, 15) Kyle Larson -207, 16) Trevor Bayne -215.

Outside the top 16, but Chase-eligible: 26) Tony Stewart -338.

Outside the top 30 with a win: 31) Chris Buescher -435, three points out of 30th.

Race Winners: Denny Hamlin (Daytona-1, Watkins Glen), Jimmie Johnson (Atlanta, Fontana), Brad Keselowski (Las Vegas, Talladega, Daytona-2, Kentucky), Kevin Harvick (Phoenix), Kyle Busch (Martinsville, Texas, Kansas, Indianapolis), Carl Edwards (Bristol, Richmond), Matt Kenseth (Dover, Loudon), Martin Truex, Jr. (Charlotte), Kurt Busch (Pocono-1), Joey Logano (Michigan), Tony Stewart (Sonoma), Chris Buescher (Pocono-2)

Letter of the Race: Saturday's Mid-Ohio Challenge was brought to you by the letter "A," for All-Skate.  Jeepers.  If you looked at Saturday's race from Mid-Ohio, you would have thought that the XFINITY Series had never raced in the rain before.  In reality, it was the fourth time that they bolted on the rain tires.  Cars were everywhere.  It was everything that I had previously read that people dreaded about racing in the rain at Road America.  Yet, that didn't turn out that bad.  The traps packing up and allowing drivers to extricate themselves saved fans from having to potentially having to deal with 50 laps under yellow as opposed to the 32 they did get. - Phil Allaway



by Mike Neff
by Aaron Bearden

The Driver Made the Difference in Mid-Ohio
by Summer Bedgood

by Kevin Rutherford

by Dustin Albino


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?

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

Friday's Answer:

Q:  In the 1980's, the NASCAR Winston West Series (now the K&N Pro Series West) considered road racing to be a very important discipline.  The 1986 season was comprised of only eight races, six on road courses (two being conjunction races with Winston Cup at Riverside) and two 500 lap oval races.  One of the six road races was in Tacoma, Wash. What was special about the Tacoma race for Winston West?

A: The Tacoma race was the first street course event in the history of the Winston West Series.  The event was held on a 1.59-mile temporary circuit laid out at the Tacoma Dome, best known as the temporary home of the Seattle Supersonics for a short stretch in the early-to-mid 1990's when the Seattle Center Arena was being renovated into the KeyArena.  In the 1986 race, Hershel McGriff won over pole-sitter Derrike Cope, the only other driver on the lead lap.

At the time, NASCAR was looking at street racing potentially being an important part of the sanctioning body's future.  They were considering a NASCAR LR series that could have had a number of street races in various locales.  That particular series never got off the ground, though.

In The Frontstretch Newsletter:
We'll have breaking news from Monday and S.D. Grady returns with Sitting In The Stands: A Fan's View.

Danny Peters returns with Five Points to Ponder ahead of this weekend's action in Bristol.
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