Tuesday, December 27, 2016

The Frontstretch Newsletter: Happy Holidays!

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The Best Seat at the Track, The Best View on the Net!
Dec. 27, 2016
Volume X, Edition CCXVI


What to Watch: December 26-January 1

- The Driver Rewind series concludes at Frontstretch.  Here is the schedule:


TUESDAY, Dec. 13:

THURSDAY, Dec. 15:

FRIDAY, Dec. 16:

MONDAY, Dec. 19:

TUESDAY, Dec. 20:


TUESDAY, Dec. 27:

Kevin Harvick
Kurt Busch

THURSDAY, Dec. 29:
Denny Hamlin
Matt Kenseth

FRIDAY, Dec. 30:
Carl Edwards
Kyle Busch

SATURDAY, Dec. 31:
Joey Logano
Jimmie Johnson

EDITOR'S NOTE: With this week's series of reviews, we finish up our 19th season of motorsports coverage at Frontstretch.  Yes, that's right.  We've been around since 1998.  In 2017, we will continue to bring you the content that you crave and potentially expand our offerings.  We hope you're enjoying the ongoing holiday season to the best of your ability and that a Happy New Year follows.

For the rest of the NASCAR offseason, we'll keep you up to date with news when it breaks.  IMSA teams have the Roar Before the 24 from Jan. 6-8 and NASCAR has the annual Media Tour a couple of weeks after that.  On-site coverage will begin with the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship's season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona at the end of January.

The newsletter will continue to consist of news recaps, a TV critique and/or commentary, and trivia until Speedweeks begins in earnest in February. 

                                                                       Phil Allaway
                                                     Newsletter Manager, Frontstretch.com

This week's TV Schedule can be found here.

Top News
by the Frontstretch Staff

Joey Gase Partners with BK Racing for Daytona 500 Plus Other Cup Series Events

Last Tuesday, BK Racing announced that Joey Gase will drive the team's No. 23 Toyota in at least three races, including the Daytona 500, with sponsorship from Best Home Furnishings.  Read more

Brennan Poole to Return to Chip Ganassi Racing

Last Tuesday, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates announced that Brennan Poole will return to the No. 48 Chevrolet in the XFINITY Series in 2017.  DC Solar will continue their sponsorship.  Read more

Riley Motorsports Announces Endurance Drivers

Last Tuesday, Riley Motorsports announced the signings of Mario Farnbacher and Adam Christodoulou to round out their driving lineup for next month's Rolex 24 at Daytona.  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.



by Joseph Wolkin

by Mark Howell

by Dustin Albino

by Dustin Albino


Q: Today, the types of cars that you see at the Rolex 24 are fairly regimented.  Nothing really out of the ordinary.  30+ years ago, that wasn't necessarily the case.  The 1983 24 Hour Pepsi Challenge is best known for A.J. Foyt teaming up with Preston Henn, Claude Ballot-Lena and a reluctant Bob Wollek to win for the Swap Shop team after Foyt's original ride dropped out.  NASCAR veteran Joe Ruttman was in the field as well with a very interesting car.  What was it?

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

Friday's Answer:

Q:  The turbocharged pre-split challengers of the PPG IndyCar World Series were often complete handfuls on cold tires.  The 1994 Slick 50 200 at then-New Hampshire International Speedway was no exception.  What happened at the very beginning of the race?

A: Coming to the start, Adrian Fernandez stomped on the accelerator and promptly lost control in front of much of the field.  Robby Gordon spun to avoid Fernandez, while Jacques Villeneuve and Arie Luyendyk crashed into each other.  The crash can be seen here.

Fernandez's car was undamaged and was able to continue.  He finished eighth, five laps down.  Gordon also continued after driving in reverse down the frontstretch.  He finished 13th.  Unfortunately for Villeneuve and Luyendyk, their damage put them out on the spot.

We will continue with our driver rewind pieces.  In addition, we'll have breaking news from inside the world of motorsports.
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