Monday, February 13, 2017

The Frontstretch Newsletter: NASCAR Decrees New Damage Repair Rules

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Feb. 13, 2017
Volume XI, Edition VII


What to Watch: February 6-12

- Thank goodness, it is finally time to crank some engines up.  We've got racing this weekend at Daytona International Speedway.  The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams start Speedweeks on Friday with practice for the Advance Auto Parts Clash, while all the teams will be on-track for Daytona 500 practice on Saturday.

- The Driver Rewind series has concluded at Frontstretch.  Here are all of the reviews in one place for your viewing pleasure.

Editor's Note: This will be the last weekly Newsletter of the offseason.  Starting next Monday, The Frontstretch Newsletter will go back to five days a week.

This week's TV Schedule can be found

Top News
by the Frontstretch Staff

NASCAR Announces Rule Changes for Damaged Vehicles

On Wednesday, NASCAR announced stringent new rules designed to cut down on expenses while making crashing more punitive.  Parts cannot be replaced on cars due to wrecks and cars that cannot be repaired to meet minimum speed within five minutes will be retired.  Read more

Joey Gase Returning to Jimmy Means Racing Full-Time

Frontstretch learned on Monday that Joey Gase will return to Jimmy Means' No. 52 Chevrolet full-time in 2017.  This deal will be in addition to his part-time Cup ride with BK Racing.  Read more

Regan Smith to Drive Part-Time for Ricky Benton Racing in 2017

On Wednesday, Ricky Benton Racing announced the signing of Regan Smith to drive the team's No. 92 Ford in the Camping World Truck Series.  Read more

Wayne Taylor Racing Announces Alex Lynn as TPNAEC Third Driver

On Thursday, Wayne Taylor Racing announced that Alex Lynn will join the team as the third driver in their Cadillac DPi-V.R. at Sebring and Road Atlanta.  Lynn replaces the retired Max Angelelli.  Read more

Cadillac Racing Announces Lineup, Taylor Brothers in for Sprint-X Races

On Monday, Cadillac Racing announced that Johnny O'Connell and Michael Cooper will return to the team for the full 2017 Pirelli World Challenge season.  Jordan and Ricky Taylor will join in for the Sprint-X races.  Read more

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by Dustin Albino


Q: In 1995, David Green earned a special entry into the Busch Clash in a No. 95 Chevrolet Lumina.  How did this come about?

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

Friday's Answer:

Q:  Gray Gaulding was recently announced as a driver for BK Racing for the vast majority of 2017.  However, Daytona is an exception to that rule for two reasons.  Firstly, the team previously announced that Joey Gase will race for them in the Daytona 500. 

Secondly, Gaulding has been deemed ineligible to drive at Daytona, despite having previously raced there in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards (he finished ninth last year for Lira Motorsports).  What was NASCAR's rationale for not licensing Gaulding to race Cup at Daytona?

A: NASCAR's rationale is that Gaulding has not raced a Cup race on an intermediate track.  His previous two starts are at Martinsville (a short track) and at Phoenix (a one-mile oval).  Gaulding will debut in the No. 23 Toyota at Atlanta.  Assuming nothing ridiculous happens, Gaulding should be approved to race at Talladega later this year.

We'll have recaps of the Advance Auto Parts Clash and the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season opener (the Lucas Oil Complete Engine Treatment 200) from Daytona.  In addition, we'll have the news as it breaks, Power Rankings and more.
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