The Frontstretch Newsletter: Ty Dillon Replaces Casey Mears at Germain Racing

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Volume X, Edition CCXII
Editor's Note:  With the season now complete, we will be dropping the Newsletter down to one edition a week from here until Speedweeks in Daytona.  We'll still have news when it breaks and articles here and there.  We will keep you updated on off-season schedules.

Thank you for subscribing to the Frontstretch Newsletter this season.  Our Newsletter will likely undergo some changes in 2017, but we're not currently in position to announce anything.  However, you will still get news, opinion pieces, trivia and more.

                                                                          Phil Allaway
                                                                    Newsletter Manager

What to Watch: November 28-December 4

- Champions' Week will be held this week in Las Vegas.  You have the Victory Lap on the Las Vegas Strip, the Myers Brothers Luncheon, the After the Lap show (always good for a laugh) and finally, the 2016 Sprint Cup Series Banquet.  The action starts on Wednesday.  The banquet coverage starts with the Red Carpet Show at 8 p.m. Friday night on NBCSN, followed by the banquet itself at 9 p.m.


Top News
by the Frontstretch Staff

Ty Dillon Moves to Germain Racing for 2017

On Monday morning, Germain Racing announced that Ty Dillon will drive the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet full-time in 2017, replacing Casey Mears.  Read more

Go FAS Racing Unsure of Driver Lineup for 2017

At Go FAS Racing, it is currently unclear who will be driving the No. 32 Ford full-time in 2017.  One thing is assured, though.  Jeffrey Earnhardt will not be part of that driving team.  Read more

Landon Cassill Returning to Front Row Motorsports in 2017

Frontstretch has learned that Landon Cassill will return to Front Row Motorsports for a second year in the No. 38 Ford in 2017.  Read more

JD Motorsports Finalizing Plans for 2017

In the XFINITY Series, we know that two of JD Motorsports' drivers, Ross Chastain and Ryan Preece, will return to the team full-time in 2017.  Garrett Smithley is the big unknown at the moment.  Read more

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Today's Featured Commentary
And Then, There Were None
Professor of Speed
by Mark Howell

As the smoke clears from a busy weekend of wrecks, celebratory burnouts, and the departure of Tony Stewart, it’s hard to imagine that we’re facing two months without NASCAR competition. While we mere mortals prepare for the holiday season, those in-and-around NASCAR will be wrapping up the business of 2016 and getting ready for the onslaught of the 2017 schedule.

Let’s just hope the Sponsor-to-be-named-at-a-later-time Cup Series gets its proverbial ducks in a tight draft before we head south to Daytona….

For all the excitement surrounding Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead, it’s still curious that Brian France has yet to confirm a title sponsor for the top touring division. His Sunday morning press conference simply added to the tenor of the 2016 season. Regarding the new-and-future Cup sponsor? No comment yet. Regarding his endorsement of President-elect Donald Trump during the campaign last February? No comment. Regarding France’s endorsement and the fact that the 2016 XFINITY champion is a NASCAR “Drive for Diversity” program graduate who’s also a citizen of Mexico? No comment.

What was the title of that classic Keith Whitley song? “You say it best when you say nothing at all”?

I guess, even when you’re the Chief Executive Officer of the largest motorsports sanctioning body in the United States….

And yet, there’s unsettled business to address before we close the books on the 2016 season. The issue was mentioned during Sunday’s presser, but it seems to be of even greater concern than which level Brian pulled on Election Day.

Who’s picking up the cost of next year’s top touring series in NASCAR?

The news out of Daytona Beach since summer has been “We’ll be announcing the outcome soon”, but here it is post-postseason and we’re amidst radio silence. I know that race teams will continue to build and prep cars for Speedweeks in February, but there appears to be one component that’ll be missing from their stables of machinery.

That’s the decal applied to the top of the fender right in front of the A-pillars….

One piece of information we’ve been hearing since summer is the notion that the cash pile from which teams get paid will likely be smaller than usual. Less pay for the same amount of effort isn’t good for business, especially when the writing on the wall heralding the departure of Sprint has been both bright AND flashing all year.

It was interesting to me that Brian France spoke of how NASCAR’s overall health was good, all while Sunday’s broadcast of the Cup finale at Homestead experienced a decline of 25 percent in viewership. All this as Jimmie Johnson sat poised on the brink of racing history. And the problem this season wasn’t limited to Homestead; despite two photo finishes at the beginning of the year, an exciting crop of rookies with bags of talent, and Chase races that went down to overtime laps and stunning outcomes, the then-Sprint Cup Series suffered TV ratings that dipped anywhere from five to twenty-seven percent.

If this is considered “healthy”, I’m pretty sure I don’t want an appointment with Brian France’s physician. 

For all the positives to come from the 2016 NASCAR season, from new winners to new champions, there’s still the fear of what may (or may not) be to come, and that’s the new “sugar daddy” who fills the spot left by Sprint’s departure as a title sponsor. Maybe all those rumors of decreased event attendance and sagging television ratings are finally getting through to Corporate America?

Sadly, they don’t seem to be getting through to NASCAR administration. If the idea is to wait until next season, here’s an update…. It’s already here.

Dr. Mark Howell is a Senior Writer for Frontstretch.  He can be reached via e-mail at

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Q: In 1989, the World Championship infamously came down to contact in Japan at the Casio Triangle between McLaren teammates Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost.  Had Senna's win been upheld (it wasn't), would he had been able to win the World Championship in Adelaide at the final race?

Check back next Monday for the answer, here in the Frontstretch Newsletter!

Tuesday's Answer:

Q:  In Formula One, you can technically finish a race, but not be classified as a finisher.  What is the minimum requirement in order to be considered a finisher?

A: Generally, you must complete 90 percent of the race distance in order to be classified as a finisher.  The number of laps necessary for classification vary by the track.  Also, it does not actually matter whether or not you're running at the finish in regards to classification.  An example of this is the 1996 Grand Prix of Monaco, where Mika Salo and Mika Hakkinen were classified fifth and sixth (and scored points) while having crashed out of the race five laps short of the finish.

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