With two wins, Kevin Harvick is a virtual lock for the Chase. Tom Bowles breaks down the contenders eight races in.
Mike Neff · Wednesday April 16, 2014
Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. came into the Nationwide Series in 2010 after a near championship run in the ARCA series in 2008. He started off the season with DNF results thanks to crashes in five of twelve races. At that point, he failed to qualify for a race at Nashville and Jack Roush pulled him out of the car for the next race to help him realign his racing focus. The end result was back-to-back Nationwide Series titles in 2011 and 2012 and then a Rookie of the Year title in the Cup series in 2013. Stenhouse learned some tough life lessons during his inaugural full season in the Nationwide Series and it ended up making him a champion.
Racing to the Point
Brett Poirier · Tuesday April 15, 2014
Remember a few weeks back when Kurt Busch out-dueled the King of Martinsville himself, Jimmie Johnson, on a 35-lap green-flag run to pull off a surprise victory?
Well, that was a fluke. But it wasn’t a fluke because Kurt Busch won — the fluke was the 35-lap green-flag run to end the race.
Beyond the Cockpit
Toni Montgomery · Tuesday April 15, 2014
Toni Montgomery spent a weekend with the NHRA, covering the 4 Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte, N.C.. While she was there she sat down with Funny Car star Ron Capps.
Besides being familiar to race fans for his appearances in the NAPA can commercials, Capps has many friends in NASCAR and has driven many different kinds of cars, including appearances in Tony Stewart’s Prelude to the Dream charity event.
IndyCar Driver Profile
Phil Allaway · Tuesday April 15, 2014
Le Mans, France, home of the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race. Like many racers, Sebastien’s influence to enter motorsports came from his own father, Patrick. The elder Bourdais raced in his own right, primarily in spec series using vehicles such as the Renault 5 and Renault Clio. However, in 1993, Patrick made his debut at Le Mans, driving a “Sauber SHS C6”:http://www.racingsportscars.com/photo/1993/Le_Mans-1993-06-20-028.jpg, a Category 2 (C2) prototype. While Patrick’s team failed to finish due to a crash, it was a decent experience.
Who's Hot / Who's Not
Brad Morgan · Tuesday April 15, 2014
With Texas in the books, only one race remained before drivers would get some much-deserved time off. The only problem? The obstacle between the Lone Star State and Easter break was Darlington Raceway, one of the most demanding tracks on the circuit.
Drivers run within inches of a hypnotizing red- and white-striped wall with speeds exceeding 180 mph at the legendary track, and that is the desired racing line. It only takes one small mistake to turn a potential winning car into a pancake.
Couch Potato Tuesday
Phil Allaway · Tuesday April 15, 2014
Hello, race fans. Welcome back to Couch Potato Tuesday, where race telecast critique is the main objective. This past weekend, the Sprint Cup and Nationwide series were both in action at Darlington Raceway. Meanwhile, the Verizon IndyCar Series made its 2014 debut on the NBC Sports Network in Long Beach.
Voices from the Cheap Seats
Jeff Meyer · Tuesday April 15, 2014
Have you heard? Kevin Harvick is this year’s first repeat winner!
Of course you have. Race fans who have any real interest in the sport already know all the particulars of who passed who, who took four tires vs. two, who now leads the points and, probably most important of all, that Dale Earnhardt, Jr. got second once again. By now it has all been written about from a thousand different angles. So, what do you want me to tell you that you don’t already know?
Here are a few eye-catching tidbits I found while perusing the one, almighty NASCAR news portal owned by ESPN.
Mike Neff · Monday April 14, 2014
Key Moment – During the night’s first green-white-checkered finish, Clint Bowyer got into the back of Kurt Busch and spun him on the back straight. As a result, the race went through a second GWC, bunching up the field and taking a potential win away from Dale Earnhardt, Jr. The restart allowed Kevin Harvick, who had the dominant car all night to start on the outside of Earnhardt. Armed with fresher tires, Harvick took full advantage to score his first Darlington victory.
In a Nutshell – Darlington Raceway lived up to its historic reputation and laid “stripes” to the outside of all but six cars in the field Saturday night. Through it all, Harvick was simply on another level, up front for the last ¾ of the event. But a caution for fluid on the track, flown with eight laps left opened the door for last-minute strategy.
Amy Henderson · Monday April 14, 2014
Looking for the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How behind Sunday’s race? Amy Henderson has you covered with each week with the answers to six race day questions, covering all five W’s and even the H…the Big Six
Who…gets my shoutout of the race?
Usually, when you’re talking about a driver who started 26th and dropped as low as the mid-30’s, the last car on the lead lap, before the race was a quarter over, you’re talking about someone in a backmarker car just trying to hang on. But Saturday night, that driver was a six-time champion.