Although the rainy weather pushed back the Duck Commander 500 to Monday, there was already some excitement headlining the NASCAR weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. Page back to Friday night, where a high school senior conserved, outran, and beat drivers with over 150 Nationwide Series and over 100 Sprint Cup Series wins combined. It is a tremendous feat that is almost unheard of, and a driver’s win in only their sixth career start in any series is certainly newsworthy. On the other hand, with it being ... Read More »
The last several years have not been the best for the Ford Motor Company on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series shortest circuits. A manufacturer that has been known most for their intermediate track success, in part by the powerful and durable Roush-Yates engines, has struggled at the end of the day on tracks where engine performance isn’t as important. Until two weeks ago at Bristol, Ford was winless at that track since Edwards’ previous victory in August 2008. At Martinsville, ... Read More »
In his home state of California, Kyle Larson turned in his best overall NASCAR performance of his brief stock car career at Auto Club Speedway. After the jumble that was the green-white-checkered finish on Sunday, even Larson tweeted out to fans “I’m still trying to figure out how I got to second.” Nevertheless, it should be to no one’s surprise that a win at the highest level is within reach so soon. Kyle Larson, one of NASCAR’s newest stars, has ... Read More »
Harvick’s Dominance Raises the Question: Does Years of Experience Mean a Significant Advantage at a Track?
Throughout The Profit on CNBC 500 race weekend, Kevin Harvick and his Stewart-Haas Racing team turned in a near flawless performance from the time they unloaded to the checkered flag. The Californian’s dominance, leading 224 of the 312-lap distance at Phoenix International Raceway, was not in question; however, how much is a result of his history at the track where he has accumulated recent remarkable success? Not as much as one may think. In the fall of 1994, in a NASCAR Southwest Tour race at Phoenix, ... Read More »
The Budweiser Speedweeks leading up to the Daytona 500 looked promising for drivers in their first full season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Austin Dillon brought the No. 3 back into the spotlight by claiming the pole, and led a group of six Sunoco Rookie of the Year contenders throughout the 43 car field beginning Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately, that promise turned into disaster when Kyle Larson hit the wall only a few laps in, and less than 20 laps ... Read More »
Justin Haers has come close to winning in the sunshine state before, but the Phelps, New York driver sealed the deal right away in 2014 with the opening night Big Block Modified victory for the Super DirtCar Series at Volusia Speedway Park Wednesday night. “We were good off the truck, and we said we’re going to get ourselves that gator,” Haers remarked in victory lane. Haers won his heat race and therefore started from the pole in the A Main, ... Read More »
Hello, race fans. Welcome back to Talking NASCAR TV, where race telecast criticism is the name of the game. We're back from a one week break since I was out of town, covering the races in Watkins Glen (including the rain-delayed Cup race). If you're looking for a critique of the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen, I did write one that ran in the Frontstretch Newsletter on Thursday. If you subscribe to the Newsletter, you'll have access to our archives, so take a look. This past weekend, the Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series were each racing at Michigan International Speedway. Meanwhile, the Nationwide Series raced Saturday afternoon at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal. Read More »