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Holding A Pretty Wheel: Crew Chief Swaps Often Not Overnight Cure

Holding A Pretty Wheel: Crew Chief Swaps Often Not Overnight Cure

In what the team termed as an “evaluation” move, Stewart-Haas Racing announced earlier this week that it would swap the crew chiefs and road crews for the Nos. 10 and 41 teams of drivers Danica Patrick and Kurt Busch. Vice President of Competition Greg Zipadelli said the move was made “to get a head start on 2015. With the ban on testing next year, the last three races of this season take on even greater importance. For Tony Gibson and ... Read More »

The Frontstretch Five: Areas NASCAR Needs to Address

The Frontstretch Five: Areas NASCAR Needs to Address

Welcome to the Frontstretch Five, a brand-new column for 2014! Each week, Amy Henderson takes a look at the racing, the drivers, and the storylines that drive NASCAR and produces a list of five people, places, things, and ideas that define the current state of our sport. This week, Amy says there are a few things NASCAR needs to take a long, hard look at in order to move ahead. 1. The Chase This one is pretty obvious because it’s ... Read More »

The Big Six: Questions Answered After the GEICO 500

The Big Six: Questions Answered After the GEICO 500

Looking for the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How behind Sunday’s race? Amy Henderson has you covered 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? His run wasn’t perfect, and an ill-timed move late may have ended Jimmie Johnson’s title bid once and for all. But forgive Landon Cassill if he’s not used to running in the midst of ... Read More »

Holding A Pretty Wheel: Allmendinger All the Way

Holding A Pretty Wheel: Allmendinger All the Way

As teams were gearing up for the Chase in August 2013, AJ Allmendinger was looking for a future in NASCAR — any future. He’d been running part time in the Sprint Cup Series for midpack JTG-Daugherty Racing; a couple of Nationwide Series starts with Team Penske, the team that had released him from a full-time Sprint Cup ride in 2012 after a failed NASCAR drug test; some IndyCar races with Penske as well. He’d had some success — but for ... Read More »

The Frontstretch Five: Reasons NASCAR Blew the Penalties for the Charlotte Fracas

The Frontstretch Five: Reasons NASCAR Blew the Penalties for the Charlotte Fracas

Welcome to the Frontstretch Five, a brand-new column for 2014! Each week, Amy Henderson takes a look at the racing, the drivers, and the storylines that drive NASCAR and produces a list of five people, places, things, and ideas that define the current state of our sport. This week, Amy says that NASCAR made a big mistake in the penalties handed out to Brad Keselowski and Tony Stewart following a postrace incident at Charlotte. NASCAR had a chance to gain ... Read More »

The Big Six: Questions Answered After the Bank of America 500

The Big Six: Questions Answered After the Bank of America 500

Looking for the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How behind Saturday’s race? Amy Henderson has you covered 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? With the spotlight on his rookie teammate and rumors surrounding his job security swirling, Jamie McMurray put together a run that most of the Chase contenders would have happily taken to the bank Saturday night. McMurray, ... Read More »

Logano Paces Final Bank of America 500 Practice

Logano Paces Final Bank of America 500 Practice

Point leader Joey Logano found himself on top again Friday night in Charlotte, this time on the charts for the final practice session for the Bank of America 500. Logano set a fast laps time of 28.332 (190.597 MPH to take the top spot from Kurt Busch by just two hundredths of a second. Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon, and Brad Keselowski rounded out the top 5. The Chase hits the halfway point this week, and some big names are in ... Read More »

Holding A Pretty Wheel: May the Best Man Have a Chance to Win

Holding A Pretty Wheel: May the Best Man Have a Chance to Win

My, how things have changed. For most of the NASCAR season, a few names stood out as title favorites: Jeff Gordon, who led the standings for much of the year; 2012 champ Brad Keselowski, who was a contender everywhere almost from day one; Dale Earnhardt, Jr., whose three wins were a statement that he was hungry to prove himself; and six-time champion Jimmie Johnson, because, well, you don’t ever count him out. And through the first three races of the ... Read More »

The Frontstretch Five: Things We’ve Learned From the New Chase So Far

The Frontstretch Five: Things We’ve Learned From the New Chase So Far

Welcome to the Frontstretch Five, a brand-new column for 2014! Each week, Amy Henderson takes a look at the racing, the drivers, and the storylines that drive NASCAR and produces a list of five people, places, things, and ideas that define the current state of our sport. This week, Amy says that we have learned a few things from the Chase so far. 1. It’s not really about winning. While winning a race is a nice perk, especially in the ... Read More »

Holding a Pretty Wheel: Chase Format Left NASCAR Schedule Behind

Holding a Pretty Wheel: Chase Format Left NASCAR Schedule Behind

Change. It’s a word that many NASCAR fans loathe. After all, it’s been in the name of change that fans have endured racecars that don’t handle when they race, limited innovation, beloved short tracks replaced by cookie-cutters and a championship system that poll after poll has shown they don’t want. A lot of the changes that have come to the sport in recent years have not been well-received, and many for good reason. The Chase for the Sprint Cup has ... Read More »