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Racing to the Point: The Never-Ending Road Course Chase Debate

Racing to the Point: The Never-Ending Road Course Chase Debate

Every time NASCAR shows up at a road course, the same question is asked. And no, it isn’t who is going to want to knock out Jacque Villeneuve afterward? Well, maybe there are two. The bigger question is should a road course race be included in the Chase for the Sprint Cup? The resounding answer is yes. Fans want to see it. Yet, we keep going in circles, both literally and figuratively. We ask a question about change, the majority vote ... Read More »

Racing to the Point: We Should Appreciate Jeff Gordon’s 90-Win Milestone

Racing to the Point: We Should Appreciate Jeff Gordon’s 90-Win Milestone

Amid all the brick kissing and reveling in Jeff Gordon’s fifth Brickyard 400 victory on Sunday, a more important milestone was overlooked. Gordon became only the third driver in NASCAR history to win 90 races. Ninety. That’s how many wins Aric Almirola has times 90. It’s an incredible feat for a driver in the modern era. Richard Petty won 200 races and David Pearson is second on the list with 105, but those legendary drivers did it in a much ... Read More »

Racing to the Point: What Does NASCAR Have to Show for 20 Years in Indy?

Racing to the Point: What Does NASCAR Have to Show for 20 Years in Indy?

Prestigious. Historic. Spectacle. All three words suit the greatest race in the world, the Indianapolis 500, run annually at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The flat 2.5-mile track has proven time and time again that it suits America’s top open-wheel series. Ryan Hunter-Reay and Helio Castroneves’ battle during the last laps of this year’s event further cemented an already unbelievable 103-year racing past. That’s what Indianapolis Motor Speedway means for open-wheel racing. It means something entirely different to NASCAR: Disappointment. Boredom. ... Read More »

Racing to the Point: The Flatter the Track, the More the Debris

Racing to the Point: The Flatter the Track, the More the Debris

Following the second caution for debris in turn 3 of Sunday’s race, the fan standing in front of me at New Hampshire Motor Speedway turned and suggested the safety worker probably went out and picked up the same piece he picked up last time. He was in the same exact spot. In other words, the fan suggested the safety worker must’ve thrown that first piece back to give NASCAR officials an excuse to throw the caution later in the race. ... Read More »

Racing to the Point: Aric Almirola Adds Another Asterisk

Racing to the Point: Aric Almirola Adds Another Asterisk

Every sport has its share of asterisks. There are always going to be games, races and matches that don’t end to our satisfaction, records that are cheaply broken and even legacies that are called into question. Baseball deals with the term more than any other sport. Alex Rodriguez could actually trademark the asterisk at this point, and one of the game’s most revered records is held by Barry Bonds, a man regarded by many as a cheater. In basketball, there ... Read More »

Racing to the Point: Leave Kentucky’s Surface Alone

Racing to the Point: Leave Kentucky’s Surface Alone

If Dale Earnhardt, Jr. hasn’t already torn up Kentucky Speedway’s surface with an excavator, the track’s general manager Mark Simendinger is going to be left with a difficult decision on whether or not to repave one of the circuit’s oldest surfaces. Junior made it very clear how he felt after his fifth-place finish Saturday, saying the frontstretch “sucks” and later calling it a bad amusement park ride on Twitter. Earnhardt vs. Kentucky asphalt became the newest NASCAR feud last weekend, ... Read More »

Racing to the Point: One NASCAR Pastime Nearing Extinction

Racing to the Point: One NASCAR Pastime Nearing Extinction

I say we cage Boris Said up, put him in a safe environment with plenty of hair care products and don’t let him out until Watkins Glen rolls around. You see, Said is an endangered animal, much like the black rhino and Hawksbill turtle, so we need to start dedicating our resources to preserving him. If we don’t, the road course ringer will be extinct nearly a decade after its prime. I doubt they’ll hang pictures of Scott Pruett and ... Read More »

Racing to the Point: Some Drivers Need to Stop Being So Nice

Racing to the Point: Some Drivers Need to Stop Being So Nice

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is lucky he has friends. Two weeks in a row, a driver with Hendrick Motorsports horsepower eased off the throttle and allowed Earnhardt to catch up and clean his front grille by sucking up on their back bumper. The kindness of his competitors kept Earnhardt in the hunt in both races, instead of down pit road to remove the debris or up in a ball of smoke after his engine overheated. NASCAR racing sure has gotten friendly. ... Read More »

Racing to the Point: How Earnhardt, Kahne Traded Places at Hendrick

Racing to the Point: How Earnhardt, Kahne Traded Places at Hendrick

Remember when Dale Earnhardt, Jr. finished 25th in the Sprint Cup standings in 2009? It’s hard to believe considering the success he’s had lately, but it’s true. The next season didn’t go much better, with little progress, and the son of a legend ended up 21st. If his name wasn’t Earnhardt, he probably would’ve wound up in the TNT booth the next season beside Wally Dallenbach — who actually ran a little better in his season and a half with ... Read More »

Racing to the Point: What’s Up With Stewart-Haas’ Other Team?

Racing to the Point: What’s Up With Stewart-Haas’ Other Team?

If I mentioned a Stewart-Haas Racing driver with two top-20 finishes, sitting 28th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings, who would you guess it is? If you guessed Danica Patrick, you’d be wrong. After her run Saturday that was more surprising than the time Darrell Waltrip correctly identified a car on aFOX broadcast, Patrick has three top 20s and sits 27th in the standings. One spot behind her sits Kurt Busch. Subtract out Busch’s victory at Martinsville and the former champion has been ... Read More »