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Larson Shows That “Challenger Round” is Not Only for Chase Challengers on Race Day

Larson Shows That “Challenger Round” is Not Only for Chase Challengers on Race Day

  Kyle Larson turned up the aggression and performed remarkably in the closing stages and during much of the MyAFibStory.com 400. In his first Sprint Cup Series start at Chicagoland Speedway, the rookie who just missed out on a spot in the new ten-race Chase format showed no weakness as he fought season-long championship contenders Brad Keselowski and Jeff Gordon for the win down the stretch. While he lost out on the battle in the end, it could have very ... Read More »

Fans in Attendance Following the Richmond Race the Big Winners

Fans in Attendance Following the Richmond Race the Big Winners

With all of the Chase hype resulting in Brad Keselowski’s domination and the lack of any outcome-altering position changes, a rather anticlimactic 400 laps was not an entire loss if you were at Richmond International Raceway. I like to see the positive in things, and after the Federated Auto Parts 400 (and with one fan climbing the fence) it was easy to see that the folks in charge at RIR have things nailed down when it comes to promotion. In the spring, ... Read More »

Playoff Success: Winless Wonders Have Their Day at Atlanta

Playoff Success: Winless Wonders Have Their Day at Atlanta

Last week, a running theme from Bristol revolved around teams missing their season-long opportunity to capitalize on a win. Several winless drivers, whose best shot might have been at Thunder Valley, instead looked like they were struck by lightning, thrown backwards while the sport’s best teams padded their playoff spots. My, what a difference eight days makes following the running of Atlanta’s Oral-B USA 500. During the closing laps, it looked like a matter of same story, different week, when ... Read More »

Playoff Problems: McMurray, Winless Drivers Stumble At Bristol Opportunity

Playoff Problems: McMurray, Winless Drivers Stumble At Bristol Opportunity

Several drivers that have already won this year saw their race go sour fairly early on during the running of Saturday’s Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.  That left the window open for many, who have not been as fortunate to win a race this season, to capitalize on the opportunity to punch their definite ticket into contention for the last ten races.  One of them was a driver who is no stranger to winning some major races ... Read More »

The Curious Case of Kyle Busch

The Curious Case of Kyle Busch

While household names such as Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Brad Keselowski continue on a road to success even with a few speed bumps along the way, Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 saw Kyle Busch put out of contention early for the third race in a row.  His talent has never been questioned and he has the ability to win on any track, but the result hasn’t been there lately.  The problems have each appeared to be mechanical, driver-related, and ... Read More »

Cracking the Case: NASCAR Star Involvement in Racing’s Proving Grounds an Extremely Tricky Situation

Cracking the Case: NASCAR Star Involvement in Racing’s Proving Grounds an Extremely Tricky Situation

On a Wednesday evening in Kalamazoo, Mich., a packed house of fans watched NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Kyle Busch race twice in one night. David Ragan was also in the field for the CRA Super Series race and has been known to dabble quite a bit with his Super Late Model. This trend is a somewhat frequent occurrence when it fits in the schedule for the drivers of the top divisions; however, given recent events in the last couple ... Read More »

Earnhardt’s Pocono Win Raises Question of Strategy vs. Speed

Earnhardt’s Pocono Win Raises Question of Strategy vs. Speed

Sunday afternoon (Aug. 3), Pocono Raceway saw one of its most engaging races. From the get-go, the GoBowling.com 400’s start time was moved up due to the uncertainty of weather, causing teams to think twice about whether they were racing to a conclusion on lap 160. In fact, it was the story the entire weekend, with each of the three races going the entire scheduled distance – resulting in varying pit strategies. With the skies brightening and the question of ... Read More »

Independent Teams: Is There Still a Place for Them?

Independent Teams: Is There Still a Place for Them?

Those that have followed NASCAR for decades remember names like Jimmy Means, H.B. Bailey, and J.D. McDuffie; all were owner/drivers in which at least one of them was seen at a speedway each race weekend.  There have been several others, some of which acquired full time national sponsors and had success and even rose to fame.  These three names were the first to pop into mind though they never had a realistic shot for a race win.  For these guys, a ... Read More »

Keselowski’s Dominance: What Does it Mean for September?

Keselowski’s Dominance: What Does it Mean for September?

For the second time in the last three races, Team Penske was on top of their game.  Brad Keselowski turned in a dominating performance, seeming to easily weave his way to the front no matter what  others strategies were thrown at him.  Joey Logano was making a valiant attempt at keeping up with his teammate and running in the runner up spot when taken out of the race.  It is the prime time of the year to be peaking, especially ... Read More »

Do Not Count Out the “Other” Teams Just Yet

Do Not Count Out the “Other” Teams Just Yet

Hendrick Motorsports went on a tear at the intermediate tracks recently, leaving us, at times, to  question if anyone else had anything for the team that seemed to be hitting on everything with the new rules package. The Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway proved that conclusions shouldn’t be drawn for year’s end just yet. Sure, Kentucky is not a track that the Hendrick organization has performed their best at in the track’s short Cup series history. Nevertheless, it is a ... Read More »