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Did You Notice? … Tough Sledding, Payback Time And Penalty Free

Did You Notice? … Tough Sledding, Payback Time And Penalty Free

Did You Notice?… How ratings keep declining in this Chase? Talladega, the Russian Roulette 500-miler of the playoffs should have been a “can’t miss” race for those interested in the sport’s new format. There’s no event more unpredictable for an “elimination” event, whereby the checkered flag Sprint Cup’s postseason field was trimmed from twelve to a more manageable eight. Instead, what we found most notably trimmed was the audience sitting in front of their television sets. Viewership declined half a ... Read More »

Did You Notice? … Hornish Hire Sign Of Shift In NASCAR’s Ford Hierarchy

Did You Notice? … Hornish Hire Sign Of Shift In NASCAR’s Ford Hierarchy

Did You Notice? … Sam Hornish, Jr.’s strategy worked? His choice to run a limited schedule, in top-notch Nationwide equipment as opposed to running full-time with a struggling team paid off this week. Hornish will be the replacement for Marcos Ambrose in 2015, driving the No. 9 Ford for a Richard Petty Motorsports program that both won and made the Chase with their No. 43 team and driver Aric Almirola. For Hornish, who lost his full-time ride with Roger Penske ... Read More »

Did You Notice? … One Saving Grace That Lies Ahead

Did You Notice? … One Saving Grace That Lies Ahead

Did You Notice? … How much of a crapshoot Talladega makes the next round of this Chase? No one has an advantage on paper entering this three-race sprint as all 12 drivers are tied for the point lead. That means it’s nearly impossible to create a 47-point cushion, locking yourself into the next round before the closest thing NASCAR has to Russian Roulette. No one, not even the red hot Kevin Harvick, was able to create such a cushion in ... Read More »

Did You Notice? … A Monstrous Moment, Hendrick’s So-So Start And Quick Hits

Did You Notice? … A Monstrous Moment, Hendrick’s So-So Start And Quick Hits

Did You Notice? … The Monster Mile is entering a crucial weekend? Lately, races at the one-mile oval have been duds; Goodyear’s tire compound, combined with a conservative mindset have minimized the yellow flags and maximized the boredom at the one-mile oval. Dover’s track used to be one of the trickiest on tour, a matter of survival as the outside wall could come up and bite at any time. Finally, this spring we started to see a turnaround, with the ... Read More »

Did You Notice? … NASCAR’s Risky Play With Tony Stewart

Did You Notice? … NASCAR’s Risky Play With Tony Stewart

Did You Notice? … A difference between two leagues? The NFL, after days of pressure, one sponsor (Radisson) pulling out and a second (Budweiser) giving a veiled threat finally pushed the Minnesota Vikings to keep star running back Adrian Peterson off the field. Peterson, accused of child abuse won’t face trial until early next year but has seen the facts of his case go public, along with a second accusation of beating a child that’s surfaced from 2013. While the ... Read More »

Did You Notice? … NASCAR Racing Against Its Roots

Did You Notice? … NASCAR Racing Against Its Roots

Did You Notice? … The team/manufacturer breakdown inside the Chase? Right now, it sets up as the following… Chevrolet (8) Hendrick Motorsports – 4 Stewart-Haas Racing – 2 Richard Childress Racing – 1 JTG-Daugherty Racing – 1 Ford (5) Penske Racing – 2 Roush Fenway Racing – 2 Richard Petty Motorsports – 1 Toyota (3) Joe Gibbs Racing – 3 Clearly, three teams stand out above all others when creating this breakdown. Toyota, in a down year with only two ... Read More »

Did You Notice?… Sprint Cup’s Largest Pre-Chase Disappointments

Did You Notice?… Sprint Cup’s Largest Pre-Chase Disappointments

Did You Notice?… There’s a number of drivers where Saturday will be their last chance to make the Chase. However, with only two spots available, just four drivers (Ryan Newman, Greg Biffle, Clint Bowyer, and Kyle Larson) have a shot to make it into the playoff field through points. The rest must work their way into Victory Lane, a longshot for anyone who’s spent the season well outside the top 15 in points. I figured I’d stop to take a ... Read More »

Did You Notice… An “Old School” Question, Rules Mistake And Earnhardt’s Effort

Did You Notice… An “Old School” Question, Rules Mistake And Earnhardt’s Effort

Did You Notice?… It’s now time for old school fans to step up? NASCAR’s 2015 schedule, as expected had few major changes aside from Darlington’s move to Labor Day Weekend. To accommodate, Atlanta jumps to the second race of the season while Bristol takes the Darlington date in mid-April. The new adjustments create a third off week, put on the weekend of August 30th (two races before the end of the regular season) put in place to increase the drama ... Read More »

Did You Notice? … Breaking Down Carl’s New Ride And… New Owners Wanted

Did You Notice? … Breaking Down Carl’s New Ride And… New Owners Wanted

Did You Notice? … The announcement of Carl Edwards to a fourth Joe Gibbs Racing team carried with it more news than expected? Yes, we’ve known the pairing for months, to the point Edwards emerged for Tuesday’s press conference, said, “Surprise!” and the assembled media chuckled with laughter. The “secret” would have been hard to keep, regardless of leaks; considering the limited number of seats available, among top-tier teams in free agency Edwards’ options could be counted on one hand ... Read More »

Did You Notice? … NASCAR Leadership Needed… It’s Only A Matter Of Time

Did You Notice? … NASCAR Leadership Needed… It’s Only A Matter Of Time

Did You Notice?… It’s now Wednesday morning, four-plus days after Saturday’s tragic incident at Canandaigua Motorsports Park that claimed the life of Kevin Ward, Jr. Racing controversy is still front and center, included inside the first few minutes of every newscast or SportsCenter update. Tony Stewart’s name has been mentioned more in the press than Barack Obama, his career hanging in the balance while a potential criminal investigation looms. One of the sport’s biggest stars is grieving, out of the ... Read More »