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Open Wheel Wednesday: WTH Was That

Open Wheel Wednesday: WTH Was That

The IndyCar Series has been somewhat lucky so far this year.  Unlike the monster that is motorsports in the U.S., NASCAR, the open wheel series had managed to avoid one of those things that aggravates holding competition: rain. For a racing series that needs all the positives it can get, being able to run the races when scheduled just seems like an easy aspect.  But nothing is easy anymore.  The first of two races in Houston gave just that sort ... Read More »

Top 15 Up-And-Coming Drivers From The Nationwide and Truck Series

Top 15 Up-And-Coming Drivers From The Nationwide and Truck Series

The Sprint Cup Series might have been off this past weekend, but Power Rankings still runs strong. A lot has been said about drivers making their marks in the Nationwide and Truck Series this season so far, and there is an interesting mix of backgrounds. Some carry the names of their successful parents, some are looking to find their way back to the Sprint Cup Series from which they came and others are just looking to make a name for ... Read More »

Did You Notice? … The Race To NASCAR’s Bubble Begins

Did You Notice? … The Race To NASCAR’s Bubble Begins

Did You Notice? … A recent business report indicating for four-car Stewart-Haas Racing, their cost to compete is reaching $1.5 million per race weekend? Clearly, expenses are arching sky high. Making the Chase, whether fans like it or not, is critically important to a team’s financial bottom line. If you miss it, rumors have existed for a long time that sponsors either withhold bonuses, cut funding for the final ten races or, in rare cases, have even reconsidered future involvement over ... Read More »

The Frontstretch Five: Defining Moments

The Frontstretch Five: Defining Moments

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 has five NASCAR moments that stand out…and a challenge for all of you. If anyone likes to peruse YouTube, you know that there is some fantastic (and  interesting) NASCAR content ... Read More »

NASCAR Mailbox: France Doesn’t Like The RTA? Say It Ain’t So!

NASCAR Mailbox: France Doesn’t Like The RTA? Say It Ain’t So!

So, NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France doesn’t like the Race Team Alliance, the new partnership between nine of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ biggest teams. Is anyone surprised? Shocked? How about stunned? No? None of the above? The fact is that an “alliance” of any sort between the teams would not be a good thing for NASCAR because it means the people who have been under the sport’s thumb all this time are attempting to gain some sort of ... 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 »

Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Gives Nationwide Regulars Rare Respect

Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Gives Nationwide Regulars Rare Respect

Last weekend, the Sprint Cup Series had their final off-weekend of the season. While some drivers took the week off and went off on vacation, others were still on the track. And some writers, like myself, were even busier than on a normal weekend with a Cup race. That’s because Chicagoland Speedway hosted a doubleheader on Saturday, with the ARCA Racing Series serving as support to a 300-mile Nationwide Series race. FOX Sports 2 and ESPN were the sites of ... Read More »

Voices from the Cheap Seats: After Giving It Some Thought…

Voices from the Cheap Seats: After Giving It Some Thought…

There have been a few issues arising recently in the world of NASCAR about which I have been loquaciously silent. Loquacious is sort of like deafening silence, for those of you still wondering what it means (or maybe the opposite… look it up!). However, as anyone who knows me personally will tell you, I don’t usually practice the “silent” part for too long and get right on to the loquacious side of things. So with the Sprint Cup Series silent ... Read More »

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not In NASCAR: Off-Week–Indianapolis Edition

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not In NASCAR: Off-Week–Indianapolis Edition

Summer might be in full swing, but with seven races remaining before the Chase cutoff, things are only starting to heat up in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Drivers and teams received a bit of rest and relaxation over the season’s final off week but now, it’s back to business as stock car racing’s best prepare for Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the site of round 20. This edition of Who’s Hot and Who’s Not delves deep, in search of the stars ... Read More »

Five Points To Ponder: 17 Weeks And NASCAR’s Eldora “Take II”

Five Points To Ponder: 17 Weeks And NASCAR’s Eldora “Take II”

ONE: 17 WEEKS IN A ROW After a weekend to rest up and recuperate for the Sprint Cup circus, it’s time for 17 consecutive weeks of top echelon racing until we crown the 2014 champion at Homestead-Miami Raceway on Nov. 16. With the race to the Chase over the next seven weeks – paired with all the drama, entertainment and pressure that will inevitably bring – then the new playoff format, we have plenty to look forward to after a ... Read More »