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NASCAR Mailbox: Four Drivers Are Out, But Does It Matter?

NASCAR Mailbox: Four Drivers Are Out, But Does It Matter?

AJ Allmendinger, Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle, and Aric Almirola … we hardly knew ya. Not that seeing these four drop from Chase contention after the first round was any surprise, of course. In fact, for those of us who filled out our Chase Grid, this round was probably the easiest selection (though I’ll admit I had Busch going on to the next round). I really do like the new Chase format, but the fact that there are no shockers, surprises, ... Read More »

The Frontstretch Five: Most Likely Chase Spoilers

The Frontstretch Five: Most Likely Chase Spoilers

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 some drivers who could steal a little thunder from the Chasers down the homestretch. 1. Kyle Larson It’s really just a matter of time until Kyle Larson finds Victory ... Read More »

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Dover

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Dover

The revised Chase format brought exactly what was expected to the first round of eliminations at Dover. Jeff Gordon earned his fourth win of the season, becoming the first non-Team Penske driver to win a Chase race. Meanwhile, Kevin Harvick dominated the day yet again, leading a race-high 223 laps before left front suspension issues relegated him to a 13th-place finish. The highlight of the day was the battle for the final transfer position between Kurt Busch, Kasey Kahne and ... Read More »

Five Points To Ponder: 18.6, Second Chances And Five Alive

Five Points To Ponder: 18.6, Second Chances And Five Alive

ONE: SECOND CHANCES Prior to Sunday’s 400-mile race at the Monster Mile there was a fair bit of talk about what a dramatic race the first elimination contest was going to be. As it turned out, the race was extremely light on drama with our very own race recapper Mike Neff rating it (on his one to six scale) as follows: The result is a single, solitary, rancid can of Falls City that was pulled out of Miles the Monster’s ... Read More »

Racing to the Point: Ward Family Still Searching for Answers

Racing to the Point: Ward Family Still Searching for Answers

While just about everybody else was throwing in their two cents about the Kevin Ward, Jr. tragedy and the ensuing grand jury case against Tony Stewart, I chose to hold back, sensing that adding my opinion to the fray wasn’t helping the Wards any in their healing process. Ward’s aunt Wendi Ward’s open letter in USA Today on Sunday changed my perspective. As frustrated as I had been about how the case had been handled, the letter gave me some insight ... Read More »

Voices From The Cheap Seats: Talk Of A Stewart/Ward Settlement Is Ludicrous!

Voices From The Cheap Seats: Talk Of A Stewart/Ward Settlement Is Ludicrous!

I know this is a controversial subject, but after reading some press releases by some so-called prominent lawyers, I refuse to remain silent. “I think he will end up settling,” said Greg Bloom, an attorney at the Miami firm Chase Lawyers, which represents athletes and entertainers, said of Tony Stewart and the potential outcome of the civil case following Kevin Ward, Jr.’s death in Canandaigua, N.Y., reports Beyond the Flag. “If I was to advise him, I would advise the ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: How An Elimination Race Turned Irritating

Couch Potato Tuesday: How An Elimination Race Turned Irritating

Eliminations are a big part – perhaps, save for the actual title itself, the biggest – of the Chase for the Sprint Cup from 2014 to whenever NASCAR decides to change the format again. That much is certain; watch a NASCAR commercial these days and you know full well. But as has been outlined here in the past and pointed out by commenters on NASCAR articles, social media and the like, a race in the Chase can be an irritating ... Read More »

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not In NASCAR: Dover – Kansas Edition

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not In NASCAR: Dover – Kansas Edition

Dover International Speedway did its job: separate the contenders from the pretenders. After 400 circuits at the Monster Mile, only 12 drivers remain in contention for the ultimate prize, the NASCAR Sprint Cup trophy. Which drivers have what it takes to survive the Contender Round and which are lucky to have made it this far? That’s what Who’s Hot and Who’s Not is for. The next spot on the Cup calender, Kansas Speedway, will be a good indicator, and this ... Read More »

Thinkin’ Out Loud – Dover – Chase Race No. 3 – The field is trimmed to 12

Thinkin’ Out Loud – Dover – Chase Race No. 3 – The field is trimmed to 12

Key Moment – The pass for the lead by Jeff Gordon over Brad Keselowski with 95 laps to go was the difference in the race. Keselowski was in the top 3 all day long and looked to be the driver to beat once Kevin Harvick’s car had issues with an inner liner going flat. Gordon ran down Keselowski and passed him on lap 305 and never looked back. In a Nutshell - The drama of the first ‘Richmond moment’ of the ... Read More »

The Big Six: Questions Answered After the AAA 400

The Big Six: Questions Answered After the AAA 400

Looking for the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How behind Sunday’s race? Beth Lunkenheimer has you covered with the answers to six race day questions, covering all five W’s and even the H… the Big Six. Who… gets my shout-out of the race? To say the 2014 season has been a struggle for Martin Truex, Jr. is an understatement at best. Having gotten the raw end of team orders last season, Truex lost both his sponsor and his ride ... Read More »