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Voices from the Cheap Seats: How Can There NOT Be An Asterisk?

Voices from the Cheap Seats: How Can There NOT Be An Asterisk?

The more I soaked in the shower and thought about it – yes, I do some of my best thinking when I’m all wet – the more I became convinced that this new format virtually invalidates all the previous Chase championships before it. Notice I said, “Chase championships.” I’m not even going to go down the road of NASCAR’s playoff versus the classic points system. No, this new format is so screwed up it makes me yearn for the days ... Read More »

Five Points to Ponder: Honoring Both Texas Terry And Underdog Efforts

Five Points to Ponder: Honoring Both Texas Terry And Underdog Efforts

One: Bracket Busters Hands up for anyone who still has a completely accurate 2014 Chase bracket. Silence? Crickets? Tumbleweed? Yep, thought so. Don’t even vaguely try to convince me that you had a final eight that didn’t include six-time champion Jimmie Johnson or the sport’s most popular driver, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., not to mention either Kasey Kahne or Kyle Busch. Now, maybe there are one or two Hendrick Motorsports haters out there who had three of the four HMS drivers exiting ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Erases “Everyone” At ‘Dega For Chasers

Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Erases “Everyone” At ‘Dega For Chasers

Race weekends at Talladega Superspeedway make my stomach churn. I’m nervous the whole weekend, just hoping that nothing terrible happens. The sad truth is, terrible things have been happening at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega with an increasing frequency in recent years. It’s truly sad, and since almost all of the bad things happen in or around the very end of the races, there’s next to nothing that anyone can do about it. Thankfully, we didn’t have that last weekend. ... Read More »

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: Talladega – Martinsville Edition

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: Talladega – Martinsville Edition

Some of NASCAR’s best drivers from the regular season were left out of the Eliminator Round after falling flat at Talladega Superspeedway. Three former champions entered Talladega weekend on the outside of the bubble looking in, and one of them didn’t advance. Only three remain along with five drivers who have never lifted the Sprint Cup trophy. NASCAR’s most popular driver was also in need of a victory that didn’t materialize. Needless to say, this edition of Who’s Hot and ... Read More »

Thinkin’ Out Loud: GEICO 500 – Brad Keselowski Lives to Fight Another Day

Thinkin’ Out Loud: GEICO 500 – Brad Keselowski Lives to Fight Another Day

Key Moment – The caution flag flew with four laps to go for a piece of metal on the race track. The No. 22 of Joey Logano had it on his grill under caution and rubbed it off when the yellow flag was in the air. The end result was a green-white-checkered finish that brought on the dramatic moment of the race. In a Nutshell – Coming into Talladega, there was no consensus on how the race would unfold. For ... Read More »

Should’ve, Could’ve, Would’ve for Hendrick Motorsports

Should’ve, Could’ve, Would’ve for Hendrick Motorsports

Four cars. Each one of them being fully funded by multi-million dollar companies. But something went very wrong and it wasn’t the new playoff format. A nightmare is probably an understatement for what happened to Hendrick Motorsports during the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Three of their four drivers were eliminated from the Chase after having a realistic shot to have all four of them contend for the championship. Brad Keselowski walked off into the Talladega sunset after his victory, leaving ... Read More »

The Big Six: Questions Answered After the GEICO 500

The Big Six: Questions Answered After the GEICO 500

Looking for the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How behind Sunday’s race? Amy Henderson has you covered each week with the answers to six race day questions, covering all five W’s and even the H… the Big Six. Who… gets my shoutout of the race? His run wasn’t perfect, and an ill-timed move late may have ended Jimmie Johnson’s title bid once and for all. But forgive Landon Cassill if he’s not used to running in the midst of ... Read More »

Pace Laps: Chase Shakeups and Surviving Talladega

Pace Laps: Chase Shakeups and Surviving Talladega

Sprint Cup Series: Another Round of Chase Eliminations - As the checkered flag dropped over Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday afternoon, four more drivers were removed from the championship battle. Kasey Kahne, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson are now left to just fight for Victory Lane for the remainder of the season. With that said, things could still change the makeup of the eight-driver field that remains if you listen to some speculation from the Twittersphere. Ryan Newman’s No. ... Read More »

Tracking the Trucks: fred’s 250 powered by Coca-Cola

Tracking the Trucks: fred’s 250 powered by Coca-Cola

In a Nutshell: Timothy Peters took the checkered flag 0.143 seconds ahead of Tayler Malsam to win the fred’s 250 powered by Coca Cola at Talladega Superspeedway Saturday afternoon. Peters held the top spot and remained there through a green-white-checkered finish to make 2014 his sixth consecutive season with at least one win. Spencer Gallagher, Tyler Reddick and Ryan Blaney rounded out the top 5. Who Should Have Won: Throw everyone’s name in a hat and grab one. Seriously. Talladega ... Read More »

Four Burning Questions in Talladega: Starting Grid SNAFUs and Sordid Strategies

Four Burning Questions in Talladega: Starting Grid SNAFUs and Sordid Strategies

The race that everyone in the NASCAR world has had circled on their calendars since the Chase began has arrived. It’s big, it’s bad, it’s fast. It’s Talladega. After a race at Charlotte last week that saw fireworks erupt between Chasers Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, and Matt Kenseth in the garage area, NASCAR has been in the mainstream spotlight all week leading up until today. The tension of this new Chase format has boileth over, and with another elimination on ... Read More »