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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 »

NASCAR’s Biggest Nightmare: Predictable

NASCAR’s Biggest Nightmare: Predictable

It was supposed to be a history-making moment. NASCAR’s first ever “Chase elimination” race, the lynchpin of its new format was supposed to make Dover a “Game 7” atmosphere, knocking potential title contenders out of the prizefight early. After Loudon, where top drivers got knocked around like pinballs, the bar was set for aggression, strategy, even panic as so many hovered around the “cutline,” whittling an expanded postseason field from 16 to a far more manageable 12. Dover’s Monster Mile, ... Read More »

Tracking the Trucks: Rhino Linings 350

Tracking the Trucks: Rhino Linings 350

In a Nutshell: Erik Jones took the checkered flag 1.329 seconds ahead of teammate Darrell Wallace, Jr. to win the Rhino Linings 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Saturday night. Jones took the lead for the final time on lap 133 of 146 and never looked back. Matt Crafton and Red Horse Racing teammates Timothy Peters and Brian Ickler rounded out the top 5. Who Should Have Won: After starting 13th, Erik Jones struggled for much of the early stages ... Read More »

Pace Laps: Dover Downer, Elliott’s Excellence, Crafton’s Consistency and More

Pace Laps: Dover Downer, Elliott’s Excellence, Crafton’s Consistency and More

Sprint Cup Series:  Dover Downer - After the excitement of the first two races of the reborn Chase, Dover produced a race that didn’t follow the script.  Rather than being a hard-charging affair, with the four drivers positioned to lose out racing like madmen, it seemed like everyone did his best to log laps, not make a mistake, and do what was needed to bring a car home in one piece. Perhaps Dover isn’t quite the track to make wild moves, ... Read More »

Four Burning Questions in Dover: Johnson’s House and Eliminations

Four Burning Questions in Dover: Johnson’s House and Eliminations

Well, well, well, what do you know? Two races in, and so far, the 2014 edition of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase for the Championship has been a success. Each race so far has been jam-packed with action, storylines, and drama, and with the first elimination of the Chase on tap for today’s round of the playoffs, that trend looks primed to continue. The Team Penske machines have demonstrated that they have the upper hand thus far as we reach ... Read More »

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Dover 200

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Dover 200

After Joey Logano dominated much of the first half of the Dover 200, Kyle Busch would assume control after a pit stop with around 100 laps to go and would never look back leading the final 101 circuits en route to his fifth Nationwide Series win of 2014 and the 68th of his career. Busch comfortably held off Logano by 2.546 seconds at the checkers. Nationwide Series points leader Chase Elliott finished third, Roush Fenway’s rising star Chris Buescher finished ... Read More »

Happiness Is… Kyle Busch, AJ Allmendinger, Jobs & Dover

Happiness Is… Kyle Busch, AJ Allmendinger, Jobs & Dover

Hip hip hooray, NASCAR announced its rules changes for the 2015 season.  Or something. The whole big hope is to mitigate the awful aero push that has transformed a number of tracks into circular parades.  The aerodynamic dependence of the cars, left unsettled by trailing in another’s wake, has become the bane of the circuit’s existence. Thus, by removing this aspect the cars should, in theory, be better able to pass. The shortened spoiler, created by taking two inches from ... Read More »

Nuts for Nationwide: Ben Rhodes Could Be Turner Scott’s Next Big Thing

Nuts for Nationwide: Ben Rhodes Could Be Turner Scott’s Next Big Thing

Ben Rhodes is getting ready to move up the ranks. The 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion is likely making the jump to a higher level soon – perhaps to the NASCAR XFINITY Series or the Camping World Truck Series. At 17, he won’t even be approved to race at Daytona in either division since he becomes an 18-year-old on the same day as the inaugural race of the XFINITY Series. So with results similar to 2013 K&N Pro Series ... Read More »

NASCAR Rule Changes Creating Some Fascinating Conundrums

NASCAR Rule Changes Creating Some Fascinating Conundrums

It was January of 1990, and one of what I’m sure were several children traveled with his family to an annual motorsports show in Valley Forge, Pa., to see high-profile drivers such as Dale Earnhardt, Richard Petty, Rusty Wallace, Terry Labonte, Harry Gant and Kyle Petty. In the weeks leading up and following, these drivers were fine-tuning their machines for the upcoming season at the shop and at Daytona International Speedway. Now the private test sessions have been scrapped, starting ... Read More »