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NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Pocono

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Pocono

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. made another statement as to why he’s a top contender to win the 2014 Sprint Cup Championship Sunday, sweeping both races at Pocono and scoring his third win of the season. To put this year’s performance into perspective, Junior won only one race in the past five seasons. It was an up and down day for the top Power Ranking vote-getters after Indianapolis. Although six of the Power Rankings’ top 10 finished inside the top 10 Sunday ... Read More »

NASCAR Mailbox: Dale, Jr.’s Season Has Been Impressive, But We Still Know Nothing

NASCAR Mailbox: Dale, Jr.’s Season Has Been Impressive, But We Still Know Nothing

Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s win at Pocono Raceway was his third race win of 2014, which ties his win total over the past eight seasons combined. Earnhardt, who turns 40 this year, was long thought well past his prime, yet he’s currently enjoying his most successful season since 2004 where he won a total of six races. Though there is still so much racing left, there are already whisperings and discussions surrounding the potential for Earnhardt to win his first Sprint ... Read More »

Racing to the Point: The Never-Ending Road Course Chase Debate

Racing to the Point: The Never-Ending Road Course Chase Debate

Every time NASCAR shows up at a road course, the same question is asked. And no, it isn’t who is going to want to knock out Jacque Villeneuve afterward? Well, maybe there are two. The bigger question is should a road course race be included in the Chase for the Sprint Cup? The resounding answer is yes. Fans want to see it. Yet, we keep going in circles, both literally and figuratively. We ask a question about change, the majority vote ... Read More »

Five Points to Ponder: Martin’s Impact, The Glen, and Looking Ahead to ‘15

Five Points to Ponder: Martin’s Impact, The Glen, and Looking Ahead to ‘15

ONE: Will Dale Earnhardt, Jr. remain strong this season? Fresh off the No. 88 team’s sweep of Pocono, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and outgoing crew chief, Steve Letarte seem to be “firing on all eight cylinders” as Junior stated after their victory at the GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday. But the question remains, with five races to go until the chase, then the grueling ten-race finish of the new Sprint Cup Chase format, will Dale, Jr. be able to ... Read More »

Voices From the Cheap Seats: It’s All About You, Baby!

Voices From the Cheap Seats: It’s All About You, Baby!

As I scanned the off the beaten path news releases this week, you know, the ones that only grouchy curmudgeons like myself will take the time to read, I was struck by exciting news coming from three different tracks that is sure to make you, the average race fan, want to run right out and buy those tickets! The breaking news from possibly the greatest track of all time, Chicagoland Speedway, was of such magnitude that it, ironically, almost made ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: A New Man In NASCAR’s Play-by-Play Chair

Couch Potato Tuesday: A New Man In NASCAR’s Play-by-Play Chair

Last weekend, all three series were back in action, though they were split up between Pocono and Iowa. ESPN continues their “lame duck” season covering the Nationwide and Sprint Cup series, while FOX Sports 1 continued their longtime coverage of Camping World Trucks. U.S. Cellular 250 On Saturday night, the Nationwide Series was back in action at Iowa Speedway for 250 laps of competition. With the Sprint Cup Series in action at Pocono Raceway, it meant a second production crew ... Read More »

Championship Gimmicks: When Is it An Enhancement?

Championship Gimmicks: When Is it An Enhancement?

I’m not a big fan of gimmicks. Which is why, when the announcement came down from INDYCAR that the three Triple Crown races would be worth double points, I wasn’t particularly keen on the concept. It seemed manufactured, among other issues. “Adding more weight to the 500-mile events rewards teams and drivers that continually rise to the occasion at key times of the year,” said INDYCAR President of Competition and Operations Derrick Walker. “We looked at various ways to improve ... Read More »

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Pocono – Watkins Glen Edition

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Pocono – Watkins Glen Edition

The return to Pocono Raceway had it all: widespread pitting strategies, tire-care issues, a high-energy finish and even a Big One. It was the ideal ending to a two-week flat track endeavor. NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series now shifts focus to Watkins Glen International Raceway, where road course specialists will be looking to sneak into the playoff picture with only five races remaining before the cutoff. Is it too little, too late for these drivers, or could someone outside the current ... Read More »

Earnhardt Conquering Old Demons – And Closing the Deal

Earnhardt Conquering Old Demons – And Closing the Deal

Last year alone, during a winless campaign Dale Earnhardt, Jr. finished second five times. If Kevin Harvick is NASCAR’s “Closer,” then Earnhardt knew how to close the door in 2013 with a museum full of missed opportunities that lingered during his climb back to respectability at Hendrick Motorsports. A driver with a career spanning more than a decade, and aligning himself with the sport’s most successful team, had skipped class on racing’s most basic philosophy: How to Win. But in the ... Read More »

IndyCar Breakdown: Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio

IndyCar Breakdown: Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio

In a Nutshell: The race began with a bang as drivers eager for the green flag got a bit excited as they hit the gas.  The wreck brought about a rare caution for IndyCar at Mid-Ohio.  Scott Dixon cruised home for the win, his fifth at the track in the last eight races.  Polesitter Sebastien Bourdais earned second, followed by James Hinchcliffe, who got his best finish of the year.  Carlos Munoz took fourth, and Graham Rahal followed in fifth, ... Read More »