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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Chicago – New Hampshire Edition

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Chicago – New Hampshire Edition

The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup is a chance for 16 of the best drivers to start anew, but with only 10 races, divided into four segments, those drivers have very little time to make an impression and even less room for error before eliminations are made. It’s a fragile state that promises to keep the outlook of Who’s Hot and Who’s Not constantly changing for weeks to come. For now, there remain similarities in this Hot or Not ... Read More »

Petty’s Rough Ride

Petty’s Rough Ride

Aric Almirola is driving like a man with nothing to lose. King Richard Petty, in a year filled with sadness sees light at the end of the tunnel, in the best position to win with his cars since handing the keys to investors several years back. Crew chief Trent Owens, in his first year on the Sprint Cup level, is quietly becoming a mechanical mastermind. The pieces, if put together right were there for David to rise up and challenge ... Read More »

Thinkin’ Out Loud: Chicagoland – Brad Keselowski Threads the Needle to the Second Round of the Chase

Thinkin’ Out Loud: Chicagoland – Brad Keselowski Threads the Needle to the Second Round of the Chase

Key Moment – Brad Keselowski was running in second when he made a yellow flag pit stop on lap 183. His team felt they did not properly secure the right rear tire to the car on the stop so they returned to pit lane and changed the tires again. As a result, Keselowski restarted behind all of the other lead lap cars and had to race his way back to the point. In a Nutshell – The harsh winters of ... Read More »

Tracking the Trucks: Lucas Oil 225

Tracking the Trucks: Lucas Oil 225

In a Nutshell: Kyle Busch took the checkered flag 1.129 seconds ahead of Matt Crafton to grab his fifth victory this season in the rain delayed Lucas Oil 225 at Chicagoland Speedway Saturday evening. Busch used a lapped truck to assist in his pass of Austin Dillon to take the lead for the final time on lap 134. Dillon, Tyler Reddick and Jeb Burton rounded out the top 5. Who Should Have Won: Kyle Busch. Erik Jones practiced the No. 51 Toyota ... Read More »

The Big Six: Questions Answered After the MyAFibStory.com 400

The Big Six: Questions Answered After the MyAFibStory.com 400

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? The talk on Sunday was mostly about the Chase competitors, but Chip Ganassi Racing drivers Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurray, both of whom failed to make the cut this year, made it about them as ... Read More »

Larson Shows That “Challenger Round” is Not Only for Chase Challengers on Race Day

Larson Shows That “Challenger Round” is Not Only for Chase Challengers on Race Day

  Kyle Larson turned up the aggression and performed remarkably in the closing stages and during much of the MyAFibStory.com 400. In his first Sprint Cup Series start at Chicagoland Speedway, the rookie who just missed out on a spot in the new ten-race Chase format showed no weakness as he fought season-long championship contenders Brad Keselowski and Jeff Gordon for the win down the stretch. While he lost out on the battle in the end, it could have very ... Read More »

Pace Laps: Roush Fenway’s Struggles, Truck Championship Contenders and Racing vs. Rain

Pace Laps: Roush Fenway’s Struggles, Truck Championship Contenders and Racing vs. Rain

Sprint Cup Series: Slow Start for Roush Fenway Racing - There has been a gap between Penske Racing and Roush Fenway Racing all season.  Though both teams use Ford engines, Penske has been gapping their counterpart, and never was it more evident than at Chicagoland on Sunday. While Brad Keselowski earned the win and Joey Logano fought to a fourth-place finish, the RFR drivers languished on the track, never coming close to contention, and really, not ever being much of a ... Read More »

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Jimmy John’s Freaky Fast 300

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Jimmy John’s Freaky Fast 300

Kevin Harvick took advantage of a gutsy two-tire call by his crew chief Ernie Cope and Kyle Busch‘s poor track position with 39 laps to go to win the Jimmy John’s Freaky Fast 300 at Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday afternoon. The victory marked the fourth win of the season for Harvick and the 44th Nationwide win of his career. For JR Motorsports it was their ninth win of the season. Harvick led 43 laps on the afternoon and held off ... Read More »

Four Burning Questions in Chicagoland: Sleeping Giants and Kicking the Chase off in Style

Four Burning Questions in Chicagoland: Sleeping Giants and Kicking the Chase off in Style

Well, it’s finally here. NASCAR’s new look version of the Chase is kicking off today with levels of pomp and circumstance that could rival even the best of a P.T. Barnum-run circus. All week long, the 16 Chasers traveled across North America as part of NASCAR’s tireless promotion of the new format. Today, we’ll get a glimpse of whether or not all of that hype was well-founded. As for the race itself, no one quite knows what to expect. With ... Read More »

NHRA Carolina Nationals Day Two Report

NHRA Carolina Nationals Day Two Report

Qualifying for the Pep Boys Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway is in the books and four drivers have the edge on the field heading into the first round of the six race NHRA championship Countdown. Eddie Krawiec topped the field in Pro Stock Motorcycle with a 6.849 second pass at 194.30 mph, and added some extra points to his total for his fast runs, points he said could be crucial to his championship chances in the Countdown. “It’s nice to ... Read More »