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NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Charlotte

NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Charlotte

Kevin Harvick exorcised his demons Saturday night, winning his third race of the season, but more importantly locking himself into the eight-driver Eliminator Round. Harvick won the pole and led the most laps, as usual.  This time, however, he was able to survive a late-race caution which set up a two-lap shootout to win the race. It was a very important race for a number of Chase drivers as poor finishes at Kansas set up a “do or die” scenario ... Read More »

Temper, Temper

Temper, Temper

Talladega, five days from now was supposed to be the Chase’s wildest race, where panic over advancing in the playoffs combined with the chaos of plate racing produced either a 43-driver Demolition Derby or an eight-wide finish at the line. But as the week in NASCAR continues, it’s clear the panic that happened at Charlotte, both in the moments before and after the checkered flag, will likely become the defining moment of this year’s Chase. Brad Keselowski, in the aftermath ... Read More »

NASCAR Mailbox: Chase or No Chase, Using Car as a Weapon is Still Wrong

NASCAR Mailbox: Chase or No Chase, Using Car as a Weapon is Still Wrong

Drama. Brad Keselowski. Those two seem to go hand-in-hand, don’t they? In fact, the two were a perfect match last Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway, as Keselowski managed to tick off no less than three drivers by the end of the night. He even lit the fuse of the generally mild-mannered Matt Kenseth, with a rare physical altercation taking place in the garage between the two. I never have been a fan of drivers using their cars as weapons, so ... Read More »

Five Points to Ponder: The Big One, Clinch Scenarios & Steve Byrnes

Five Points to Ponder: The Big One, Clinch Scenarios & Steve Byrnes

ONE: THE BIG ONE As you might have heard, there’s a rather significant race next up this Sunday afternoon at big bad Talladega Superspeedway. Following the shenanigans at Charlotte Motor Speedway last Saturday evening and the threat of the second phase of Chase elimination, I would expect this race to be even madder than the usual restrictor plate race craziness. Whether or not we see any retaliation remains to be seen but given the inherent dangers of this form of ... Read More »

Voices from the Cheap Seats: NASCAR Still Years Behind the NFL

Voices from the Cheap Seats: NASCAR Still Years Behind the NFL

While Brian France has made great strides to make auto racing akin to stick-and-ball sports, he still has a long way to go. Brad Keselowski, however, helped narrow that gap by quite a margin with his post race meltdown last Saturday night. As has been evidenced by the sports news, especially this past year, we all know the NFL is full of wife/girlfriend beaters, child abusers, murderers and dog fighters. What does NASCAR have? The odd druggie now and then, ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: How ESPN Can Be a Victim of… Itself?

Couch Potato Tuesday: How ESPN Can Be a Victim of… Itself?

The fall race week at Charlotte Motor Speedway is the NASCAR equivalent of homecoming week. Heck, we even had a Powder Puff event (the Better Half Dash) on Thursday night. With that in mind, putting on a good show at home is crucial for NASCAR. By extension, it’s important for NASCAR’s TV partners to be on task as well. Unfortunately, ESPN effectively screwed itself over by trying to be too many things at once. With everything that happened Saturday night, ... Read More »

NHRA for Everyone: Diversity Done Right

NHRA for Everyone: Diversity Done Right

Race cars don’t know what color or sex their drivers are. But the fans in the stands do and the realization over the years across the board has pretty much been this: get a diverse range of drivers on the track, draw a diverse, and larger, base of fans who are interested in seeing those drivers. Getting that variety of drivers on the track, and crew members in the pits for that matter, has been a high priority, not just ... Read More »

Beyond the Cockpit with Erica Enders-Stevens: Momentum, Movies and Who’s In the Other Lane?

Beyond the Cockpit with Erica Enders-Stevens: Momentum, Movies and Who’s In the Other Lane?

The competitiveness of female drivers across all the classes of the NHRA’s Mello Yello series this season has been a huge story. Women have been competing in the NHRA since Shirley Muldowney broke through the gender barrier over 40 years ago, and starting with Muldowney, they have enjoyed success, winning races, and, in the cases of Muldowney and Angelle Sampey-Drago, championships. This season, five women in four classes made it into the championship Countdown and four of those women, Alexis ... Read More »

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Charlotte – Talladega Edition

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Charlotte – Talladega Edition

With one race remaining in the Contender Round, some of 2014′s biggest names still aren’t contending. Two former champions left Charlotte Motor Speedway unfulfilled and another rides the wrong side of the bubble. Next, a return trip to Talladega Superspeedway does nothing to clear up a complicated Chase picture. The six drivers inside the cutoff without a second round win are within 26 points of not moving onward. This edition of Who’s Hot and Who’s Not sets up what’s forecast ... Read More »

Beyond the Cockpit with the Arana Family: Life on Two Wheels

Beyond the Cockpit with the Arana Family: Life on Two Wheels

The NHRA is a different kind of motorsport in many ways, not least of all in the fact that not all of their competitors run on four wheels. Pro Stock Motorcycle is one of the four classes in the top tier Mello Yello Series. The class does not run at every event as Top Fuel, Funny Car, and Pro Stock do, but they make an appearance at 16 of the 24 events. Veteran rider Hector Arana, Sr., and his two ... Read More »