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Four Burning Questions in Talladega: Under-Dogs and Racy Restrictor Plates

Four Burning Questions in Talladega: Under-Dogs and Racy Restrictor Plates

It’s big. It’s bad. It’s fast. It’s Talladega! This race needs little introduction. This one has been perhaps the most anticipated Talladega race in recent memory, and if practice and qualifying were any indication of what is to come today, then the hype will be justified. Plenty of stories are on the docket heading into today’s race, and there is much to cover, so let’s just dive right in, shall we? 1. Could Josh Wise and the Dogecoin car pull ... Read More »

Brendan Gaughan Driver Diary: Fast Cars, Routines, and Relaxation

Brendan Gaughan Driver Diary: Fast Cars, Routines, and Relaxation

Our most recent races were Fontana and Texas, neither of those finishes were near as good as our RCR Chevrolets were. We had a cool deal at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. That weekend we were sponsored by WIX Filters. We came up with the hash tag, #WIXtyTwo. I really think WIX Filters loved it and the fans got into it on Twitter. It was cool a cool deal —I’ve still been calling it the WIXty-Two this year because it just sounds cool. During the race we were ... Read More »

Nationwide Breakdown: A different Elliott rises to the top

Nationwide Breakdown: A different Elliott rises to the top

Elliott Sadler has many memories concerning the Talladega Superspeedway but before Saturday none of them were pleasant. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver has flipped numerous times at the facility and became a frequent topic of fans conversation the those experiences. Now, he’s ready for everyone to talk about his win. Sadler not only led the most laps in the Aaron’s 312 but finally led the most important one. A final restart with three laps to go saw Sadler and David Ragan leading the inside line ... Read More »

Racing to the Point: Ambrose, Mears Fight Decision Will Set Precedent

Racing to the Point: Ambrose, Mears Fight Decision Will Set Precedent

Generally, when fans think about NASCAR and fighting, they flash back to the Daytona brawl of 1979 — because nothing since has even come close to rivaling it. There are disagreements and shoves every time NASCAR visits a short track, but nothing all that memorable. Brad Keselowski was furious enough at Matt Kenseth on Saturday that he brake-jobbed Kenseth in front of the field after the checkered flag. Then he frantically climbed from his car on pit road and landed a punch to Kenseth’s ... Read More »

Voices from the Cheap Seats: Wussies And Suits Are Ruining NASCAR

Voices from the Cheap Seats: Wussies And Suits Are Ruining NASCAR

Last week, I wrote about stupidity in advertisement and how multitudes of commercials are, or at least should be, an insult to your intelligence. If you disagree, well, you should probably stop reading this column now because it’s definitely not going to be for you. Now, my editors will probably not let my original title stand and will probably replace the letter “P” with a “W” but when I started this writing gig, I was applauded for my edginess. Even though ... Read More »

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: Richmond – Talladega Edition

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: Richmond – Talladega Edition

The Sprint Cup Series lit up the night in Richmond Saturday (April 26). Four of NASCAR’s best drivers put on an unforgettable show over the final laps before the most unlikely of the bunch ran away with the win. No matter; they each continued to lay the foundations for potential playoff pushes. Fire was a major issue for many of those who struggled. Several cars were laid to waste after tire failures ignited their bodywork. Those drivers will hope that ... Read More »

Five Points to Ponder: Surprising Names Off To Solid NASCAR Starts

Five Points to Ponder: Surprising Names Off To Solid NASCAR Starts

ONE: What a Season So Far In the seven years I’ve been a weekly NASCAR columnist it is fair to say that there have been many more reasons to be critical than to be effusive. Sinking TV ratings, the car of sorrow, empty stands, mind-numbing races, Jimmie Johnson winning everything — you name it, and folks, to slightly paraphrase the industry parlance, have had at it. But this year feels altogether different. Perhaps it’s the changes in this year’s car, the tires ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Serves Up A Plothole

Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Serves Up A Plothole

Hello, race fans. Welcome back to Couch Potato Tuesday, where race telecast breakdowns are par for the course. This past weekend, the Sprint Cup and Nationwide series were back in action after a week off at Richmond International Raceway. In addition, the Verizon IndyCar Series had to deal with adverse weather in Alabama. We’ll get to those races in a bit. Last week, it was announced that a deal had been reached to televise this past Thursday night’s Denny Hamlin Short ... Read More »

IndyCar Breakdown: Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

IndyCar Breakdown: Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

In A Nutshell: A two-and-a-half-hour rain delay. A shortened timed race of one hour and 40 minutes. And a wet start. That’s the kind of day it was at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama. Perhaps not unexpected in such wet conditions, 5 cautions slowed the pace, including one for a hard crash by Mikhail Aleshin with just eight minutes left on the clock. The race ended under yellow, although it probably only served to make the margin of victory smaller as Ryan Hunter-Reay was happily driving away ... Read More »

The Big Six: Questions Answered After the Toyota Owners 400

Looking for the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How behind Saturday night’s race? Amy Henderson has you covered with 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? A year ago, Furniture Row Racing showed everyone what they were capable of in good equipment. This year, with similar RCR backing AJ Allmendinger is helping JTG-Daugherty Racing make a similar statement. Allmendinger ran a strong race on ... Read More »