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Going By the Numbers: Keselowski, Logano May Not Be Peaking at Right Time

Going By the Numbers: Keselowski, Logano May Not Be Peaking at Right Time

All hail Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano, right? That’s how it’s seemed over the past few weeks – and perhaps rightfully so. Team Penske has been on a tear this season, the former champion Keselowski driving into Victory Lane more than any other driver in the series – including a win in the final race before the Chase, providing an exclamation point on the organization’s regular season. Then came the first two races of the 2014 Chase, which Penske teams ... Read More »

Going By the Numbers: Should NASCAR Debuts Leave Fans Dazzled… Or Disinterested?

Going By the Numbers: Should NASCAR Debuts Leave Fans Dazzled… Or Disinterested?

For the fourth week in a row, there’s a new face on the entry list in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. First there was Ty Dillon, younger brother of Austin, grandson of Richard Childress and competitor in the Nationwide Series, whose debut had been anticipated for months – if not years – at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Then there was Clay Rogers, a veteran of the country’s short tracks who attempted his debut with Beard Racing, a startup in the series ... Read More »

Going By the Numbers: No Dancing Around Issue of Michael Waltrip Racing’s Sudden Decline

Going By the Numbers: No Dancing Around Issue of Michael Waltrip Racing’s Sudden Decline

When millions of people turn on Dancing with the Stars this fall, many will be introduced to Michael Waltrip. Those unfamiliar with him – non-NASCAR fans, mostly – will become acquainted with the part-time driver and full-time owner, some taking a liking to him due to his ebullient, lively nature. Waltrip’s personality should translate well, especially among the show’s older viewing demographic (come on, you know your non-NASCAR-savvy mom or grandmother will call you all the time to tell you ... Read More »

Going By the Numbers: Why Stewart Still Sits In Perfect Chase Position

Going By the Numbers: Why Stewart Still Sits In Perfect Chase Position

When it’s all said and done, Ryan Newman will be part of the 2014 Chase for the Sprint Cup. But you already figured – perhaps knew – that, didn’t you? After all, all Newman has a 19-point lead on Greg Biffle entering Richmond, the final race before the Chase begins. Even if, Biffle made up those points, the Richard Childress Racing driver would still have a cushion on Clint Bowyer, who is currently 42 points behind. His only troubling scenario is if ... Read More »

Going By the Numbers: NASCAR Bubble Drivers “Chasing”… What, Exactly?

Going By the Numbers: NASCAR Bubble Drivers “Chasing”… What, Exactly?

You’re well aware by now of the talk surrounding the Chase for the Sprint Cup – and, most particularly, the drivers who will make it into NASCAR’s version of a playoff system. Who’s in? Who’s out? Who’s out but could make their way in? Hold on. Is there really any reason to ask that last question? The lead-up to the Chase provides fans of “bubble” drivers with a will-they, won’t-they sense of urgency, huddling at their TV sets and behind ... Read More »

Going By the Numbers: Jeff Gordon’s 2014 Emulating His Most Prosperous

Going By the Numbers: Jeff Gordon’s 2014 Emulating His Most Prosperous

Two wins in the last four races should more than do the talking for him. But here’s why you should be scared of Jeff Gordon if you’re not, well, Jeff Gordon. He hasn’t been this good in years. Not, in fact, since his runner-up points finish in 2007 and, before that, his absolute dominance in the late 1990s. The Hendrick Motorsports veteran has been lights out in the months of July and August for the most part, save for two ... Read More »

Going By the Numbers: Don’t Count Out Marcos Ambrose Just Yet

Going By the Numbers: Don’t Count Out Marcos Ambrose Just Yet

So, here’s something I can’t quite figure out exiting Watkins Glen. Why does Marcos Ambrose suddenly have zero chance to make the Chase? Look, I get it. Ambrose is a road course specialist, one who’ll be making the rounds at NASCAR’s road courses even after he leaves the Sprint Cup Series on a full-time basis. He’s scored both of his career Sprint Cup wins on tracks where one turns right, with even more added in the Nationwide Series. The dude ... Read More »

Going By the Numbers: Five Prospects Who Should Get Major NASCAR Looks

Going By the Numbers: Five Prospects Who Should Get Major NASCAR Looks

Though it’s been by no means a full news week, one bit that may have fallen between the cracks for many NASCAR viewers pertained to a lesser-known driver making his NASCAR debut later this month. Justin Boston, a full-time competitor in ARCA over the last two years for Venturini Motorsports, will make the leap to the Camping World Truck Series come Bristol. He’ll add three additional races before 2014 is over, with spots on the entry lists at Texas, Phoenix ... Read More »

Going By the Numbers: Toyota’s NASCAR Streak Of Epic Proportions

Going By the Numbers: Toyota’s NASCAR Streak Of Epic Proportions

By now you’ve heard the story, even if you don’t follow the series on a scrutinizing level: Toyota’s Tundras are unbeatable in the Camping World Truck Series. The manufacturer has been on point in 2014 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, setting a blazing pace in the season’s first 10 races. So far, Toyota is 10 for 10 in race wins, losing only if you somehow count poles or heat races at Eldora — which, why would you? It’s ... Read More »

Going By the Numbers: Final 7 Races Offer Dividends for Kahne, Kenseth Among Others

Going By the Numbers: Final 7 Races Offer Dividends for Kahne, Kenseth Among Others

Say what you will about the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule — no, really; there’s a lot to say — but one thing it’s been as of late is consistent. As the series comes off its final off-weekend of the 2014 season, there are but 17 races left in the season. A quick glance at the final rundown notes that it’s quite comparable to 2013′s final 17 races. In fact, in terms of order, it’s exactly the same. Particularly, the ... Read More »