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Going By the Numbers: Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne Offer Opposite Sides of the Spectrum in June

Going By the Numbers: Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne Offer Opposite Sides of the Spectrum in June

With winners vaulting themselves into the Chase and the points system conducive to drivers falling into and out of favor within a handful of races, a few good — or bad — races can make all the difference in the Sprint Cup Series. Just tell that to Denny Hamlin and Kasey Kahne. Each are on opposite sides of the spectrum when it comes to the last few races. Departing Pocono, Kahne was down in the dumps, having finished 42nd and ... Read More »

Going By The Numbers: NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Disappearance On The Road

Going By The Numbers: NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Disappearance On The Road

When I first started watching NASCAR, the road course races were among the best of the year. Not only were the tracks — Sonoma and Watkins Glen — the only instances all year in the Sprint Cup Series where one could watch drivers actually take a right turn every lap. They were also chock full of interesting new talent, drivers who weren’t going to be found anywhere else on the schedule. Whether they were sports car racers, aces known for ... Read More »

Going By the Numbers: A Rookie’s Way To Stay Relevant… Laps Completed?

Going By the Numbers: A Rookie’s Way To Stay Relevant… Laps Completed?

Consistency can be a cruel mistress. On the one hand, you have Mark Martin, nicknamed Mr. Consistency for his steady performance over a healthy 25+-year career. Martin wasn’t always the winner, but he was near the top constantly, gaining the respect of fans, drivers and owners for simply being there at the finish almost all the time and at a better clip than the competition. The flip side is a bit drastic but not uncommon. Sure, maybe a racer gets ... Read More »

Going By the Numbers: Calculating NASCAR’s “Biggest Loser”

Going By the Numbers: Calculating NASCAR’s “Biggest Loser”

Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano and Kurt Busch are all having solid years as a whole. Each driver has won at least one race — two for Harvick and Logano — meaning Chase berths are upon them as long as something doesn’t go royally screwy and knock them out of the top 30 in driver points. But sometimes, you think about what could be or have been. All four drivers share a common plight, one that’s not exactly rare ... Read More »

Going By the Numbers: Who’s the Worst of the Best at the All-Star Race?

Going By the Numbers: Who’s the Worst of the Best at the All-Star Race?

This weekend marks the much-hallowed tradition in sports wherein leagues celebrate their so-called best of the best by letting them play in an exhibition event, the spoils of which are anywhere from home-field advantage to a nice wad of cash. So to honor the running of the Sprint All-Star Race, let’s talk about the worst of the best. If one makes it into the Sprint All-Star Race, chances are they’re deemed one of theNASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ top drivers. That’s a ... Read More »

Going By the Numbers: Biffle Leads Train of Drivers Creeping Up Standings

Going By the Numbers: Biffle Leads Train of Drivers Creeping Up Standings

These days, it’s incredibly easy to find out who’s among the hottest of the hot inNASCAR — and that’s not just because of our lovely Who’s Hot and Who’s Not feature every Tuesday. With the Internet (and its “Google machine“… thanks, Darrell Waltrip) at their fingertips, fans can log into various websites that’ll throw out stats for the taking, particularly for parameters such as top average finish over the last five races, or something to that effect. However, it’s not as easy — ... Read More »

Going By the Numbers: Biffle Leads Train of Drivers Creeping Up Standings

Going By the Numbers: Biffle Leads Train of Drivers Creeping Up Standings

These days, it’s incredibly easy to find out who’s among the hottest of the hot inNASCAR — and that’s not just because of our lovely Who’s Hot and Who’s Not feature every Tuesday. With the Internet (and its “Google machine“… thanks, Darrell Waltrip) at their fingertips, fans can log into various websites that’ll throw out stats for the taking, particularly for parameters such as top average finish over the last five races, or something to that effect. However, it’s not as easy — ... Read More »

Going By the Numbers: Top-10 NASCAR Variety Hard To Come By In…

Going By the Numbers: Top-10 NASCAR Variety Hard To Come By In…

A cursory glance at the current point standings in the NASCAR Nationwide Series entering the season’s eighth race reveals one thing: there’s not a whole lot of diversity at the front of the field when it comes to series regulars. Ever since NASCAR mandated that drivers could only declare for points in one of the three national series, the top of the standings has presented a clearer picture of who’s the best of those actually completely devoted to each one, rather than racers who ... Read More »

Going By the Numbers: A Week Without Racing Can Bring Relief But Kill Momentum

Going By the Numbers: A Week Without Racing Can Bring Relief But Kill Momentum

Some say momentum doesn’t exist in sports. They’ll say it’s nothing more than a feeling, a faux sense of confidence that doesn’t actually propel a player — or in this case, a driver — to anything more than what they would have achieved on skill, luck or other circumstance alone. Whatever happens was going to happen anyway, whether the player had a strong lead-in or not. I’m a little more in favor of momentum. Doesn’t a heightened sense of confidence ... Read More »

Going By the Numbers: A Rookie Winning at Darlington? You’re Funny

Going By the Numbers: A Rookie Winning at Darlington? You’re Funny

You’ve already heard plenty of people run down the extensive list of nicknames Darlington Raceway has made for itself over the years, so I’ll spare you. I will not, however, hold off on talking about how goddamn tough of a track this place can be. When one points at the hardest speedways to traverse in NASCAR, Darlington’s always near the top — if not running point. Its layout is strange. Its racing grooves are few. By the end of the day, ... Read More »