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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 »

Going By The Numbers: Five NASCAR Teams In Need Of A Texas Turnaround

Going By The Numbers: Five NASCAR Teams In Need Of A Texas Turnaround

Hey, did you hear? Just one win effectively grants you a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup in 2014! I think that scenario has been mentioned most — if not all — weeks this column has been afloat this season, not to mention in just about every other article that’s focusing on the Sprint Cup Series. That’s no fault of the writer; one would be remiss if the surefire way to lock up a spot in NASCAR’s post-season wasn’t ... Read More »

Going By The Numbers: Turning Back Time To Find The Truth About Parity

Going By The Numbers: Turning Back Time To Find The Truth About Parity

Hold up. Is Brian France’s master plan for The Chase actually working? Five races into the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, five different winners have tasted victory — filling out, most likely, five of the 16 allotted spaces in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. The motivation this year has been clear: win at least one of the first 26 races and, as long as you’re within the top 30 in points, you have a shot at the championship. The ... Read More »

Going By the Numbers: Will Consistency Still Matter In NASCAR?

Going By the Numbers: Will Consistency Still Matter In NASCAR?

The 2010s haven’t been a subject of derision for Jeff Gordon and his fans, but the decade hasn’t exactly been kind to the four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, either. Look: 17, 18, 18, 17. Those are the amounts of top-10 finishes Jeff Gordon has accrued each of the past four seasons. While respectable, those aren’t the numbers of yesteryear, when it was downright unsettling if he didn’t hit at least 20 top 10s — let alone his blistering late-‘90s career, when ... Read More »

Going By The Numbers: Will Daytona 500 Success Make Or Break A Season?

Going By The Numbers: Will Daytona 500 Success Make Or Break A Season?

This week, in Going By The Numbers we thought a special win deserved a special column. After his first victory in 55 races, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. finds himself virtually “locked in” to the Chase. But does a win in the sport’s biggest race, here in February ensure NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver will contend all the way through November? With a mixed bag for recent 500 winners, we went inside the numbers to argue both sides of how Earnhardt’s newly-minted 2014 ... Read More »

Going By the Numbers: Judging The 2014 Sprint Cup Rookie Class

Going By the Numbers: Judging The 2014 Sprint Cup Rookie Class

In 2006, eight different drivers declared for Rookie of the Year honors in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, providing the sport with an exceedingly deep field of new drivers that could conceivably create a sort-of new guard within the circuit — an “out with the old, in with the new” mentality. In the eight years since, the series has struggled to pump new blood into the sport, with the occasional rookie sticking around while many of his or her acquaintances ... Read More »

One Chance At Success At Cup’s Once-Visited Tracks

One Chance At Success At Cup’s Once-Visited Tracks

Darlington Raceway is known for many things. It's the supposed "Track Too Tough to Tame" and "The Lady in Black." Its egg-shaped configuration is unique among Sprint Cup Series circuits, creating a driving experience tough to master for even the most talented competitors. It's also one of 10 racetracks on the Sprint Cup circuit that are visited just once during the season. Read More »