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Thinkin’ Out Loud – Atlanta Oral-B 500: Stewart Makes His Return

Thinkin’ Out Loud – Atlanta Oral-B 500: Stewart Makes His Return

Key Moment – Kyle Busch and Martin Truex, Jr. had a dispute in Turn 1 with two laps to go. Busch hit Truex in the back bumper and put him into the wall. The resulting contact brought out the caution flag, which prompted a Green-White-Checkered finish. Kasey Kahne, who was headed to a potential victory and a berth in the Chase, came out of the pits fifth and looked to have lost his shot at the win. Fortunately for him, ... Read More »

Thinkin’ Out Loud: Irwin Tools Night Race

Thinkin’ Out Loud: Irwin Tools Night Race

Key Moment - With 67 laps to go the caution flag flew for what ended up being the final time on Saturday night. Matt Kenseth stayed on the track with four other cars while Joey Logano headed to pit lane and bolted on four fresh bolognas. When the race restarted, Logano took the green in sixth position and quickly sliced through the cars in front of him. He worked his way past Kenseth on lap 456 and never lost the lead again. In a Nutshell ... Read More »

Thinkin’ Out Loud: Pure Michigan 400

Thinkin’ Out Loud: Pure Michigan 400

Key Moment - On the penultimate restart of the day, Kurt Busch was alongside Joey Logano when the green flag flew. Busch laid it all on the line trying to get past the car of his former employer but broke loose and bounced his car off of the wall. His rear tire ultimately failed, bringing out the final caution of the race. That restart led to the dramatic moment of the race. In a Nutshell - The majority of the race ... Read More »

Thinkin’ Out Loud: Watkins Glen A Mix Of Tony’s Tragedy, AJ’s Triumph

Thinkin’ Out Loud: Watkins Glen A Mix Of Tony’s Tragedy, AJ’s Triumph

Key Moment – On lap 78, Josh Wise stopped in the grass on the inside of the exit of the Bus Stop. Rather than throw a local caution to give Wise an opportunity to refire the car and continue on, NASCAR threw a full-course caution. As a result, AJ Allmendinger and Marcos Ambrose drew immensely closer to being able to stretch their fuel to the finish. The resulting chaos on the restart brought another caution flag and the two leaders were assured ... Read More »

Thinkin’ Out Loud: GoBowling.com 400

Thinkin’ Out Loud: GoBowling.com 400

Key Moment – Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Clint Bowyer pitted when the pits opened after the Big One with 39 laps to go. That decision by Steve Letarte put Earnhardt in position to take a splash of gas to make it to the finish of the race. Earnhardt made that final stop to top off with fuel on lap 132 and that move put him out in front of all of the teams who waited to pit after that caution. ... Read More »

Thinkin’ Out Loud – Brickyard 400

Thinkin’ Out Loud – Brickyard 400

Key Moment – The Brickyard 400 saw multiple fuel strategies jumble the field early in the race. A long green flag run from lap 25 through lap 69 had some teams pit and return to the track, while others were not quite in the window they were hoping for. When the yellow flag flew for Danica Patrick’s car stopping in turn one after having a failure in the rear of the car leaving her pit stall, the caution period caught ... Read More »

Thinkin’ Out Loud: Off Week – RTA, The Chase and Tires Among First Half Topics

Thinkin’ Out Loud: Off Week – RTA, The Chase and Tires Among First Half Topics

Key Moment – The dramatic changes to the Chase format announced in Charlotte during the 2014 Media Tour continue to be the key moment of the season. The “win and you’re in” philosophy is permeating the garage, and there have been obvious strategic decisions, during the season, altered by the fact that a team already has a win and is virtually locked into the Chase. Outside of the frenetic racing on restarts, it doesn’t seem to have greatly changed the ... Read More »

Thinkin’ Out Loud – New Hampshire – Keselowski Turns the Competition Redd

Thinkin’ Out Loud – New Hampshire – Keselowski Turns the Competition Redd

Key Moment - The Penske cars were both strong at New Hampshire, with Brad Keselowski being the strongest. Joey Logano was looking better as the race progressed and seemed to be poised to make Keselowski earn his win when the the two teammates caught Morgan Shepherd to put him yet another lap down. Shepherd slid up in the corner as Logano went past and wrecked the second place runner out of the event. From then on it was a foregone ... Read More »

Thinkin’ Out Loud – Coke Zero 400

Thinkin’ Out Loud – Coke Zero 400

Key Moment - The only set of green flag pit stops occurred from lap 83 through 87 Sunday. Aric Almirola was running near the end of the top 10 when he peeled off to pit lane. He was the second car off in the group of cars he came down with, and slotted into second when the entire cycle of stops continued. That quick stop put the No. 43 in position to win the race. In a Nutshell - Combine a ... Read More »

Thinkin’ Out Loud – Quaker State 400 – Kentucky Speedway

Thinkin’ Out Loud – Quaker State 400 – Kentucky Speedway

Key Moment – With 25 laps to go, Joey Logano’s car lost a cylinder in his engine. Logano was the only car on the track that had shown any potential to challenge Brad Keselowski for the win. Once his car no longer had all its ponies, the only worry left for the eventual winner was whether or not his power plant would suffer the same fate. In a Nutshell – Brad Keselowski started the race on the pole. He led at ... Read More »