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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 »

Thinkin’ Out Loud: Toyota / Save Mart 350

Thinkin’ Out Loud: Toyota / Save Mart 350

Key Moment - The caution flag flew for debris in turn 10 on lap 72 that was not shown on television. Carl Edwards had pitted two laps before that and was able to stay on the track when most everyone else came to pit road. Edwards and Marcos Ambrose led the field to the green on the restart, and the driver of the No. 99 Ford got the jump on the restart to take the top spot. In a Nutshell - ... Read More »

Thinkin’ Out Loud: Quicken Loans 400

Thinkin’ Out Loud: Quicken Loans 400

Key Moment - On lap 150, caution period pit stops took place for the last time. Jimmie Johnson, Paul Menard, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jamie McMurray stayed out. They would pit with 35 or so laps to go and run the remainder of the laps to the finish. That strategy paid off in top 7-finishes for all five drivers, including the win for Johnson. In a Nutshell - Michigan’s racing surface hasn’t aged enough yet for Goodyear to bring tires other than ... Read More »

Thinkin’ Out Loud – Talladega

Thinkin’ Out Loud – Talladega

Key Moment – On lap 137, Brad Keselowski, who was already six laps down thanks to an incident with Danica Patrick on lap 14 while going for the lead, spun in front of the field while trying to get his lap back the old fashioned way. At the time he andJamie McMurray were the only two cars not on the lead lap and they were both six laps down, so getting a lap back would have set him up to benefit from multiple Lucky Dogs ... Read More »

Thinkin’ Out Loud – The Off Week Season Review

Thinkin’ Out Loud – The Off Week Season Review

Key Moment – The key moment of the 2014 season came during the Media Tour in Charlotte, when Brian France came to the podium and announced more changes to the Chase. NASCAR’s tried in vain, for years to emphasize winning, and it never came to fruition… until that very speech. The adjustments announced that cold day in January, ever since have seemed to heat up both the fans and the teams. The “win and you’re in” mantra was heard loud and clear by each ... Read More »

Thinkin’ Out Loud: Duck Commander 500 Texas Race Analysis

Thinkin’ Out Loud: Duck Commander 500 Texas Race Analysis

Key Moment – As Joey Logano came out of Turn 4, heading to the flagstand for the white flag, Kurt Busch’s car that had lost a left rear tire began spreading debris on the track and race control called for a caution. The ensuing pit stops saw Jeff Gordon take two tires, along with Brian Vickers. Brad Keselowski was caught speeding off of pit lane and had to go to the back of the field, leaving the final duel between cars ... Read More »

Thinkin’ Out Loud: STP 500

Thinkin’ Out Loud: STP 500

Key Moment – The caution flew with 40 laps to go. Teams came to pit road with Clint Bowyer in the lead, but Jimmie Johnson had it when the pit stops completed, a slow stop on the right-rear dooming the No. 15 Toyota to mid-pack. Kurt Busch came out in the third spot, which let him start on the bottom, and as a result, the battle for the race win was set between Johnson and Busch. In a Nutshell – ... Read More »

Thinkin’ Out Loud – Auto Club 400

Thinkin’ Out Loud – Auto Club 400

Key Moment – When five drivers lost tires between Laps 193 and 197, a caution finally came out. All of the lead lap cars except for Landon Cassill hit pit lane. Kurt Busch, Tony Stewart and Paul Menard took two tires, moving to the front while the remainder of lead-lap cars took four. In the end, the four tires of Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson prevailed, though Kurt Busch managed a third-place finish, hanging on with his two-tire strategy. In ... Read More »

Thinkin’ Out Loud – Phoenix

Thinkin’ Out Loud – Phoenix

Key Moment – Kevin Harvick missed the final 12 in “knockout” qualifying by .001 seconds and started the race 13th based on that result. While Harvick won practices and the race, his stumble in qualifying was the only thing that added any excitement to the weekend. In a Nutshell – Kevin Harvick won everything but qualifying at Phoenix International Raceway. Thanks to his poor qualifying effort Harvick needed 74 laps to take the lead for the first time. From that point he ... Read More »