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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 »

Thinkin’ Out Loud: Daytona 500 Edition

Thinkin’ Out Loud: Daytona 500 Edition

Key Moment – On the final restart of the race, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. chose to start in front of teammate Jeff Gordon. When the green flag flew, Gordon stayed tight to Earnhardt’s bumper while Kyle Busch was several feet off of the bumper of Brad Keselowski. The resultant push put Earnhardt solidly in the lead and, from there, he simply blocked both lanes until he took the checkered flag for his second Daytona 500 win. In a Nutshell – The ... Read More »

Thinkin’ Out Loud: Daytona Budweiser Duels

Thinkin’ Out Loud: Daytona Budweiser Duels

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Thinkin’ Out Loud – Sprint Unlimited

Thinkin’ Out Loud – Sprint Unlimited

Key Moment – On lap 71, the field came to the final restart of the race, and Denny Hamlin was in the seventh position, the last row on the grid, with only four laps until the checkered. In three laps, he swept to the lead and confirmed that he was the best among the 18 cars to take the green for the event. In a Nutshell – Denny Hamlin won the first two segments of the race and, even though ... Read More »

Thinkin’ Out Loud: Talladega-1 Race Recap

Thinkin’ Out Loud: Talladega-1 Race Recap

*Key Moment* - NASCAR used all of the tools at their disposal to restart the race and run it to the advertised distance of 499 miles, plus a few more, rather than calling it when the red flag flew for rain on lap 124. That threw out a ho-hum finish, turned it wild and gave the Davids a chance to beat up on Goliath. *In a Nutshell* - Talladega once again proved that restrictor plates are the great equalizer as Front Row Motorsports pulled off the improbable. With car owner Bob Jenkins entering the race with just two top-5 finishes, in 403 career starts David Ragan and David Gilliland ended the day 1-2, as if they were born contenders while several Sprint Cup superstars spent the night scratching their heads. Read More »

Thinkin’ Out Loud: Richmond-1 Race Recap

Thinkin’ Out Loud: Richmond-1 Race Recap

*Key Moment* - Brian Vickers spun in turn three on lap 396 to bring out the final caution flag of the night. It brought most of the field to the pits, scrambling the running order and cost Juan Pablo Montoya his first win on an oval. *In a Nutshell* - They only pay money to the leader on the last lap. One of the three laps that Kevin Harvick led was the last one. *Dramatic Moment* - After the checkered flag flew not one, not two, but three former Cup champions were running into each other on the track. Read More »