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NASCAR Mailbox: The Absence of Dale Earnhardt, Jr. from Chase Doesn’t Change Anything

NASCAR Mailbox: The Absence of Dale Earnhardt, Jr. from Chase Doesn’t Change Anything

Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s failure to move onto the next round in the Chase Grid might perhaps be the best thing to happen to the Chase detractors who want to see the end of it all. I mean, Earnhardt was doing so well and was poised to potentially win his first career Sprint Cup Series championship, a huge storyline for a sport trying to pull in and maintain a mainstream audience. Now that Earnhardt is out of the running for the ... Read More »

NASCAR Mailbox: Chase or No Chase, Using Car as a Weapon is Still Wrong

NASCAR Mailbox: Chase or No Chase, Using Car as a Weapon is Still Wrong

Drama. Brad Keselowski. Those two seem to go hand-in-hand, don’t they? In fact, the two were a perfect match last Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway, as Keselowski managed to tick off no less than three drivers by the end of the night. He even lit the fuse of the generally mild-mannered Matt Kenseth, with a rare physical altercation taking place in the garage between the two. I never have been a fan of drivers using their cars as weapons, so ... Read More »

NASCAR Mailbox: Championship Frontrunners are Now Chase Backmarkers

NASCAR Mailbox: Championship Frontrunners are Now Chase Backmarkers

When the new Chase format was announced, no other round instilled so much fear as that of the Contender round. The Contender round involved the treacherous and unforgiving Talladega Superspeedway, a track known more for its crapshoot tendencies than its exciting racing. What’s worse is that Talladega is the final race of this round, adding pressure to the Chase drivers to win a race in order to confirm their advancement on to the next round. Put yourself in a bad ... Read More »

NASCAR Mailbox: Four Drivers Are Out, But Does It Matter?

NASCAR Mailbox: Four Drivers Are Out, But Does It Matter?

AJ Allmendinger, Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle, and Aric Almirola … we hardly knew ya. Not that seeing these four drop from Chase contention after the first round was any surprise, of course. In fact, for those of us who filled out our Chase Grid, this round was probably the easiest selection (though I’ll admit I had Busch going on to the next round). I really do like the new Chase format, but the fact that there are no shockers, surprises, ... Read More »

NASCAR Mailbox: Calling All Armchair Crew Chiefs!

NASCAR Mailbox: Calling All Armchair Crew Chiefs!

It’s moments like this one that I really wish I understood cars better. Like, I know NASCAR issued changes to the car that will reduce horsepower and downforce, with changes to the spoiler and the addition of a tapered spacer. I know that these changes are meant to emphasize passing and better racing, making the cars tougher to drive. But I don’t know … how. I don’t know if it will make the racing better, or how it will impact ... Read More »

NASCAR Mailbox: Grand Jury or Grandstanding?

NASCAR Mailbox: Grand Jury or Grandstanding?

The news we have all been waiting for finally broke on Wednesday in regards to the Tony Stewart / Kevin Ward, Jr. story. With the investigation complete, Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo has decided to present the case to a grand jury, despite the fact that those handling the investigation had previously said that they saw no evidence that led them to believe there was any criminal intent on Stewart’s part. Tantillo would not say when the case would be presented, ... Read More »

NASCAR Mailbox: Jimmie Johnson Is Human? Who Knew!

NASCAR Mailbox: Jimmie Johnson Is Human? Who Knew!

With Richmond over and the very first Chase Grid upon us, the excitement and tension is in the air now more than ever. Brad Keselowski is atop the standings, surprisingly enough. If someone would have predicted that Keselowski was going to have the most wins at the end of the regular season, I don’t know that I would have believed them, especially considering the year they had in 2013. Yet Keselowski and teammate Joey Logano have combined for seven wins ... Read More »

NASCAR Mailbox: The Lack of Negativity Surrounding Tony Stewart’s Return Was Refreshing

NASCAR Mailbox: The Lack of Negativity Surrounding Tony Stewart’s Return Was Refreshing

Tony Stewart’s return to NASCAR was a story that wasn’t just a big deal to the NASCAR community. It was a big deal to a lot of people who rarely pay attention to the sport, if ever. Mainstream news organizations were present at Atlanta Motor Speedway, from Friday afternoon when Stewart made his first public statement since the tragic accident at Canandaigua Motorsports Park, all the way through until Sunday night when Stewart’s race ended in the garage area. While I ... Read More »

NASCAR Mailbox: Are Drivers With The Most Wins The Early Chase Favorites?

NASCAR Mailbox: Are Drivers With The Most Wins The Early Chase Favorites?

With the new Chase format this season, everyone seems to be paying more attention to how many wins each driver has, even more so than they did in the past. Obviously it’s because wins are what truly matter in NASCAR’s new Chase grid, and as the beginning of the Chase nears ever closer, those wins count now more than ever. Jeff Gordon won his third race of the season last Sunday at Michigan, which ties him for the most this year ... Read More »

NASCAR Mailbox: Mainstream Media Should Probably Stay Away From Racing

NASCAR Mailbox: Mainstream Media Should Probably Stay Away From Racing

I’m going to preface this piece by saying that I know this rant is one that many others have already had, myself included, but I believe it absolutely bears repeating. People in racing—whether those who work in the industry or are simply motorsports fans—constantly complain that the mainstream media doesn’t give enough credibility to racing and NASCAR in particular. Even mainstream sports shows seem to struggle to maintain a working knowledge of NASCAR, and listening to anyone outside of the sport ... Read More »