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Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Makes A Few Michigan Mistakes

Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Makes A Few Michigan Mistakes

All three NASCAR national series took to the track last weekend, just a mere state border – and then some – away from each other. The Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck series battled at Michigan International Speedway while the Nationwide Series took its second trip to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Unfortunately, having everything in one region of the United States didn’t eliminate the problems that have plagued NASCAR broadcasts throughout the season. Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200 Fuel strategy played ... Read More »

Ernie Cope Will Be Chase Elliott’s Crew Chief in 2015

Ernie Cope Will Be Chase Elliott’s Crew Chief in 2015

As NASCAR Nationwide Series standout Chase Elliott and crew chief Greg Ives part ways after this season, JR Motorsports announced on Monday that veteran Ernie Cope will fill the role in 2015. Cope, 45, is currently the crew chief of the No. 5 Chevrolet Camero in the Nationwide Series for JR Motorsports, and has worked with some of the sport’s top drivers over his 12 year career including Elliott Sadler, Jeff Burton, Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne, and even Chase’s father, ... Read More »

Comcast and NASCAR Close to Deal

Comcast and NASCAR Close to Deal

Could Comcast’s Xfinity be the next title sponsor of NASCAR’s secondary developmental series in 2015 and beyond? According to a report from Sports Business Journal’s Tripp Mickle, the contract negotiations between the cable TV, internet and phone provider, and NASCAR are progressing rapidly. The potential deal would lock-in Xfinity to a five or six year contract, worth over $100 million, and paying NASCAR around $9 million in both rights fees, as well as media and brand activation in the first ... Read More »

Nationwide Breakdown: Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200

Nationwide Breakdown: Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200

Chris Buescher and his Roush Fenway Racing team gave up on their Nationwide Series championship hopes long ago. Instead, they focused on trying to win a race during their rookie season. Saturday it was mission accomplished. Buescher and crew chief Scott Graves played the fuel mileage strategy at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in order to lead the final 25 laps. The victory was Buescher’s first in 30 career Nationwide starts. It also moved him to seventh in points even though he missed ... Read More »

Nuts for Nationwide: Road Courses, the Land of Opportunity

Nuts for Nationwide: Road Courses, the Land of Opportunity

Goodbye, short tracks. Thanks for the memories. I appreciate what you used to do for NASCAR. However, you’ve been replaced – by road courses, where the NASCAR Nationwide Series heads for the third and final time this weekend. Mid-Ohio will be the center of attention, and most likely, the most-entertaining race of the weekend. Everything that we once got from short tracks – and not to completely put them to bed, but they have been passed over – will be ... Read More »

Pace Laps: Settling Safety, Farewells At Watkins Glen

Pace Laps: Settling Safety, Farewells At Watkins Glen

Sprint Cup: Watkins Glen Odds & Ends - One of the things that makes Formula One racing successful is the commitment the series expects from its viewing constituency.  Races typically conclude in a two-hour window, and when it seems that might not be the case, due to weather, an accident, or some other issue, F1 switches to a timed format.  Might this kind of practice be suitable for NASCAR? The airing of the Cup race at Watkins Glen seemed to last ... Read More »

Nationwide Breakdown: Zippo 200 at the Glen

Nationwide Breakdown: Zippo 200 at the Glen

Nothing could stop Marcos Ambrose on Saturday afternoon at Watkins Glen International. The 37-year-old was entered in his first NASCAR Nationwide Series event in nearly one year, and he made the most of it. Ambrose and his crew chief Scott McDougall played the perfect strategy to win the Zippo 200 at the Glen. Leading a race-high 48 of the 82 laps, the No. 09 team brought Ambrose his fifth career victory in NASCAR’s second-tier division. The victory also marks the ... Read More »

Nuts for Nationwide: Chase Elliott Won’t Miss a Beat with New Crew Chief

Nuts for Nationwide: Chase Elliott Won’t Miss a Beat with New Crew Chief

Regardless of change, time is on the side of Chase Elliott. The 18-year-old Nationwide Series points leader will lose his crew chief, Greg Ives, following the 2014 season. Ives is set to take the reins for Sprint Cup Series driver – and Elliott’s boss – Dale Earnhardt, Jr., beginning in the 2015 season. The move means that while the void for Earnhardt has been filled, it creates one for the youngster. In just his first full-time season, Elliott leads the points ... Read More »

Pace Laps: Pocono Oddity, Iowa Adventures, Ohio Excellence, and More

Cup: Strange Results from Pocono It’s not a surprise that Dale Earnhardt, Jr. won at Pocono.  He raced with the leaders all race long and his crew chief, Steve Letarte, made a brilliant strategy call that put him in the best position to win. But what about the rest of the field? Kyle Busch completed just 23 laps before his engine lost its song and he parked his car. And in Jimmie Johnson‘s case, is Chad Knaus testing out some ... Read More »

Nationwide Breakdown: U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa

Nationwide Breakdown: U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa

From Iowa to Pocono, Brad Keselowski never lacked in speed. The Team Penske driver flew in from the Sprint Cup weekend at the Pennsylvania triangle and then flew to victory lane in the Nationwide Series race on Saturday night in the U.S. Cellular 250. Keselowski led the most laps (146 of 250) and overtook Michael McDowell with two laps to go to grab his third win of the season. McDowell had taken two tires on his final pit stop to ... Read More »