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Pace Laps: Chase Mess, Justin Boston’s Nationwide Debut, Cole Custer Makes History & More

Pace Laps: Chase Mess, Justin Boston’s Nationwide Debut, Cole Custer Makes History & More

Sprint Cup Series: A Hodge-Podge for Chase Drivers - Let’s ignore the fact there were 15 cautions at Loudon, and that most of them happened in the second half of the race, leading to an event that felt like a stop-and-go commute downtown in a major city during rush hour.  The result of all the cautions brought about a mix of strategies and helped even drivers with injured cars find a way to get to the front. When Kyle Busch got ... Read More »

Richard Petty Motorsports Plans Full Two-Car Sprint Cup Assault For 2015

Richard Petty Motorsports Plans Full Two-Car Sprint Cup Assault For 2015

There was a clear loser on Wednesday from Joe Gibbs Racing’s announcement that Stanley Black & Decker will sponsor Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth next season.  That loser was Richard Petty Motorsports.  Stanley Black & Decker’s Stanley and DeWalt brands shared primary sponsorship space on the No. 9 Ford for the entire season.  In addition to having to find a new driver to replace Marcos Ambrose, the team must also find primary sponsorship for nearly the entire season. After JGR ... Read More »

NTS Motorsports Penalized For Height Violation At Kentucky

NTS Motorsports Penalized For Height Violation At Kentucky

After Saturday night’s running of the Camping World Truck Series Lucas Oil 225 at Chicagoland Speedway, the No. 20 Rheem-sponsored Chevrolet driven by Austin Dillon failed the post-race height check.  A penalty was nearly certain to be announced and NASCAR came through on Wednesday. Crew chief Chris Rice has been fined $7,500 for the height violation and has been suspended from NASCAR through September 24.  As a result, Rice will miss this weekend’s UNOH 175 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. ... Read More »

Stanley Black & Decker Moves to JGR In 2015

Stanley Black & Decker Moves to JGR In 2015

Joe Gibbs Racing announced on Wednesday that Stanley Black & Decker, a manufacturer of hand and power tools, along with accessories, will move to the soon-to-be four car operation starting with the 2015 season.  The Stanley Tools division will serve as the primary sponsor on Carl Edwards’ No. 19 Toyota in 12 races next season, joining up with ARRIS.  The DeWalt Tools division will serve as the primary sponsor of Matt Kenseth’s No. 20 for six races, joining Dollar General. ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Shirking Other Responsibilities During Chase

Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Shirking Other Responsibilities During Chase

When you think of Chase for the Sprint Cup coverage on TV broadcasts, what do you think of? Coverage of the playoffs, sure, but how about the other 27 drivers racing for something other than the title? Surely you expect some coverage thrown their way, right? If the first race of the Chase, held last weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, is any indication, those who think ESPN will throw a bone to non-Chase competitors are very naive, indeed. The Sprint Cup ... Read More »

Parker Kligerman Tests Indy Lights Car At Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Parker Kligerman Tests Indy Lights Car At Indianapolis Motor Speedway

For Parker Kligerman, 2014 was supposed to be his rookie season in the Sprint Cup Series.  Kligerman had some momentum coming into the season after running well in a couple of starts at the end of 2013 for Swan Racing.  However, it didn’t take long for the entire effort to fall apart.  An incredible amount of misfortune on-track, plus a lack of sponsorship, essentially doomed Kligerman’s rookie campaign from the start.  After spending much of the season as an analyst ... Read More »

Team Penske Officially Partners With Dick Johnson Racing; Ambrose to Return to V8 Supercars

Team Penske Officially Partners With Dick Johnson Racing; Ambrose to Return to V8 Supercars

On Sunday evening, Team Penske announced the formation of a partnership between Team Penske and Dick Johnson Racing (DJR), a team with over 35 years of experience in the V8 Supercars, and its predecessor, the Australian Touring Car Championship. The new operation will race under the name of DJR Team Penske. Dick Johnson Racing has traditionally raced Fords and the partnership will not change that setup. DJR Team Penske will field Ford Falcons full-time in the V8 Supercar Championship Series ... Read More »

Pace Laps: Roush Fenway’s Struggles, Truck Championship Contenders and Racing vs. Rain

Pace Laps: Roush Fenway’s Struggles, Truck Championship Contenders and Racing vs. Rain

Sprint Cup Series: Slow Start for Roush Fenway Racing - There has been a gap between Penske Racing and Roush Fenway Racing all season.  Though both teams use Ford engines, Penske has been gapping their counterpart, and never was it more evident than at Chicagoland on Sunday. While Brad Keselowski earned the win and Joey Logano fought to a fourth-place finish, the RFR drivers languished on the track, never coming close to contention, and really, not ever being much of a ... Read More »

Friday Faceoff: Cheap Championships, Driver Disappointments & Joe’s Woes

Friday Faceoff: Cheap Championships, Driver Disappointments & Joe’s Woes

Welcome to Friday Faceoff! What do you get when you take some hot-button NASCAR topics and hand them over to our dedicated and… er, opinionated staff? A little disagreement and a whole lot of thought-provoking insight! Check out this week’s edition to see what everyone is arguing… um, we mean, discussing this week! 1. Many fans have said that winning a championship under the Chase system cheapens the title because the points are reset before the final 10 races.  Is ... Read More »

NASCAR Holds Chase Across North America Tour to Promote Chase

NASCAR Holds Chase Across North America Tour to Promote Chase

On Wednesday, the 16 drivers who qualified for the Chase for the Sprint Cup were dispatched all over the continent in order to help promote the upcoming 10-race battle.  For the first time, locations outside of the United States were chosen for drivers to travel to.  Jeff Gordon spent his day in Toronto, while Carl Edwards spent Wednesday in Mexico City. Most of the activities for Chasers were fan-oriented activities and local TV appearances, the types of appearances that are ... Read More »